the world's most unpretentious bungalow
Contrary to the image I have been projecting lately, Anyone Home? is the title of this painting (see the light on behind the door?), not an examination of what's (not) going on between my ears. As a matter of fact I have been thinking lately, thinking about the future and my never-ending struggle with inconsistency. Some artists have trouble with self discipline, some with marketing, some with creative blocks, but those are chicken feed to me compared with my inability to stay on a consistent enough path to help my development as a painter. I flip back and forth between wanting to (a) continue my symbolist experiments and (b) do more impressionistic west coast landscapes, while thinking that maybe I should ditch both of those for awhile and paint more of these houses (they're fun). Meantime I have a really strong desire to further experiment with collage and do some pure abstract pieces. See what I mean?
I thought for sure I'd have ironed out this, my biggest creative dilemma, by now. I have both my creative and economic futures to consider and so far all my work seems to fall neatly into one of the categories to the detriment of the other.
Then there's Etsy vs. galleries. For example, there are a couple of good gallery possibilities if I paint more houses and landscapes, and my work really is better suited to a gallery market, but let's face it: the economic future is Etsy. I have seriously neglected my Etsy shop since the beginning of summer, mostly because I just haven't been able to figure out how best to exploit this fantastic direct sales venue. For example, the above painting is 12" x 12" x 1.5" -- small enough for Etsy but large enough to hang in a boutique-style gallery. But its strength is also its weakness: on Etsy its $250-$350 price tag is too rich for most shoppers. Prints are the thing. But $300 is also a bit too modest a price tag for the local commercial galleries. To avoid shooting myself in the foot I need the prices to be reasonably consistent wherever I offer my work (i.e. no selling the same piece on Etsy for half what I would ask in a retail gallery). It's a dilemma, boys and girls.
I could "puzzle three hours`til my puzzler is sore" (thanks, Dr Seuss) but I don't think there's an easy answer to this one. Meantime, I didn't document this painting's progress properly, but I did get a couple of 'in utero' shots. Click to enlarge: