As my husband Ray can attest to, I have been trying to work through an "inner mess" for two years now. I may be on the tail end. Hardly a world crisis though! I won't allow myself a pity party. It's just that I am over things. Maybe it's because I will be 60 next year. But I can't seem to find another beach painting in me and that's all the galleries hint for. So, whatever the consequences may be, I will continue to move in my new direction. I tell students all the time that at some point you have to begin to seek permission from your own self. Easier said than done. I give myself permission to begin and grow in new directions. To jump on that Starship Enterprise and go where Peggi has not allowed herself to go before!
When painting became a chore! I went back to drawing. Just drawing.
And then came an opportunity from a gallery to participate in a group show that was to keep price points low and maybe help those beginning collectors find something they loved AND could afford. I have built a strategy for myself that seems to be working and is fair! I can't send my oils that are
8"x10" and above. Those prices have been established and affirmed with sales and auction records. The only place I can sell smaller oil sketches for less is when someone takes a workshop from me. It's an "appreciation offer". Plus they just had to spend 3 or 5 days with me! So what the galleries don't get from me is my personal "spirit" work. I can price those at any level. Below are paintings I did in gouache that are about 5"x 6" in size and beautifully framed.
This little guy is staying with me. I try to teach that there are opportunities to eek out "5 minutes here, 15 minutes there". That you can work it into your life no matter how hectic. I had my set of gouache with me and while waiting for a store to open I jotted down notes of color and shapes of these two vehicles. Just more mileage. Have you read Malcolm Gladwell's book
I guess it's 10,000 hours now!