Here's an update of the watercolour of 'downtown' Flatrock. I'm still building rock shapes and colours and as the rock is quite detailed, this could take some time. So while I paint, I think. This can be good and can be bad. This time I'm thinking about organization. That usually happens when I can't find something. I swear to myself that I will become completely organized. Of course that doesn't happen and so the cycle begins.
One of perhaps the less interesting, but very important aspects of art is tracking what you have created, what you have sold, who to, for how much, who bought it, exhibitions, donated pieces, etc. It is vital from a business perspective as well as marketing and archival purposes to track this information, but we don't tend to do it well or consistently. Its often a scramble to pull information together, find who has what as well as locate images, etc.
I know I'm guilty of this. I've used Excel spreadsheets for most of my tracking of production, sales and marketing but don't always keep on top of it as I should. I presumed that some clever souls have created a solution to my dilemma in the way of software that would make the task easier and keep my tracking visible and in one place where I could access the many arms of information about my art that I need.
So I'm on a quest to find an effective, reasonably priced software package that will do this. I've tracked down a number of options for artists to use and will be busy reviewing them and road testing a few also. Here are some of the software packages for artists that I found. Note: they are not in any order of preference
If anyone uses any of these software packages, I would love to know which one and whether you would recommend it to others.
- Working Artist
- Masterpiece Solutions
- Artsystems Studio
- GYST (Get Your S**T Together)
- Art & Craft Business Organizer
- Artist Butler
- My Art Collection - this seems to be geared more toward the collector than the artist for managing acquired pieces of art, but could have use for artists also
- Art Affair
Pricing for these software packages varies from $30 up to $170. Each package varies in what it offers in management capability from basic inventory control to creation of CDs and catalogues for gallery presentations as well as invoicing.
Of course once I decide on one of these packages then I need to push myself to keep it updated. Let's hope that the beauty of having everything in one spot, combined with a routine will help.