Getting My Business Going

I have enjoyed painting for myself, for friends, and for family, but since I was a little kid I wanted to be an artist. That career choice was beat out of me at an early age. But recently I have started to think that maybe¬†“being an artist” could be more than just a hobby. Maybe, if I am lucky enough, my work could be seen somewhere other than my apartment and be seen by someone other than my friends.

Moral of today’s story: I’ve decided to buckle down and focus on building up the business side of my art. I did not get an MBA so this part does not come naturally to me. Honestly, this is the part I REALLY struggle with and is the reason painting has only been a hobby up until now. Luckily, my boyfriend and my equally-artistic best friend have been extremely supportive (and at times, I think, delusional) of my new plan. Without these two’s encouragement (and the support of other amazing people I know in CO), I doubt I’d be heading down this scary path.

I may not be moving at lightning speed, but I have been making a few steps in the right direction:

New Business Cards? check.

New Business Cards? check.

I have new business cards, I’ve applied to an arts & craft show in Denver, I’ve emailed a couple galleries and coffee shops, and I’ve gotten my hands on a high quality camera. As of today, I’ve ordered a few sample giclee prints and canvass wraps. If I’m happy with the quality of reproduction, I’ll start having prints available for sale of each of my pieces both online and (fingers crossed) at shows.

I may not be there yet, but I am so much closer than I was yesterday.

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Four Sons

Since the painting “Four Brothers” never made it to the intended party (a certain son decided to keep it rather than give it to his mother), I decided it’d be a good exercise to try painting this piece again.

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Four Sons. 2016. Acrylic on Canvas. 8×10

This time around, I focused on creating more contrast between the shadows and highlights the folds of the clothing. It was definitely a fun piece up until I had to do the faces. But perhaps if I keep forcing myself to work on painting faces, I’ll get better at them.