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11/04/2005: "On hiring an art consultant"

I've decided to hire Alan Bamberger as an art consultant. I'm going to formulate some specific questions this weekend since his advice is so expensive. I have a feeling it will be worth it though, his referrals spoke highly of him.

I just dug out a painting that someone has been bugging me to buy since December of last year. I get emails from people interested in commissioning work and sometimes I call them back and sometimes I miss the deal. I am not good at promoting my own work, I'm not good at the business end of things...I've lost countless opportunities for shows and sales due to anxiety and procrastination in equal measure. I'm always paying late fees because I don't turn in my quarterly sales tax returns on time. I'm basically a real mess.

I'm hoping that that is all going to change. I want to apply the same kind of discipline to promoting my work as I do to creating it. I want to see how far I can go if I really set my mind to it.

I work with a woman who has started taking art lessons for the past several years. I think she is really good and I've asked her if she has any intentions to show/sale someday. She replied no, that she only does it for self fulfillment. I don't know, there was something in the way she said it that made me feel like her efforts were more pure than mine, unsullied by commercial influences.

I felt bad for a little while, but then I remembered that selling is important because it may lead me to a time when I can dedicate myself to making art fulltime. And that so far I've been able to make modest sells without compromising what I enjoy creating and that with marketing efforts, I can continue to do so. So there!

falling-leaves (27k image)

Replies: 3 Comments

on Friday, November 4th, RR said

You have snow!!! :O We have sunshine. But the unusually warm spell seems to have gone and the temperatures have plummeted overnight. I think there could be frost soon. I love the painting on this post. I bumped into one of my last year's tutors yesterday and he said he's been selling quite a lot recently because he's pushed himself (his partner is pregnant and he feels he has to provide more). He said he was painting all the time now and really enjoying it. I hope that hiring a consultant really gets things going for you.

on Saturday, November 5th, Elise said

Well, one thing about Juneau is the snow usually doesn't stay for very long, it's melted already.
The painting in this post is a part of a painting I did while I was in graduate school in Hawaii. I collected all of these strange see pods and stuff, the above was from a plant in my yard.

on Saturday, November 5th, Elise said

You know RR, I said the snow had already melt, and this afternoon it had, but it's 3:00am (I think I'm working on my favorite painting that I've done in a looooooooooooong time, and I looked outside and the ground is covered with snow, a lot of it, and it's still coming down. It's like magic!