I recently completed a commission to paint a European Christmas scene for the packaging for ‘The Tea Nomad’ Limited Edition ‘Noël’ tea. The artworks, which included painting the ingredients, were used across several different packaging items. The tea based on the inspiration of European mulled wine (a popular Christmas drink) is now available here.
I recently was faced with a dilemma. What gift do I get a recently engaged couple, who already live together and have everything that they need?
They have a dog they love as a child and I thought to myself…a painting may be a good idea. It’s unique, one of a kind and there is NO risk of anyone else getting the same gift 🙂 Instead of searching the shops, all I need to do is spend some time in my studio painting this little guy.
So here he is. This is Ziggy. And yes, the idea worked and they loved 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 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.