I like painting abstracts. I really do. There’s something about not worrying what something is “supposed” to look like that is incredibly freeing. It’s just colour and shape and feeling. I know a lot of people don’t “get” non-objective work. That’s ok. I know there are some very famous paintings that just don’t do it for me, and others that I could look at forever. It’s all personal taste.
Selling art is one of those things that is a challenge no matter how you go about it. It seems like selling abstract art is even more so. I don’t make a living from my sales. I don’t know a lot of people who do. With the crap that has been my life the last couple years, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and take a break from the hustle. There will be no art fairs in the next year. Possibly no shows. I’m not going to go hunting down opportunities. I’m just going to do what I feel like doing. That means drawing if I feel like it. Working in my journal. Maybe doing a landscape or a portrait if I that’s the way I’m leaning that day. I’m tired, and I think I need a little break.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a boatload of medical practitioners. I’ve been told, many times, that it would help me to reduce the amount of stress in my life. How the hell does someone do that? My job is deadline driven. I have no idea from day to day what I’m walking into. I can think I’m caught up when I leave at night, only to walk into a deluge of work the following morning. My corporate overlords do everything by the numbers, so if my account doesn’t generate enough profit we don’t get the hands to do the work. That’s the way it is for everyone these days. Everyone I talk to is overworked and completely stressed out. Adding a 2nd career to the mix just seems to be hastening my burnout.
I’m not going to stop creating. It’s something I love to do, and when I’m in my studio I feel totally at one with myself. But I think I’m going to stop pushing myself to have something new to share every single week. My life just isn’t that interesting. I want to keep the blog going, so I’ll figure out something… maybe guest posts from my artist friends? I know a lot of really talented people. Maybe I’ll share some of my photos. Or interesting books I’ve read. I don’t know.
Anyone have a suggestion?