Friday, March 4, 2011
And there I sit.
I attended an opening of a gallery show last night. It was at Art Central, and it was one of the First Thursdays the collective hosts. Samantha daSilva's students who have gone through Level 2 of her classes sum up their experience with a show. This was one of them.
What I saw, not just at the show of the students but all throughout Art Central, was an incredible variety of what people consider to be art. There were canvases I really liked, and canvases I really disliked, and others I was more intrigued with how the artists did them rather than the actual end product.
But what I took away from the event was the fact that I already do a lot of the same techniques. I already produce a certain type of painting. I already have pieces worth selling, worth collecting, worth putting in a show. I had, until yesterday, always considered myself a bit of a hack since I lack professional training at a place like ACAD. And truly, there are things some painters did that I simply can not do - like figure drawing or realistic paintings. But abstract? Multi-media? I think I've got a grasp on those.
I'm not saying I'm done learning - by no means! I've just signed up for a Level 1 session of classes for abstract. And I may look at a drawing class or something more outside my comfort zone.
But what I am saying is... I don't need to feel 'less than' other artists because of my lack of shows or lack of training. I'm starting out, so that's to be expected. I just need to put more work into the business side of art and I think I'll get a good boost of confidence by getting out there and being more involved in my path's trajectory. And who knows? Maybe shortly I can post about a show I'm putting on! :)