I received a delightful lesson last week in selling art. First and foremost you have to have the work. Seems very obvious, but as artists, we know it’s not always as simple and obvious as it appears. Having a large inventory or just having “the” right piece at the right time can be tricky.
I’d just completed two new large oils, was actually taking a quick nap after I’d photographed them and was interrupted by a call from a patron who has several of my works. They were interested in a large oil that had a summer or spring look. Perfect! As luck would have it, just what I’d finished.
They stopped by the studio that night. I brought both pieces to their home the next day for approval and comparison. They selected one and also purchased a small pastel!
Lucky? Well, of course, but I also had the work, had photographed it, so they could gauge their interest, I made myself instantly available, had the capability to deliver the work, allowing for a great sale. All of the above is easier said than done. Doing the work, having all the equipment and knowledge base to photograph it, having the vehicle to deliver it at my disposal. All a lot of work. I’m glad that I was able to make the opportunity happen, but I know it takes preparation and planning to be ready! I worked out this time. Not always.
Now, about giving. I’m very excited to be connecting with a local Portland organization that mentor homeless youth. Pear. I’ll be doing a training with them early next year and hopefully a couple workshops for their youth. Check them out!
Creatively Mentoring Homeless Youth
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.
I hope this blog post finds you well and enjoying the holiday season! Thanks for following and see you next year!