Friday, July 21, 2006

Regrouping Needed


Moody
Originally uploaded by m.Lee.
This is the last of these trees (I believe). I have a few more random pieces to list on Etsy here and there, but what I am going to concentrate on now is regrouping and finding my love for art again. I am not having fun anymore. I feel that I am too focused on sales and that isn't why I make art. Lots of sales validate me, but I need to find validation in the work itself. I need to start experimenting again to make things fresh and challenging. I need to get serious about looking for galleries and I need to keep working even if I don't really feel motivated to do so.

I am going back to portraits for a little while because that is what this all started and they are good practice. I also need to stop being so scared of monotypes because they are hard and really pour myself into them. Maybe play with stencils a bit. Maybe the results won't work at first, but I need to learn to be fine with that and keep going until I am happy with the results. I am not a factory and this is not a craft and I don't want it to become one, I believe that is where I was heading.

5 comments:

Ellen Shipley said...

I like the colors on this one. Subtle. Looking forward to seeing your portraits. 8-]

Diane Cutter said...

I'm glad to hear you'll be doing more portrait work... they are strong and impressive!

bdelpesco said...

The lucky things is - you're good at all of it. Honing your craft, in either medium or subject, is a constant, so bravo to that. Not so much as a single road to walk, but more of a whole map to explore. We'll be watching and rah-rah-ing you on...

Annie B said...

Hi Marissa,

This sounds exciting! Yes, follow the fun, follow the creative energy, follow the heart. You've had a great adventure already and there's so much more ahead.

Jen said...

It sounds like you need to work more on process as opposed to product. That's something that expressive arts therapy stresses.. i heard it so often over the past two months. I still like product though :)

my point is that you need to do what is best for you, and if that means fewer sales, then i support you in that!