How do you measure success?

The Christchurch Art Show 2016, opening night

The Christchurch Art Show 2016, opening night

The Christchurch Art Show has come and gone for another year. What a fantastic event! I had even more fun than last year and I’ve come away from it greatly encouraged and with a very clear idea of what I want to do next year. Was it successful? Yes. You will, I suppose, want to know how sales went. For me, sales were modest. I’ve returned with a lot of work that ‘almost’ found new homes. Am I disappointed? I guess I am a bit. But it’s not all about selling paintings. It really isn’t. If that’s the only measure of success, we’re all in big trouble.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been getting more and more interested in painting semi-abstract work like Endless Possibilities, wanting to do more impressionist/expressionist art like Country Gate and Warm Night, Southern Sky, and to incorporate more graphic elements along the lines of Landscape in the Late Afternoon (with cows). Exhibiting at the show this year has helped me to fine-tune these ideas and has strengthened my resolve to continue my art journey (and to not get a day job just yet).

Working in series is still going to be key. I want to create conversations on canvas, stories and poetry that will spill over the edges of one canvas and onto others (I mean that metaphorically but who knows…). But that’s enough for now. I don’t want to give away all my secrets ; )

I’ll leave you with two of my favourite quotes.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Let it go. Let it out.
Let it all unravel.
Let it free and it can be
A path on which to travel.”
Michael Leunig

10 thoughts on “How do you measure success?

    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thank you! It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride but every day reveals something new and I wouldn’t/couldn’t do anything else now : )

      Reply
  1. mihirgagp

    I think artists and their work are the one of the most underrated things. But you sure are a great artist. Success comes to people who never quit and you definitely are amongst one of them. You will definitely reach heights someday. All the best. God bless you. Keep going.

    Reply
    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thank you! Success is also different things for different people. There’s another famous quote by Charles Horton Cooley: “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”

      Thank you for your encouragement.

      Reply

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