A few months ago, I joined a critique group through the Los Angeles Art Association and Gallery 825. Critique is work that I love. Difficult, fulfilling work. This new group was a rough start for me. Not because the critique was difficult, but because other people seem so much more interested than I in sitting around and making friends. Why do I get so impatient with that? I just want to show up and get down to the critique (or writing, or whatever!)
But sometimes friends just happen.
At a gallery opening, I found myself standing next to Jane from my critique group. Empty plastic wine glasses in hand, we had nothing else to do but chat. A gallery opening can be its own type of work: standing around, pretending to be cool, while desperately checking out anyone who is giving the slightest glimpse to your artwork on the wall - exhausting. But I tried my best, and Jane and I talked.
Then, a few weeks later, she asked if she could take my picture.
Jane's good, huh? Check out more of Jane Szabo's photography at her website www.janeszabophotography.com