Please remember that the following advice is for thoughtful, mature adults who are contacting an award-winning, commercial fine art gallery. There’s lots of great info here, but it’s not sugar-coated. It’s honest and real. If you’re not ready for that, please don’t continue reading. No need to contact us. Thank you.
If you are thoughtful and intelligent, the following advice is for you. Again, it’s real advice about how the real world works. It may surprise you, but it should definitely help you to understand much more than you already do about what is required to succeed in the arts.
The most important thing to realize at this level is that making a living in the visual arts is very, very, very difficult.
If you’re having a hard time succeeding it’s because it’s really, really, really difficult to succeed as a visual artist. Very.
The only things you have any control over are: 1) your work ethic, and 2) how you treat others.
Luckily, these are things you’ve had your entire life to practice. Adults around you while you were growing up told you to work hard and to be nice to others. If this is something you’ve been practicing your whole life than you’ve got a shot at being a success. Right now you’re surrounded by wonderful people who can’t wait to help you. If not, then, well, you’ve got a huge task ahead of you. To build an entire support system completely from scratch is extremely challenging.
To succeed as a painter, you need to create amazing pieces of art and build relationships with people. Remember that you live on a planet full of people. You actually need to impress these people to get exhibitions. Again, you’ve had every single day of your life to work on your people skills. If you haven’t done much work to develop your network then today’s a great day to get started on that. Also, check out the link on the previous page that talks about why formal training is crucial in the visual arts. You need to start taking some classes.
As you’ve seen above in the titles, many artists work 40, 50, 60, 70, even 80 hour workweeks for years and years before they achieve success. Years and years; not for a couple weeks or months. Years. That’s what it takes. Lots of sacrifices.
When you’re watching tv, successful painters are painting. While you’re playing with the dog, they’re painting. While you’re watching Netflix, they’re painting. While you go to lunch with your friends, they’re painting. While you’re checking your social media, they’re painting. While you’re on a nice stroll in the forest, they’re painting, etc., etc.
Meanwhile, here’s some advice: knowing who is here to help you and who is here to bend over backwards for you helps. It’s especially crucial to learn who is NOT here to help you. No need to waste your time with them as they’re busy super serving other people.
Who’s here to help you?
Who will bend over backwards to help you?
Who’s NOT here to help you?
Where do you get to exhibit?
Where do you NOT get to exhibit?
Things You Can Do To Move Your Art Career To The Next Stage
These links to articles are absolutely packed with essential info that nobody has ever told you : Absolutely Essential Artist Tips. We suggest you read this article very, very carefully: What Galleries Look For In Artists then follow it’s many suggestions.
And don’t miss this one: Common Misconceptions About Galleries. All three of these articles were written by a highly successful arts advisor in California with decades upon decades of experience in the art world. Read them carefully. Read them repeatedly. Follow their advice.
Lastly, as you can tell from the info above, there’s no need to contact us. You’re not ready and won’t be for quite awhile.