First Exhibition for 2019

In February 2018 I took what turned out to be the biggest and most progressive steps in my fledgling art career….I painted. I didn’t now it then as most things usually go, but deciding to finally use the hundred of dollars worth of art supplies I kept hoarding turned into this journey that I didn’t expect would unfold this quickly.

In about October 2018, I was asked to participate in what would be my first major art joint exhibition in March 2019. scared, I asked for time to think before I took such a big step. What would I paint? Who is my audience? Would people not only like, but buy my work? The doubts surfaced, but then, I began to think of all the reasons why I should, the most important being another step toward fulfilling my lifelong dream.

So after agreeing to share the space with another amazing local artist, I began to explore my artistic vision. I find myself drawn to old yet beautiful things, I feel like there’s a subconscious link in there to my late father and his fascination with hoarding simply old things that become engulfed in time by the effects of nature, but for now I’ll leave it as this cursory self-revelation.

With that said, I decided to focus on aspects of landscapes and seascapes that showed a different aspect of my country, Trinidad and Tobago. Over this week I will give some insight into this body of work and what inspired me.

It was frustrating, rewarding (all my pieces were sold!) and exciting. I made new friends, attracted new supporters of my work and accomplished one of the most intimidating experiences I think an artist faces. Looking forward to it all getting better from here!

Me with my fellow artist in front of some of my pieces on opening night at our exhibition

My First Exhibition

A month or two ago, I did a couple of posts on my decision to submit some pieces for an upcoming exhibition in Trinidad for new and emerging artists. As the heading states, I was successful in obtaining a space along with 14 other local artists!

I happened to come across the call for submissions quite by accident on my social media and of course saw it as a sign. Funny enough, after deciding to submit, I came across a YouTube video from Stefan Bauman about improving your painting by selling your work. two things happened for me at that point; I saw this exhibition as giving me the ability to experiment with non-portrait work and focus on more local scenes and also to produce pieces for a specific purpose. Yes, I know we produce art for the love of it, but as a new artist it can feel pretty daunting just painting for painting’s sake – this was a great goal to work towards!

Receiving the news that I was successful was pretty overwhelming – it confirmed for me I was on the right path finally taking up art. I felt a bit validated in my decision and it gave me the boost I needed to continue. I am already working on more submissions for more shows!

Hope you like them!

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