I have a confession to make!
So why have I spent the last week doing realistic, representational art? Huh?!
AND… what’s more, why am I actually enjoying it! Honest, I am!!!!
I assure you, this is but a temporary glitch, a short lived, if slightly worrying, trend! One born of a necessity to sell some work at the Art Fair being held at Chiltern Open Air Museum. And, no, it’s not a plane museum as I thought but buildings on display – still trying to get my head around that one.
I will be at an Art Fair ,there all day on Sunday. In the Thame Vicarage room! I’m expecting the market to be fairly traditional in taste although I plan to display my abstracts along with some conventional pieces. I don’t have much representational work to display. So, I’m painting some pieces specific to the venue. There are some fabulous buildings there! I’m trying to give them some interesting views. Hence my painting of “Henton mission room” looking through part of the fabulous wrought iron gate with the sky as a backdrop.
But they’re still too “trad” for me! Don’t get me wrong, they look good… I’d even say I’m pleased with them. It’s just not how I want to develop long term.
It highlights an issue most artists face. Do you paint what sells or what you love? In an ideal world you do both, and that’s still my primary goal. But sometimes realism sets in, I need to generate funds and this is the best way for me to do it. Am I right? Perhaps, perhaps not, only time will tell!
The truth is, I’m faced with a dilemma. That most people, who buy art locally, are drawn to the representational and I do abstracts. I need to create work for the market I have…
But look to expand into areas where abstraction is better accepted!
OK, that makes sense… I think?
But is it wrong to enjoy this style of work? I don’t believe so. Recreating an impression of a real place has unique set of challenges which, once achieved, provide a distinct feeling of achievement.
I’m an artist who chooses abstraction because it holds greater opportunities for my creativity, not because I can’t create realistic images. Realism informs the choices for my abstracts, it is therefore vital that I continue to develop my understanding of the representational, right?
What do you think?