Have you ever wondered why some paintings sell, and they are not even painted that well? You are looking at the art and thinking ..." why anybody would buy this is beyond me?" After all, I can see all kinds of mistakes and say to myself..."I just don't get it?"
Or conversely, you are drawn to a painting of lovely colors, but on close inspection, it seems to have plenty of "flaws".
Guess what friends; the ENERGY and EMOTIONS of the artist are in every piece of art. People are looking at how you felt the day you painted your painting, through the colors, the speed of the brush strokes, the angle of brush strokes, the lights and dark contrast and a ton of other subtle stuff.
Painting is considered therapy as it allows the artist to offload emotions. If you are having a "bad" day and paint, it can be a great release to pour out how you feel on the canvas. You may even feel much better after having painted it.
I can remember being so angry at a tenant that had sent me a crummy letter and breaking her lease for a rental house I owned. That afternoon, I painted five white horses stuck up to their knees in a sort of Florida mango swamp. I took it to the art gallery, and it sold that afternoon. The lady that bought it commented; "That is just how I have been feeling lately, STUCK".
Was that the best painting I ever did? Nope, not even close. The gallery had to hang all kinds of my "happy artwork" that did not resonate with that customer.
Why is it a great aim to want to have each painting be our very best? Every once in a while put on some music that suits your mood and let go.
Acrylic April challenge for our Facebook group is an excellent way to try this. Look for details in another announcement about Acrylic April.
(photo taken on Liberty of the Sea Feb 1, 2019 Ginger's Birthday Bash. Sandra McRaven Massey)