my dilemma and where to go now
Whew! I think I am beginning to make a bit of sense out of my ‘quite period’ I know that I like to set myself goals and challenges; and that at the moment I do not have one; this is causing me problems in getting going again. So one of the things that is holding me back is not knowing where I now want to take my art.
As stated in my recent blog on last year’s work I managed to reach the goal I set myself. Whilst this is good! I do like to keep my work evolving. Also whilst developing the idea ‘spirit of place’ in my landscape work in 2014; along the way the work I did on the Somerset Levels and Moors in particular was received and sold well.
Yes before you ask I did enjoy doing them; however I also like as I have already said evolving and challenging myself and this is what is missing at the moment.
My dilemma and where to go now is; should I continue working on ‘spirit of place’ in more representational work that sells? (Yes I am hearing you groan! However I do not paint for sales I paint because I have to create and love doing so! but needs must when the devil drives; I do not have unlimited funds; (without sales art is an expensive hobby) I do have rent to pay on my studio and I have a limited amount of space for storage) or continue abstracting the landscape into feelings? Which I felt was there but probably still has legs although is not as well received?
My dilemma and where to go now
So is it to be about my love of the landscape and expressing it in a dipictional manner or finding the essence of place in a more abstracted but more expressional way?
As ever writing about it is clarifying the problem; I am going to get myself back into the studio prep up some small wooden panels and paint some detailed landscapes then choose from them; which I want to develop into more expressional works on larger panels and staying true to myself as an artist – how does that sound?