I just wanted to share a few thoughts (totally my own) on things I've observed over the past 15-20 years of art fairs and other venues where I've exhibited. If it helps anyone, that's icing on the gluten-free cake.
In no particular order.
- I was born to create!
- The art market can be (is) fickle because "art" is in the eye of the beholder.
- I create for me. But, if I want to sell, getting customer feedback and researching trends are essential.
- People really are nice out there! Especially other artists. Thanks everyone.
- I'm an average guy/artist with average sales - probably. Although I've never not made a decent profit at any show.
- Art fair promoters/directors over hype their event.
- My wife and I have set up and tear down down to a science. About 45 minutes. Our record is 30! #kaizen
- Keep simplifying your processes. It will pay off in the long run.
- Weather happens! Plan for it.
- What goes around comes around. We always donate artwork during art fairs. It could be an official donation to the fair, or we always look for someone(s) who just need to be blessed with a piece of art. It always comes back around in sales.
- Attitude rubs off on those around you - including your customers.
- I get giddy with every sale. Someone really wants to buy my artwork!
- Take pleasure knowing that someone finds value in you and your work and are willing to pay for it. You are not a sack of groceries!
- Enjoy it! Think about worse things you could be doing.
- Above all be grateful, be graceful.