Year ending 2017
Firstly do artists measure achievement in terms of sales? For me, yes, this is one parameter. It's hard to admire your own work unless someone else says they like it, so a purchase is a verification of this.
I've had a boom year at Sansom Gallery in Swanage, selling more than I ever have before. I've found that my pointillism style is the quickest selling although it takes much longer to create!
I've also been selling well at Cove Gallery in Weymouth and am soon to start on a new collection for March 2018. I've also been invited to sell work at their sister gallery in Cheltenham and have 3 paintings there at the moment.
At Seasons Green in Corfe Castle I created a series of flower drawings, one for each month of the year, now nearly sold out.
Or is achievement in how your work develops........and has it developed for the better?
I've been focusing on Swanage Bay and the marine activity, creating far more complex, multicoloured pictures. I've been trying to merge the two styles (pointillism versus painted blocks of colour) so that my identity is stronger. So I have introduced some of each into every picture.
However I still feel the simplicity in terms of style and colour of the earlier pieces have a strength. They are more abstract too.
Or is achievement about self fulfilment?
I have more control over my work now, less prone to flying with my creative winds to the exclusion of anything else. The key has been in working at Sansom Gallery on my little fold up desk, meeting and greeting customers while I do so. Then home is for home (laptop work aside!).
Or is achievement about pleasure?
Yes I enjoy my art more now......more confidence has helped along with the work/life balance trick.
I have exciting new plans for 2018 which I will be able to reveal after Christmas, so keep in touch xx