while we were vacationing, i got a call that one of my "little tiny pieces" sold at the airport. the canvas was 5x5. i have never gotten a call that my 8x10 piece "insert title" sold. my small canvasses have been an issue with some of the airport workers since i started sending them out there. "they're hard to hang". i hang them downtown monthly- and it isn't that hard if you group them together.
i've sold over 20 8x10 or smaller pieces in the last 6 months. not a huge amount, but enough to keep me in paint & contribute to the rent. the price point & size seem right for these times. they're a good price & size for gifts too. i've even had people buy 2 or 3 to hang together.
if what's good for the gallery is good for the members why be so bitchy? i need to quit getting annoyed, because that's just how it's going to be and there isn't much i can do about it. or, as my wise friend said- just be happy about the sale. and she's right. part of being in a coop is dealing with different personalities and ideas about how things should be. but we go out of business if we don't sell stuff, and though there are those $3000 sales (not mine, but there are) they are few & far between.
one friend has a theory that it's due to the tension between those who work in traditional media in a traditional way and those of us who experiment. or jealousy on the part of those who don't sell much toward those of us who do a bit better. i don't think that my $45 canvasses are taking away sales from someone else, especially not higher dollar sales of larger pieces of vastly different media.
whatever the reason for the snottiness, i avoid any dealings with those members. i try not to get annoyed when i travel through the airport & see certain people's art regularly displayed in prominent locations instead of everyone's being rotated through. i need to breathe and trust more. after all, i have been doing well out there- sold 5 pieces in march (4 of them 8x10 or smaller) and another this month.
anyway- got some studio time tonight. am still struggling. i did finish this one ( i think- may hit it with a wash of nickel azo to knock back the bright yellow a hair). it's- you guessed it- 6x6.
i just slopped paint & medium on a bunch of other stuff. still fairly uninspired. i did see some things in jackson that got me thinking- painting on gold leaf, which i've used before & like- being one. there was also an artist who painted over a mixed media backgrounds- she had a series of horses painted over book pages for instance. of course, this would involve me drawing and painting, but anything is possible. i saw some fun sandhill crane pieces, and they're about to show up in fairfield again. it might be fun to do a series. i could paint oil on an acrylic mm base.
i only need to come up with 26 more horizontal inches for may at the downtown gallery. 4 6x6 pieces, or a couple of larger ones. if i can get that headed safely in the right direction i can play.
sorry for the rant- it does help me think to throw it out there, tho. any comments welcome.