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Guys! The business of art is driving me crazy. You see, I enjoy painting and sometimes I actually think I’m pretty good at it. Other times, of course, I’m not so impressed but for the most part I think my paintings are certainly marketable.
At the same time, I’ve been painting so much that I’m swimming in paintings. So as you know I decided that I had to sell them.
Now Greensboro, North Carolina is NOT a hot bed of abstract art so I chose this site “Saatchi Art” to sell my paintings on line. The first time I put my paintings up I put all of the pictures up at one time and I didn’t really get that many view.
I’ve learned over time and through following some artist that I like that what you need to do is slowly release your art over time. This is because Saatchi art has some curated collections. They have newly released art; upcoming artists and they sometimes publish sold pieces all of which helps get eyes on your art.
So this time I released two of my best (in my opinion) new paintings and they didn’t get picked. I wasn’t too thrilled because I thought some of the pieces picked were crap and I know that art is subjective but come one. The next week I put up two more, also some of my best (maybe I really don’t know shit about art) and lo and behold, no dice.
Now I’m beginning to get frustrated because if nobody sees the paintings I’m pretty certain that they’ll never sell. Why even if you go into the search function and hit MacDonald I’m about the millionth one to show up. Good grief, what’s the trick to getting in one of those collections???
Andie told me that she’s getting worried because “didn’t you paint because you enjoyed it and not to sell it?” which is true but I also need to get rid of some of this stuff.
First, obviously it’s expensive but that’s not even the biggest thing. After all I gave some away and the thank you notes meant more to me then the money ever did. But also, I have so many paintings here.
Anyways its true that I don’t want to get hung up in the business of selling pictures because what I really enjoy is the creating process.
What’s even more frustrating is that while I was looking at apartments in Los Angeles for Keely I started noticed ALL SORTS of art of the walls and I think my stuff would sell like hotcakes there because it’s a good price point but it’d cost and arm and a leg to get it all there.
I have no problem paying a broker fee for people to sell the stuff because I just want it gone and a commission isn’t a problem.
Ugh … it’s made me not want to even paint and I’m wondering if I should just make an Etsy site.
Are you tired of me bitching yet???? I’m sorry … it’s just that I enjoy painting but the business of “art” is driving me insane and making me feel despondent about my poor little painting (actually some are big) that nobody wants.
So anyways, that’s what I have to say today because I suppose it could have told you about my thanksgiving but this is occupying my mind.
You know I’m going to have to start commenting about politics too because that is all driving me insane. Guess I’ll lose more readers with that.