Humble Beginnings

June 01, 2017

Humble Beginnings

I began painting two years ago....these are my firsts, mess ups, weird stages and bad color choices.  Not to show how far I've come, this isn't about that.  But to encourage others who are just beginning yet desire to create sellable work.  For those who long to unlock the great mystery of "what sells?!" when you look at your stuff and wonder why aren't others loving it like you do.  I've certainly not figured it all out yet and I hope I don't, for that means growing has ceased.  However.... I have a little bit of advice if you doubt yourself and what you have to offer.  Finding your own style is incredibly hard.  Trust me, I copied countless artists who I admired.  NEVER to sell but to learn.  Eventually and before knowing your own beautiful style emerges....IF you are willing to paint until your hand falls asleep. Until your feet hurt from hours of standing at the canvas.  Until you've wasted time and money ruining a million canvases and they are stacked in a corner.  Keep painting even when you're asked why you keep painting when nothing is selling.  My answer was and always will be, "I'd paint if nothing ever sold, duh! Because I'd stop breathing if I didn't."  Paint all night if it's the only time you get to yourself.  And most of all paint what's in you, not what someone tells you will sell better.  Only then will it flow effortlessly out of your soul and onto the canvas.  Only then will it appear so organic to others that they somehow relate to it  and long to have it in their lives.  Basically PAINT YOUR HEART OUT... Literally and figuratively 💘