My plan is for this blog to let you the readers experience my life as it really is. I will admit I am living my dream but it is not always fun and games like some of my friends think it is. It is actually hard work being a fine artist, I paint everyday which means I have to come up with an idea to paint each day. Not as easy as it may sound. Art shows are fun but setting up in the heat, rain, and wind is not my idea of a good time. Sometimes the stars are aligned just right and I make some good money but that is certainly not the norm.
I do love this life and I would never trade it in to be in marketing and advertising ever again or any part of Corporate America for that matter. I like swimming and I love water but I do not like swimming with sharks and that is my opinion of Corporate America. I am an artist and I fit in much better with a group of artist then I do with a bunch of people who use others as ladder rungs as they try and climb to the top of the corporate world.
With that said please join me as I blog about my life as an artist, somedays will seem like I am living on a cloud other days I will tell the hard truth and dispel the myth that my live is just a fantasy as some of my friends think it is.
| 11 November, 2011 14:53
12" x 16" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
This is a new painting in a series I am working on
Sorry blog fans I have been busy with the Grip house and painting for the Deland show next weekend. Well reason to celebrate for me I got accepted to the Atlanta Dogwood Arts Festival! That’s right the big time show now! To be honest I have only applied just once and that was 5 years ago.
The reason is that the Knoxville Dogwood Arts Festival usually falls on the same date but not in 2012. In the Art Festival world some shows are known to be exceptionally hard to get into and this is one of those shows. So I am, honored to be accepted for my first time as an artist.
We artist have to balance the application/jury fee in making decisions. The fee is usually $20-$40.00 just to apply so you can imagine how expensive that can get. Most all shows have the jury fee, which is a sore subject in our world but one that we cannot change. So when you add the jury fee to the show fee then you can see how expensive this business can get.
I have 3 more shows for the year well one is 2 weekends so that can be considered 4 shows. I have tied my record in painting sales from 2 years ago. I have sold 77 original paintings in 2011 Jan to today. I count originals as $50.00 or greater. I have sold all 39 of my barnwood fish but they were under $50 and I have sold some other small originals under $50.00 that I am not counting. Plus donations do not count either.
So I would say this has been my best year because I have sold some large works and multiple works to collectors. I only had maybe 2-3 bad shows where I lost money and no $0 shows. So overall it has been a good year. I hope many of you will consider a original painting for a holiday gift or even one of my new Canvas Giclee' prints.