Show & Sell Your Artwork!
A new series of practical workshops on Oh She Paints
Today, I’m announcing an exciting new multi-part workshop series on how to show & sell your artwork.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll look at a number of topics, including:
- Different venues and spaces to show & sell your artwork
- Setting up group art shows
- How to show & sell your artwork online
- Pricing your artwork
- Photographing and presenting your paintings / art
The goal of the series is to provide you with the information and tools necessary to make a living as an artist, or to find alternative sources of revenue. If you’ve never shown your art before, it will also help you gain the confidence to get out there!
Not sure this is for you? Read on…
Are you currently looking for opportunities to show and sell your paintings or other artwork? If not, it is definitely time you considered it! Yes, you!
Even if you’re not interested in selling your paintings or think you’re ‘not ready’, it is still extremely worthwhile to show your artwork, either online or in a real venue. Why is it so important to show your art? It is way to get feedback, connect with your community and ultimately grow as an artist. You will learn and develop much faster as a painter or artist if you step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there.
Art is meant to be shared. It is supposed to start conversations and spark reactions.
If you’re lucky enough to go to art school, the studio-based classes, including painting, involve group critiques. Critiques are an invaluable source of feedback from your peers. Critiques aren’t about giving opinions—if you like or don’t like the painting—rather they are focused on identifying what is working or not working and why. They allow you to see your work with new eyes, mirrored in the reactions of others.
When your work critiqued, you come up with potential solutions for how to resolve unfinished or problematic areas of the painting, and get ideas for where to go with your next painting. You learn to give and accept feedback. When it is your turn to critique others’ work you are challenged to put into words your thoughts and become more adept in using the language of art.
Learning to express yourself is important to your painting practice. It challenges you to develop your eye, and to connect your visual and verbal thought processes.
Like me, many of you may be a bit shy. When you first share your art with others, even friends and family, you may feel vulnerable. So much of your heart and soul goes into every piece you create. Showing your artwork is a process of letting go and putting yourself out there. It is about learning that you and your artwork are separate entities.
With any painting or piece of art, some people will love it and some won’t. Tastes vary wildly. One thing is certain: You can’t please everybody. So don’t even try. Being true to yourself is what matters. With time and experience, you will find the people to whom your art speaks.
I hope that inspires you to want to get out there with your artwork and share your paintings with the world. With a bit of practice and perseverance, you’ll overcome your fears and reservations and discover supportive communities of fellow artists and art lovers who will encourage your artistic practice and give you invaluable feedback.
Get ready, in the next post, the first workshop of the series, we’ll be looking at different venues to consider for showing your artwork. We’ll see that galleries are just one route and that many other options are available to suit the needs of every creative artist.