Monday, July 25, 2011

BU$INE$$


Business and artists are diametrically opposing forces. We just want to be in the studio, making art. For the most part our brains just don't work in the business format.
Pricing has always a difficult part of selling my art. Initially I set pricing in relation to the size of the piece. Then when different galleries come into play, their pricing changes how much I profit on the paintings. Most galleries sell on a percentage basis. The percentage varies from gallery, to gallery.
Then you have the gallery that wants to purchase the paintings wholesale and sell you paintings at their retail cost. That would seem to me to be the price I make at other galleries with the percentage subtracted.  Then negotiating comes into play and the whole issue comes down to how much I will settle for. If it is a time when I really need the cash I ultimately do settle. If I am not in need then I wait and hold on to the piece. It sits in storage and I dust it from time to time.
So... To sell, to keep, to profit more or profit less. In a perfect world I would keep all of my paintings, giving a few away to friends and worthy causes. But this world is not perfect and I am really thankful that people actually want to pay me for my artistic efforts.
I guess I need to do a little reformatting of this art brain.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot Wax and a Hammer

 
Yesterday morning I arose with a purpose. I was determined 
to make a piece of art using techniques I learned in 
Encausticamp 2011, combined with a new material I have 
been wanting to incorporate into a painting. 
I was in full on creative mode all day. I even pulled out 
my trusty Dremel Multi Pro
By early afternoon the hot wax was flowing and I was pounding out copper wire. There was a creative party going on inside my brain. As the piece was birthed, it changed (as many of my works do) into something I had not really planned. It became, (in my opinion) even better than what I first thought it could be. 
With the addition of a small photo cameo, it turned into something that could be done as a commemoration of an event, with multiple cameo's being hung from the wires, or even an alternative family portrait. 
While my sweet husband thinks I am on the outer edge of the innovative curve, I know that someone has to push the limits. 
As an artist I endeavor to pioneer new ideas, and continuously challenge myself to make new, different art. I don't forsake what has been successful in the past but I do keep my eye on the future. That is what has brought me to the place I am now and what will carry me into where I want to be.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Encausticamp 2011"

 It had been a looong time since I went to camp. My predominant memory of childhood camp is hundreds of granddaddy-long-legs spiders, swarming in the rafters above our heads. We would burrow deep into our sleeping bags, covering our faces just in case those dreaded critters decided to pay us a visit while we slept.
 Encausticamp memories are totally different. Days filled with creative, fun, yummy meals and sleeping in a comfy (spider free) bed. 
 Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch facilitated an amazing event. Her delightful personality and incredible knowledge created a synergy between instructors and participants I have seldom experienced in a workshop.  We did not want it to end. 
The level of instruction and ability of the participants was stellar. There was a sharing of knowledge, ideas, laughter and fun.
It was my first time to visit the Portland/Salem, Oregon area.  I fell in love with it's beauty and the amazing people I met there.
I will definitely be back.