by Bayles & Orland
photo: Birch Island, Maine where we celebrated Memorial Day with friends
Now that I've returned from a fabulous week in Maine, I'm returning to this great book. I truly missed my daily "conversations" with you all and look forward to resuming them. We've arrived at Part II, chapter 6 "A View into the Outside World." Here, the authors transition from our internal fears that were exposed in Part I, to how we artists deal with the problems that arise in the outside world once the art is made. Although the term "ordinary" is used to describe these problems, that doesn't mean trivial. I agree with the authors when they write that ordinary problems consume the larger part of almost ever artist's time. That's been my experience as well.
The easy part is creating the painting in the first place. After that, it's all downhill: marketing making contacts, sales, packing and shipping, and paperwork galore! As the author's put it: There's one hell of a lot more to art than just making it.
Finding a venue for our work requires navigating the intricate network of dealers, gallery directors, agents, critics, and patrons who decide whether or not to exhibit what we've created as well as to control its value. So much of what happens to our art once it is made is out of our direct control unless we decide not to show it at all. And, if our work happens to offend or challenge too many boundaries, it will be D.O.A.
Next time, we'll delve a little deeper into these "ordinary problems."
What are your thoughts?