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Yesterday Kevin and I discussed my art. Well, I’m not sure I would call it art but I would certainly call it painting. When we built this house we actually had a room that was supposed to be my “studio.” It is a great room with big windows and skylights and for the past 10 years it has been full of exercise equipment. Therefore, I’ve been squished in a corner to do my painting which wasn’t a huge problems and I didn’t have much time but now I’d like it to be more convenient.
The first step is getting rid of the exercise equipment that includes a huge Parabody Weight machine, a Stairmaster, a Spin bike and free weights. We are keeping the bike and the weights but we’re giving away the other stuff. After all that is gone, I will have a huge room to paint in which leads me to my other problem.
I have never sold a painting. Truth is, I have never tried to sell a painting but still, I have a lot of paintings upstairs. The only reason that this is a problem is because my paintings are huge.
Kevin: I only see one problem
Me: what’s that?
Kevin: what are we going to do with all your paintings?
Me: I don’t know. Either give them away or find a gallery to show them
Kevin: well, you need to figure out something
Me: I’d just like to make enough money to pay for the canvases and paint
Kevin: you better do some research
So today I did some research on “how to find a gallery” and this is what I learned. In an article entitled “3 Steps to Find Art Gallery Representation,” it asked the following questions:
Am I ready to sell myself to a gallery? Ummm, I guess so
Is my art saleable? Well, that’s subjective. I think it might be.
Is my art technically good? Probably not since I taught myself
Have I developed a recognizable style? Yes, I think so
Do I have a cohesive body of work ready to display? Cohesive …. Hmmm
Have I had success selling my work in art/craft shows, out of my studio and other non-gallery venues? SHIT
Do I have the time to fulfill the supply and demand of a gallery? Ummm… time is not really an issue for me
Do I have a portfolio, bio, and resume and artist statement? Jesus Christ this sounds like a lot of fucking work
If the answers are yes-you might be ready to take the next step toward finding the right gallery.
If the answer is no – don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position.
Then they had this quote:
“Approaching a gallery before you are ready is kind of like putting a gangly teenager in modeling school. It won’t help your self-esteem and it most likely will bruise your ego.”
So, that’s where I am on my grand design now. I didn’t realize that I had to have such a “grand plan” just to get rid of my art.
Just thought I’d keep you guys up to date on what I’m doing. After all, that’s what this blog is all about. By the way, the link for the page is here. I don’t want you to think I was stealing these rules.
What to do? WHAT TO DO?