Using your sketchbook helps you to understand the structures around you. Whether you draw, doodle or dream drawing you will discover structure in the drawings. Lines grow while you attempt to draw a tree using outlines and contours. You will discover upward reaching gestures with lines which follow this growth pattern. Your sketchbook drawings become and extension of your eyes because you will draw what you feel if you had run your hand over a surface. The insights you gain from using your sketchbook will become a permanent part of your understanding. So get out your sketchbook, carry it with you at all times even if you doodle in it these are stories your about your day or night. The next time you’re in front of your canvas pull out your sketchbook because there holds the key to your next painting.
As an artist it is important to document examples of your work. Yes it is necessary and essential to learn how to document your works. Galleries, Museums and other spaces you want to display your work in will want to see examples of your work. Sometimes they want to see examples to make sure the work is not too explicate to be around children such as the case if you are exhibiting in a Public Library where children are known to be. Most places will not ask you for originals so you should get quality documentation of your artwork done. Before you breakout the digital camera here are somethings to consider. Quality is important since this will base whether your art is going to be shown at the location. Slides are still accepted as the traditional form of documentation and still used by some because digital allows you to manipulated the color and brightness of your pictures. digital is good for submitting your works through e-mails. When taking the pictures the lighting in the room is very important you don’t want a glare on the shots. A professional studio is always best. remember quality is the most important decision in this.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
You will at various times in your career have opportunities to sell your art directly to collectors or other interested parties– either privately from their studios or publicly at open studios, art walks, art fairs and the like.
Make sure everyone who visits your studio, booth or space feels welcome and comfortable around your art. Be available to answer their questions; give them a feel for how you work and what life in the studio is like. Have your bio, exhibition history, statement and other relevant printed materials available on hand for anyone to read or take with them.
Set aside a portion of your studio or space to show finished work– clean and clear of clutter. The more closely you can approximate an actual gallery setting, the better. People have an easier time appreciating and understanding the impact of finished works when they can focus on them without outside interference. At the very least, have a place where a potential buyer can “be alone” with the art they’re interested in. A painting hanging on a newly painted wall, nicely lit and isolated from other art is far more compelling than that same painting sitting on the floor of your studio or propped on a table surrounded by tons of other paintings.
Anyone who spends money on anything from eggs to art, from you and me to multinational corporations, will be looking for value in what they spend it on. Speculation is out, buying on margin is out, impulse buying is out– the only thing that’s in is what it’s worth now and to what degree of certainty it will continue to be worth at least that amount in the future. What kinds of value will buyers be looking for? Excellence, quality, productivity, dedication, commitment, reputation, pride in workmanship, these sorts of things– the values that made America great– standards that have sadly been lost in the shuffle of our greed-is-good, hard-work-is-for-losers, every-man-for-himself, party-party-party attitude towards life.
As part of my creative endeavor I just finished writing my one-act play. I must say I am very proud of myself as this is my first attempt in being a playwright. Once I put this together my next goal is to find a place to cast and bring to the public this endeavor. Who knows this maybe what I am called to do. Art has no boundaries the more we expand the more we find in the creative field. The object is to create.