Over the years, I have learned a great deal about which of my pieces sell best: colours, composition, size, theme and even the title of a painting can all come into play. For me, the challenge happens when I a plagued by thoughts of painting what I want VS what I think will sell.
The best advice is not to think about what will sell at all.
This allows me to create freely and it's a heck of a lot more fun. On the other hand, since this is my job and the money I receive from my art sales goes towards paying rent, etc., sometimes I find myself inhibited to create freely because in the back of mind all I can think about is this: Will this sell?
Several weeks ago I decided to conduct a little experiment: Paint what I want paying no heed to thoughts about cold, hard cash.
Enter my latest collection of paintings: Altered Meditations. Seven canvasses (one is yet to be photographed) created the way I want with no thoughts of wether or not they would ever see the inside of someone else's home.
I am dying to know what you think! Please share your comments!
As a last bit of insight into my process in creating these paintings:
First: This was so much fun! It was liberating to embrace my own advice so fully: To create without an idea or preconceptions. Instead, I used each mark on the canvas as a clue to help me know where to go next.
Second: When I finally found myself done with all seven canvasses, I had completely lost track if the work I had created was complete genius or complete crap. (This is what painting in a vacuum will do to person!) So I reached out to the one person I trust and rely upon to give me a no holds barred critique: My mother.
Why my mom? Because unlike me, she actually went to art school! But that's not the only reason. My mother is not only a zealos student or art history but she is also an artist herself. And she's been there from the beggining. No pun intented. She was there when I painted my very first canvas using my unique process and she's seen the entire evolution first hand.
But before I tell you what she said I want to hear back from you! What do you think about Altered Meditations? Do you have a favorite?
For larger images, sizes & pricing information visit my Meditation Gallery.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.