Today I am thinking about my move from the Banking Corp. world to the world of full time artist. I recall many times sitting with my uncle Jack Reid, the greatest watercolour artist Canada has ever known. We discussed so many things about art and life during his life and I look back fondly now to all of those precious moments. Perhaps more precious now as he has been taken home to his final rest in heaven. I now have only jack's words and my memories to call upon when I want to consult him,
I am particularly thinking today about the many times I asked him, pestered him with inquiries about his daily activities and what does an artist fill his day with? Do you just paint all day? Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth because as I am now learning through my own trials and experiences as an artist, those paintings don't just jump off the table and walk into peoples homes. There is a significant amount of work that goes into spreading the word, as I like to call it. Today we artists can not rely only on the agents of art to promote what we do, many of those artist are having struggles of their own. What we need to do is to embrace the cyber world of marketing and appraoch our art from a modern perspective. I am happy to say that because of the cyber world now available to us more people see art now than at any time in history. My uncle Jack was just beginning to enjoy that exposure (on top of the wonderfully succesful career he already enjoyed in the conventional art arena).
I am happy to discover the new ways and grab them with all my might and excitement. As I said to my dear uncle just hours before he passed; "I am proud to take up the torch that you carried".
Now, on with the race.
The Artists Journey
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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.