Would You Ask Your Clients For Regular Money?

Have you heard about Patreon?  Ko-fi? Neither had I - well actually, I had of the first, but not for the second.  Put simply, these platforms offer spaces for creatives to ask their clients for support, by way of depositing into their coffers - allowing them to get on with the business of making new works.

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Oh! What a Show....

Well, that show really was something.  Thank you SO much to everyone for signing up, visiting and purchasing too, I sold over 84 pieces of work.. 84?!!  

A record, so what happens now?

A nap.

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Comparisonitus - The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others & How I Avoid It.

Comparison,  we all fall.  Today I listened to a superb podcast episode by Kayte Ferris of Simple & Seaon, who has a new podcast called 'Grow With Soul'.  Today she interviewed the very talented  Kara Leigh Ford a ceramicist from Somerset and maker of some beautiful works.  One of the subjects they covered was the brilliantly termed 'Comparisonitis'.  (wish I'd thought of that name first).

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Finding Your New Best Thing, Here's Mine.

When working at Latitude Festival a couple of weeks ago, I found a stall called ‘Simon Says Fork Out’.  His is a business that hits all my buttons, creative upcycling, making something beautiful from things discarded, in this case Silver Cutlery.  Occasionally, I happen upon something that stops me in my tracks, when was the last time this happened for you?  I’d love to know.

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Slow Living - What is?

Much of my learning about blogging has lead to my embarking on oodles of necessary reading.  I’ve been researching well-written blogs, not so much the ‘How to’ variety, more finding and spending time on various websites and perhaps engaging with those that run blogs alongside their businesses.  I’ve met some really interesting people along the way…

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Why I LOVE to buy Damaged Artworks

Have the treasured pieces of artwork in your home have a nick or two in them?  Perhaps your little darlings added their own scribbles over the years?  (I know mine have)   Well, don't worry because there is a very different way of looking at this problem/issue.

In the early 00"s I had a gallery in London.  A beautiful space in Clapham Common where we sold some 80 selected artists work.  Becoming a gallery owner was a steep learning curve for me - and a thrilling ride.   Being responsible for other artists work was daunting at first but I found my way and learned much over my years there.  Our stock room to the gallery was the real treasure chest -  and clients loved to be invited down there, accompanied of course. 

As you can imagine, our fully stocked-stock room, meant (beautifully ) stacked paintings, brimming shelves and all the normal gubbins that comes with owning a shop.    Very occasionally, minor damage would occur to a piece of work and interestingly, these works sold faster than the ones in mint conditions.

The secret here is that these damaged works, told a story.

Turner once said "Never waste an accident" and I am inclined to agree with him.

Now, just to be clear, I'm not talking about gaping great rips or canvases with obvious holes in - more nicks, small tears or marks which can be patched up on the reverse of the canvas, so they are not more vulnerable to further damage.    Any piece of art has it's own history, where it was made, where it has hung & in what galleries.  I believe that these are all precious and tell the story of how that piece came to live on your walls. 

Another bonus to these slightly damaged works is the price tag - sometimes you can gain yourself a notable discount.   I tend to negotiate discounts more from galleries rather than the artists themselves, I'm not big into asking for discounts directly from the artist as you can read in my 'Buying Original Artwork' download on the front page of my website.

Learn to treasure the dings and stories your artworks have, they all add up to the story of that individual, never to be repeated piece of art work.

Do you have any works that have been slightly damaged?  I'd love to hear about them.  

Samantha

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Why I love to buy damaged artworks by Samantha Barnes Artist