Sunday, November 22, 2009
I've been doing some marketing with my art over the last few months and its starting to pay off now.
I have one of my pieces accepted into the Provincial Art Bank which I'm very pleased about. This provides a showcase for my work to a broader audience. Pieces are displayed on a rotating basis throughout government and government related education buildings around the province and may be displayed at times in the provincial art gallery at The Rooms.
I've used a free public advertisement service to promote animal portraits and contacts have been good from that source. You take a chance when doing this but I created special offer for the holiday season and that seems to bring out collectors and commissions.
Finally, I had dinner tonight a St. John's restaurant that displays art from local artists in its rooms. I asked about displaying there and was told they're interested in new artists and charge no commission for sales. I will be setting up a meeting to show some of my art there I think.
With every marketing piece that I do it has a fear and pleasure aspect to it. Like many artists, marketing myself becomes a daunting task, but as with all things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. There is always a risk of rejection, but you take the punches with the good times. Lately, the good times are becoming more frequent.
I still haven't had a lot of time to play with my new camera, but this image at the top of the post was taken early one morning this week with a telephoto lens. It is a Northern Flicker which frequents the birdfeeder outside the dining room window now that it is stocked with suet cakes. I think this is one of this seasons 'babies' as it seems rather round and a bit small. I love the colouring and markings on these birds and occasionally they wake me by drumming on the side of the house. That, I'm not so keen on.