Ebb & Flow….

It’s been two or three weeks since my last post – time taken for family plus a fabulous break to Seville – time for reflection…

After participating in September’s Melbourne Art Trail with some sales and a reasonable amount of interest, I hoped it might be the beginnings of ‘something’….. and…..so far….nada, nil, nothing…. I have read that sometimes it takes two or three months after an event for ‘interest shown’ to develop further, so I am probably being unrealistic…. It also re-iterates that I have to do more to promote myself….not a concept that comes easily to me…. definitely an ‘ebb’ moment…

So much so that I began to question what I was doing, thinking….why I was bothering….however, one of my attributes is stubbornness so I showed up in my studio space – well, that was the first step achieved!! I pondered what it was about creating art that kept me coming back to it…and I came to the conclusion it’s because I love playing with colour, making marks, combining materials in such a way that says something…..to me…and I think that’s what I need to remember as being the most important thing.

So it is back to my routine…starting out in my trusty Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook, using materials I love; inks, for the tonal qualities you can achieve, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours for their vibrancy along with Derwent Inktense blocks and Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks…

…..before working on paper, in this instance it’s Cass Art mixed media paper…

Although it’s been glorious autumnal weather outside I have been channelling the winter palette from my childhood growing up in rural Lincolnshire – big skies, ploughed fields, stubble….

….and slowly I begin to get in the ‘flow’….just exploring, experimenting….discovering what I feel works and what I don’t like ( such as the indigo sky on the top sheet – definitely needs something doing to it…)….although I don’t mind the one below…and no, I can’t help but try it in a mount – even though I am supposed to be just playing….

Some time ago I came across the following quote by Teresa R Funke – ‘Spend one day in pursuit of art that only you can produce, and somewhere, someone is enjoying your courage to do just that’…

This really resonates with me – if I produce the work that I love, that I have an emotional attachment to, that speaks to me – then that is the works’ true value… hopefully, eventually, the right people will come along and love it too, whether they buy it or not….that’s not to say I will be giving up on the marketing side of things (if I am doing this as a business then money plays it’s part)….but I need to stop piling the pressure on myself and remember why I am doing this in the first place….

….as with everything, it’s a work in progress….

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