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A little insight into the life of an artist

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.

Commendations

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

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Paint and Paint some more…

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!)

Jamison Valley Sunrise, Blue Mountains

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’.

Lyons Road, Drummoyne

Merited Award

Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!

Until next time 🙂

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Good end to the year

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 🙂

George Street wet weather painting

Rainy Day in Sydney, Australia

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.

Sold Watercolour Artworks at Blue Mountains Artfest

 

My return post

I haven’t posted in a while!

I think life just got a head of me for a while. I was sick, then went on a break and then just busy! But I though last week’s news was worth posting about…

In my first year of being able to enter into the Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize, I enjoyed the drive up  to deliver my paintings for the show. I received a pleasant phone call later that week to tell me that I had won first place in the ‘Miniatures’ category! Yay!! (Alas I don’t have a photo of the piece).

Pick up day came around and I went around collecting my paintings. Double delight – I sold my full sheet Venice piece ‘Buona Sera Venice’. I hope the buyer enjoys it for many years to come 🙂

Watercolor painting of Venice Italy Grand Canal at Sunset

Bona Sera Venice

There is one more month of my exhibition ‘Celebrating Life with Watercolour’ at the Randwick Children’s Hospital. The catalogue can be viewed here.

And although life has gotten a bit more busy of late, here are some of the works I have completed since I last posted.

Taking cover, San Remo, Italy

Taking cover, San Remo, Italy

Sydney city

Sydney city

Hopefully, from now on, I will be posting more frequently – so please come back and check what I’m up to from time to time 🙂

 

~ Chrysovalantou