Tuesday, May 26, 2009

cracking up

Cracked(?), acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8", ©2009

Having trouble getting my brain to settle. Feeling a bad case of the "why bothers" coming on. Not so much in the realm of creating art. I don't have much of a choice about that – it's as much what I am as what I do. But in the efforts required to share (and, yes, hopefully sell) my work, well… Though I'm not the best at motivating myself to do the marketing stuff at the best of times, that's just because I don't really enjoy it much. I'm usually pretty good about ignoring the naysayers (I'd say most artists have to be) and the pessimistic talk about external forces (the bad economy for instance), but for some reason there has been a breach in my defenses recently and it's all starting to get me down.

How do you (yes, you) keep at it even when it doesn't seem to be worth it?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I keep wondering the same thing, and I've only been working solo for a handful of months.

I keep coming back to one answer: I love what I do, and I don't want someone else telling me how to do it.

Good luck, Angela. Your art is brilliant.

Dawn

i heart sockface said...

totally know what your saying! i often have to remind myself why its worth all the worry sometimes.. It can be so tough trying to break into this arty world, but keep your chin up!! you'l do it!
love your work!

Lina said...

Wow, this piece is beautiful...

...with your work you "move" others, that is a reward in itself if you choose to think of it that way.

Baby steps.

Seth said...

Sensational piece Angela. I think we all have experienced ebb and flow when it comes to these types of things. I guess it is just important to remember that everything goes in cycles! Focus on creating your special artwork and hold to the thought that the rest will come.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. I am so touched.

lisa said...

Hi Angela,
Thanks for your kind words on my blog-
it is very frustrating........but I agree that it is who we are and what we do....

sometimes I just lay on the couch and close my eyes

your paintings look wonderful-just keep painting

cynthia said...

Angela - you wrote exactly what I've been thinking in my head but haven't yet verbalized to anyone. I recently entertained the idea of leaving pottery behind - not so much because I don't enjoy doing it, but more of an indescribable ennui. It's not even so much about the economy either - my work sells *when* I make it. The key is wanting to make it and not just in my head either, which is still filled with ideas.

This painting is powerful - almost like it belongs to the post.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Thank you all so much. Your comments make it easier to work through the doubts and just keep painting because I know I'm not alone. And it lets me know that my work touches people even when it's not being exhibited somewhere. Thank you.

maya said...

I remind myself how far I have come- despite the odds. That is to say, when I had no art credentials whatsoever, and no network, I somehow thought I was going to take over the world. All that ambition gets you started. Then, when it's easier to see the scope, you see how daunted you should have been to begin with...

The trick is, if you could get in and get started and do it then, you can do it in the face of the current challenge and current perspective. You are far more experienced now, than you were then.

Also, you're awesome.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Very wise, Maya. Thank you.

Peter said...

I struggle too with marketing my work. I've been thinking a lot about this and have been looking back at what's worked and what hasn't. I'm going to do more of what has ... usually stuff I feel comfortable with ... and less of what hasn't ... usually the more traditional apporach to marketing which, frankly, I'm not sure is the right approach for art or artists.