Artist’s should blog! Or so I’m told… or is that I’ve read? Certainly many Artists do. But it can be difficult to know what to write!…And some days you just don’t want to! – I might have mentioned that before. So, do you try something new? It can be really hard to come up with new ideas for blog posts. Especially when you’d rather paint! Best to leave that to a day when you’re on fire! Do I blog about what’s irritating me? Chances are 90% of the blog posts will be identical and bad. And you won’t be giving people something new. The odd rant is OK but readers might get bored with rants! Although some bloggers develop a very successful blog with skilled ranting. Successful ranting really depends on your style. And it opens up discussion. Which is good! Revisiting an old bl0g post then? As you learn your ideas and understandings change. Revisiting a post can be energising.(We’ll ignore the demoralising if nothing’s changed, shall we?) Whatever option you choose, regular writing and reading is the key. Like any art form, practice improves your skills. And sometimes you need to rethink you’re options and mix things up! […]
Should artists be promoting themselves or just concentrate on creating? Being an artist involves creating art and nothing else, right? Such was my thinking as I dreamed about an art career. All I need do is produce the pictures and the buyers will snap them up, such was my talent. (Such modesty) Naive I know, but hey, I was young! My early efforts at marketing consisted of buying the Artist’s Yearbook which includes lists of all the UK galleries. Perusing the chapters and sending out masses of emails. I had 2 replies. Quoting from the first, “we looked at you work with great interest.” Exciting… for about 2 seconds until I realise it must be a form letter. Watching the art market and seeing who’s successful makes me think that talent is irrelevant! A significant Paradigm shift. Ability alone is not enough. I must promote myself as well. But I need guidance! Sometimes it seems like I stumble blindly through Hampton Court Palace Maze without a map or guide shouting directions. However, in stumbling I found a useful website called Art Business.com. reading “How not to succeed in the Art World.” The underlying theme? “Networking is the key!” Blind approaches […]
Sometimes in life you have to take risks! Well? I’ve gone and done something really Big and Scary! Well, it is for me. I’m organising an exhibition in Oxford to Coincide with Oxford Artweeks! Why? I need to raise my game and find more exhibition opportunities. Or create them! So, when I received an email from Oxon Artweeks mentioning possible venues. I investigated. Finding a venue in Oxford City Centre. But Realising it’s too big for me to do alone. I approached my neighbour. He’s a photographer keen on organising something. We decided to team up. Realising if we enlist 10 more artists… An Exhibition it is a distinct possibilty… So, several emails and phonecalls later, the hall and exhibition boards are booked. Now I’m looking for 10 more people to join us. And the Roller Coaster ride is off! Will it be scary or thrilling? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it should be interesting… Watch here and find out!
Do you use a visitors/comments book at events? As my first Open Studios event disappears in the mists of time. It is time to take stock. I’ve had a pretty good first year. Especially as a solo artist exhibiting in the far north of the county. But, what lessons have I learned? When I first went to art event I saw a visitors book as a quaint tradition. It’s True! Charming, but ultimately pointless, except for the sense of self congratulation it might give the owner. But now I’ve twigged. A visitors book is so much more. 1. Receiving feedback from visitors. People generally only write good things, especially if they’re observed when completing it. If they dislike what they see, they prefer silence. So, it’s biased in favour of the good. But that’s no bad thing in some respects. 2. Knowing what people like means you can create more of it! Not that you should tailor your art exclusively to public whims. 3. Acquiring contact details. The names of people who might wish to hear more about your work or exhibitions. That’s not to say you should bombard them with letters or emails. But it’s a first point […]
There’s a phrase in the business world. Failure to plan means planning to fail. Whatever it is you’re doing, it will always work better if some planning and thought has gone into it. Not one of my strengths but I’m learning, the hard way. This week I’ve been finalising plans for my exhibition. During the process I’ve realised a few things. If like me, organisation is not your strong point. I’ve put together a list of things to note for next time. Get Help: Initially I felt overwhelmed! Unsure where to start. I was fortunate to have a friend who’s run several exhibitions, so knows what to do. Decide how many spaces you have and what size pictures will fit. Do it early on. I have space for 45 pictures! – I’ve counted. I needed to paint some more! How will you hang? I’m not exhibiting in a gallery so there are all sorts of wall furniture which can impede, not to mention windows. There are numerous options for hanging from simple picture hooks to elabourate Hanging kits with wire and hooks. Plan the hang. 45 images cannot be slapped on the walls without thought. Firstly I needed to ensure […]
Dreaming of a hugely successful art career? Me too! But it’s one thing to have a dream, we all have dreams. I want my dream to equal reality. I’m getting there but there’s always more to do. In January I decided to be more proactive in my search for success. I’ve realised the importance of goals. And how writing them down or telling people makes them more likely to happen. So, I signed up for Bucks Open Studios as an idividual and Oxford Artweeks as a group participant. It’s a commitment but I know it will happen now. I just need to make it successful, and that is up to me. Failure is not an option! After an initial panic and a “what have I done” moment… (Actually those keep returning at alarmingly regular intervals but I’m beating them into submission!) …Preparations are underway! As the Stowe exhibition finished yesterday. I’ve been reflecting on what worked well and how I can use it. Only this time I’m flying solo. Progress so far… 1.Theme identified! It’s not essential but themes indicate a cohesive body of work and help people know what to expect. I still have some work to create to […]