A thoughtful musing by a friend and fellow painter, Paula Martiesian http://www.paulamartiesian.com/ . As my current show (“Reaching for Beauty” at Coastal Living Gallery in Wickford, RI) is about to come down, that feeling of post-show depression is seeping in. How does an artist determine success, indeed? In reality–By just doing the work.
How does an artist determine success? Sales? Critical acclaim? Or is it something deeper.
Americans are taught to believe that success is measured in monetary terms. If finance is the scale by which we measure, my exhibit was not a great success. I sold a painting during the show and one before the exhibit opened. A disappointment surely, but much better than not selling.
I received a fair amount of media coverage. There was a nice mention in the Providence Journal with a photograph of one of my favorite paintings, Summer Shadows. There was a wonderful quote in the Providence Business News – they called my paintings psychotropic – a word never before used to describe my work. I also had coverage in the RISD XYZ alumni online news and lots of great feedback from friends and colleagues.
And yet, the…
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