This past summer I had a show at the Gallery at UNOS. I made a few sales and overall it was a great experience! However, there were a few gentlemen who attended the opening night that were...let's just say, less than enjoyable to talk to. One of them insisted that I tell him how each of my Richmond landmark drawings was created - so that he could create the drawings himself when he went home that night. He asked if he needed to go to school to learn how to do what I did, and before I could answer, he said he was sure he could figure it out.
He also enlightened me with the information that because I was a young lady, I should not be driving downtown to take photos of the buildings I illustrate. Richmond is not as safe as you think, young lady! Nothing like being asked why/how you create something, and then being told how incorrect it is, by someone who openly says they plan to copy you. Charming.
Another man wanted to talk about the story behind one of my larger abstract pieces that him and his wife were interested in purchasing. He, also, had quite strong opinions about my work and when I told him about the piece - he wasn't satisfied with my description. He insisted that the piece must be a representation of something specific. Could it be the city?! No. Was I SURE?! His disappointment that I wasn't trying to make an abstract painting of the Richmond skyline was so strong that he decided against purchasing the painting.
So why am I telling you all this? To teach you proper etiquette on how to talk to an artist about their work? No, because if you're reading this, you care about art and you're a rational human and I don't think you'd ever talk to me like the men above because you're clearly not an idiot. But, these unique gentlemen did do something productive - and that is: influence the name of my new painting!
"Can you find the City, Young Lady?"
A new abstract original painting created using acrylic paint on a 16 x 20" wood panel:
It's made to show that when you're an artist, you can paint whatever the hell you want
even if you're a "young lady"
even if you don't want to paint something that looks like something else
and even if a couple jerks think they know more about your own work than you do.
I made this painting because I wanted to. Because the colors were what I wanted to use and because creating it made me feel good. What makes you feel good? Are you doing it? Or is some asshole holding you back, telling you you can't? I hope you stop listening to them and start listening to your heart. It'll feel good when you make fun of them later because you know you're right and they're wrong.
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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