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Neil Todd

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on: November 09, 2017, 01:17:55 AM
This is my latest painting from a photo taken half way up the steps leading to Whitby Abbey
I’ve been painting now for about a year and my friends and family are telling me I should sell my work now I know there are mistakes in this painting but how far away is it from being saleable
So my paint Basket friends I need your honest opinion as wonderful artists is my painting ready to put on someone’s wall or is hanging to good for it


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Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:18:25 AM


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Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 07:42:08 AM
Neil

Your work is excellent and this one is no exception.  People love to buy familiar scenes. If you start out with reasonable prices as a new artist, you will sell.

Give it a try.

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Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 08:21:55 AM
Hi Neil,
Self doubt seems to be a major thing with artists. The creative urge is a very personal thing and the thought of rejection by others is very worrisome. Setting up one of your paintings with a for sale sign on it is just asking for rejection.

I've been thru it too, and I think most budding artists have.

First you have to think positive thoughts. The people around you are telling you that you are good and more than that they believe your work is good enough to sell. That's POSITIVE, embrace it and enjoy it.

Then think about the people that are going to buy your work.

You don't know them unless it's a commissioned piece. If it is a commission then they already like your work enough to put out their hard earned money in order to own it. That's POSITIVE!

If you are just going to display pieces with for sale signs on them then the people who are going to look at them are complete strangers. They all have different tastes.
 
How can artists as diverse as Lowry and Da Vinci appeal to everyone?

Answer - They don't! Each individual finds something in a piece of art they like. Not buying your painting doesn't mean you are unworthy, it just means that that individual doesn't find the subject or style appealing. Somewhere there's someone who will like your work, they just didn't walk by yet. But they will! That's POSITIVE.

When I posted the first motorcycle painting to PB and was selected as the "Painting of the Month" I was elated. I was so nervous posting it my fingers tingled. But I took that as a POSITVE.

The biggest ego boost I have had is someone who saw my work at a motorcycle club event and asked me to paint his motorcycle. That led to several more commissions and the realization that people out there liked my work. That too was a POSITIVE.

I occasionally display my work for sale but rarely sell any. I do get into lots of interesting conversations however and listen to many encouraging words. All of which is POSITIVE.

I don't take a lack of sales personally, it's just another person's taste not a judgement of ME. I see artists who sell lots of paintings that I just don't think are very good, but obviously the buyers do! That's just other peoples taste.

So do try and sell some of your work but don't be disappointed if it doesn't sell. Listen to the comments, join in the conversations and be POSITIVE!!

Pep talk over!
(and I've been to Whitby so nice painting!)
Brian
Don't draw more in the morning than you can erase in the afternoon (Old Draughtsman's saying)


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Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 04:25:18 AM
Love the sky, and the simple detail of the walkway leading to it.

Very nice work!

Charles


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Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 04:45:58 AM
Sometimes we judge our mistakes too harshly. We expect one result and get another. But sometimes the"mistake" is one of the elements that gives the painting power. For example... the colours and sweeping stairs are wonderful features of this painting, but what makes it special is that slightly curvy lamppost. A case where a mistake enhances the painting. Other mistakes don't necessarily detract from the painting. People pick out the bits that appeal to them and don't notice the small errors elsewhere. When I first tried watercolours, in a mining town, many years ago, someone bought my painting of the loading wharf, because "the water there really is that vivid green!" I'd used pure viridian... it really was that green... but I'd painted it without ripples or shadows or other painterly devices. But it said something to them, and that was what counts. No accounting for tastes. You don't have to be an expert to have people appreciate your art. Look at Grandma Moses,  or Maurice Herschman, or any naive or folk artist.


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Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 09:44:32 AM
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Reply #7 on: November 11, 2017, 06:35:20 AM
Neil:  Love the colors. Beautiful.   :clap: :clap:
Kathy


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Reply #8 on: November 11, 2017, 06:41:58 AM
 :thankyou: all for your positive and inspiring comments these will really help me particularly Brian and Linley for taking so much time in their remarks
I think I’ll give it another 6 months practice before I even think about putting my work out there  :smitten:  :painting:


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Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017, 02:55:28 AM
Neil, I really think this painting is sale-able. I love it. Maybe you should just test the waters with one or two paintings. I'm about to send in 12 paintings and 20 cards to an exhibition in December. My stomach is roiling. But I'm making myself do it. Even if you don't sell anything, it's worth the experience.As Sharon will tell you, there's a lot of skills involved in getting paintings ready for an exhibition. Dipping your toe in the waters now and learning those skills on one or two paintings will stand you in good stead when you have 20 perfect paintings ready in 6 months time. I'm actually matting my own paintings and putting them into secondhand frames. I've made all sorts of mistakes, actually ruined at least two paintings. I'd rather damage not so good paintings in my learning curve than my perfect ones later. As Sharon will also tell you, there's a heap of experience needed to find suitable venues. Some venues promote sales and some are duds. It will take time to find the right place, so the sooner you start the better. PS: There is no such thing as a perfect painting... your standards just keep on rising as you gain skills. You'll always be able to find faults in your work.


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Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 08:31:10 AM
Great advice, Linley. 

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Reply #11 on: November 12, 2017, 10:24:50 AM
There is no such thing as a perfect painting... your standards just keep on rising as you gain skills.

You'll always be able to find faults in your work.

I agree with the first part wholeheartedly.  O0

The second part? Find faults you say? Surely not the case with me!  :heeha:    :faint:    :doh:    :tickedoff:      :whistle:     :-X :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #12 on: November 12, 2017, 06:02:40 PM
Alright, Val. You are the exception! :2funny: :2funny:


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Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 07:01:23 AM
Beautiful work :painting: :painting:
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