I’ve discovered a cure (not THE cure, but A cure) for artist’s block – the need to earn some money. I’ve never liked the term STARVING ARTIST. I’m not starving. My bank account is. I might be feeling a little lazy and overwhelmed, but seeing that my bank account is running on empty makes me suddenly feel very enthusiastic about painting something.
Bonus Cure: Today I discovered yet another cure for artist’s block – two in one day. The second cure is the inspiration that comes from actually selling art work. I dropped by the gallery (North End Gallery in Leonardtown, Maryland – check it out at North End Gallery) to look for a missing painting. Someone had called and asked me if I’d taken it home. No. I said I’d stop by and take a look – see if it was there. It was a small painting and could easily be overlooked. The woman working today helped me look. As we searched, she asked me what the title of the painting was. I told her it was SUMMER KITCHEN. She said, very happily, that she’d sold it. Wow! I was pretty excited. I’m new to the gallery so the sale of a painting is big news for me. I also found out that a painting had been on layaway and that it had been picked up, so I was getting paid for that one, too. What an inspiration. I wanted to hurry home and start painting immediately. My first two sales. I’m encouraged and cheered. My step is a little lighter. I’m an artist. Oh, I know – I’m an artist even if I don’t sell anything. Selling something helps self esteem – at least for me. It means that somewhere out there my paintings are hanging on a wall and will be part of someone’s life; someone who was moved by my painting and appreciated it enough to invest in purchasing it. On a deeper level, someone heard what I was trying to say. I guess that’s the best part of all.