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By February 24, 2013

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"I haven't been painting very long; this is my eighth attempt at painting and I'm debating whether or not I should try to see if I could sell it." --A.N.
It saddens me when I get submissions like this. Not only because it's unlikely the painting is at a level yet that it should be sent out into the world when you haven't very many miles under your brushes, but also because of the belief that being able to sell a work is somehow a measure of it being worthwhile or the reason for creating it. Your painting wants to be good even if no-one ever buys it. It doesn't become good because someone does.

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February 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
(1) Yover says:

My only question, each day, is why do I paint? It is really, deeply, inexplicable . Of course, there are many trivial reasons, but in fact, in greater depth? May be, painting makes me exist… Oh! no no no, creativity makes me exist ! And without pigments, brushes, paper, canvas, wall, lead pencils, felt-tip pens and the eyes of the beholders, I am no one. I believe I am approaching the truth. That’s why, when I am in front of my mirror, I do not see anything, except when I am with a brush and a pallette full of colors: I think, to my mind, this is the message of Velasquez in his masterpiece: “Las Meninas”. Velasquez shouldn’t have had any good reasons to be a part of his painting, close to the royal family , without the main features of a painter. His signature would have sufficed.

February 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm
(2) Anne says:

Keep painting. Don’t even think about selling it. Just keep painting. Take a good, basic painting class, and go from there. Selling a painting does not mean it is good. All it means is that someone paid money for it. There are lots of excellent artists who do beautiful work and never sell anything. Yet look at some of the junk people buy that they consider art. Just keep on painting, the more you do, the better you get over time.

February 25, 2013 at 3:39 am
(3) Josh says:

@Yover You’re so right: creativity is part of existence. Without it, life is decidedly emptier.

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