art business

An art business isn’t just about painting.  How did I not know that?  I love to paint, I could paint all day, every day!  However, if you you want to be a full time selling artist and more than a hobby artist; there are many more things to think about and learn.   First, you have to look inside yourself and define what you really want-galleries? art fairs? craft shows? fine art? abstract? expressionism?  product lines? prints? originals?  You have to learn to put yourself “out there,” which means being seen!

This shouldn’t be hard, but the reality is, for me- it is really hard!  I have been painting seriously for about 3 years.  In those 3 years I took some online classes, one retreat with a great artist Jeanne Bessette, and worked a lot!!  Some weeks painting for 20-30 hours (hard to do with a family) all of this to develop my “voice” and I am still working and developing that every day.

I have always been considered “creative” using outlets like scrapbooking, knitting, cross stitch, and making paper crafts (cards, notepads, journals) for many years.  However, that was never really satisfying.  It would be like smelling an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, but never getting to take a taste. Painting is different.  It takes me to another place, sounds corny–I would have thought that too if I read that 🙂 but it does!  When I paint, I can completely fall into a zone and feel calm and excited at the same time.  Some days are not as easy as others.  Some days stepping up to the canvas is difficult, but it is always exciting!

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