April 21st, 2016
What artists love to wear
I hear it every day, the insecurity of the artist. It seems that almost every artist goes out and buys a few essentials to do what they do, and high on their list is one item that seems to be wearable for life. An item they just cannot seem to resist, and once they start wearing it they just cannot seem to live without it. Is it a sweater? No. Might it be an apron? No. How about a hat? No, not that either. It is a seemingly insignificant thing that grows with time. It is Insecurity.
There are many reasons for artists insecurity, certainly the Art Establishment goes to great lengths to make sure artists always feel like they owe their lives to the establishment for helping them to become discovered and have a career. Little things like the subtle and not so subtle suggestions that “perhaps you should try painting like this or that” and the one that I love…”You have turned a corner, your work is getting better,” we anoint you with the oil of approval.
But it’s not the establishment that has my goat today. It is the seeming inability of the artist to toot their own horn.
My late uncle Jack Reid once told me a joke, he said “If you want to know how good an artist is, just ask him”. That, if you knew my uncle was a classic piece of his personal sentiment. He believed in his work, he knew that he had put in the years to make it excellent and no one, no establishment, no art society, no art club or jury would ever have the right to break that down.
I am a student of the school of Jack Reid. I am 54 years old this May 28th, I have been a conscious artist since the age of 6. Through many trials and difficulties in life and in art I have come to a place where I am confident in my work. Enough to hang it anywhere and know that I have put my very best forward. What concerns me is the artist who is crippled by his or her own insecurity. They cannot seem to move forward. Hang it up, put your price on it and let it take on a life of it’s own! Do not be swayed by the winds of opinion, you are a unique creature, you have a unique view of the world you are moved by. You paint it the way you see it! Who has the right to tell you otherwise? If they look at your painting and say “You are charging THAT much for it?” just smile, say thank you for considering it. Let them mosey on and stand firm. Your price is no measure of your confidence, your price IS what you need to live and feed your children, etc. Your price is NOT a measure of success and it is certainly not your reason for insecurity.
Be yourself. Paint what you love. Put only your best out there for all to see, and disregard those who do not help you to progress and move forward. Surround yourself with positive thinkers. Get moving!
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.