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.
Some paintings I have done lately:
By the way, I was part of two group exhibitions over the last few weeks.