Dear Mr. Riccoboni, I’m an artist who’s entered many art competitions around and sometimes I get in and more often not I don’t get selected. People tell me I quite good, at what I paint too and I believe them. I’m certainly not wealthy and these shows are getting expensive, exhausting and frustrating. I want to be successful like you but there is the plain reality that there just is not enough venues around for an artist like me to be seen and sold. There must be a way to get my art out there, is there something I don’t get about this game… or am I perhaps The Only One Standing in My Way? Bobby T. - Artist
Dear Bobby The Artist!, I can relate! I have certainly felt just like you in the past. You are right it can be frustrating but it doesn’t have too. A lot of the answers you seek are actually hidden in your questions! So First off, Great Question! Let me begin to answer you by writing about what we believe and say to others. If you believe you are standing in your own way you most certainly might just be. Many obstacles may appear to be dead-ends and indeed some are however many can be opportunities for artists growth. First of all I like to you this about getting your art out there and seen and that is, Where there’s a Wall, There’s a Way. There are many places and opportunities to show your work. I have faith that if you start looking at things differently
you’ll begin to see there are venues everywhere for your art including places that may be closer than you think.
Like you when I was looking to get into local galleries no one wanted to exhibit my art, also every competition seemed declined me. Many competitions were ridiculous ego trips and starting to become expensive lines taking up space on my resume. It seemed for the chance to win $500.00 dollars at something that cost me $900.00 dollars to make, the prize of this notoriety was
not worth it. However, like you I was determined and focused on getting my art shown and sold. I asked myself was there a better way to get my art out there and shown? I pondered the idea that one day could I perhaps have my own gallery
or mount my own exhibit? I wanted to offer something classy and affordable too, something that not only I would be proud of but people collecting my art would also like being part of. Perhaps I could even give back to my community somehow. I suggest you ask yourself these same questions.
I investigated the possibilities and did a lot of research which lead to answers for my questions. Perhaps I thought investing in“me” could lead to own gallery and more. By studying other people’s art business models and asking them questions and listening as well as hearing what people were asking for out in the world I soon realized solving other people’s problems with my art could put food on my table and create a little economy for myself and others. What have I learned dear artist? It takes work more than just creating the art itself, and more important. I do what I love and so enjoy life more.
Take charge of your problems they most often hold the answers to your passion and financial success. Sometimes the most irritating and frustrating problems can your biggest freedom. Once I discovered that my beliefs about the art business where mostly beliefs of other folks I had picked up along the way like a sponge absorbing water and not my own personal truth. I too
realized I was the only one that was standing in my way of what I wanted to accomplish.
There is a great need for artists and their inspiration. In order for people to know your work it must be seen and it is up to you get it out there and this takes some creativity. Which means you may have to create your own outlet for your art! I might suggest YOU doing an event– a showing of YOUR art - for your favorite charity in your area in the theme of an art show of your work. Heck you could organize a group show of artist friends and put on a fun exhibit at your home or a friend’s home. This may be more fun and take the pressure of you for doing everything. I have written an article for business on how to have their own show by featuring local talent. I would suggest reading it and applying what I share there to your own individual goals
Should you decide to do this contact the charity, tell them what you are doing and ask them for promotional materials so you can let the world know about them, most organizations will want you to word things a certain and appropriate way when you are letting your audience know about them. Do this correctly and you will be very appreciated. Also see if you can get a local business’s to match the funds you raise. Invite everyone you know, let them know the art is for sale and a portion of the sale benefits the charity Let people know they don’t have to buy anything to come but you’d happily take all donations. What does something like this accomplish? Well giving back with creativity does a lot of good for you and for others and you get to have your art show too! You’ve turned one of your problems into a service and possibly reaped financial success for yourself and for your community as well. If it does well, keep at it don’t stop. People will begin to take notice and you’ll gain respect as a working
I hope that you look for new and innovative ways in getting your art seen and sold because Everyone IS worthy of the good they
To Your creative Success!
RD Riccoboni ®
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About the author:
RD Riccoboni, Randy to his friends, is an innovative, self-taught artist who began painting at age four when he got into his mothers paint-by-numbers kit. Happy colors are the trademark of this California Artist, who not only boldly paints spectacular landmarks in an exciting impressionistic style, but has also created astounding results in his career.The artist credits encouragement by family and teachers for his drive and inspiration, which has led the way to his success as a best-selling author, speaker and inspirational visionary. In 2007, RD moved his popular Beacon Artworks Gallery into the beautiful Fiesta de
Reyes in Old Town's San Diego State Historic Park.
His Award winning book Book, The Big Picture - The Seven Step Guide For Creative Success In Business," is your creativity workshop guidebook to personal and financial freedom. Allow the expert to take you by the hand and walk you through practical and powerful exercises on each and every page and get REAL business tips too. https://www.createspace.com/3849792
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