That my whimsical pieces, and not my landscapes/tree pictures sold, has not escaped me! The curator at the gallery, Jim, was there and we discussed this "fact". He said the sold works have more life and joy to them. This has been true, actually. The last couple weeks I've been struggling, actually, studying colour and landscapes. I've painted a couple more small landscapes, but I'm not that pleased with them. So now I contemplate subject matter...maybe landscapes are just not natural for me yet. As much as I love them, maybe I need to continue with a whimsical theme to my work.
So now comes the philosophical part of art....paint for myself (most of my paintings are like that so far), paint what I do best, paint what sells or paint what I desire (I really really love landscapes..but I do like painting most things). So do I challenge myself with the "hard" stuff, or keep up with whimsical? Or more so, what does painting actually mean to me...and why am I driven to paint some things and not others? Something to ponder over the holidays! Much Peace and Joy to all!!