The ups and downs of being an artist

Being an artist has so many complicated facets.  The creative side, the business side, the “people skills” side and many more that have to work together to become a recognized name in art.  Sometimes I just hate all of that – I want to hide in my studio and ignore the world.  But, unfortunitely, I have to make a living with my art.

This brings me to the question:  “What am I willing to do to sell my art?”  Do I paint things that are more commercially viable, like flowers and landscapes?  Or do I stick to what I love and sell less art?  A question that I sure do not have an answer for!!

Next big question on my mind:  Do I listen to the critics out there?  Or do I just do my thing and ignore everyone else?

I think these questions are the reason I haven’t settled on a specific style of painting yet.

This painting I did is a good example of all the forces at work in my art ups and downs.  I painted this “self-portrait”  to tell a story about myself.  What I want to be and who I see myself as.  Will it sell?  Nope – according to the critics the message is to direct, to personal.  Oh well, I loved painting it and it can hang it in my own home as it does tell a story about me.

warrior mother girl

Some paintings I have done lately:

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Lily girl

By the way, I was part of two group exhibitions over the last few weeks.

 

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