This transition period is a time for me to relax, experiment, research…. and I recently read this article, ‘Amateur vs Professional Artist: 7 Questions To Ask Yourself’‘ I could certainly identify myself in the opening paragraph: yes, I have been painting for a number of years, have participated in group shows, fairs, etc and yes, I have been lucky enough to have sold work…does that make me a professional artist? I began to doubt myself after reading that, although there are highly successful professional artists who use watercolour and/or paint landscapes, in some quarters, these are seen as the medium and subject of the amateur artist…oh dear what did that make me then…? Undaunted, and up for a challenge, I thought I had obviously better get to grips with acrylics…again….
‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to
succeed is always to try
just one more time,’
Every so often I do have the occasional foray with the medium…this ‘in-between’ period seems the ideal time for me to have one more try – I am just a little stubborn by nature….
Early attempts were not encouraging…..
Landscape is obviously very much in the fore front of my mind when I paint….so, on I go…
Results were slightly more abstract…
….and cropping one of the bottom ones…
….appeared reminiscent of a summer’s day by the reeds and river….okay, go with me on that one….
And I persist…I think I did mention the word stubborn…
I have no idea where these are going…but there are things I like about them….the textures..
….scratching through the layers of paint… using a wipe to blend the ones I didn’t like to create a base for further work…
I have left them for today; they are still more landscape than what I had originally intended but I will look at them again tomorrow, add more to them….and then comes the moment when you remove the tape and see what you have…good or bad….probably bad, but you don’t learn if you don’t at least try….one more time…
I don’t look upon acrylics as a replacement for my watercolour, ink or charcoal works; more, another string to my bow…however, dire the tune…..at the present moment….
With regards to the remaining questions in the article; well, I do like to present my finished work in a professional manner, double mounted in the main, framed where I can…. I think I do have a style, a voice, marks that I like to make and use; my motivation is that I want to become the best artist I can be… Yes, I could be more active in my local art community but that doesn’t stop me from creating art…and I am definitely becoming more professional and business like in my approach ( I actually keep accounts now…..!!)…Whether that makes me a ‘professional’ artist, I don’t know….but I am definitely an artist…
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Until tomorrow, and the next instalment…..
‘When there’s no experimenting
there’s no progress. Stop
experimenting and you go
backward. If anything goes
wrong, experiment until you get
to the very bottom of the