I have showed at bars, festivals, art shows, on the web and it always leaves me with a lack luster feeling. I don't want to be a dead artist before some one notices me.
Try entering Art contests. It's a great way to get your art noticed. Visit your local art gallery to see if they are having any competition of some sort!
You just have to keep at it. I know a good artist. It took him 40 years to hit the big money. By the time he did, he had paintings and stuff piled up all over the place. I am new here, but I have an Idea. Do a hub that serves as a mini portfolio. Put your stuff on Amazon and stick on some capsules to sell it. Why not give it a try? You got jpgs. You can write. Knock it out of the park! Then we can say that Obama helped us get more jobs. He said, "Go on the internet. Be creative."
Listen to the Commander-in-Cheif. Crank out some art hubs. Stoke up that exposure.
Get an agent. Ask Kelly Slater if it is a good idea.
The easiest possible way for people to notice my art is to create a level of eagerness with an encouraging message and through public advertisements, word of mouth, online advertising,art festivals, events etc
Network. Find other successful artists and persuade them to advertise your art by showcasing it on their websites, recommending you to clients/friends/associates, or allowing you to hang some of your art at their gallery shows. Networking is important for career advancement in every field but even more important for artist who mostly work as freelancers.
I have the same problem! I've done shows (and by shows I mean street fairs and art crawls that anyone can join) and I have a website, but I'm not sure what else I can do past that. I have a full time job as well, so it is hard for me to focus all of my attention on my artwork, but I love art and I would love to be able to have a successful career as an artist.
RednecksforObama....those are interesting ideas, but I'm not sure how to do those things. How do I set up an amazon store for only my own artwork? And wouldn't writting Hubs about it be overly promotional? I know of artists that sell on Ebay, but I'm not really sure how many people look for unknown artist on ebay.
My other issue is that my art has a lot of texture, and I'm not really good at photographing it to show the detail. Any advice on that? You can probably tell a bit from my profile pic.
Most artist lack the balance of business
Bigest deal is -"preserverence" it is most everything, it is the foundation of all actions.
How do I know?, been an artist for about 40 years
So what advice could you offer to someone who is trying to find that balance while working a full time job?
1. I see no clear ID in what you do artisticly
2. No picture in your hubs, (for people think in picture first and then in words)
3. Art is my centre purpose and service to mankind, do you know what your
ultimate purpose, desire or dream in life would be?
4. If someone said to you, "better keep your day job", find out why?
I only work with strong protential artist, If you pass this test grasshopper, we can move to step two
Well I like writing too, I have many passions. I didn't join hubpages to promote my art work. I just used one of my pieces as my profile pic because I didn't want to use a real pic of myself. I do, however, think that it illustrates how bad I am at showing texture with photography. I've done better with some of my pieces, but some I just can't get right with the photos.
My dream in life...I don't have that yet. I want to explore the world and understand it, learn new things, be creative, and be happy. I think art is a big part of that. Art has beenn one of the fundemental ways of self expression throughout history, it is so important to the human condition. I love it.
I've never been told to keep my day job. Most people tend to like my art work. I've sold a few pieces at the small little art walks that I do. I am really bad at the marketing and promoting aspects I think, I don't even know where to begin with that stuff.
Yes, the most persuasive tool known to all of mankinds in history is art.
Don't know if you like your paying the bills job right now, or if relates to what you want to do in the arts.
Try a dream list with a deadlines of one year, 3 years 10 years and lifetime. If you do that, then get back to me.
There are apps too that showcase artists art no idea what they are but did read about it. Also, there's some site that's like a live auction, even has toon people lifting those thingys but don't think stuff sells in high price range. I sat through one just to see. Can't remember what it's called either sorry
I joined arts organizations and even ended up with a part time job at one. The local and regional arts organizations usually have tons of information on local and regional arts events and shows that you can get involved in.
Entering arts contests can be an expensive proposition, but competition may lead to exhibits and shows that showcase your art. At minimum, a win will pump up the resume. Be careful, because some competitions are scams.
Local and state fairs, invitational art sales and shows ,and craft shows are another way to get your art some visibility.
If you put images of your art anywhere online, make sure to "watermark" the photos so your art cannot be reproduced. It's not too difficult. Check here at Hub Pages for help. About.com has a good page: http://cameras.about.com/od/photoeditin … Photos.htm
Some state bar associations require their arts lawyers to do a certain amount of pro bono work every year. California's arts attorneys formed an organization called "California Lawyers for the Arts". They taught me everything about the business. See if your state has such an organization.
A final note: get the best photography of your work possible, especially if it is heavily glazed, three dimensional, or otherwise complex. Your photos are the most important ways to expose your art.
I hope this helps.
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