Today I read a blog post from another local gallery about people choosing art for their home. I realised I had never really thought that much about how my art fitted into people’s lives, more an assumption that if they bought a piece it was for a particular space. Customers have mentioned about colour scheme before and particular spaces on their walls.
The blog went on to talk about different art styles and links to colour theory and colour wheels.
I have been doing art for 5 years now and this sort of discussion is way outside my range of knowledge. It brought home how my journey into art didn’t include art theory. I haven’t read extensively to form what should go with what or what fashionable colours are in this year. It just isn’t why I produce art.
As a geography teacher previously I drew diagrams, that’s what I always called them and maps to explain points in lessons. I annotated / labelled those diagrams to identify particular features, landforms or to identify where particular processes were operating. They were not, nor ever intended to be art, they were to teach and learn points from. I have always found diagrams a good way to learn about things that I have not seen for myself.
This background then came into my drawing. I started with pen drawn pieces in black and white. I drew in pen so if I made an error it became part of the drawing. My aim was not to look for perfection or lots of rubbing out and redrawing. I still rarely draw something and tear it up, screw it into a ball or throw it away. Most drawings that I start I finish, how I feel about the use of that drawing depends on the end outcome.
When I then discovered ProMarkers as a colour pen based way of adding colour to some of my drawings I have developed my skills with practice through drawing.
I have read a lot about publicity, marketing, what I should post,when I should post it and I am going to try a more structured approach, but unless readers feedback I won’t know if I am communicating well or not. Blogging for me is a way of reflection for myself that I can refer back to like a diary. It is also a window into who I am and what my art is about for people who like it, want to know more about it,curious,….
This post started from that other galleries blog post. I can’t tell you which colours are in for 2021 , I don’t know the rules of the colour wheel, I wouldn’t expect you to plan decoration of a room around buying some of my art. I promise to draw views,topics, subjects that catch my eye. I will draw them in the style that I am developing over time. Some will be mono pen and ink pieces, more will be colour based pieces which sell better. If you like my work, thank you. If you don’t like my work or want to tell me you would have done it differently that’s fine but of course I will have drawn it my way.
Working on commissions especially last year and this one already shows me that I can turn my drawing skills to a wide range of topics, I can produce outcomes that all of my clients and in all cases (that I have been told about) the intended receiver of the drawing has also liked. That’s is good enough for me.
My work is going to continue to evolve I will gradually try some different ideas out but they will be with the aim of enjoying my art and sharing it with others who enjoy it to.
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