I’m working my way through a book on my Kindle entitled: Art Money Success by Maria Brophy who became a manager for her artist husband. On her website one can find the worksheets after you purchase the book. The author provides the worksheets (along wtih text) to help the artist figure out a number of… Continue reading Art and Money
I’ve come to realize (again) that I’m not very good at planning ahead. I always assume I’m going to get more done than I do and I tend to take on more activities than can be accomplished. So, for the months of January, Feb and March, I’m planning (there is that evil word again) in… Continue reading Looking Forward
Yesterday, as my husband was working on our income tax paperwork, he was complaining about how it was becoming a bit complex due to multiple revenue sources such as stock dividends, several different retirement checks and soon to be a small income from work I will be doing as a kitchen consultant at a local… Continue reading Hobby, Amateur or Professional?
One of the hardest things for me as an artist is talking about myself. (I know some folks who don’t believe this and think I talk about myself all the time… but, that’s another issue). But when something big really happens, it is somehow difficult to actually do that self-promotion thing that needs to be… Continue reading Blowing my Horn
There are no progress shots of this painting, sorry. I kept forgetting to bring my camera upstairs to the studio when I went to work on it. In any case, I have definitely discovered that my painting skills are much stronger in the morning and this one was started and completed in about five sessions with… Continue reading Pizza Sauce Futures
It’s hard for me to accept critiques with an open mind. I was accepted as a hanging artist at the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery and went down today to sign the contract and get my first few paintings hung. But for some reason I’m still having a little pain in my heart over the… Continue reading Being Open-minded
I delivered seven paintings to the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery on Friday morning. They are being considered by the gallery jury for possible acceptance as a hanging artist there. The way this gallery works is that I’m basically going to rent space in 6 month increments (in my case $120 for a four foot… Continue reading Slumping
It is with humble gratitude that I’m happy to say I’ve had another painting sell. This one was the companion piece to Reedville Resident. Her sister purchased that first seagull painting (which was actually the second seagull painting). And, to make matters more interesting, she asked for a third painting of another seagull. I’m not one… Continue reading Another Sale and Commission too
Until last month, when I sold more than one painting, my husband insisted that there was no cause for me to take on a professional stance with my art. He still struggles with identifying me, introducing me, as a painter or artist. But he’s getting there. He’s clearly, of late, been both surprised and pleased… Continue reading Hobbiest or Pro or Both?