Maximize Each Piece of Art You Create

Are you getting the most from that new piece of art you just created? After all, you’ve prepared, thought, created and completed something that is unique to you.  What now? A gallery, website, or what? Whatever it is, don’t just let that new piece of art sit there, make the most of it. When you are ready, let that piece of art go to work for you not only know, but into the future too.  Below are several ways that can help you maximize your art so it can be seen and sold…

 

"Above Cedar Creek" Colored pencil, Craig Shillam, 19" x 24"

“Above Cedar Creek” Colored pencil, Craig Shillam, 19″ x 24″

 Maximize Each Piece of Art You Create

An original piece of art is a lot of things. It is a unique one-of-a-kind pearl created by you. Whether it’s great, good or bad, it’s yours to do with as you please. How great is that? Aside from the obvious, your art can be described in many ways besides being called art. an advertisement, an employee, a seed or rent money, etc. Once it’s finished, you have many choices in how you make your art go to work for you. Here are some:

 

  • Rent or food money. If you need money to pay the bills and you have a prospective buyer, sell it. That is more important than the other ideas mentioned here. Enough said.
  •  Show it. Art gallery, person to person, on-line, an art walk, festival, studio. Get some eyeballs to see your art. Show it and let people know it’s for sale.
  • Write about it. Throw a good photo of your latest creation up on your blog or a news release and tell people about it. Be sure and talk about the art, give some insights about the piece. It doesn’t have to be a novel. Give out some information about the art that the reader can’t get anywhere else, and don’t talk about what you ate for breakfast.
  • Social Media. Whether it’s an E-mail newsletter, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or some other social media platform, make sure the people you are connected with know about your latest creation. You don’t need to limit yourself with just one social media platform, and you can announce more than once on any of these about that new masterpiece of yours.
  • Prints & Cards. Long after the showing and/or selling of a particular piece of art, that art can still pay you. Don’t forget that. Keep that copyright. Prints and Cards can be some nice extra income. You never know if a particular piece might become really popular, and you the artist deserves the right to make the most of it.
  • YouTube. Have you noticed how many views some of those You Tube Art videos get? I have not personally done this, but if you are willing to go on camera and demonstrate or talk about your work, there is an audience waiting for you. Don’t stop there, remember to…
  • Link it up. Wherever you write, announce or post your work on-line or off,  be sure and provide links, phone numbers, addresses and a QR code if you have one to where people can buy your work. This should be obvious, but link, link, link. Always make it as easy as possible for people to get more information about a purchasing.
  • Charity. From time to time you may be contacted about donating for an auction or some other charity. If you decide to, it doesn’t have to be an original. A framed print works. What can happen is this: 1) A donation to a charity or cause that you believe in is a good thing  2) A tax write-off  3)  More than one person at the auction bids on the art, and others can (and do on occasion) contact you later about a similar piece that they can buy. One artist I know of has had some real after auction success and actually gets 2 or 3 small prints ready for these type of events during the year. These small donations have led to bigger things!
  • Enter a competition or group show. Get your work in front of new art lovers and buyers by entering and getting accepted into some shows. Getting accepted, getting an award and making a sale is never a given. If accepted in, a good local or national show will get your work in front of new collectors at the show and hopefully in their advertising and on their website.
  • A Gift. Okay, I’m not in the habit of giving away paintings. But I do give gifts when appropriate. I can either buy it, or I can paint it. How many people get a painting as a gift in their lifetime? Not many. A small painting that is given as a gift will pay dividends for years to come. Why? Because it will be displayed and bragged about by the recipient. 

 

Maximizing Your Art

An artist doesn’t have to any of the above. Or an artist can do them all and more. It’s up to the artist right? You do what you want. 

You create a piece of art that you think is worthy, you take it to a gallery, a few people see it and somebody buys it. The new owner takes it home and a few more people see it. Is that it? If it’s good, why not have the art pay dividends for you years down the road in income, advertising and reputation?

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