Here is number three in the Nature's Magic - Rainy Windows series. I couldn't get it to photograph very well - it's a bit reflecty (which is a technical term):
One of my aims for this year is to build up a portfolio of work and start approaching galleries locally to see how I go about persuading them I'm the next George Seurat. I should probably actually wait until I have a body of work but I'm impatient to get going so I Googled galleries in and around my town and Belfast city centre and started off by emailing one of them who suggested that they are always on the look out for new and emerging artists.
I typed up a big blurb about me and what inspires my work (which I probably shouldn’t have done until they actually said they were interested, come to think of it) and attached photos of my pointy pet portraits, rainy windows and some of my Walkies illustrations (as they also stock greetings cards). I had looked at the work of the artists that they had on their books and figured I might be in with a chance as it was diverse but there was nothing exactly like mine.
Turns out there was a reason for that as they replied to say that they were after a more contemporary style than my pointy portraits so they wouldn’t fit their gallery’s look but that the rainy windows were a possibility, if I ever did them on a larger scale, as the teeny tiny ones were too small to be exhibited. I’m taking that as a positive thing because I do plan to do larger rainy window paintings and I’ll be banging on their door once I’ve done so. I know I’ll probably need to develop a thick skin once I do start contacting more galleries as art is so very subjective and a piece I might be particularly proud of may not fit a certain gallery’s ideas.
Talking of subjective, we discovered a new show on TVon Wednesday night. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist – it’s produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and is based in New York. The concept is that 14 artists live and work together over a number of weeks and have to create their take on different ideas given to them each week in a variety of mediums.
Their work is then shown in a gallery each week and one artist will be let go. Very much America’s Next Top Model for artists. It’s so interesting to see how 14 different artists take an idea and come up with 14 very different pieces of work. Some brilliant, some conceptually brilliant but not that well executed and, some pretty rubbish creatively but coated in enough artistic pretension and emperor’s new clothes ideology to get away with it (which is something that makes me mad, truth be told). For example the guy who was voted best by the judges last night had taken a photograph and blown it up and did a bit of screen-printing over the top – to me that’s photography and photo shopping not art in the old fashioned sense of the world but I guess that’s why art is so very subjective, the judges loved it, so what do I know!
I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday which gets bigger every week!