05/20/2004: "Do a painting get a pellet-dangers of selling your work"
Starting a new thread on the whole "galleries Good or Evil" debate, I think that it can be a kind of trap when you start selling work either way...that it would be impossible to not sort of take note as to what was selling, and then make more of that the next time around. I think that since galleries make money only when you sell work that there would be some pressure from them to continue to create work that will sell. I'm sure that's something all artists have to fight, whether they have gallery representation or not.
For example, awhile back I had a show at the city museum and noticed that all of the paintings a certain size sold out, regardless of how they were priced. My next show I *only* did paintings that size...and hardly any sold. (By the way, this time I felt guilty because the gallery I had my show at got very little in the way of commission from my work, I was afraid they'd never give me another show and even considered giving my friends money to buy a few more pieces with so I wouldn't look so lame-not my finest hour).
I also have a friend who had a painting of X that was extremely popular to the point of people fighting over it...so for her next show she ended up painting 6 or 7 paintings of X.
It's almost a Pavlovian behaviorist response. You do a painting and you get a pellet afterward; it makes you (consciously or subconsciously) want to get that affirmation again, so you do another similar painting to get another pellet. (Think of Beverly Doolittle)
This causes us to maybe quit experimenting, trying new things, taking as many chances, because we don't want the pellets to go away.
Anyway, I guess that I have a big fear of this happening but at the same time, I craves da pellets! Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way?