One of the first questions that artists have to answer when they decide to sell their work is “How much should I charge for my art”. There is a number of factors that need to be considered, and developing a pricing system for selling your work is fundamental in order to be successful in the market. In this article, we will have a look at the very first considerations, in the process of estimating the right price for your artwork, including timing, expertise and reputation. A second part of this series will examine additional factors that have an impact on the development of a successful pricing system for your art, such as competition and valuation.
Portrait drawings in the annual 44AD Artspace Associate Artists exhibition
The beginning of a new year for most of us indicates a new start, with new goals, ambitions and efforts to move our life a step forward. Certainly, you have thought about your next moves during 2020 and even if you haven’t got a “New Year’s Resolution” in place, you probably have a rough idea of the most important things you would like to achieve. For me, 2020 is starting with an exciting art event.
Collaboration with music producers Emplicit and TSF
Undoubtedly, art (including visual arts, music, performance etc) is a universal language, communicating messages between people. Art creates a bridge not only between the artist and their audience, but also between artists themselves. Sometimes this takes the form of constructive dialogue, others comes through criticism and of course regularly breeds wonderful collaborations. I am lucky to be involved in such a collaboration with two amazing artists, music producers Emplicit and TSF.
An opportunity to present my lunch time portrait series
Not a long ago, I received a phone call; it was from BBC Radio Bristol. The call had to do with my portrait sketching; I admit I was quite surprised. They loved my work and they found quite fascinating that I usually draw quickly, on the go, during my lunch breaks from work. After a short conversation, I agreed to be filmed, introducing my portrait sketching while walking in Bath. The video if finally released!
As 2019 is getting to an end, the artistic activity in the beautiful city of Bath seems to get intensified! Fantastic art events and exhibitions sign the end of the year, offering brilliant opportunities to the audience of the city to admire interesting and unique artworks. At the same time the numerous artists based in Bath and the surrounding areas have the chance to showcase their most recent work. This week we are having the opening of the annual “Deck the Walls” exhibition at 44AD Art Gallery; we are very excited and here are a few reasons why!
Bath Artists Studios, being a local charity organisation in Bath, promote arts and culture, and occasionally organise exhibitions, hosting work from artists based in Bath or surrounding areas. Tomorrow, 12/12/2019 is the opening of the Bath Artists Studios (BAS) student exhibition from 6pm until 8pm. My work will be on show as part of this exhibition.
Some people absolutely love shopping for presents; I personally struggle a bit. And don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving and offering presents. However, choosing the right ones is a different story. I always try to buy something that is practical and useful, personal and at an affordable price. I also try to avoid ordinary or useless items that clutter my friends’ selves and cupboards. Although there is no magical solution for finding the perfect present, here is a brilliant idea: Buy original art.
We often complain about lack of time and hectic daily routines that don’t allow for any creative activities and art. Fitting sketching or painting in our day can sometimes be tricky, I cannot deny that. However, sometimes small breaks for a quick doodle instead of long art sessions, can be the solution. I personally use part of my lunch break every day to draw a portrait.
A fundamental distinction all developing artists need to know
The title is a slight paraphrase of Tim Packer’s words, during one of his mentor-ship YouTube videos with Brooke Cormier. At first, it might not make much sense, however after letting it sink in for a while you will realise it is actually fundamental for any beginner or developing artist’s learning process. Tim talked about a clear distinction between an artist’s work phases and this is exactly what we will look in slightly deeper detail in this article. To enrich the text with some visual content, I will be sharing corresponding pieces of my own work below.
No matter what your artistic endeavours are, having some sort of guidance is very important and can actually help you improve your skills quickly. I was lucky to come across Quick Start Art painting workshops by Rob Lunn. I had the chance to attend one of Rob’s portrait painting workshops recently at Bath Art Studios; it was a great experience indeed. A very well structured lesson, spreading over a whole weekend, covered the fundamental steps of developing a portrait, using oil paints.