I recently completed a commission piece for a client wanting to create a 18th birthday gift to remember! A scene around Circular Quay, that most of us are familiar with: the buskers, the ferries, harbour bridge and the people! A favourite spot of the family, I tried to capture their memory in my own style. Hope you like it!
Many of you may not be aware of the life of an artist. Here is a quick insight of the logistics of selling at shows.
Firstly, an artist enters a show to have their work shown to a wider audience and hopefully make a sale. Their first hurdle is framing. Framing is expensive and there is a very high chance the frame will get damaged during the setting up of a show. You watch organisers holding your work in an unsafe way and your filled with dread and nerves!
Secondly, there are the fees to enter a show – per painting! Sometimes your work gets rejected and so you lose you entry money (its a gamble I tell you!)
Okay – so your work gets in. PHEW! Your work is on the walls and someone buys it. WOOHOO! What a great feeling! (It no doubt is). So the cost of hours of work on the piece, the materials, frames, fees, delivering and picking up adds up right? Yes! But a percentage 20-35% of that sale goes straight back to the show.
But what about the paintings that did not sell? Lucky artist! You’re not allowed to enter them in the same show again! Nor will they except a work painted over a year ago (or a year and a half). They didn’t sell because they were bad works, maybe it was because there wasn’t enough people who attended the show or the right person didn’t cross its path (among other factors).
So, what do you do? You have to enter them somewhere else (which means more fees and more travel). So the artwork literally plays a ring-a-ring-a-rosey game (and expensive one), until it finds its owner or its time of being “shown” (the 1 year- 1.5years) is up.
The great painting gets taken out of its frame, for another. And the circle of artwork begins.
I received a couple of commendations recently for my watercolours at the Drummoyne Art Show. I don’t like being in front of people, but we award winners, had to go on stage, collect our certificates and pose for these wonderful photos with local councilors…
I am now also on INSTAGRAM! Follow me there: Instagram.com/chrysovalantou.mavroudis.art
I have had a very stressful year. And this subsequent to this, it also effected my art.
Watercolour is a medium, in which you have to be on the ball during the painting process. I do not have a “layer-by-layer” technique, but what should be a fast pace, to correspond with the movements of the water.
Adding to the above, I got a little bored as well…and started going back to my roots of drawing.
Although a lead pencil used to be my paintbrush, I instead picked up sticks (i.e pastel and charcoal). I didn’t draw with any expectations, however, some how or another, they have ended up in my forthcoming exhibitions.
And they are more on the easel as we speak!
This has also made me miss my watercolour and also that break improved my work. I guess, like in any relationship, a little space helps the relationship become stronger…
I recently conducted a watercolour demonstration at the Bankstown Art Society.
I took a regular every day suburban street with shops and tried to show how that you can take anything for inspiration and transform it into a painting.
It does take practice! I too, sometimes believe there is a painting there, but, I can’t get it to work. I leave it and come back to it (after a long period of time – not the next day)
Using your imagination and artistic license – you create a story in the scene, keeping true to the identity of the location.
Thanks to all who came out!
I have enjoyed my painting experiences of late and have made a new pact with myself – When I visit a new location, I must paint the scene (that I am so excited about!!) the following week. This way, I still have a good memory of how I felt there, before Mr Time makes me forget all about it!
I have been running my brushes across landscapes of late and hope to do some more. I am a great lover of the Blue Mountains (and who wouldn’t be!)
I have had some great conversations with buyers of my work – such as my buyer from the Royal Easter Show this year. It is great to hear why they connected with the story of the painting and in fact, gives the painting one half of its meaning.
I was also fortunate to be merited a VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED award at the Drummoyne Open Art Awards, that are currently running in inner city. The award was for my painting of the Canada Bay district, titled ‘Lyons Rd, Drummoyne’.
Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!
Until next time 🙂