Well, when I said I wished to paint for commercial appeal, I was, in a way, being sarcastic and I should know better. Sarcasm doesn't translate to the internet.
I have a psuedo artist friend who lives nearby and he paints strictly for commercial appeal. I.e., a decorator will give him colors and he'll paint some flowers in those colors with a short phrase in French across the bottom for that tiny bit of panache or sophistication that people like to hang in their homes. He paints the same thing over and over and over and the money just rolls in. Crikey! (He even dropped the 'pf' from the back of his last name so it would appear more appealing!)
I don't want to do that. I'd rather someone bought my work because it "said" something to them, had some meaning and not just because it was pretty and went with the proverbial sofa. I did stop painting in watercolor because 3 gallery owners told me that they just don't sell and when they do, they have to be cheap! The good old midwest.
If we try to find the perfect guimick that sells, will it have the soul needed to attrack a buyer? Maybe yes, but you can only paint what moves you and, if you strive for excellence in your work, it will find a place to reside.
And there's the ticket! Soul. Thanks, Diane! And thank you, also, celestia!
This would have been a good topic for Henrik's new chat thread but I don't know if he's going to post a chat thread here.