The mount I painted yesterday with the acrylic inks has worked out quite well. I think the colours are a little on the strong side, and I would do them much paler next time. I finished framing it and took it up to the Old Town Gallery where I was stewarding this afternoon. The one below isn't it.
I had made another one with a spare mount which also had a mark on it (they seem so prone to it) I don't think it quite works with this double canvas as the colour as pooled and run down the inside edge, making it look grubby. I can take off the back mount and just leave the front.
I do feel that since I said I would be part of the Old Town Gallery my paintings have been more 'touristy' and also smaller. I don't think this is a good idea, painting for a venue. I feel I have lost my way since I got back from holiday, I'm confused and just don't know what my style is anymore.
I do like to do quirky paintings, I love colourful work, and I do like collage. I also like muted, softer work and probably don't do as much of that as it just isn't saleable around here.
Back to the drawing board - why do I paint? I paint because I have to do something creative. I need to try to improve my work all the time - I can't just do the same things. I critique my work all the time, probably too much. Should I just paint for myself, or to sell? If just for myself, how will I evaluate my skills?
How hard it is being an artist.