i often wonder about the body of artwork i create. i'm always checking in with it. by this i mean, is it honest? does it speak true to who i am and what i want to say? is there depth behind it? ten years from now when i think about it will i still know where it was coming from? these things are important to me.
my artwork is an extension of myself and so i need for that to show in what i do. it's the reason i create. it's the reason i am an artist.
|"crow call" for sale here|
30" x 30"
mixed media on infrastructure canvas
this can get a little blurry when you are also trying to make a living from your artwork. you need to sell. you need to make money and so in the back of your mind you can't help but think "will it sell?". as much as i don't want that to be what drives me, i have to admit, that seed is somewhere in the cracks of my mind. it's a tricky balance you have to try to keep as an artist. you want to speak your truth on canvas, but you also need to keep in mind that you need to pay the rent.
i always have this dreamy way of thinking that if you just present the world with the best part of you, everything else will fall in place. maybe that is a naive way of thinking, but my spirit refuses to believe anything else. i guess it's a chance, as an artist, that i'm willing to take. i can accept not selling anything as long as i know i stayed true to who i am. what?! i can hear all of the left-brained people rolling their eyes and snorting. i know. i know.
well maybe there can be a balance (theres that word again) of the two notions. authentic creation and selling big. i'll work on that.
Food for thought:
How would my work change at all if I never showed it to anyone?
Is exhibiting, sharing, selling engraved in my subconscious as artist?