I am in a quandary. As you know, I love to paint, but I also have found great pleasure in working with textiles again. And loving to paint also works into the fabric sculptures because I paint the fabric. Yes, I can do both, but feel I am at a fork in the road and should choose left or right and concentrate my efforts in that direction. If I return to painting on canvas, I would proceed in the direction of the painting pictured above…contemporary and texturized using a limited palette. I explored this type of painting in my Limited Vocabulary series, some of which were featured on previous blog posts a few years ago.
Why do I feel I need to make a choice? My personal feeling is the general art market will slow dramatically when the retail stores are free to open again. I currently exhibit my work in four galleries, all of them more affordable venues. I have done well creating work that fits their aesthetic and fortunately, have had good sales.The customer for this work may fade as so many are unemployed and others have needed to reevaluate their purchases to save more money for a crisis like this one that may reappear in the future. In other words, there are plenty of raven and landscape paintings in those galleries to last a very long time.
I have always done artwork for sale…to generate income. Fortunately, at this time in my life, the income isn’t a necessity and I can choose what to create. BUT, I will have a sense of accomplishment if I finish a substantial body of work in either medium, working in a series. And who knows…maybe the higher end art market may be viable again one day and I may be able to exhibit a cohesive body of work somewhere.
I have all the supplies I need to pursue either option. Below is the fabric I painted recently to use in the sculptures and it really inspires me….but paintings like The Edge that are scattered around my house are suddenly speaking to me also.
I fully realize that this is a minuscule quandary compared to the many people who have to decide between buying food or paying utilities. I could decide by flipping a coin, but art has been my career and now that I have the time without deadlines, I need to focus on the future and how I may be able to continue in the world of art as we all evaluate what our own personal futures may be. I don’t want to allow the economic downturn to wipe out any effort on my part to look for a possible avenue of opportunity in the future. I heard that a big part of luck is being prepared and I hope I am on the road to the right preparation, but it is still a crapshoot.
I will forge ahead, using my stay at home time as best I can. Hopefully, we all will remain virus free and will find our own best way to fill our time, keep ourselves calm and happy and prepare for the future, whatever that may be…from the studio