Having recently sold just one of my prints for £20 at a fair where I’d paid £25 for the table, I know how Nancy feels!
It’s not enough, simply to have artistic talent. Oh, it may be enough for the painting of beautiful pictures, but artists have to eat, too.
One of the hardest parts of making a living out of art is sometimes not the making of the actual artworks, it’s getting people in through the door. And selling them artwork, of course, but getting them through the door is the first task.
I exhibit with a small group of artists we call ‘Spring Farm Arts‘, after our venue. I wouldn’t exactly say we are in the middle of nowhere – we are not quite that central. In the Somerset rural landscape the view is lovely, but it isn’t exactly teeming with people ready to drop in at our open days. So sometimes one of the most important activities as a self-employed artist is the wielding of a sharp Stanley knife…
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