That is satisfying to a point but an artist is really expressing a point of view, a feeling or a dream that they hope will resonate in the heart/mind of another human. Something beyond the academic.
Enter the collector. These are the essential ones who see an offering of art, are pulled in by it and some kind of intangible connection is born. These are the ones who walk into your space that is full of a variety of art and they stride directly towards a particular piece as if guided by a tractor beam. They usually wander away from it and examine other paintings by you or perhaps other artists but if a connection has been made with a particular piece they will return to it.
They don't need to be "sold". If the artwork is presented with decent lighting and in a reasonable location (they may not want to lay on the floor to see it) they seem to discover it on their own. Most collectors seem to form a connection on their own and after that initial bonding they may be interested in some of the back story.
As the days shorten on "My Tribe" residing at the Penticton Art Gallery I thought I would share a great panaview shot my buddy Lyle put together. I think it gives you a good idea of the display that Paul and Glen came up with.
I have been asked to teach a workshop to the Naramata painters group this October. They have asked me to help them explore ways to painting more "loosely" or expressively. There is no room for any more participants in this workshop but if there is interest in this subject I would be happy to take on another group in the spring.
Until next time, have a great autumn!