Thursday, March 15, 2012

Big Red

Big Red
6x6 oil on RayMar panel


To all my fellow bloggers, first, thank you Virgina Floyd for your answer to my question regarding dpw,  Thank you Vic Errington for your great advice.  I have taken a road that has never been taken before by me.  There are many artist who show and sell their work on sites such as Daily Paint Works and Fresh Daily Painters.  I am giving it a shot and will try to stick with it for at least three months.  In all my years of painting I have shown and sold some of my work at outdoor shows, libraries, members shows and even received  several awards.  But none of that has been a motivating factor in why I choose to paint.  A simple love of painting is the reason.  If my attempt at selling on line does not achieve any success, that  
will be okay.  I haven't lost anything.

Bottom line, I thank God , for giving me this wonderful gift of enjoying my art.  Happy Painting everyone.

12 comments:

  1. Joan, your words reflect my feelings exactly. Although I wish you every success in selling more of your paintings I understand you perfectly. Your work is absolutely beautiful I don't know how else to put it, but in that way.
    We paint because we love it , and yes, if someone comes along and loves it as much as we so be it. but in the meantime.. It's who we are. I've been thinking of putting a similar post on my blog... hugs, BJ
    ps I will try to post this although I've stopped commenting on blogs with google captcha. It is so annoying to try to comment on a blog and find that it's near impossible.. but you are worth it ! LOL BJ

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    1. Hi BJ
      Thank you for your visit and words. I have cancelled with DPW's just not my cup of tea. There are many artist that sell there work on these sites, but truth be told, I just want to paint. When doing what I love turns into a job, it is a clue that it's not working. If you choose to join DPW I wish you all the success, your work is beautiful.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  2. Hi Joan.
    That is certainly an onion that you have painted there my friend.well done, again
    I might add. Joan, I agree with you and Barbra re` you paint because you love to paint. And I also say Thank God for the Gift. All the best Joan.
    Vic.

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    1. Good Morning my friend. Thank you, I am so happy as I write, I pulled the plug from the blinkin DPW sign and going back to doing what I love PAINT. Once again, thank you for your sage advice in the email you sent. Having you and Bruce Sherman as supportive friends is a great help to me as an artist. I thank you.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  3. Joan, I wish you the best of luck in selling your work. Your love for painting shows in your work. Hopefully, you'll have another outdoor show this year! I'll be there to visit!!!

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    1. Hi Hilda,

      Thank you, but the shows I do are mainly indoors now. But wouldn't be wonderful if you could join me and my plein air buddies when we go out this summer. It would be great to meet you, bring your husband along also. Mike always joins me.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  4. Best wishes Joan in your ventures and I know with your love of painting you will have success . You have a wonderful gift indeed.
    Love the onion. xx

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    1. Hi Doreen,

      Thank you, my venture into world of professionalism has just ended. I pulled the plug on that. Just not for me, it back to painting, just simply for the "love of art". I see handsome boy looking at me as I write, I will come and visit your blog.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  5. This is beautiful! Good luck on your new venture!

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    1. Hi Virginia,

      So here's the story. Like you Virginia, I just want to paint and enjoy all of my blogger friends. So I bid goodbye to DPW and I am feeling so much better. Thank you for your help.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  6. Good Morning Joan!... I love "Big Red" here... and "in the raw!"

    Your eloquent words regarding your journey in Art and your reasons for painting should always remain the sole/soul (either spelling works) reasons for painting... that's my advice.

    Placing the emphasis on sales will at certain points along one's journey let you down... as the marketplace for potential success fluctuates and cycles... as it always does. Gallery doors callously slammed too many times in one's face can have the same discouraging effect. It has taken me my entire lifetime of continuous painting to enjoy the small modicum of success financially to this point. But the other diviidends... friends and experiences weigh in so much more heavily... and I am deeply blessed and privileged to have been on this wonderful adventure! Three months will never truyly measure failure or success Joan.

    When pleasure and a desire to become better form the nucleus for your artisitc striving... you will always enjoy the fulfillment that only those ingredients can offer. Painting "one a day" may be a sign that you have been in the studio... but that by no means measures success... or failure.

    Some of these paintings that pop up on my screen... should never have been shown publically because they are simply exercises. Art fanciers and GOOD collectors usually don't pay attention to streams of 65 to $100 "quickies" of what I had for lunch or brought home from the super market.

    I know that my statements here will bring bristles of indignation from some.. sobeit! Your work and searching over the past year indicates a higher purpose than cashing in on your hobby. Your hobby has blossumed into a grand and lifelong journey for "You" Joan.

    I am not putting down the objectives of others, but I am speaking directly to "You"... because I see the fire that has been fuelled and now burns gloriously in your heart! Stay your course... PAINT!... and be patient Joan!

    Good Painting and Happy Spring!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Dear friend Bruce,

      Thank you so very much. Your words are exactly what I feel. The one a day painters are very gifted, but my doodles are just that. A few years ago I met an artist/professor of art who is in WHO's WHO. I mentioned the one a day painters and looked at me with a smile on his face and said he had never heard of such a thing. He was a judge in one of our shows, he gave me my first 1st place ribbon for one of my watercolors. I spoke with him months after the show.
      So now it's time just to go back and simply enjoy playing with that gooey stuff I love so much.

      How is you move going? I wish you and Deb all the best.

      Joan

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