This new painting is just finished, but as usual it may still need a few adjustments. That always seems to be the case with most of my work - but it has now reached the point where I have to stop staring at it critically while just finding faults! I need to put it away for a bit, forget about it and then come back with fresh eyes in order to view it as a whole without getting stuck with all the little details.
Its creation has been a bit disjointed due to a number of other events that also needed my attention such as getting ready for the show at the Fort Gallery as well as the work generated by promoting and hanging the show, planning and arranging the Opening Reception, being available to be present in the gallery as needed and just last Monday taking it all down. Not to mention the time consuming driving back and forth - a two hour roundtrip that at times seems endless.
The Opening was very well attended as was the show as a whole with much positive feedback and I must admit, that it really was an excellent show with some 20 paintings in different sizes, about 9 small fused glass/wax combinations (lovely), and several sculptures large and small. A show to be proud of!
Unfortunately not a single painting sold, though one large and at least four small bronze sculptures did; this points towards a tendency that I have noticed before: paintings are very hard to sell, partly due to the fact that there is a lot of paintings on the market of very different quality, including the sheer number of mass produced reproductions, prints and so on - and many people do not seem to appreciate the difference between an original, one of a kind painting and a less expensive, mass produced reproduction. This was brought home to me loud and clear at the opening when a very friendly man was admiring one of my paintings, but then went on to say: "I can really see this on a big brick wall in Downtown Vancouver - it would look amazing"! All well and good, but then he continued with: "you could sell hundreds of them"!!!! I know that he meant well and thought that he gave me encouraging advice - but at the same time he showed no understanding of the value of a unique work of art versus say, a print without texture and depth. Another thing is that with the enormous amount of very popular art classes being offered, many people think that painting is easy, anyone can do it, so why pay for one? But as one of the masters famously said: "Painting is easy when you don't know how, but extremely difficult when you do" - Edgar Degas!
But no one would think that anyone can go home and make a bronze sculpture!!!!
I find it sad and discouraging and at times wonder, why I keep on with it - and maybe I should just give it up? Only thing is, that I never last very long before starting again; or I would go crazy!