I am an artist; hoping one day to be recognised and sell my work. It is a dream, like millions of others we hang on to or at least cover our costs. It will not happen; nonetheless we carry on thinking of ways to motivate ourselves to remain creative and make ends meet. While we work at our kitchen tables or our studios in the corner of the sitting room or in the garden shed, we can do that. However, at some point we have show our work, sell it as well as selling ourselves and this is the dilemma.
To promote our work takes further investment, not just financial and it is costly but, in time and energy. This is a quite a different ball game and where a lot very creative people fall short. This is particularly sad because we are not all 'performers'.
I haven’t been in the art world long, but I understand completely that artists do get, if not financial reward, certainly recognition when they are able to show their work in local art exhibitions or events. Unfortunately, this has become difficult in some communities where exhibition space is lost or too expensive. Also, guilds and societies which offer support and a degree of extra recognition can also be costly and exclusive.
So as individuals we have to become more and more resourceful if we want to enjoy a little notoriety, even if we if we sell little of our work. As artists, we need our tools and the medium, that is a given; however to enhance our work to give it the so-called 'market value', we then have to consider this carefully.
For me, framing or to hang in an expensive gallery (even if I was given the opportunity) is not an option. As time goes on the notion becomes less attractive to me.
I am an illustrator, I use many mediums; my work ‘appears’ in books and out, on sack/hessian fabric, on clay, hung by pegs, on a string or on a freeby website ... all perfectly unframed and I celebrate this.
Nelabligh aka Helen Westhrop
... recently retired with time and a wealth of experience; but like a herd of cats, my thoughts and subsequent works of art seem to go in different directions. I will use this blog to record the provenance and the origin of my ideas, while adding colour and texture to finished pieces and work in progress...