It has been my experience that some paintings that are especially fun to create, or not necessarily the easiest to sell in gallery, or show situations. I suspect that the average collector is collecting paintings based on subject. Most collectors are not willing to go out on the limb, and purchase that gritty or edgy painting…and prefer to stay safely in a comfort zone that is more traditional in nature. In my opinion, the collectors who do purchase these works are possibly a bit more sophisticated, or have the confidence/courage to pick subjects they really like for whatever reason……even though it might not have a universal appeal. These are the collectors I personally applaud, and tip my hat to…….I tip my hat to all collectors of course….anyone who believes in art enough to put down hard earned money to own something that at best is a luxury item to most folks…. but, could enrich their lives! That collector commitment is a validation to the artist, who creates images that could possibly end up in storage forever.
I really believe there is a buyer for every painting…..if you can get them in front of it! I recently sold a couple of paintings that I thought for sure the subject would be very difficult to move......but, it did not discourage me from spending the time to paint them. As much as we would like to think that it does not matter who likes or dislikes paintings we paint, it is important to be able to make a living as an artist by first and foremost…..doing the best paintings one can do…..no matter the subject. Below are some of the paintings recently sold, that I think fit that category of fun…..but, not easy to sell! My thanks go to the collector and the galleries that made it happen. Thanks for listening to my ramblings!
"Daydreams and Smoked Mullet", 22x28 oil on linen
"The Working Lady", 16x20 oil on linen
"Three in a Row", 11x14 oil on linen panel