So that's up on FB and anywhere else I can think of, need to drum up some sales.....I was reading this article http://www.artnews.com/2013/04/02/artnews-april-retrospective/ about the myth of the starving artist in Art News, it's through the amount of money people pay for a known artist and how it doesnt trickle down to the unknown ones, everyone seems to want to find something new but no one is willing to take a risk, maybe if I ran around naked on the streets with my paintings in hand I might get the publicity required......Hmmm....food for thought.....
On the other hand I did my first every hash tag, do I sound old....who cares?? ... #artbydianasanderson
also #iggydejesuscollection but that needs unveiling so old on to your socks.....
So far, I have had 2 fairs. There was a last minute one mary's marvellous vintage and craft market https://www.facebook.com/thunpuss?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Marys-Marvellous-Vintage-and-Crafts-Market/209740775743719?fref=ts, it turned out to be a very sunny day. It was cold and I wasnt looking forward to the weather but as it grew later in the afternoon it started to get warmer. The other stall holders were friendly and the set up was very professional. We got free coffees and teas and 50% off food, excellent. I met my FB friend Louisa kemp http://louisakemparts.moonfruit.com/,for the first time. She had a good day and she had some really nice pieces to sell. There seemed to be alot of people dressed up in vintage clothing, loads of lookers but not really buyers. Speaking to some of the other stall holders they didnt seem too pleased either. I think the guy next to me did really well, but from what I could gather he seemed to be quite well established already, Oh! Well!! ..... boooooh....
The one at Wentworth Castle garden. This seemed very well organized and it was £1 for coffees/teas, minus the queing...lol
Alot of the people seemed to be walkers and families, just looking.....I met a lady, Fiona. She had the stall beside me. She sold sweets and packages, for wedding, birthdays etc, https://www.facebook.com/paulnfiona.daine?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/TiggersSweeties and her daughter demi was very entertaining on such a quite day. Overall, it was a "MOOOOOH" weekend (for all you friends fans).
So been looking at this;
What is artistic style?
..so finding your style, is finding the unique-ness of your work,....so basicly i draw ( I aim for photorealisim) and I paint (I like abstract) maybe combining the 2 would be something, hmm....
So far....B*tch Diana, Weird Diana and combining the 2, AWESOME....NOT !!
So I didnt really book loads of fairs but I did one at Grenoside community centre, It was alright, It was more of a table top sale, thingy.
I know some ladies, Anita & Pam they have stalls at chapeltown market and she mentioned it, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It was a nice place and the people were friendly. I met a lady, Diane. She had the table next to me, she was really friendly. I also met 2 other ladies that sold handbags, They knew a couple friends of mine, I'll have to find out their names and stuff, but they were great.
I didnt sell much but alot of people took my card and inquired about comissions, so we'll see what happens.
It's quite strange sitting there, waiting for someone to say "Oh, that's lovely. I will buy it!" I tried to look busy by drawing but really inside I was thinking, "Buy something!!" It's strange, I dont usually think before I speak but I find myself contemplating alot, when I sit at my stall. It's nothing to do with the art or the sales. I watch people and their actions and words, they seem to send me off somewhere else. Weird!!
So had some time to think, I wonder if I sound a little schitzo when I write, hmm....whatever...So I havent found Diana yet but I think she's in the vacinity.....I am also working on a few things....so that helps with my mooooo-ness I have been looking at a few pages about artists, etc..
.........What is art?,. for example
well.....according to Dictionary.com
/ɑrt/ Show Spelled [ahrt] Show IPA
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.
See fine art, commercial art.
3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.
4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.
5. any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.
So I was also reading these articles:
3 Keys To Making It As An Artist (Without Starving) in forbes
I was especially captured by the whole, be weird part!! Ever see some weirdo on the street, you tend to avoid eye contact. I was quite weird and loud and in your face when I was younger, (the wan chai years) I suppose it makes sense, people notice you, they see you, not necessarily in a positive light but non-the-less, they see you. So now, my weirdness will pay off, all that weird shit that you hide, pays off!! Right!! Chanelling The weird Diana, then!! Another mission.....
So.. so far, b*tch Diana is arriving, weird diana needs to be channelled.... does the world really need this??!! My mum would this agree!!
Feelin a bit "MOOOOO......" today, I feel disappointed, I dunno, the weekend didnt help!!
I dont understand it, everyone seems to say they like the drawings and paintings, are they just saying what I want to hear? If it's shit, why cant they just say, "Oi, your arts shit mate?" and then I'd understand.But they dont, they say it's lovely and walk away. Maybe it's me, maybe this whole thing is ridiculus, ................................................................ I dont want to be a millionaire, I just want my art to be seen, for someone to have it in their home and wake up in the moring and say "wow". and appreciated it............I know in general I am harsh on myself, I am my worst critique, yes I am a stereotype, blahhhhh....
I remember being this way all my life, being down, saying it's me...if anyone out there remembers the early days, I calll it the years I cant remember from 18-27, I do remember them, i remember everything, I'd like not to but what can I say, I was young and free, slightly mental and shagging anything that walked, and I didnt care, dont like me what f**king ever....."Next !!" It didnt bother me, maybe I am maturing, calming down, maybe I have lost my "HUmFFFF!!""
I loved life then, and really didnt give a flying-f**K, and now i seem to....care...things didnt go my way , oh well!! F**K It!!.
Where is that Diana? I need to find her. She needs to haul her ass back here. Over the years she has come and gone, like during the w*nker years living with WM, he was a prick, If I ever saw him again, honestly I'd stab him, If any of you guys know who I'm talking about, you don't have the full story either, even with part of it you'd get where I was coming from....he's a wank stain on the tissue of life!!!!
You know what, I am gonna find her, that b*tch needs to come back.
So for this month I have booked in for Wentworth Castle Garden http://www.wentworthcastle.org and they're fb aswell, https://www.facebook.com/thunpuss?ref=tn_tnmn#!/WentworthCastleGardens ,it's on the 7th April, I was looking around and trying to get some ideas about what sells, art-wise and the where's & how's...etc
He's got a great list on there and I will trying them all..i will update you on how it goes..
Some helpful tips for the new craft/art stall traders...they are on fb, too...https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Crafts-Market-and-Artisan-Events/163705317002283?v=wall
How to Sell Paintings and Crafts at Craft Fairs to Make Money http://viking305.hubpages.com/hub/Where-to-se...
another article....and know I don't get paid for putting these links here....
I am also going to revive my page on http://www.artgallery.co.uk/info/artists if anyone is interested, i will write a review soon..