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Is Popularity needed for Your Art?

Be yourself rather than what is popular. We hear this all the time.  But who doesn’t like popularity? However, being an artist is more than just being popular. It should also mean being artistic in your art.

Why do you make the art that you do? If your honest with yourself and the answer to that question is “Because it sells well.” or “It’s expected of an artist” then it might be time to look a little deeper.

Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cezanne are very popular.  Their paintings sell for millions. The fame! The fortune!  Everybody wants to own a Van Gogh. However, these artists are also quite dead.  So, being popular artists really isn’t helping them out on a personal level.

Hopefully, your very much alive.  That means you still can live artistically by being true to yourself in your art.  Work on what you do best. Find your niche and don’t be a dead artist.

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At 2200lbs. popularity doesn’t matter.

Your Style is More Important than Popularity

Catalog what you do in your art.  What makes you happy? Upset? What patterns do you find you generally follow when you create your art.   Do you gravitate towards a specific medium? Colors? Specific subjects?

Self experiment with your art.  Try painting in a different medium.  If you’re a painter, try using a camera.  If you’re a photographer try using a sketch pad instead.  Or use a different method to express your work. If you’re a color based photographer, try using only black and white techniques.  

You like painting in Oil?  Try doing Sumi-e style painting instead.   Whatever you do, don’t throw any of it away.  Trust me, you’ll want to. Your inexperience with a new style or technique will glaringly show.  But that’s not the point of the exercise.

My personal journey from photography to pastels and then towards watercolor has not been as smooth as I’d love to claim and I shudder to think of my first experiments. Often I’ve asked myself why I put myself through these catastrophic attempts.

But I always remember the main purpose of finding my artistic style.  After you’ve tried various techniques and methods look at your work. Yes, that even means that growing pile of trash in your bin of failures.

Try to discover what is common about all of them.  For instance, if you’re looking at a bin full of drawings, painting and sketches and discover that there isn’t a solid straight line in any of them, that’s useful information.  That’s your style showing through. Did you discover that you painted in 10 different shades of blue but only 2 shades of green? That’s useful also.

Maybe you discover that your photographic field trip to the park doesn’t have a single person in any shot.  Or, you suddenly realize all of your pictures contain unconventional angles.

As you begin to identify more with various mediums and preferences you tend to like and start focusing your work on those points.  Soon your patrons, friends and colleagues will be able to tell your pictures belong to you without having your name displayed.

The Benefits:

You will become popular for all the right reasons.  Namely you’ve been loyal to who you are and what you do artistically.  Over time this style will change as you change. Popularity is great.   But it is much more beneficial to live true to yourself and your natural talents than a fake it to make it strategy.  Be yourself. Be a living artist.

Tea Rose: Most Popular Rose in the World

Tea Rose Morning is an example of the most popular rose flower in the world. Long the staple of florists, the tea rose produces the signature buds and flowers that people often reference when thinking of rose flowers.

The many petal wonders of a tea rose also produce a light scented fragrance that carries on the spring and summer air. These roses are known to bud and bloom singularly on a stem and not in a cluster like other roses. Gardeners and florists love them for their ability to produce flowers throughout the length of the growing season.

Often a rose will bloom, add its beauty to the world, and then die and be replaced by another on the same bush.   This allow for the greatest enjoyment of these rose bushed for the length of the season.

These roses do need some care though. Monitoring for disease on their leaves and watered regularly is Tea Rose Morningnecessary. Careful pruning of the plants before they bloom is also needed to keep the most air circulation around the leafs and buds to make sure a full harvest of flowers.

Further, in hot locations such as areas of Texas and the south, these flowers usually require mulch around its base to help make sure that the roots keep moisture and are kept cooler than the rest of the plant.

What fascinated me about this particular rose was the blending of the orange and light pinks in the petals.   It’s as if they took an orange and pink rose and blended them together to create a colorful start to a walk through the local rose garden. Truly this picture is a fashionable addition to your day.

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