“All paintings are abstract. Some abstract paintings also have pictorial representation or narrative content, but in essence they are first and foremost abstract, because we have only paint.” -Robert Bissett
I had been waiting to see if my work would be accepted into the juried show before approaching galleries. My goal is to be represented by one gallery locally and then I’d like to contact some galleries in Asheville. I sent an inquiry for submission guidelines to a gallery in Blue Ridge and got a response that they were not accepting any new artists, but to send photos and they would at least look. Well, I sent a few images of my current work and now I have a meeting with the gallery owner on Monday! YAY!
I sold my wheel in January of 2010. And it’s taken two years before feeling ready to enter shows or approach galleries. In that two years I have tried encaustic, art journaling, gouache, oils, pastels and acrylics. But for the longest time, I still felt I didn’t know how to paint. I was comparing myself to landscape artists or still life artists – those folks who painted what they saw. I had to learn that my ideas didn’t come that way. Mine come more indirectly, through my body – from walking, looking and sensing. And these ideas sure don’t come on demand. They have their own timing.
I know I have learned that focus and patience is the key. When I started making marks on stuff other than clay, I was all over the place with mediums and substrates and subject matter. Things didn’t start to come together until I was able to choose my medium and focus, choose what I liked painting on – and focus and finally choosing what I wanted to paint.
I’ve spent the last week cleaning up my blog and my flickr account to represent my art in a more professional manner. And I will take any tips on doing a better job of that. Deep breath — ‘I am ready to get my artwork out into the world.’ Whew – that’s scary.
“. . . . and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.” -Mary Oliver