Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I have been a poor AFI contributor lately! I took on some side work to supplement my portrait business and the late winter has been surprisingly hectic, unlike the arctic tundra I usually face this time of year.
I finally made time to write a blog post, and I hope you'll enjoy this story about my latest portrait subject, which is a subject that touches many of us.
I wonder how many artists have artistic families? I get my hand to eye skills
from my father, who designed the moving walkways at airports during his days as
a Chief Mechanical Engineer. I wrote a blog entry about him and a wonderful
friend of his who supported me when I was first starting out as a full time
Why is it so hard every year to apply to art shows? I feel so nervous about it, I find myself doubting everything... my work, my display, my show choices, the money. My whole career! Wouldn't it be easier just to go back to the corporate world and get a steady income?
If any Chicago artists want to compare show choices with me (or tell me what to do!) I'd be so grateful. It feels like such a crap shoot and facing all that cash out the door panics me.
I am chained to my easel drawing dogs, grandkids, families, homes and the like to be discovered under my clients' trees, hopefully with much happiness. I promised myself I wouldn't goof around writing my blog until I was done! But I'm a born procrastinator. I hope you have a minute or two to enjoy and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.…Continue
Do you sell your 2D art on notecards? I highly recommend it. I think that art show patrons like to support the art that they appreciate, even if it is a small way. Greeting card carousels are not expensive and card sales have made the difference from a miserable show and a decent one for me. I print my cards myself, but would love to find an economical volume printer.
I wrote in my blog about the evolution of custom pencil portrait cards. I cracked myself up writing it,…Continue