Sunday, February 1, 2009

. . . finished a painting

as well as this collage. I'm liking this little collage; it looks great in the double-matted black square frame that I use to test the look of these collages. Once again, it was inspired by an old wall.

Walt, my art rep, called to tell me that he needed large paintings in jewel tones, especially paintings that include the color red, but not the red-orange that I usually like to use, just red. I can do that; in fact, I did that. My camera is currently indisposed (that pesky little battery issue) but I will post a photo of the finished painting one of these days.

Maybe it's human nature, but sometimes when I'm told to paint something in certain colors, I blank out, lose any semblence of creativity, want to rebel and say, NO, I want to paint yellow, orange and turquoise. That's why I can't do commissions. But I think I have hit upon a solution. I will paint those jewel tones to keep selling art, and make these little collages that please me so much and not worry too much about what happens to them. Am I a sell-out? Well, I guess the key word would be "sell". . . it's now a necessity.


Leslie Avon Miller said...

This is a great piece; very strong. I like the bold line. Better to paint in reds and jewel tones that flip burgers?

artfulzebra said...

Thanks for following my blog, Mary. ;o) Just popped over to check out your blog and I love your work! I'll definitely be spending some time having a browse back through your posts. ;o)

Jazz said...

Of course you're not a sell-out. Most of the greatest artists in history worked accordint to what was required.

Da Vinci did it, Rembrandt did it, anyone who wanted to live off their art did it. Now Mary does it, and that's ok. So long as you can also stay happy by doing what you want.

Nope. You're not a sell-out.

Mary Buek said...

Leslie: I've been practicing. "Would you like fries with that?"

Mary Buek said...

Artful: My pleasure. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Mary Buek said...

Jazz, I love the comparison, Rembrandt, DeVinci and me. As Leslie said, I could always flip burgers and stay pure. Sometimes you just do what you gotta do, right?