Now the exhibition is over I have had time to contemplate the kind of futile nature of fine art. Making it is great, but there is a particular breed of Australian fatalism and 'chip on shoulder' mentalities that I find annoying. Whilst I can make some money from exhibiting and polishing everything up for the safe sadness of the general public, I found the lack of commitment and risk, within the whole schedule of exhibiting, to be profoundly unsatisfactory. I am still contemplating a portrait exhibition, and am still working on portraits, there are 3 in progress as we speak.
I decided to take a few risks and relocated further north up the coast. I have an opportunity to start as a tattoo artist, so I am currently learning the art form and the beginnings of everything that comes with that. Ultimately if I do become a tattoo artist, I am quite certain painting will dwindle down, and I'll gravitate towards more illustrative and design oriented works, relating to the occupation. In other words, in the next 6-12 months I expect a change of work output and the kinds that I will be producing. So in essence I am going through a big change, new living and working environments, so it is a very positive thing even though the pretentious amateur nature of Australian art has left a slightly bitter taste.
Extremely excited to dive into a new art form, tattooing really has no copyright, so the wealth of imagery that can be used is almost limitless, although some styles are refined and some limitations with skin being the canvas, it seems as though it's one art form that cannot be mastered. And I've got a lot to learn.