Some scribble and mega price tag

Some scribble and mega price tag

Yesterday whilst having a cup of tea with my ex- husband he showed me a painting that his soon to be new wife had purchased, and asked me what I thought of it. I recognised it instantly as a place I’d been too in Venice and admired it for its simplistic form, and massive frame. I don’t know what it cost, but I know where it came from, and know that there would have been a high price attached to it. I am not in anyway demeaning the artist, or the gallery he is connected with, but that picture would have been painted in about two hours, maybe half a day at the absolute most. And my reaction to it was “I can paint better than that!” . But, and this is the but, and has been an ongoing  big but for a while now, I may be a better painter, but I am not connected to that gallery, so buyers percieve me as a lesser artist because of it. The fact that I like painting lots of  different subjects in many different mediums makes me in their eyes a lesser artist because I don’t paint exactly the same sort of picture all the time and churn them out like a sort of artist conveyor belt.

My question is though, is should I start doing that, to make more money as an artist? And would it make me happy if I did.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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