Lynne Hurd Bryant Art Blog
It is time for some honest self-disclosure, now that we have a new year with no mistakes in it yet.
Truth #1: From May of 1983 until May of 2009, I had managed perhaps 12 paintings in total.
Truth #2: There is no rhyme or reason for suddenly taking painting seriously in May 2009, nor a legitimate reason for painting primarily in watercolor, a medium I have little experience with. I gave myself a year to "do something with my art" without specifying what that "something" might be. It seems ludicrous in retrospect as it takes years and a lot of work to learn to paint well.
Truth #3: In December, I garnered gallery representation for which I was not yet ready. The first watercolor in 25+ years is hanging in the gallery.
Truth #4: (This is the worst disclosure) when I went to take my pieces to the gallery, I literally dumped them into my portfolio. They were stored in an old cardboard shoebox under the bed.
You would ask about the shoebox. It technically once held a pair of boots, so it is larger than your usual shoebox. It is not ignorance that put them under the bed, but a lack of seeing a significant value in them. Of course, I wanted to make my living as an artist, one day, but a distant day. I didn't think they were good enough. I am a process painter and the finished product never seems to interest me in any significant way. I don't see what others see in my work either.
I think my biggest issue is not taking myself seriously as an artist. I can't even use the word "artist" in relation to myself. I am a "painter" or a "watercolorist." When one is an emerging artist, which I can call myself, it is hard to see a point where one has emerged fully. I can't answer the questions I have about my own work and where it will go, let alone end up. I can't even tell you what I will paint next, nor how it will look when it is complete.
With one gallery on my CV another will surely follow. I have my website on ArtID, which looks great, but there is very little for sale on it owing to the gallery taking 85% of the flowers I painted in the time between June and December 2009. I find I have commissions, requests to paint certain things and am generating a lot of interest in my community. I will be teaching watercolor this summer through a local community college. I have a couple of art contests and shows I would love to enter, at least for the experience.
Few people have this sort of a whirlwind of interest in their work, and I am blessed. Now, I feel I have to work to earn it. If there was a time to take myself more seriously, it is now. No more shoe boxes...