So my last blog post was in 2016.
Does anyone read blog posts anymore?
I have completed a lot and not much since 2016 but the one thing that is constant is the search for my style, what is popular and something that meets in the middle. Creating art my myself but showing and trying to get found in the sea of the internet established artists feels like high school again. All I wanted was for high school to be over. And now I’m trying to get into the cool crowd. I have been for years…
Art is only art when someone says it is. But popular art is somehow a mix of the expected; flowers, abstracts that all look the same, really bad portraits or are they really great naive art?
So where do I fit in? I don’t even know how great or bad my art is. I only have a theme of colours and textures and it doesn’t seem like it’s enough.
I’ve tried countless mentoring sessions, art business seminars, small business workshops which all boast that they can help your business but in the end it doesn’t help people find you. Or tell you if your idea is crap.
So I will be here this year, trying different things but in the same general way because I believe in my art and feel that it needs to be in the world.
Hopefully that stupid confidence will be the ‘fake it till you make it’ facade I need to keep going until someone finally notices.
One thing I am learning being an artist is how to handle rejection.
Applying for something opens up endless possibilities; “I could win first prize!”, “I could meet lot’s of new customers”, ” I could be recognized by people I admire” but when it doesn’t happen life comes to a halt and those things don’t happen.
How do you move forward if your applications aren’t accepted? You are still in the same place as yesterday.
The only thing I can do is keep my eyes open for more opportunities – things I may be good enough for. I don’t apply for things I am not ready for – like the Big Design Market and Finders Keepers . I know they are big markets and there are very impressive stall set ups which I just don’t have the money for.
A few things I have applied for and didn’t get accepted:
- Signed and Numbered
- Markit at fed square
- Etsy Design awards
I have learned that part of the reason is that my work doesn’t “fit in” with the other designers. I understand cohesion but I don’t want to create art with other people in mind.
I need to create to my vision and ‘push the boundaries’, whatever those boundaries are.
I want to be recognizable for my own style.
Alright – I’ve been busy but I have made my first few videos showing my painting processes!
How scary – I am not that comfortable in front of the camera just yet so I will be posting progress videos for my paintings first.
Head over to my You Tube Page to check them out! Or for more up to date videos please visit my Instagram account where I post more often.
What do you think about video? Do you think it’s better than an image?
Last year I felt I had to blog about everything to keep people up to date.
Unfortunately I am not a writer and don’t really enjoy writing so I haven’t written a blog post since November 2015. And it feels great.
I have been able to focus on planning and painting a few mini series and entering a few art competitions.
I hope to check back in here once in a while but if you ever want to keep up to date with what I am up to please follow me on Instagram. I find Instagram an amazing place visually and I love showing everyone behind the scenes works in progress. It helps me think things through by stopping and taking a minute to think where the piece is heading.
I have entered two larger art prizes – The John Fries Award for emerging and early career artists and the Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize. Both have quite a large money prize for first place and have a high standing in the art world. I don’t think I can win first prize but it always good to dream and take a chance. I would love to at least become a finalist and be able to say that someone believes in my work enough.
This year I am a very busy person; I still work full time and this year I will also be completing a Diploma of Logistics. These won’t leave much time for painting but that is what I will do. I am going to focus on the painting side and not the blogging, promotion as such.
I hope this year will be a good one and hope yours is too!