Saturday, May 21, 2011
I am procrastinating. I need to get a painting done to submit for SWS, but, I am doing everything else, but, painting!
So I will tell you about Surtex, the art licensing trade show. It was fantastic! I made a lot of great contacts with both artists and manufacturers for potential licensing opportunities. I learned a lot. It was interesting that everyone liked different paintings for products that I never even thought of. There were some paintings that received interest from multiple parties. Florals and coastal were the favorite themes!
One of the things I learned was that everyone had an entirely different opinion. One person might say your work is too loose while the next said they liked how tight is was. Would you believe that one agent told me that my paintings were too dark. I want to run to that watercolor teacher from long ago and tell her, someone thinks my colors are too dark because she always told me my colors were way too bright.
With that said, I posted these 4 paintings of sunflowers done over the course of 10 years. My Surtex experience has led me to believe, paint whatever you want and however you want, someone out there will like it. Of course, it doesn't matter whether anyone else likes it or not, so long as an artist, we are fulfilled from the experience.