A trip to Auckland this week for a concert in the Town Hall by the Auckland Philharmonia, with the amazing guest violinist Alina Ibragimova playing Bartok's Violin Comcerto No. 2 was a wonderful experience on a stormy Thursday night. Her performance was truly superhuman I thought. Not being a musician myself I was in total awe of how she played this complex music without the score!
But as I sat there, it so reminded me of the creation of abstract paintings - the amount of energy and 'soul', the interpretation of the music created that excitement so like the feelings generated by pure creative happenings in abstract work.
A visit to a major Auckland gallery the next day was interesting too. The gallery had downsized to a busier part of town, and chatting to the owner reinforced the news one reads every day of bricks and mortar galleries closing. I know that the internet, and in particular the social media sites, are becoming more and more important in the art world (she said also how expensive art fairs had become). I am constantly amazed at how many 'hits' my web site gets, despite my not making any effort to market it. Promoting my site has to go on my priority list I can see - as I'm sure it's the only way to go these days. I've made several studio sales via the web since I set up my site and would like to get on an art trail etc. Another one for my list!