I noticed Gallery n.204 located at 204 st and Douglas Cres. a few weeks ago as I was driving past and today I decided to check it out. After talking with the lady working there I found out that it opened last September and showcases the works of BC artists. It had a friendly atmosphere and the lady working there ended up showing me some online resources for breaking into the art world. Their website is http://www.gallery204.ca or Facebook at facebook.com/gallery204.
I particularly loved this one painting called Prime Radiant done in acrylic by Bryan Coombes. It is a decent sized piece measuring 24 x 48 inches. I thought it was great the way he mixed traditional brush painting with the splatter technique. And seeing it in person is even cooler than the picture can do justice to.
To see more of his work check out: http://www.bryancoombesart.com/
There is something about a gallery atmosphere that feels really special to me. I think my ultimate art dream would be to make a full-time living off of showing my work in galleries.
However…I am aware that to be a successful artist you need to DIVERSIFY. That means not expecting all of your income to come from one place. Also, in today’s online crazed world I don’t think it’s possible to make it in the art world without some kind of online presence.
Lately I have been focusing on making art that is “Etsy friendly.” Aka art that can produced in a short period of time and appeals to young consumers. Art that I can make sales on. But I’m starting to think that I can do both. I shouldn’t give up my dream of making fine paintings that will show in high end galleries. But I should also but effort into what can produce a steady income. I think joining the two will help me to become established in the art world faster than trying to just accomplish one or the other.
Tell me your thoughts: Are you an aspiring artist trying to figure out how to make a living off of what you love? What are career goals as an artist? How do you make them become a reality instead of just letting your work pile up in your spare bedroom or garage?
How do you prioritize your artistic dreams to actually get things done? Do people even buy paintings from galleries anymore? How do you approach a gallery and ask if your work is good enough to be showcased there?
As you can see I have many questions and am not sure where to begin. I look at the works in galleries and believe that I have what it takes to paint like that, but don’t know how to organize my life in a way that facilitates my goals.
Anyways, that’s my artist’s rant for today.
P.S. if you feel up to it check out the online resources the lady at the gallery referred me to today.
School of Visual Storytelling: http://www.svslearn.com
Will Terry (youtube) – I believe he is the instructor at schoolism.com.