All artists dream of the day when their work will be shown in a gallery. It can be as much of a dream as selling your first work. Although I realized this dream some time ago, it is always a thrill to have your work shown in the front of a gallery. The picture here shows my work arranged in a San Diego gallery, along with another sculptors white marble piece.
It has always been my position to take a positive approach with any curator, recognizing their expertise in staging a show. I have found that complaining never gets you anywhere. Having a positive approach to art, and making it fun, has always been my mantra.
As a member of the Oceanside Museum of Art, Artists Alliance, I attended the Quarterly Critique and brought Dancer for a critique by my fellow artist members. I always learn something at these critiques, if nothing else, I get a sense from the comments on how well the piece is accepted. I had a feeling from the session, that the piece was looked on favorably by the group.
Here are some other views of Dancer, in the process. The outer bark has been picked off, leaving remnants of the underpart still left on the wood.
And here is a view of Dancer, just before starting the final sanding. Starting the sanding with an 80 grit power grinder, moving steadily lighter grit sand paper, using a power sander, then moving on with hand sanding ending with 400 grit.