Here is my latest painting "Regatta Starter Pistols", Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 24". Since I work in a gallery as well as show at the gallery I have a dual perspective on the art. Part of me wants to paint only what I love, another part wants me to paint what I think will be more appealing to the masses and therefore sell faster.
This painting is the first perspective. I love this subject matter and this painting. It was fun and challenging and it is of a subject matter that I love... my Grandfather's old stuff :) The pistols are old-fashioned (early 1800's) starter pistols. Used by Regatta's (boat racing) and running races. There is no bullet, just a loud bang!! I have always loved these pistols. The handles are made of a beautiful wood with silky grain. The detailed hand engraved Sheffield steel. The organic shape of the curves, the old flint lock stone.
I guess I would have to find a collector who is a race enthusiast, or maybe an antique collector to buy this piece of art. Or perhaps it will appeal more to the male population considering the subject matter but I find that if I paint what I love the viewer can feel that. That is why I buy art, because I love the piece and I can see the artist's passion behind the work.