Sunday, June 01, 2008
In the midst of packing up our house in Denver this weekend, I had to take a trip downtown to pick up my remaining paintings from Angler Art. They're closing their doors for a year (or more), and it was a bit sad to have to pick up all my paintings for good. This was the first gallery that took me on and sold my work, back when I was still working fulltime as an engineer. They sold seven paintings the first month, and kept selling well from that time on. Last year they moved, and things got slower, but they did a show for me and we sold a good number of paintings and had a lot of fun. I'm in debt to them for essentially starting my career as a landscape artist, so even though I wasn't too surprised that they're closing, it's sort of sad. Had they not done so well for me that first year, I don't know whether I would have had the confidence to paint fulltime.
That's the thing about art - even though it's a business, you develop relationships with your galleries and the people you deal with. There's loyalty involved, and it's personal, you know? Or maybe it's just that I take things more personally because this job matters to me so much. It makes me picky about the people I want to represent my work.
Anyhow, some of the paintings I picked up are over a year old, and when I saw a couple of them I experienced the cringe factor that I talked about in my last post. My style has evolved so much over the past year that it's funny to see the older works and remember what I was working toward then (brushwork, color) compared to what I'm working on now (mood, atmosphere). Always evolving, I guess!