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Breaking out of the circle

I know I want to do a blog post on the 12.12.12  but not sure exactly what I’m going to say til I write it. But here goes…..

Mm… my thoughts…. I’m in a bit of a lull and not sure exactly what I want at the moment. I always try to be positive and upbeat, but its been a bit more of an effort this last couple of weeks. But thinking back on it, I don’t know why I’m surprised, its usually like this in December. I suppose I live in hope that I’m going to be given a fabulously exciting commission to do for Christmas, but instead it all goes quiet as people buy toys, electrical goods, clothes, games and books to be opened on Christmas day. Not many people have paintings for Christmas, although I’ve done a few for people over the years.  

So, instead, I do all the usual jobs of Christmas:-  writing cards and sending them out to my friends, making my favourite white Christmas cake and mince pies, buying and joyfully wrapping presents, decorating the house with greenery and twinkling lights.

And look beyond it to the time when the new year starts and people begin to think again of artwork. And to that end I’ve had two interesting and diverse conversations that may (or may not, you never can tell) lead on to doing some artwork for new clients… but have to wait for them to gather their thoughts on the subject matter before I can discuss it in full with either of them…..

I’ve made a decision not to go ahead with an exhibition in London that I think will cost me more to attend than I’ll make on it. I’ll wait to hear the feedback from others who are exhibiting there to see if I’m right. And have to accept the consequences if I’ve got it wrong.

And I still need to find a “place” to sell my art more regularly. That place may be a physical place, it may be a gallery, it may be via a third party, it may be an auction house, it may be online, it may even be via ebay although that’s very hit and miss too. Its the age old problem for all artists, and I hear it a lot at the moment with all my arty friends….that there is still a recession on, that art isn’t selling, that people haven’t got money to buy art, that the artist is giving the art away (a throw back to starving artists working in a garret, I feel we’re in). I hear it so often like a long playing record.

And this is where my problem lies. Where is the inspiration to paint art, if I haven’t sold the recent stuff I expected to? And this is where it goes around in circles for an artist.

So, I have to break that circle.

But, at which point?

And how?