Saturday, January 11, 2020

Get Out There and Sell!

I have been so busy these past few months..happily painting and exhibiting!  I was in two exhibits in November and December and sold four paintings.  Now I am preparing for a solo show at the Paramus Public Library in Paramus, NJ. in February, and at the Westwood Public Library in Westwood, NJ. in March and April.  In my area almost all the public libraries have exhibition areas for local artists. The quality of the spaces is varied and some take commissions while others don't.  Some even advertise your show and some allow you to have a reception. There are also opportunities in coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, hospitals, and even banks. I urge anyone who has yet to exhibit their work to get out there and do it! I know it can be scary at first, but if you have a body of work, go check out your local public spaces and commercial establishments.  Once you start exhibiting you will gain confidence and incentive to keep on painting!
"Snow on the Meadow"
SOLD

"Mooring at Night"
SOLD
"Is It Soup Yet?"
SOLD
"Haystacks"
SOLD
Be sure to make your exhibits as professional looking as possible.  All of your work should be well framed and tagged with the name, media, size, and price, (if allowed).  Leave business cards and brochures, with your contact info, website, and pictures of your work and their prices, at the front desk or in the exhibition area.  And most importantly, check on the exhibit at least once a week, if not more, to replenish the brochures and cards and straighten up.  Good Luck!!

I also spent time reworking a few old paintings that I was just not happy with.  One in particular went through a drastic change.  I had always liked the way I had rendered the flowers but I was never quite satisfied with any other part of the painting, (foreground, background, composition).  So I took a totally different approach.  It was a lot of fun and I really like the result...much more dramatic!
"Peonies"
Old Painting


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