1 artwork a day or I just can't play!
For a little while, I have been questioning my art practise:
- is photorealistic art an interesting form of art?
- is photorealistic art devoid of emotions?
- do I want to continue doing black and white for the rest of my life?
- is it possible to spend so much time on one single artwork and price it reasonably?
- is it reasonable to expect people to pay thousands of dollars on a single artwork?
- should art only be accessible to the richest?
And, these are just the tip of the iceberg of my questioning. So many people have told me that if you choose to be an artist, you choose to be poor for the rest of your life, or that all successful artists are dead!
But I think that this is not necessary. There might be other ways around. I don't intend to become a mega millionaire with art and I don't have the pretension to think that I am the new Monet or Van Gogh, however, I also think I am awesome as an artist and that it is my passion and thus I want to be able to make a reasonable living out of it.
I do not want to spend months planning and only weeks painting or drawing. I want to paint and draw all the time, everyday or at least most days.
A while back, I came across this wonderful book called "Daily Painting" by the very talented and successful Carol Marine, you can check out her blog here, or her website here. Since, I have discovered that one of the very first artists to start this daily painting movement is Duane Keiser, you can read his blog and check his paintings here.
It made me think about why I am an artist and if it would be possible for me to apply this type of formulae to my work to be more prolific and be able to sell more reasonably priced art. Indeed, I do think that art should be for everyone and that everyone should be able to afford some originals to hang in their home.
Many artists are trying to find ways to live or at least survive in our modern world, my take on it is going to be to follow this daily art movement for 30 days and report daily on it. I have called my own adventure/trial "1 artwork a day or I just can't play!" It makes reference to the daily painters of course and if you have children you will also have realised that it makes reference to Bookaboo and if you don't know who Bookaboo is and you are curious, check it out here.
At the end of the adventure, I will decide if this is a viable option for me in the long run or if I need to find another solution. In the process, I will be choosing different subjects, using different mediums and supports and discover myself and what I am capable of and what I like. I will post 5 to 6 days a week with my daily artwork and will not spend anymore than 3 hours on a single artwork. This is going to be a real challenge because most of my work takes days to finish. I might have doodles but hopefully I will have finished pieces. I will more than likely sell my finished pieces on eBay as auctions.
I hope you follow my story and if want to contact me about this little adventure or about anything else, please email me and I will be delighted to get back to you.