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 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!
Last week I had the pleasure of demonstrating my watercolour technique to the Southern Cross Art Society. What a friendly group of people!
For the demo I painted a rainy day street scene of Sydney. I was very pleased with the results! I hope that everyone who attended learnt a thing or two.
I am busy getting ready for my upcoming shows which include the Royal Easter Show and the Drummoyne Art Awards. Please also check my website for new paintings I have available for sale, which I am updated now more frequently.
I was fortunate enough to participate in a Master Z (aka Joseph Zbukvic) workshop last month, my second workshop with him.
Doing the workshop second time around was beneficial, as I had forgotten a couple of things and it also allowed me to experience the painting process at a developed level.
To all budding watercolourists, a class with Z is recommended – but make sure that you:
- Find his works inspirational (you would be surprised!)
- Have painted with watercolour for a couple of years, with a firm grasp of the techniques of the medium.
We went out plein air painting this time around. It was good to observe him in the element that he loves most (and recommends most to paint in – the outdoors). His work sold….my work was in the bin! But all good for the experience!
Here are some photos…. Thank you Z, I learned so much from you and your hard work is so admirable!
I have not posted much this year. Wow! I can’t believe the year is near to its end.
I have been very selective this year in where I have been exhibiting. Which means I have had a break from some yearly shows.
However, I have had a couple of good weeks lately…which has ended the year on a high.
One of my paintings was voted and won the prize for ‘People’s Choice’ at the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Art Show. I have never won this before, and it was a great surprise! I also sold 2 of my works at this show, which was very pleasing 🙂
I received a call late this afternoon, a call I think every artist wishes to the other…the one that says: “You don’t have to come and pick up your unsold works… as they all sold”. I was hiking in my favourite place, and was so grateful and surprised with the news.
I’m not sure if every one realises…but a sale for an artist (compared to buying from a mass market big business) not only supports them, but supports them to continue in developing their talent. We paint a picture developed in our mind and through hard work. It is always amazing that someone else out there, connects with it and wants to have it hanging up on their wall.
Many thanks to those who bought my 4 works. You have helped me continue in my work.