It’s been a difficult week since the opening of my exhibition in Launceston. Sales to this point in time have been very disappointing. Comments from all who have seen my work have been extremely positive and I believe that the work on display is well executed and beautifully presented. Where are the buyers?
I can identify to a certain extent with artists who depend on their art for a living. What happens when sales are poor? How do they handle this type of situation? How do they deal with it?
I’m fortunate in that I don’t depend on my art for an income. Sales and prizes keep me going to the extent that my art pays for itself. That doesn’t stop me from being depressed when I go to such an extraordinary extent as has been the case in preparing for this exhibition, only to find that hardly anyone is interested in buying my work. How do you deal with that?
Once I had ‘let go’ of the anger and disappointment I felt (about 2 days), I got straight back into more artwork. By Thursday I had completed 2 abstracts that I consider ‘keepers’. Today’ I have embarked on totally new work for a fresh approach.
I have always been interested in ‘light’, especially those images that are to a certain extent imaginative and abstract. Before I commence new work however, I intend to complete 2 paintings of ‘light’ that have been in one of my folders for several years.
Art is great therapy. It keeps you ‘busy’ and entertained. Its process is wonderful for healing especially in times of depression.
Was holding this exhibition a waste of time and energy? No, because of the following reasons.
1. It was a celebration and account of a wonderful 12 month holiday.
2. I derived a great deal of personal satisfaction from the process of creating all 30 paintings.
3. I made a self-imposed deadline.
4. I am pleased with the standard of my work.
5. The exhibition realised a new theme, ‘Bricks’, that has already realised success.
6. I have ‘grown’ due to the whole experience.
Would I do it again? My next one-man show will be at the Brave Art Gallery, Longford, in March next year.
Time to get back to painting!