04/24/2006: "Too old to emerge?"
Well I spent another weekend existing on pizza and coffee, staying up all night painting, and avoiding house cleaning. I probably ended up working a little bit on every single canvas, re-outlining and defining, adding highlights and low lights, etc. I could post new photos but it's hard to see that kind of detail work in small digital images. Rob gave me the measurements for all of the walls in the gallery too so I may actually be able to cram all 20 some paintings in there!
This will be the first show where I’m planning to also have reproductions from a previous show, I’m not sure if any will sell or not, I’m only going to bring one or two of each image, I have no idea if it will help or hurt sales. Remember back when I said I wouldn’t talk about sales anymore? Yah, that wasn’t very realistic. But I’m making a pledge to myself, that even if I don’t sell a single painting, I won’t let it change how positive I’m feeling about these new paintings. I was reading two books this weekend “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Fine Art Publicity” (which is more geared towards gallery owners) but they both said: "begin with the end in mind.”
So, what is it that I really want? I thought I would be able to answer that easily…make enough to work full-time as an artist. But, what does that really mean?...getting gallery representation? I’ve turned down a few so it isn’t that. Being able to charge a lot more for my work? Seems many collectors only want to buy from young sexy artists they can keep as “pets” (I read that on another blog that defined “emerging” artists and noted a lot of collectors only buy from artists under 31!).
So, where does that leave me? I feel good about how I'm developing as an artist; maybe I'll never be able to work full-time as an artist if I keep with my current, well, principles...but maybe that's ok. To be honest, I'm finding plenty of time to paint..and I *love* my day job so maybe I've already arrived?