Associated Artists of the Inland Empire is a long name and a nice welcoming group. I got to meet many of them for the first time on the zoom meeting this morning, where we also had a collage demo by Aleta Jacobson.
We had had a judged online show that I probably wouldn’t have been able to enter due to distance and size of paintings, but I guess this is one of the good side effects of covid. The juried show is available to be seen by all HERE. I didn’t win any prizes on this one, but delighted to have been able to be included. See if you can find my paintings amongst the others as you enjoy them.
I love seeing paintings in their ‘Foreverhome’ – brings closure to having sent your children out into the void, to see where they landed. One of my recent sales goes to a collector who now has a brood of five of my little ones, and he graced me with pictures of their new residence. His face really isn’t like that but as he ended up in one of the photos too, I gave him a little more anonymity!
It’s my pleasure to announce that one of my paintings was accepted into the 4th Annual Skies Exhibition with Fusion Arts. I guess I have been working with Fusion for quite a while as I was accepted in the 3rd Annual also. And further joy, as they’re local to me, I was able to meet them a couple years ago – back when we met people IRL!
This Sunday I will be participating in a Zoom meeting with other artists who are showing work in the Lark Gallery‘s ‘Planet of Joy’ show. Please Join us on Sunday 07/12/2020 at Noon – 1:30 PDT for The Planet of Joy virtual art talk / art sale.
Hopefully the title of this email will encourage a higher than average number of my followers to read this post. If that’s you then let me keep it quick and ask you this: Now that galleries are mostly closed and art fairs mostly cancelled, if you were to go online to buy a piece of art for your home, which websites would you check out before making a decision? You comment on this post and let me know as many or as few websites as popped into your mind. (Other than skyscapesforthesoul.com 😊 )
Now for the more involved reader… I hope you will answer the question anyway. I guess not everyone will answer skyscapesforthesoul.com, which is what I want, I’m not famous (yet).
I’m at a point where I need to get some feedback on which online galleries to apply to. Some I’ve tried to work with have standards involving what to wrap the artwork in and how quickly to ship it. This is not unreasonable for the artist who lives near a town, but I had to decline working with a couple websites in previous years because art had to be shipped UPS/Fedex next shipping day and I would need to put my site in vacation mode every time this clashed with an art fair or class. To put the frosting on the cake, I couldn’t add any charge for a 90 mile round trip to the nearest UPS drop off location. One allowed an extra $50 for a 100mi round trip, but 90? Nope. And as far as being good the planet with reused shipping materials or going to the UPS store combined with other errands within the week, no way!
I have an Etsy store where things are (occasionally) listed and worked with another online gallery who recently decided to discontinue me for ‘portfolio review’ reasons they wouldn’t specify, though I suspect they don’t like the mixed media work I recently added. I have some items on FineArtAmerica.com, which is primarily for reproduction work, as is Society6.com (You can get masks with my art on here!), and I’m just setting up a Square store. Both Etsy and Square allow me to control shipping, so no contention.
Who should I approach next? There are many online galleries out there. I get a lot of emails and bot-directed advertising of certain online galleries, because I’ve investigated them as potential outlets, but my thought is, for the average buyer, when that big gap in the wall starts to rankle, which url do they reach for? Which ones have they heard of? Which ones are famous?
Who knows, by this time next month, I might be! (Buy now, before artist gets discovered! 😊) At the time of writing I have only online events.
Group Online show “Planet of Joy” with Lark Gallery. who also has a brick and mortar presence in Santa Monica. I’ll be on the zoom webinar on the Sunday Jul 12, 2020 12:00 PM. Meeting ID: 390 158 8938.
I have three paintings that may or may not still be available through July 12th in the 6x6x2020 Online fundraiser for Rochester Contemporary Art Center Check out arthola.com – there should be three of my paintings there you can vote for (the most voted will get a small prize, so please pass this around!) Arthola also has a program where you can subscribe to use art images as screensavers for your smart tv when you’re not watching. A piece of revolving art instead of a black blank screen! And one painting in the La Quinta Art Museum Group Show “Uncertain Times” theme: “Something I Realized” – tentatively mid-July thru? with the above artwork ‘United’ 36×24” Oil on canvas.