A Visual Artist First and Foremost
As I mention briefly here I am a painter in addition to being a photographer. For what it’s worth I regard myself as a visual artist first and then a painter and photographer in equal measure under that umbrella. Just in case anyone is wondering, this is not a sneaky attempt to change this blog into a more general visual arts one. It is, and always will be photography first and foremost with very occasional forays into other areas.
This recession has been brutal on a lot of artists, myself included. The market for the large type of paintings that I specialize in has more or less dried up for all but the top names and even they are having a harder time of it. I sold several paintings towards the end of last year but have had a dry spell since then. That all changed this week. I got an email on Monday letting me know that one had sold which was really nice and I filed that away and carried on doing some photography related stuff. On Wednesday I got another email saying that two more had sold – so nothing in seven months then three in a week. Sometimes this life can be precarious but it does have the occasional moment where it feels like winning the lottery. Anyway, I am really hoping that this is the beginning of a trend and not just a flash in the pan.
My own personal indicator for recession ends is big painting sales big as in the actual sizes of the paintings selling. I suspect that this is about much more than available funds and is much more about confidence. Recessions make us more inward looking and the outside world seems to move off into the distance. Big paintings are a sign of optimism, of looking outward, Generally speaking, if peole are thinking in terms of big art they are happy with their place in the world. Another interesting thing (for me at any rate) was that two of the paintings were purchased for offices i.e. corporate. If companies are hanging six foot brightly colored abstractish paintings in their space they are probably feeling pretty confident.
These recent sales have all come via Uptown Cafe Valparaiso. Now, I am incredibly lucky to have the use of this space as it is a big space with a very urban, big city feel and this is exactly the right setting for my paintings. If you ever find yourself in Valparaiso NW Indiana get in touch and I’ll meet you there and even buy the coffee. The photographs with this piece do not do the venue justice, they were taken quickly and without fill flash so the exposure differences between the large windows and the interior were too much. I knew this going in so rather than fight it I tried to use the stark differences in tone in the composition. One day I’ll take some professional shots. The slide show on the cafe’s webpage gives a better sense of the space.
In other news, as they say, the owner/developer of the iPhone app Photoverse asked if it was OK to include this website (MP101) with the app – obviously I said yes. I have heard great things about Photoverse and am really looking forward to seeing how this plays. Basically the app is a curated and organized feed of photography blogs and websites. Much more here on the the developer’s website. I will post much more about this further down the road.
The next post on this blog will be about photography and it will be a reader-centric one as opposed to a me-centric one – I promise!