OK so I REALLY have been terrible about updating my blog! I know this is the best way to advertise myself....but I also DESPISE talking about myself! Guess I will have to get over that. But being an artist and a salesperson is a lot harder than you may think. I have learned A LOT the past year, and I have most of it to thank to my fellow artists at The Brush Gallery and Studios. Sales tax, marketing, what to sell for what price, what the customer really wants to buy, using a Square, getting the word out to the community, etc. There is just SO much to learn!
I started applying to local art Call for Entries and that has been fun. The few I have so far I used them as an opportunity to create more paintings because I was interested in the theme they had. The first one this year was an Americana theme at Gallery Z in Lowell, MA. Patriotism has been something that has felt quite forced this year, as I am sure many of you agree with. So I came up with this piece, utilizing my illustration background a bit.
Yeah, can you tell now how I am feeling?
The other show I felt very drawn to was the Take Back the Night show at ART ALL Gallery in Lowell, MA. This theme was all about sexual abuse and the need to fight back. The #Metoo movement really has inspired me lately and I want to actually make an entire series based on this piece I created. I used my sisters experiences for inspiration, trying to channel her anxiety and frustration to what happened to her. I didn't even tell her this before she saw it, and she is buying it from me! Pretty cool how that worked out. I had such an emotional release creating this it was a great feeling.
On the marketing front I have been trying to create more merchandise that is sellable to the general public. Something under $30 ideally. So when they take it home it might make them want to come back. So I created large and small earrings that I hand painted myself, note cards/thank you notes/birthday cards, and prints of my paintings that are the most popular that I have noticed. I've also experimented making paintings as small as possible and not spend a ton of time on them so that I feel fine only charging $40-$65 for them. I've even recreated larger paintings that people love on a smaller scale based on commission.
And FINALLY, I've been working my butt off painting for our upcoming summer show, the reception will be June 21st. Our beloved DD Grunwald passed away earlier this year, and its really been a sad time at the Brush. It was sudden and we knew immediately we wanted to make the summer show about her. It will be called "Reflections, Homage to a Friend". She really inspired me in so many ways last year, she always was there encouraging where I went with my painting. So, here are a few samples of my progression. The show will be up from June 16th-July 29th. Keep in mind these are not finished yet!
So there you have it my YEARLY update. Ugh, hopefully I get better at this! Fingers crossed :)