I believe the personality and emotion of an artist is like the sea. There are high tides, low tides, and an ebb and flow of things. Waves are made by some sort of resistance or changes in the water.
Creativity is the exact same way. There are creative times, and times of drawing blanks, or feeling uninspired. When something happens in my life, it affects my artwork and my creativity. As I’m influenced by people, my work changes.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflecting. About being an artist, about my future as a creative and about the evolution of creativity.
Today I saw this post on Instagram:
It really gave meaning to the thoughts and questions that have been swirling around in my head lately.
Why are you selling your work for so little?
As I continue painting and my work continues to evolve, I find my work hard to sell.
Just a few weeks ago, I painted seven amazing little works on canvas. They were 6″x6″.
I was able to sell four of them. For $22 each. While I think that’s awesome (Yay! I love selling work!) I completely devalued my artwork by charging $22. That’s what you can buy reproduction work at Hobby Lobby for.
Since I ran that sale, I have had no interest in painting anything.
It really prompted me to think about what’s important. I have said many times, “I just want to paint!” Naturally, it bothers me to work tirelessly on a painting and then just stick it in the basement until I gift it to a relative or friend (sorry for all the artwork, relatives and friends).
I have come to the conclusion that I must put more value in myself and the artwork I create. Each of my pieces is a part of me. I work hard, it comes directly from my brain and heart.
From now on, if the prices I’m charging for artwork don’t make me completely uncomfortable, I will know I’m charging far too little.
What is your 10-year-plan?
I have about 15 ACTUAL planners, but developing long-term plans is just not me. What will be, will be. The greatest part of life is that it’s a journey and you never know the destination. That’s what makes it fun. I do know that my 10-year plan involves significantly more running, weird crafts, and camping (probably a boat, too).
What’s your favorite form of art?
If you follow me on any form of social media, you know I’ve opened an Etsy shop where I sell my handmade leather jewelry. I LOVE working with leather and creating jewelry. It’s very fulfilling. And different than painting because it’s something completely useful.
I can’t ever really put a pin in what my FAVORITE form of art is. I have really dove head-first into bullet journaling. Maybe journaling is my favorite form of artwork. Because it’s whatever you want it to be–painting, drawing, lettering, collage, all of it.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I always think about this. Perhaps it’s why I love art so incredibly much. When you create something, it’s forever. But beyond this, I want to be remembered for my appreciation of beautiful things and also being a little kooky. Yeah.
One of my goals for this summer was/is to scrapbook the past year–I used to keep up with a scrapbook at least monthly before I took on my online teaching job. But with three girls and two jobs, and a million other things to do, it’s been put on the backburner. It’s something that bothers me SO much. I never want to lose the memories tucked in every single picture I’ve taken, so the idea that they might not get written about and displayed properly is something I can’t deal with.
Well, there it is, readers. Now you know a little more about me, what makes me tick, and things I think about.
I’m just one gal, writing a little blog, thankful you’re here reading it!