On my recent trip to the picture framers for 36 Views of Tinto Exhibition I had a conversation that I have been thinking about all week. I want to share it –
I was helping another artist choose a frame for her painting for the show.
A woman in the shop became involved in the discussion.
She was framing her husbands painting, who she described as one of The Scottish Contemporaries.
My artist friend starting belittling her own painting as ‘only an amateur effort that Kirsten has kindly included in the exhibition, I am not sure why, it’s not very good ….’
The other woman replied – ‘Yes, there are only two kinds of artists amateur and professional’ or words to that effect.
She wasn’t being snobby (well maybe slightly) but she was just stating a perceived truth!
‘Is that true?’ …. I thought, and found myself saying what I believe to be true –
‘There is only one kind of artist, and that is artists, because as far as I can see everyone puts there heart and soul into their work and that is the only criteria that matters!’
Come and see the 36 Views of Tinto Exhibition at the Tolbooth, Lanark if you are in the area – where local artists have put their heart and soul into interpreting Tinto our local much loved landscape feature. Maybe you will find something you want to own. It is going to be a great exhibition!
Look forward to seeing you … and by the way, my friends painting is very good and I am sure it will be snapped up!