“Making art is a lot about just seeing what happens if you put some energy into something.” -Kiki Smith
Sold during the month of May — YAY!
Why is it so important for an artist to sell their work? Is it the money? Artists tend to create whether or not their work ever sells. For most artists, money just buys more art supplies. So, why is a sale so important? We all have a deep desire to be heard and understood. I’m not just putting paint on a canvas. The essence of who I am ends up in my work. So when I hear that a painting has sold, there comes a deep sense of satisfaction – someone listened and understood my story.
I know art is expensive and not everyone can afford to buy. But if you can, invest in an artist and artwork. You’ll be doing something amazing in the life of that artist, not only will the artist know you were listening, you will be inspiring that artist to continue working.
In other news, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve changed the look of my blog. It’s still a work in progress. I didn’t want to change it, but WordPress updated their platform and the ‘theme’ I was using was no longer compatible. Change is good, right?
“A great painting or symphony or play doesn’t diminish us, but enlarges us, and we too, want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creating behind the universe. This surge of creativity has nothing to do with competition or degree of talent. When I hear a superb pianist, I can’t wait to get to my own piano and I play about as well now as I did when I was ten. A great novel, rather than discouraging me simply makes me want to write. This response on the part of any artist is the need to make incarnate the new awareness we have been granted through the genius of someone else.” -Madeleine L’Engle