I just logged off from the E-Bay site, looking at artwork. I looked specifically at original ACEO art cards; artwork being sold by the artists themselves. Evan at this size of 2.5″ x 3.5″, there seemed no true rhyme or reason to what pieces sold or not. I could not come up with any hypothesis to what style, subject, or medium is currently popular. Because viewers (and possible bidders) could see not only what the current auction price of the artwork was but also how many bids had progressed, one could see the current interest in the item. Often, these did not give any accurate clue as to what type of artwork could possibly sale. Plus, it was hard to tell what price selling artists could – or should – ask for and hope to make. It appears just as hard for buyers to choose what artwork to buy when basing their choices on: asking price (opening bid), bid history and final sale (winning bid.)
I can say that after spending time looking at art listings including sales, even in this limited area, original ACEO art works both artists wishing to sale artwork and buyers looking to purchase art are on their own. Neither group can rely on knowing what kind of art to create that will sale or should be bought for future equity collecting purposes. A wide variety of art is popular and bought at a variety of prices, mismatched and unregulated. I believe that in the current market, art is collected for personal likes and dislikes more so than for any mass popularity trend.
Today, artists can have a difficult time trying to create artwork to sale. It is too difficult to try a create artwork with the sole intention to sell it. The market is too varied and random and difficult to pigeon hole. Artist who work in this manner, with the intention of creating only to make money from selling their work only succeed in creating an atmosphere of economic uncertainty and emotional ups and downs. These most certainly cause damage to artists’ self image and belief in their artistic merit. This also, effects artists’ creative expression and production.
Artists have to create for art’s sake, to make a statement, to release emotions or to play and even to creat a pretty picture. Being able to sell our work not only brings monetary gain but, validation. Both are important however, these areas with their positive verses negative power can still damage and artist’s creative endeavors and artistic being. Artists need to create what they like, how they like and because they like to not because someone else will like it or will buy it. These are icing on the cake…the cake is the artist.
It has been awhile since I seriously practiced making art. I slowly settled into a long duration where I produced little or no art – of any kind. It can happen to any artist because of poor health, overworking in a “nine to five” non-art job, family obligations and other life circumstances. Yet, if we are lucky, then comes a day where the artist can no longer suppress the desire to create whether with paper, canvass, pencil, paint, clay, metal, and now computer/digital drawing pad.
A big problem lies in making the first effort after a long time without picking up a pencil, paintbrush or other instrument. Regardless of what type of medium an artist prefers those first attempts to create anything worthy of signing, nevermind showing to anyone, are frustrating and discouraging.
It is easy to wonder, “What happened?” and think, “I use to be quite good, great even.” As I make these first attempts to rekindle my art-making seem just that to me; like the first attempts of long ago when I first began to create artwork and dream of being a professional artist; professional meaning to be an artist who makes a living at making and selling art. At this time, I’d settle with being a successful “Sunday painter” who could turn out reasonably decent artwork worth allowing other people to view it or to be even worth framing.
“Time has stolen my talent!” I scream inside my head (Ok, even out-loud sometimes.) My ability to draw, paint, mold and put together anything artistically creative feels gone. Truthfully, I fear a little that I have even lost it–whatever “IT” is. My creative ability does not come easy today; my skills are weak and my knowledge proves lacking.
So, my advice to any and all artists is to, “Watch it! Be careful! Taking to long of a break from creating art in any medium and style is dangerous to us artists” We can - lose the ability to easily and quickly create art. With God’s grace, this will only be temporary. The steady pencil mark, the gentil or rigorous paint stroke and other techniques can be lost and the need to redevelop those perfect abilities needed to complete a successful creation worthy of both our’s and other’s admiration can take a while to regain.
It is more aggravating and discouraging the second time around. So, keep up with your art; create daily. I don’t believe that the desire to create art ever truly leaves us artists. However, our technical ability and knowledge can. This lose can result in depressing, negative thoughts which potentially could cause artists to stop creating for good.
What an awful feeling…. to desire to create something, to paint, to draw, to sculpt yet, never to physically do it is painful. An empty hallow area exist in an artist’s being when this happens. Don’t do this to yourselves, create regularly; express yourself and free any trapped ideals, dreams and emotions.
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I’m going to turn over this blog to the real artist. I’m just highjacking this post. I’m her sister.
Trust me, she got all the art skills. Not me. Although I do draw some wicked stick people.
No, I got the funniness and she got the creativity. Art is her passion. I think she eats, sleeps and spends every moment of her life looking at things as an artist.
I’ve been blogging for the past year and now I’m going to rope her into it. The world should see her art. So, this is my one and only guest post. I’m going to turn it over to her now.
Well, I have to teach her first. I appreciate any support you can give her. If you are a art lover, I really think you will enjoy her blog once she gets it up and running.
Oh, and this sketch I posted? When we were younger, I asked her to take my favorite picture and make it bigger for me. So for years now I’ve had this hanging in my hallway. It is my 1st grade picture. She basically recreated it in huge form.
I’ll let her share her thoughts on it some day, that’s her job. Mine was to just put some training wheels on the blog for her. Maybe I’ll swing by again some day. (or sneak in if she leaves the door unlocked)
Hope you will follower her. I know she would love to share some of her many works with the world.
TTFN….. ta ta for now….
Back to my blog… I have placed you in good hands now…
Tammy (Meanwhile, I’m headed back to my blog: LaughingAtEverydayLife
OHHHHHHH…. By the way, her name is Teresa. So say hi to Teresa for me. And don’t forget to hit the follow button..
(Pretty please with sugar on it)