Tuesday, 22 November 2016

No- One Asked Me To Paint So Why Should I Expect People To Buy My Works?

That's a quote from a very famous painter who painted match-stick men and cats and dogs.

Yes it's LS Lowry.

So you painters, musicians, writers, basket weavers....  What do you think?  

Do you waste your time sending off your manuscripts to book publishers, record producers (I am showing my age I know)  art galleries... For ever hoping one day you will be the best thing since sliced bread, a mega star, celebrity, Somebody will say:

 "I love your work."

Must check my email inbox to see if the Irish book publisher wants to publish my book.  Why do we spend so much of our life in God's waiting room?  

I said to my wife the other day, we had been talking about favourite author's like Peter Tinniswood and Pete McCarthy, Mike Harding, John Seymour) (my favourites) and Margaret Dickinson, Ruth Hamilton and Lynne Andrews (her favourites)  that I actually enjoy writing and creating my own books the most.  Think I have finally grasped the writing nettle.  Introversion and self indulgence is the answer.  What do you think?

11 comments:

  1. You are never too old to be an author so don't give up trying is what I think.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Rachel. I was just trying to express the negativity and creative frustration that goes with our artistic work.

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  2. Writing is what we Must do. If it gets published and we get rich well that's fantastic. Great boost for the ego but even if we don't get it in print or have to do it ourselves we'll still keep on writing cos that's who we are...

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    1. Totally agree with you LA. If you are a writer you write, if you are a painter you paint... It's who we are! Thanks.

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  3. I haven't sent anything anywhere, apart from an odd-oddment in a mad-moment for a decent-decade.
    Today I've painted a green flash. It took me about 4 hours. Acrylic is my favourite medium.

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  4. Hi Gwil. You should send off your work, take it round art galleries or put on your own exhibition. Wish I could paint. I have no shortage of sea and mountain views here in West Cork. Art is so instant. Writing is hidden in the pages of a book.

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    1. Hi Dave, Maybe my arm is soon to be twisted for a small exhibition for my 70th in or around 2018. I've been getting hints. We shall see.

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    2. Why not write and place a poem next to every painting at your exhibition Gwil? You could be Gwil the artist poet. What do you paint? Have you shown them on your blog? I think Rachel should exhibit her drawings too. Good look with your art exhibition.

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  5. Hey Dave, my English and grammar (plus punctuation) are awful, as people can probably tell from my blog. I try my best. I dont think I have a book in my head. I cant think what I would right. A cook book of recipes would be the best I could do I think.

    Why dont you self publish an ebook...

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    1. Hi Sol, I thought your house buying advice was very good and would have made a great book. I think marketing is the hardest part with ebooks or small publishing companies. Also the big newspapers don't seem to feature writers who aren't published by the bigger publishing companies. That's my experience any way. Thanks!

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