Well it's a shame but the way it is that paintings don't sell well in a poor economy. People just go into survival mode and wait to get things in order before they buy art. When I painted full time it took me a while to realize that it would take me longer then I thought for me to get to the point where my art could sustain me. In the end I went back to what could much easier provide me the income I need to raise my girls. I do plan on getting back to painting full time, but not just yet.
Yes, I know so many male artists who have to support a family and simply can't afford to paint full time. I am lucky in that I have had a husband supporting me all these years and we've been able to afford my not working. Now he has retired and we get a pension which is means tested. Fortunately I don't earn enough for us to lose the pension and the benefits and discounts that come with it. One of my friends has now stopped work to paint full time as both his daughters are working now and he is very happy. He also teaches to supplement their income. So, good luck to you for the future when you too can do that again.
I suppose it's a shame that things are gender based at this point in time but I guess that they are. When I got married was had a standing agreement that at some point in time I would take five years to just paint. That however did not work out, but the fact that when I sold my company I had time to paint was good for me.
I think painting is still about yourself and expressing things the way you want to, and if someone else sees enough value in that to pay for it then great. I know that I will not alter my style or way of painting to make a better income at it, so I will stick with my way and hope that works. If not I will keep doing it anyhow, and earn the money I need elsewhere.
The nice thing is I did learn from the past and I know what I need to do in the future when the time works for that. I think in your case the level of work you do is so high that you have achieved a great measure of success already. I am sure you know that yourself.
Thanks for the well wishes Freda, it's just nice to be able to share a perspective now and then.
Yes, and so many people are trying to be someone else............I find it with watercolourists particularly. Here, there is a chap in South Australia who is tops at doing free watercolours ..........and he is very good at them. They are all aspiring to be like him.......which means they all look the same, not much individuality. They treat him like a sort of artist god. I'm happy with that, I feel that our way of working is pretty unusual. I love putting the pips in the strawberries with highlights and cast shadows, it's my personality. Anyway, while they are all aspiring to be him, I can just get on happily ........there is no comparing, just the work.
Very lovely! good luck with the show.. your paintings are much bigger than I imagined! When I hit the lottery.. I'm gonna buy a big house with HUGE walls and fill one room with yours and one room with karin's