If you read my profile you know that I was diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 2005. I worked until my symptoms were interfering with my job and was forced into retirement in 2009. In January of 2010 I took an oil painting class and since then I've painted almost everyday.
March of 2015 I attended my first arts and crafts show and actually sold three paintings, as well as receiving many compliments regarding my work. Soon the thought occurred to me that I could use my talent to help support Parkinson's research. So far I've donated over $200 to the Michael J Fox Foundation and ask your support to find a cure for this hideous disease.
I call on you to help me by purchasing one of my paintings and I'll donate 10% of the sales. I know that it doesn't seem like much, but I have extensive overhead cost attending art shows. Those who attend arts and crafts shows may not know that most shows are juried. What does that mean, will the artist must submit four images of his/her work along with a picture of their booth and an application fee between 30 and 45 dollars. A panel of judges review each applicant's portfolio and determine if the artist is good enough to be accepted.
If accepted the applicant must accept or decline. Why would someone decline if they applied, good question, its because one must apply to shows months in advance and since acceptance is uncertain, the artist may apply to more than one show. If the artisan decides to attend, they must pay for their booth space, which is usually 10x10, soon after accepting. The cost of booth space is determined by the size and draw of the show. Most shows cost between 200 and 300 dollars, while large shows charge 350 to 500 dollars.
Since I have been actively attending shows for a year, I have not purchased a trailer so I rent a U-Haul to carry my paintings and booth, which for a weekend is around 80 dollars. Then there is the cost of a motel and food. A weekend show could cost close to 1,000 dollars.
Being retired on a fixed income there isn't room in the budget to support this cost so I have to sell two or three paintings in order to break even. So next time you attend a show keep this in mind and help the artisans if you can.
I have completed three new paintings, Forest Fog, Sunrise Above The Clouds, and Red Flowers - although Red Flowers is not finished yet.
I would appreciate your feedback on my work and suggestions on how to market my work.