Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Painting a day.... why?

Painting a day -
Appalachian Train No. 9 5x7" Acrylic on Masonite
$150.00 Matted and framed http://www.wynncreasyfineart.com/
I am often asked with amazement why I would do a painting a day? Even other artists tell me that admitting I can paint fast takes the magic and the mystery out of being an artist for the masses. It seems to many people the fact that someone can paint at ALL is a miracle, and it should be presented as a struggle, a mystery, divine inspiration and sweat and toil that makes a work of art worth the price of purchase. But I really do have to disagree. that seems a lot like the priests of old keeping the "mysteries" of the church to themselves in order to retain control over the masses.
My ex-husband got paid what I considered an exorbitant amount of money to sit on his butt and look at a computer screen and fidget with a few symbols every day. He works when he feels like it. He is paid for his skills and his expertise at what he does, NOT for the hours he sits at the desk. He studies, he reads, he constantly works to keep up with his industry. He is paid to compensate for the skills he brings to the job, and in fact, for the ability to do the job as quickly and competently as possible.
Why should a skilled artist not be compensated the same way? I work HARD at my craft. I read, I study, I train, I observe, I spend hours learning a skill. The fact that I can use that skill now to create a work of art that people find pleasing, attractive and desirable in less than a months time should not be a handicap!
The fact is, I try and do at least a painting a day not to prove how fast or skilled I am, but to push myself to be a better artist. Working every single day at my craft helps me learn to see better, to analyze faster, to think with an artist's mind, visualize with the artist's inner eyes. I often paint the same still life, or the same landscape over and over to learn from it. To push my own limitations and boundaries. To search for the essence of each view, of each item, each panorama. To distill the core of why I am moved by that scene. Then to recreate that for others to search for themselves.
It's funny, but until "Scènes de la Vie de Bohème" by Henri Murger, being an artist was an acceptable livelihood. Painters and other creative types were considered skilled craftsmen to be used for art for family portraits, for architecture, for private collections. Since Murger's short stories, the novel and the play that followed them, which then became the Puccini Opera "La Boheme", and the Musical "Rent", the romanticized and glorified life of the "starving artist" has been accepted as the norm. And even sold to the public as a means to keep artists from being successful in their own right. (Like the high priests, we "NEED" art consultants and gallery owners to interpret us to others.)
In no other creative field ( theatre, writing, dance, etc) is self promotion looked down on as it is for visual artists. Those fields EXPECT individual artists and companies to promote, to sell themselves, to toot their own horns in order to be successful. And no other artist is penalized for being skilled, creative and fast at their work. Only the visual arts still has this archaic view.
I paint because I have too. It is my life's energy source and the creative impulse makes life worthwhile to me. I MARKET because I have to. I need to sell. I depend on my skills to bring me a living that is much more than just to survive. I expect to thrive. The Secret says that "words become things" and "that which we focus on the universe HAS to give us. The Law of Attraction Demands it!" I focus on success. I focus on the beauty of the world. I focus on becoming the best artist I can be and on making a wonderful living by selling my art.
What do YOU focus on?
Until Next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with Love.