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Do artists paint for themselves or for others?

by Margaret Modjeski in My Opinion,,,,,,

A few days ago an artist friend and I were talking about selling our work. We both have our artwork in gallerys as well as other venues but sales have been scarce this summer. Out of the blue my friend said well even if I don’t sell my work I love painting so much I would just keep doing it! I agreed with her because I have such a feeling of peace while painting and joy when I finish a piece that I cannot imagine not painting because my work is not selling. What do you think?