Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Schools Cheat Students

I have had conversations lately about the art business.
Art is a business. If one doesn't learn that fact, starvation will surely
show up.
Art schools can teach technique, but they don't teach business/survival
skills to art students. Sad but true.
This situation can be solved , if art profrssors would invite
artists to come and do question and answer sessions with their students.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Helpless Artist

I have found that many artists, take their art to the gallery, and that's it. I always wonder why, artists are not more proactive about getting people in to see their work, before the exhibition closes.
Many artists don't think of doing the extra stuff to get paid.
I hear to often the cliche, that it's the gallery's job to sell.
Well, surprise,nowadays with so many artists in the mix. Real artists need to go the extra mile.If they do , they won't be so helpless.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shows That Sellout

I recently read in the Denver Post, a story ,about an artist who,sold every work in his exhibition.
Impressive,I hope he had enough money left to save some.
Sold out exhibitions are good.
Having some dough left after the show is even better.


I made some WAM yesterday. WAM is, walking around money.
I sold a number of my showbox paintings.
I do like the little money makers.
I am happy that peolple like them also.
I am glad to be able to have people who, are willing to
host the shoebox shows. We artists need all the art sensitive
people we can muster.
In this day and age of a soft economy, any sale, is a good sale.
I am trying to get as much art into the hands of the public
as I can. So far, so good.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Lack Of How To Sell The Art

I continue to be puzzeled, by the lack of survial tricks, that are not mentioned in the art magazines.
Artists have many creative ways to live and make their art.
The art magazines seem to focus on how to make the art, more than how to sell the art.
There's a large number of videos available on painting, but nothing on the selling part.
I say this often, I'll say it again,art is a business.
There should be more information available on how to survive and still produce the work.
The art mags could be a big help in this task.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

No New People

I visited an art center here in Denver recently. I go to get any art news that I can, from the card racks and bulletin boards. I do find infor mation that , I do not have. Knowledge is power.
I find that the art centers and galleries have information that doesn't
seem to garner new people, to buy art.
The gallery rats, are always in the loop.
Gallery rats always show up to get the cheese and wine.They don't buy art, they just come for the free refreshments.
New people are always important to the survival of the art world.
The information on exhibitions need to be spread around, new people need to be served.

Work Like You're Ignored

I had this thought today, I work like no one cares about me and my art life.
So far, I have a very good one.
I just got some press in a Denver publication called the Denver Urban Spectrum. The issue is the November 2010 issue. I get as much press as I can these days. I figure if a segment of the public is going to ignore my art effort, I may as well work like I don't care. I am dong good , on purpose!!!!!
Every artist should work like they are being ignored. It will make them more successful.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I am on You Tube

I am always looking to market myself in new ways. Now I am on You Tube.
I always wanted to find out how to do that. My friend Gerald Trumbule
shot and posted the video.
Another tool in my skill set, to keep on going.
I need all the help I can get.
My art life is steady as usual, I do the business part, like art, as well as I can.
I am such a maverick artist in Denver, I have to be learning new stuff all the time.I do it gladly.
Knowledge is power!!!!!