Tuesday 8 November 2011

Markets, marketing and an Artist's Open Studio

A big challenge for an artist is getting your work seen, and building up contacts. In a new country it’s doubly difficult. Where to go? Which Exhibitions will work? What sort of work should you show? In the end it’s all trial and error.

Last Saturday I set up a small exhibition at a local market just up the road from where I live. Bridgeman Church has a great sense of community and the place was humming.

My aim there was to start to establish myself as an artist in the local community. My work was well received and enquires for both my art classes and for portrait commissions were encouraging. Hopefully, in the long term this interest will translate into sales. I loved being there chatting to people about my work and my love for what I do.

This week, almost a year since I held a similar event in South Africa before I packed to come here, I am again opening my studio to visitors.

I have been working on a series of small paintings, 8” x 8” oil on canvas - shells, seed pods and flowers. These echo the Artists Blocks that I have done previously. The paintings work well when grouped together. More of these can be seen in this album.

All work will be for sale. Portraits can also be commissioned – just in time to be a special Christmas gift.

More details about the Open Studio can be found by clicking on this link to my Facebook Page.

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