Recently Iâ€™ve felt stalled in my work as though Iâ€™m stagnating in an isolated pool. It hasnâ€™t helped that over the past few weeks Iâ€™ve had one rejection after the other for major wholesale shows and grant awards. One of them even sent me comments from the jurors that focused on my technical skills. That might be okay if I were just beginning to paint but Iâ€™ve been at this medium for 30 years so I think Iâ€™m past that. So Iâ€™ve decided to crank things up a notch and give my promotions a shot in the arm, because thatâ€™s really whatâ€™s been stagnating. The vacuum Iâ€™ve created has become too stifling so itâ€™s time to break out.
Since the economy is still in the drain and people continue to have less money to spend on non-necessities, Iâ€™ve decided on a strategy to make what I do more affordable and at the same time get more stuff out there. For a number of years now a lot of artists have gotten into the concept of doing a painting a day. It started with one artist who wanted to challenge himself, and so he began a discipline of painting a quick study and posting it on his blog each day. Soon it caught on, he developed a following, sold most of the little gems, and the rest is history. Iâ€™ve toyed with the idea of following his and othersâ€™ leads but have always rejected it as too much work. Iâ€™ve now decided thatâ€™s just been my excuse for not diving in and seeing where this might lead. But not anymore.
Iâ€™d like to grow my following and sell more paintings. Starting small is manageable for me and hopefully for more people who like what I do but donâ€™t feel they can fork out a lot of money for the big stuff. My goal is to do this for 100 days. We’ll see what happens and I’ll go from there.
So, this is my first one. Calla Lilies is the title. Watercolor on paper. All paintings will be $50 plus shipping, which will be around $12 cause these will be unframed.
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