Coming Home: a realisation about Arts as a Career

Some time in 2012 or 2013, while I was becoming engulfed in civic engagement activities and local neighbourhood politics, very quietly and without much fanfare, I started painting again. It started quietly enough with four or five abstracts and one hand-lettered logo for a representational painting that still isn’t finished.

The theme of the paintings was Tarot. I’m not a huge supernatural phenomenon guy. Tarot is mostly an intellectual curiosity to me. But it intrigues me all the same. The psychological implications of reading people, that is. Prognostication is kind of a mug’s game, in my books, but you can lightly forecast probability by studying your querent’s responses to the lay of the cards.

But I was talking about art.

The paintings lead to drawings and plans for an entire series, not so much to make my own deck, but to have a large body of new painted work to show. See, I like abstract painting, but I’ve been doing graphic design and illustration for the last 15+ years, so I wasn’t expecting to pick back up on the whole abstract expression thing, which was a phase I went through from 1990 to 1992. I finished my last major piece after flunking art school, and then stopped painting for roughly 22 or 23 years.

But I’m back in a big way. Last year, I worked on or completed about 29 paintings (10 of which are mounted on two large boards of five each; plus, I also made 20 abstract buttons; four left, going for $15 a piece), and this year, just in the last month, I’ve painted another 14 paintings and am working on three more. All this, plus plans for a new series that I haven’t even started yet.

SOME OF LAST YEAR’s WORKS
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Now, I’ve only sold a few pieces here and there (not including the buttons, many of which sold, though some I gave away as Christmas presents), but I’m pretty happy with the direction my painting career comeback is taking so far. I did about fifteen or so abstracts in the early 90s, and I’ve tripled that in less than a year. The work is mostly ‘of a quality’, as I like to say (meaning it’s of a quality that I believe measures up to professional standards). I may not be selling yet, but I believe these pieces will fetch a nice sum one of these days.

I just hope I live to see it.

With any luck, this will be the year I break into gallery exhibitions. I don’t have an agent yet, but I think the proverbial corner is coming up. Maybe next year, if things don’t come together as I’m hoping. I also hope to have us living in a larger space some time this year, with more room for larger scale paintings. We shall see.

Lee.

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