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!
A couple of months ago, I posted about some pieces I was preparing that were outside of my portrait painting norm for an art exhibition in my country with one of our local art galleries for new and emerging artists.
The 16th of August was our opening night and I was not as nervous as I thought I’d be. I was more excited about the how the format of the night would be rather than the prospect of having to talk to others which is usually very intimidating for me. Would there be some opening remarks from the gallery? A specially invited guest? Alas, none of the above took place which was a bit underwhelming , but anyway I took some of my family members, mother – of course and my aunt and cousins. Some colleagues from work also showed up which was awesome since a couple of them heard my desire of wanting to become an artist for so long!
It’s was great seeing the range of talent on display…. in the lead up to the show, the gallery took care of mounting and labeling our work. All we had to do a month or so before was to get our stuff framed or matted and then show up on the night! It was my first experience dealing with a gallery so I was glad I didn’t have to be concerned with the logistics and set up. As a new artist, showing with a gallery is less stressful, they also market the show which places less pressure on you the artist if you’re new in the art world as long as you don’t mind the commission factor.
The opening ran for about an hour and a half….and I was able to talk to a potential buyer of my work who, eventually bought it (happy dance!) and meet other artists. It was a pretty awesome feeling being surrounded by those who came out to support even though they scolded me for not starting my art sooner and also just absorbing the atmosphere.
On that note, I definitely look forward to entering more shows and working towards having the guts to do a solo exhibiton!
On another note…I need to upgrade my camera…I don’t know why my S7 is betraying me like this with such poor quality pics!
Taking a break from my regularly scheduled program to work on a project which I happened to discover browsing social media. There’s an open call for new and emerging artists in my country; so after hesitating on it for what felt like hours, I decided, the most they could say was no right?
With that said and done, I had a long week off work coming up (this week) and saw all of this as serendipitous. Of course everything falls into place when you’re trying to pursue your passion right? Right?
So anyways, the call allowed 3 – 5 pieces from local artists with the deadline of June 11th. My initial schedule proved to be rather ambitious as I spent my first weekend feeling uninspired and pressured to do something I wasn’t in the mood to undertake. So Netflix won that weekend and then my idea for my first piece hit me on Monday; fauna native to my country!
My Facebook page has some video of the work in progress on this Scarlet Macaw I decided to paint and let me tell you filming deserves another blog post of its own! Altogether, I painted it over the course of 2 days and while animals and birds aren’t my focus, this was actually a nice break!
So one piece down, 2 – 4 more to go! I already started on my second, so stay tuned for more on my progress with my next one. Hope you like!