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Even Mick Jagger does it

Even Mick Jagger does it

I called in to a prestigous gallery yesterday with the proviso of just looking at the artwork hanging on the walls, and the standard and subject matter of whatever they had there. I am still trying to find the elusive “unique selling point” for my art and wanted more involved and concerted inspiration in that area.

The sales assistant was excellent at asking me what I was interested in, showing me the details of some work, and discussing any pieces I made a comment about. I  liked her immensely for her enthusiasm, and easy manner. As we were chatting, the manager got caught up in the conversation, and since it was a cold, wet, quiet Monday afternoon  was more than happy to chat to me. As far as he was concerned I was a just a woman who was interested in art. It was only after chatting for about half an hour than I mentioned I was a professional artist who would love to have my artwork on their walls, it was *just* (ha!) finding that elusive *thing* to paint. Its not the technicall ability (I have that) its the *thing* I don’t know what to do since I have painted so many things, am so interested in many things. That’s my problem (big problem!). He nodded in total understanding, and explained that most creatives have that problem and have to make the decision of whether to create for three people, or hundreds. I nodded, and said that most work I do is for commission, which I much prefer doing since I know what I’m doing and know what I am going to get paid for it. But…. I realised that that was the *three people* he was referring to. If I paint for the hundreds I have to change my subject matter, but then, as a creative, I felt that I was selling myself short just to please the Acrylic paintsmass market. He then said something really profound that I hadn’t considered before,  that most people know that classical music is technically better than pop music, but most people would rather listen to the Beatles than Chopin. And even Mick Jagger who has earnt an awful lot of money from playing his music at concerts can’t play the new stuff he’d rather sing, because his fans (me included!) want to hear the old, familiar stuff that they prefer. If you are a creative, you have to do the stuff you want your mass market to buy, but try to put in the newer stuff bit by bit if you can, but you may not get the chance.

I asked with a grin what his gallery was looking for, currently, from their new artists, and he replied with the answer I was expecting. You can’t name WHAT it is, you just KNOW it, when you see it. When the hairs on the back of your arms rise up with excitement, then you KNOW it. Its that elusive *X Factor* (no, not the talent show on the telly) that all galleries are looking for, and he said with a big smile that if he could find THAT he’d become a billionaire, bottle it, and buy a small country, probaly ………..Italy!!!

I thanked him and his assistant for their time and help and I came away inspired and still on the search for the *thing* that I need to find.

And today, whilst looking at the artwork of one of my favourite artists I noted that she had stated that recently she was changing her way of painting more towards figuritive art, which I presumed meant that she much prefered painting it to the other stuff she is well known for. And realised, that even she has done what Mick Jagger does, pushing the stuff that sells rather than the stuff that they prefer…….

 

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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