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Abstract painting or sculpture really takes a certain kind of audience to appreciate the art being presented. Having a background in realism, I choose to go in a totally direction that allows me to be the artist I see myself being in the future. Abstract expressionism is my joy and passion. I want to combine the emotion portrayed in expressionism by using abstract forms and color!

With that being said, my passion is bold, bright, and ABSTRACT; to the plain eye might be overwhelming if you are not prepared. Small communities may enjoy my work, however, they don’t see the talent, creativity, and hard work. A small community sometimes is plagued with a small-mindedness that is hard to get rid of their love for landscapes (this is my personal exerience, not in all cases).

5 ways to start your art career and get out of your small town.

1) Display your artwork in Restaurants or cafes. This is crucial, so that you’ll get chances to learn more about the process of presenting your work. Not starting means not learning and not progressing. If by chance you sell some work, okay, but keep showing it anyway.

2) Don’t keep showing the same old stuff. Keep making more. (If you can’t make any more. Forget this artist thing.) Show the work that makes everybody else happy, of course. But show the stuff that makes you happy, too.

3) Create a Website / Blog where your people can connect with you. Without that link some people may not be able to put in orders contact you about questions or concerns.

4) Find an Art Club to display your work (Pressure free environment to connect and network with the art community). Art Clubs tend to have cute names and too many rules. But for a lot of young artists (Young has nothing to do with age.), they’re a place to garner both people and art smarts. They provide exhibition opportunities and feedback, and they always need help mounting their shows — which experience can help you show yours, there and later.

5) Head for bigger city Art groups and Galleries. More people. More open minds. More art. More art spaces, more opportunities and more different ideas of what needs showing. Lots more people who like to look at art, think about art, talk about art, teach art and even make the stuff.

Especially show the work that scares you silly. That’s when you’re getting at your unique vision. Your craft. Your reason for making — and showing — art. The reason we are artists is to share our visions. Everybody’s vision is different. If nobody sees them, our visions go unshared. Nobody learns from us and our work.

Posted by Phillip Herrold on 11/27/13

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