Posts Tagged ‘art sales’

Wooden Cutting Boards

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A few months ago I met a man at an art show who was selling wooden cutting boards. He asked me what I was doing at the show and so I told him I was showing my paintings. He then told me that he too was a painter. I asked him why he wasn’t selling his paintings. He responded by telling me that it was easier to sell wooden cutting boards than it was to sell artwork.

He then pulled out an old magazine that featured his artwork. The magazine displayed the most meticulously painted watercolours I have ever seen. They were collages of items that he had found along the way – ticket stubs, napkins, matchbooks – all painted in high realism. I was really impressed. I asked him if he was still painting. He told me “no.” Then with a shrug, he added “besides I already have a stack of paintings I can’t sell.”

Perhaps I was a bit naive to think that all artists care for their artwork as I do. I think it is important to be flexible with your work and to anticipate and integrate change. I guess if an artist’s focus is purely sales, then moving towards another art form would be favourable. But for me, I like what I do, so I try keep my work evolving and to be on the lookout for something that would work better while always remaining true to my work.

New Prints

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The decision of whether or not to reproduce my artwork was not an easy one. I am a traditionalist at heart and therefore truly value original paintings and drawings. But with that said, I think it is also of value to listen to those who view your work and make suggestions such as “you should definitely sell prints”. So I have decided to meet somewhere in the middle. I am currently in the process of having five images scanned/printed for fine art reproductions. I picked the five pieces based on what my customers liked the most. One is traditional – The Blue Boat and the other four are surreal landscapes. They are The Clothesline, Crow’s Nest, Collecting Colour, and The Arch. All will be signed limited edition prints. With this I am planning on modifying my website to include the purchase of fine artwork and prints.

Riverdale Art Walk

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Riverdale Art Walk was a great event. For starters it didn’t rain on the event but rained around the event. So there were puddles present but no runny gouache paintings for which I was relieved.

I had many friends and family members attend the event to show their support. Even my great Aunt Betty at the age of 85 showed up to cheer me on. That you can’t beat. I was delighted to see everyone and I thank them for being so wonderfully supportive. They even visited other artists and spread their joy around.

I met many fantastic people. They were very engaged with my work and offered much commentary. For example I heard “sweet, but edgy” “whimsical” and “very unique”. I was also asked quite a bit if I was working on a children’s book because my work suited that format. Indeed I am – a sweet but edgy children’s book.

At Work

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth.” And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.

Riverdale Art Walk

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth”. And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.