Monday, June 23, 2008
For the past so many years I have been working on "name" recognition. It seems as though even in the fine arts world where boundaries are laughed at and broken, name recognition still determines the sale-ability of your work. I like to create art purely through inspiration but water and electricity have to be paid, food has to be bought and cars need to be maintain which all cost $$$$. If my priority in creating art is strictly one of inspiration how do I create the work I do (which is not your typical decorative art) and earn my keep?
The solution I came up with is to go back to school and learn some skills that are not typically taught to those of us who pursue learning our craft but not the business of earning a living at it. I made up a list of classes that I felt could hone my skills and make it possible to self promote my work. Since I live within 20 minutes of Penn State it seems the likely place for study. I met with an advisor for a session to determine how to take these classes with possible financial assistance. I came armed with my art resume and a list of what I want to learn more about. That list included creative, business and non-fiction writing, classes that someone pursuing a career as a curator would take, running and promoting business, public speaking, graphic computer skills and printmaking. It is strange to be considering going back to school but exciting at the same time.
If you like my work and want to support my endeavors please consider purchasing a painting. I have just put up the painting, "A Silver Titter Stole My Baby" on Ebay. It is a painting I'm proud for artistically as well as socially. It is acrylic paint on organic cotton and hemp canvas. Please feel free to pass the link to friends and family members and if you are so inclined feel free to purchase this painting for yourself.