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2010 was a rough and tumble year for many of us.  Personally, I did 41 shows.  Way too many!  But, hey, "when times are tough... " you know the rest.  In my prime, I did 30 to 35 shows a year and made a decent middle-class living traveling and selling my photographs.  Lately, I do not feel middle-class.  I still travel (too much), but the selling of my photos has gone down.  I don't buy a new van every 4 years anymore.  My current one is 6 years old and though I haven't missed a show due to a break-down, I came really close last summer.  With a new transmission and $4200, I was able to make it to Ann Arbor and continue my schedule of shows. 

But that was last year....  2011 is going to be better.  I'm optomistic about my chances.  New work, strong jury slides and a logical schedule will put any artist back on his or her feet.  You start with your next application....

I see a bright, shinny new Sprinter in my future.

Best Wishes to all, and to all a bright, shinny New Year.




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Comment by Anne Jenkins on December 28, 2010 at 12:27pm
I agree - 2011 will be better - we have to be optimistic, and a little crazy, to be a full time professional artist!! wishing you a happy New Year!
Comment by Di St. Jacques-Blue on December 28, 2010 at 4:36pm
Love the photo and the sentiment. Retail had a good Christmas and a strong 4th quarter. So, we are next, right?
Comment by Connie Mettler on December 29, 2010 at 12:48am
Here's wishing you a new Sprinter, R.C.!
Comment by Gary & Maureen Shull on December 29, 2010 at 8:13am
Here's to the new Sprinter that you so thoroughly deserve!  And don't forget that, in addition to the new work and strong jury slides, you've got a great partner in Kim, who backs you all the way! Looking forward to seeing you both Friday.
Comment by Don E. Grannan on December 29, 2010 at 8:22am

My wishes for all of us is to have a great New Year and that our work inspires our patrons and friends alike.    

Comment by Michael Skeen on December 29, 2010 at 8:59am
I see a new Sprinter in your future.  Happy New Year!
Comment by lisa ark on December 30, 2010 at 12:25am
How do you manage to exhibit at 41 shows a year, I have a hard time exhibiting at 18 year.  My year ended well, I feel a bit more optimistic about the future with the Tax cuts still in place for next year ,my customers will still have some extra to spend . Wishing you and all fellow artist a wonderful New Year!


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