I work from home. My commute is from the kitchen to the studio. I live one day at a time. Yesterday has gone. I am excited about the future but I focus on today. Having a daily routine helps me to maintain that focus. There is a lot of freedom that is attached to what I do. And I enjoy it. However, without any structure that freedom could be my undoing.
I drove over to Aberystwyth today to visit Canolfan Y Celfyddydau, otherwise known as the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The main exhibition ‘Edgelands’, takes its inspiration from the overlooked areas of land on the borders of the town and the countryside. These are the outskirts of cities that hardly receive any attention. This collection of contemporary painting celebrates these forgotten margins of our landscape. They challenge us to consider how we perceive the world. Not just in terms of what we see, but also how we feel and behave like a developing civilisation.
Some of the featured artists include; Barbara Howey, Marguerite Horner, Lee Maelzer and Day Bowman.
Horner’s works offer a snapshot of the seemingly mundane: a sliver of dual carriageway in profile, a petrol station or a rundown shop, in a tired suburban street. Continue reading Edgelands at the Canolfan Y Celfyddydau
Painting small and often is one aspect of being an artist. Almost equally as important, is selling artwork.
Today we have the opportunity for blogging selling online art. We can join like-minded people, who can support each other as artists. There are thousands of artists painting often, and posting to blogs. Potentially there is a hugely supportive community at our fingertips.
You can avoid the middleman – most galleries charge 50% commission. While they do a lot (including paying rent), the internet presents us with an opportunity to sell direct. There are costs with selling online, but they are much lower than 50%. Continue reading The Artist in the Market Place