Even though I've been professionally working as an artist since the early 80's, my career has taken me through a number of phases. Because of that it's only been in the past few years, that I've set my sights on the fine art market in a way that I had't done before.
That decision has been a direct result of finding that painting the landscape both on location and in the studio has brought me tremendous joy and satisfaction and a freedom of expression that is exhilarating and liberating. It make sales of those paintings feel extra rewarding. Each time a landscape painting sells and I know that someone has responded strongly enough to a work to want to own it, I'm as happy as if it's the first painting I've ever sold.
This past weekend, I participated in a large art show fund-raising event in Fairfleld, CT, at the Burr Homestead and sold two of the paintings I placed in the show. Not only did I come away once again as pleased as punch that my fine art work had sold but also delighted that the commission taken by the Jr. League would go toward good causes. A winning combination all around.
The painting shown above is one of the paintings that sold. As I've discussed in some of my other Blog entries, I've been experimenting with the long, narrow format and finding it just right for certain subject matter. This is one of those new paintings.
Now I'm itching to do larger versions of some of my smaller pieces. But here comes warmer weather and the season for painting outdoors and traveling and along with that has also come a number of portrait commissions. All wonderful, all requiring time and energy.