Someone asked me yesterday what "Series" means under some of the picture descriptions. Many artists will paint a "series" of work during a period of creativity, usually on a theme, color, ground, subject - whatever it was that inspired them to paint that, then, now and connects those paintings as a whole body of work. (Or perhaps because their gallery needed a series that looked good together for a show!) It's a method an artist uses to explore a subject - you can follow the painter's journey, discovery and development if you study the whole series. Often once the artist gets tired of that idea (runs out of energy, ideas, ran out of time, or just feels he or she has exhausted the subject creatively), they move on to a new subject. Some artists never return to that type of work. Perhaps they "grew" during that period, learned a little more about their craft, changed the direction they want to go....Which means, if you fall in love with a piece of work by a local artist, and you know they tend to paint in series, you may want to try to own it then, because they may never paint that way again.
On being an artist....about once a month, someone says to me, "You're an artist! Wow! I'm so jealous. That must be soo relaxing!" If you are an artist, you will understand why I never know quite how to respond to this (usually I just smile) comment.
Recently returned from a short trip with my family to Italy and southern parts of Europe. I am still blown away by the quality and amount of classical art that seems to grace every church, villa, and public building we entered. The thought occurred to me - how will we look to our ancestors in 500, 1000, 2000 years? Will our art be relevant, beautiful, appreciated? it makes you think.