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 […]
I was one this week! OK, I confess (before you start contacting Mensa or the men in white coats) not me myself but this blog celebrated its first birthday! Looking back at my first post… I cringe!!!! Several times. Like so much in life a blog is a learning opportunity. I don’t reckon I’ve cracked it yet, but I like to think I’ve made some progress in the last 365 369 days. If I started the blog today, would my first post be any better? The answer has to be yes. But without those intervening blog entries, I couldn’t write the entries I do now. As an artist who blogs I find the blogging hard. I chose art, because I can express myself most effectively visually. Words are a whole new medium. Why Blog in the first place? Predominantly to show off my work! Like my “Window on the past” here! *Cut to an example of shameless promotion!* Blogging started as a way to share my work. But it’s become more than that. As a self-taught artist, so much of my art understanding is gleaned from public sources. I haven’t studied art formally, well not until now. But I have […]
I’ve always admired people who can get a photorealistic finish on pencil sketching. For some time I wondered how it was achieved. Then I discovered burnishing. I knew some blending techniques but hadn’t really attempted burnishing before. (There were some serious gaps in my art education!) This is my second serious attempt at intensive blending, Avril Lavigne. The blending and colours seem to be working well. With any artwork I always find it best to “sit on it” for a while. Looking at a picture after a break helps you see the flaws. The errors are glaringly obvious. Take Avril here, I thought I was finished until I scanned the picture in. But now I can see where I need some minor adjustments. But I’ll do that tomorrow I think, then add the picture with changes. I can also see that I need to clean my scanner bed, there are marks on her chin which aren’t on the original! Ugh housework! (phtew)
Use a broad range of styles or one unique style? Recently, I’ve spent far too many hours wondering how to promote myself. I’ve come to a conclusion my problem is direction. Specifically the lack of it! I enjoy creating art, and I love to experiment with new things, so the tendency has been to be a “Jack of all trades”. But this leads to confusion amongst the art buying public. Or so I understand from what I’ve read and learned from other sources. How can you be recognised for a style if your “style” keeps changing? Now, if you put it like that, it all makes sense! Doesn’t it? Do one thing… do it lots… and do it really, really, really well! Conclusion? I need to focus on the art I’m good at and not worry about repeating myself. well not too much, anyway. I have a dilemma then! What is “MY style”? Looking back at my work. A style seems to have emerged… And I think this one sums it up quite nicely. It’s a piece I created in February but struggled to name. “Head over heels” possibly. “Stricken to the core” no, it’s about love and stricken isn’t […]
Procrastination has reared it’s ugly head and the motivation to draw is low. I’m determined to restablish the discipline of drawing and painting daily. New Year’s resolutions? I don’t think it will wait until New Year. Strike while the iron’s hot, I say!
I was out and about shopping the other day and stopped at the garden centre’s coffee shop. These flowers were on my table. Well, I say flowers, but there’a a distinctly fruity theme occurring here! Anyway, I decided to sketch them. I particularly liked the stones n the glass vase.