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THE NAKED BRUSH
ORIGINALLY A THRILLING RIDE IN WHICH THE ARTIST, TERRE RYBOVICH, GAMBLED HER OWN TIME, MONEY AND GOOD NAME TO VISIT DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN NORTH AMERICA WITH THE AIM OF EXHIBITING AND SELLING HER LARGE CHARCOAL DRAWINGS. NOW THE RIDE TAKES US EVEN DEEPER, INTO THE HEART OF THE ARTIST'S CREATIVE PROCESS, INCLUDING ART-MAKING, WINE AND MUSIC.

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Wed, Jun 17th, 2009
SECOND THOUGHTS?

There are no mistakes. That’s the lesson I’m learning as I make charcoal drawings based on my bodyprints. It helps me stay open as I draw. Even when I do something I wish I hadn’t—like rubbing out a subtle, multi-layered expanse or darkening a line that was already dominant—I know now to see it not as a mistake but as a door opening. A departure leading to something better than what I had in mind.

This knowledge didn’t come without considerable skepticism and struggle on my part. Willfulness is one of my main ingredients. But when the results went beyond anything I had envisioned, not once but time after time, I would’ve been a fool not to get the point.

It occurs to me that the same realization could apply to The Naked Brush Tour and the grand vision it represents: there are no mistakes. I confess I’ve given in to moments of dismay when I ponder the thinking behind my recent tour of North American galleries in search of representation. Timid I am not, but obviously no Dale Chihuly either. Courage was mustered in the belief that if I took the bold step it would please the muses. And that, once pleased, they would bestow their blessing. Then my drawings would be in at least one gallery outside South Florida.

And if the muses failed me I would have sheer numbers on my side. What are the chances that I could approach at least 60 galleries (with work that all of them considered serious, and many found outstanding) and not find one to welcome me?

The whole plan would unfold swiftly and smoothly. Even a global economic crisis wouldn’t justify departing from my schedule, I believed, once I took the bold step. Did I mention my willfulness?

I did take the bold step. I traveled to six cities, met with dozens of galleries. Afterward I submitted my work to the receptive ones, scrupulously following their guidelines. Six months later, most have not yet responded; those that did said no.

There are no mistakes. My plan, my timeline count for only so much. Especially during a global economic crisis. When the Venice Biennial is affected, how can The Naked Brush Tour emerge unscathed?

“I know now to see it not as a mistake but as a door opening.” At this point those words give me hope. Soon they may even describe how I feel about The Naked Brush Tour.

I should start blogging again.

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