Evolution takes longer then revolution.
There is a difference in someone just flitting around from one style/medium/subject vs evolving / changing work over time. I think that one should always test and challenge yourself with new ways of creating and new ideas. But keep in mind….not every change we make as artists is worthy of marketing right away. Be patient and take your time.
Here are a few pointers I can offer for those who want to have their work considered for gallery representation…..any gallery. Save yourself some frustration and do your due diligence.
– Make sure you either visit the gallery or the gallery website. Try to make an honest assessment about whether your work may fit in there. For example, if you are a portrait painter, and they don’t carry any figurative work, it might not be a good fit.
– Contact the gallery to ask if they are open to considering new artists and if they have a submission policy. Nearly every gallery will.
What I think is so riveting about the best of artists – that they see something to immortalize that even the casual observer might overlook. And yet, once seen in the artwork, we all become better observers.
There is some kind of misconception that an artist needs to be humble and self effacing when they receive a compliment about their work. Truth is, I love my work. Looking at it, I can see the flaws, but I also can stare at it in wonder knowing that I created it. That feeling does not get old. And it thrills me to no end when someone else tells me that they like it too. and I want to dance with joy when they purchase it. I am no longer willing to look like I am all blase about it. So I want to change my response to that compliment. I want to squeal with happiness and I want that person to know how much it means to me to hear it. So, here is me dancing with joy and saying Thank You to all who take the time to comment on my work. It just fills me with joy.
“Bodhi in the Sky” was shot on 2 1/4 film. This image is a part of my growing attempt to learn to see square. It may sound odd to those who are not “photographers”, but our “vision” gets completely intertwined with and determined by our technical tools of choice. (No different then an oil painter who envisions work based upon the properties of oil paint) We learn to see images based on the equipment we use. I have been using 35mm film for nearly my whole life. And I tend to crop mostly in camera. Meaning, I usually keep pretty strictly to the shape and image as it comes directly from my camera. So, using a medium format camera is an exercise in learning to see differently. And that, for an artist, is challenging and important in our creative evolution.
February – you may be short, but you have made a long impact on me.
3 years ago – I was told that I had a large lump on my ovary. Sending me in to a tail spin made up of cancer, surgery and chemotherapy.
2 years ago – I invited a group of my equine artist friends to send me work that I could represent and I created the Equis Art Gallery.
1 year ago – I began a crowd funding campaign to help me raise money to eventually move the Equis Art Gallery into a storefront of my own.
This year – I celebrated – with another surgery, needed because of the one before, AND with the optimism to say…….This coming year will be amazing!