Friday, May 30, 2014

"Metal World (Day 2)"

When I was meditating in my retreat last week, I thought about my art. This a couple of years, I have been traveling, teaching, learning how to manage business, and trying to make ends meet. I did many small paintings and demoing significantly. The market is not bad, and my family and I are surviving in this tough world. However, what I really want to do is painting some serious paintings. I did some before, but they are sitting in the galleries and not moving. As a practical person, I concern about the market. Can I really afford to do this? On the other hand as a late starter and serious about progress, I should not be satisfied with a mediocre accomplishment. I need to aim higher. Even this kind of painting may not selling, but I  will learn significantly, and I will not regret what I did in this life. Just like this meditation retreat. I may meditate in my house for 1 or 2 hours. Why bother using 10 days very valuable time going through 10 hours of agony everyday? Now my experience has told me. the effort is very well deserved. I am entering a new dimension.

Yesterday, I started this serious painting project. This painting is 16" x 20". I will work on this one for several days. I want to push as many envelopes as possible, using utmost what I know, and explore whatever unknowns, and document my journey. If you have suggestions, please let me know. I appreciate greatly you help me to grow.


Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Good post.
The struggle to find balance between the artist heart and pocket isn't easy. Its like creating a diet for a soul that insists on being gluten free even if it doesn't need to be.

Unknown said...

I always appreciate your honesty. I must say it is reassuring to know that there is a component of struggle for you in what you do. I see you as having tremendous success and sailing through the art world. I guess artists need to always be strong and embrace the challenges of this trade. I would be very curious to know what your impressions are of why the serious paintings in the galleries are not moving. thanks.

linda m levine fine art said...

Perhaps part of the puzzle is where the gallery is located and whether there is an active collecting community there year-round.

Unknown said...

Since art is one of the ultimately luxuries, it seems that art is more difficult to sell in a difficult economy. Perhaps that's one reason the paintings in galleries have not sold. The last couple of years I have reduced the size of my paintings and they seem a bit easier to sell, although, fortunately, I don't depend on painting as a source of income.

I very much admire Qaing's work and the apparent ease with which his small works sell fin auctions. He is an excellent artist and has done a great job of marketing his work.

Bob Blackmon