I read an interesting article and thought I would
offer my opinion, go skim the article and come back
Most of the time I am comfortable with who I
am and what I paint. I think my paintings reflect
what I am interested in and a bit of how I live, they
are me to a large extent.
Occasionally self doubt creeps in and I question
my subjects and style. For me there is a direct
correlation to sales. When I am steadily selling
I am content, happily painting away, thinking I am
pretty good at what I do.
I think the only time I question who I am and where
I am going is when there is a dry spell in sales.
It is humbling to sit out at a show and watch my
contemporaries (friends!) selling while I am not.
You start questioning yourself. I will admit I had two
hard shows in a row where I barely covered my expenses.
I sat there and watched large contemporary work
being loaded into cars and the internal chitchat starts...
I can do that, maybe it is time to change, give the people
what they want. I can change... they do not like what I am
painting, they do not like me...
I ponder it a few days wallowing in a little funk.
But the reality is that is not who I am. I am a realist.
I am drawn to antiques and historical places and the
occasional flower and portrait. I have a deep love of
dramatic light. I really do not think I can change.
I AM A REALIST.
So, I must be sincere to who I am or it will reflect in my work.
I continue to paint for myself and have faith that
my market will sustain me. My clients get the best
of me, when I remain my sincere self.