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Suffering Art Criticism

July 25, 2010
Having anyone rip my art across one side and up the other feels terrible while it is happening.
I learned something valuable from the last time, so I share the story hoping it can help every artist, since every artist is vulnerable to criticism of their art.
After painting two themed watercolors and having them framed as a pair, I approached a store owner where I thought my paintings would compliment the ambiance there. The owner took them on consignment. When I visited the store to see where my paintings were hung, the owner asked me if I would like to sell my jewelry there, as well. I agreed.
Store owners have to know how long it takes to ready art and jewelry for display, cleaning, tagging, displaying, creating inventories. Store owners need to do these same things to sell their goods.
Fifty-four hours and dedicated days later, on the last day when we were to create the displays, the owner tells me they decided not to carry my line of jewelry or any of the paintings, except one, which he said was my best painting. Artists know how to translate best painting comments. You’ve stuck out with everything you’ve ever painted, except for this one that gets you to first base.”
Then, to grind buckets of sand into my skin, theowner decided to not only rip apart my other paintings, but also tell me he asked others who also severely criticized my art, elaborating in detail what each said. Of course, not one name passed his lips.
I asked a few business-type questions to get the greatest understanding possible about what was happening here. I, of course, just listened to his harrangue before I went home and got my SUV and took all of my creative work out of his store.
Why did I listen to this obvious abuse? Frankly, I was stunned, couldn’t believe what I was hearing, shocked, just shocked, unable to do anything while more and more sand kept smarting against my skin. Finally, I told the owner, I had heard enough and was finished listening.
After I unpacked and put my home and studio back in order, I looked around.
I love what I see in my home and gallery. My paintings bring me tremendous joy in their creation, execution and display.
So, what did I learn? Everyone will not love my paintings. The way I do my contract for paintings on consignment allowed this to happen. So, now, the contract get signed before I do any of the work. I am willing to do the work for an agreed upon certain period of time in a certain non-gallery venue. If the store owner decides to take my work out before that time, the store owner pays a reasonable amount for my time. Is it likely a store owner will agree to this? Store owners who are good business people and have honed solid relationships with those they do business with will, I believe.
All experience is good. This learning will last me the rest of my life.
Barbara Garro, MA, NY’s Painter of Flowers
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Painting Music Masters

May 19, 2010

What fun! After thinking about it for many, many months, listening to the masters, I finally finished my first two watercolors:  Celebrating Mozart and Beethoven’s Joy.

People say they can see the music and that my Abstract Synchronism style paintings actually speak to who the master was.

After the music masters, I was minding my own business when one of my students brought me a photograph at our Saratoga Springs State Park that just struck me and I had to paint it. And I decided that I would put The Hope Diamond into the cave in the photograph. While I was painting in acrylic on canvas board, the rocks turned into this mystic looking up at the sky and The Hope Diamond glowed out of his belly. Most interesting how the painting told me what it wanted to look like!

Finished Painting “The Heart of Jackie (Kennedy Onassis)”

April 21, 2010

As an artist and a poet painting and writing portraits of famous people, the project becomes exciting from the first research through book after book, site after site, discussion after discussion, until I have what I need to create a realistic portrait in an image that speaks of having been immersed in that person over a long period. I learned so much about Jackie and her life with her husbands, John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, children, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy, Jr., grandchildren,  Rose, Tatiana and Jack, and Maurice Templesman. Jackie and Jack were happiest just before he was assassinated, according to statements Jackie made before they went to Texas.

Imagine being the son of John F. Kennedy, who died when you were a tot, stating that Ari Onassis was the only father he ever knew.

In The Heart of Jackie, I placed both husbands, all four children,  and all three grandchildren in a variety of images surrounding Jackie, looking serene and beautiful.

From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage

April 18, 2010

Artist Barbara Garro feels so excited to see her watercolor painting Jesus, Lord on the cover of her May 2010 book From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage.

And, my current painting (I do one painting at a time and give my whole heart, mind, soul and spirit to it) is one I call The Heart of Jackie (Jackie Kennedy Onassic). I show her surrounded with those she loved the most.

Artist Barbara Garro’s First Word Press Post on ArtistBarbaraGarro’s Blog

April 18, 2010

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