09/05/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Today we deliver three paintings to be exhibited in The Original Art Sale, a yearly exhibition of affordable paintings held at the TelstraClear Event Centre, Auckland (13-15 May). I am happy to have been accepted (via portfolio submission) as an exhibitor in this popular event, but – to be honest – my heart has not been in the process. Instead, I have felt rather flat, uninspired and unmotivated.
I am slowly discovering…one by one…the vital ingredients that make me tick as an artist. One of those “ones” would have to be that painting purely to exhibit/sell is not what lights my creative fire. Sure, it is rewarding (literally) to sell something you have created, and it’s certainly a boost to the ego to know that someone was willing to part with their money for your artwork. However, I find the reward of “giving”, rather than “selling” to be far greater.
Canvassing My Friends is my preferred creative platform, where the primary motivator is to encourage and delight others through giving a meaningful, personalised gift of art. No strings of receiving money. No agenda to build up a record of exhibitions or sales. The flip side? No money and no record of exhibitions or sales! Don’t worry, I still have my day job!