I didn’t sell a painting but was it a failure?

My first participation in the annual Water Colour Society of Ireland wasn’t a success when it came to sales of my art. I wouldn’t say it was a failure because of that though. I was, and am still thrilled to be a part of the whole thing. I wasn’t there myself, a dear friend helped with delivering the watercolours to the exhibition and then picked them up for me when the event came to an end.

It’s an interesting dilemma, why do we artists spend a small fortune getting work framed knowing full well that there is a more than good chance the works will not be sold. If we do sell a watercolour the gallery or the society will want it’s commision. No wonder artists are poor! I have no answer, it’s just the way it is.

I am still positive to the whole thing. I will be exhibiting next year again if they will have me.

Thanks to Sandra Darling for taking these photographs of the exhibition, much appreciated, hopefully next year I will see it in person.

By meldrum

My name is David Meldrum. I am an Artist who loves watercolour.

One reply on “I didn’t sell a painting but was it a failure?”

It’s so arbitrary. I’ve never been in a juried show, but in the handful of Open Shows I’ve displayed at, some pieces sold before they could get on the wall, others had no sales. Weather, time of year, pandemic. We don’t know! Now your beautiful paintings are ready to go!

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