In this week’s Critique group we meet realist painter Jan Dale. Describing her background, Jan says,
Creativity has been a passion from earliest childhood. Though I never attended art school, I have developed a habit of seeking knowledge and artistic skill over many years via local art groups, online tutorials, and countless hours of trial and error.
I taught elementary school for several years while painting murals and oils on the side. It was always my hope to turn art into a full-time profession one day.
I made that transition in 2017 when the school district I worked for abruptly changed the curriculum and decreased pay for literacy teachers across the district. At the same time, my mural income began to rival my teaching income. So I took the leap of faith and went at it full time.
I still paint murals as my bread-and-butter income while developing skills with oil painting and marketing. I’m growing what I hope is a cohesive body of work.
I recently participated in the Professional Artist Institute, which has been a serious game-changer for me, as was my recent acceptance into the International Guild Of Realism and Oil Painters Of America.
Fueled by this newfound success, I am now researching galleries to approach over the next few months.
Watch the recording for our discussion with Jan.
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|Title: Perseverance (SOLD January 2022)
|Title: A Well-Earned Rest
|Title: Cool Beans (SOLD summer 2022)
|Title: Studio In Spring (SOLD summer 2021)
|Title: Balancing Act
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|What Questions Would you Like to Have Answered About Your Art During a Review Session?
|1) How diverse can the subject matter be and still read as a cohesive body of work?
2) I recently started to prefer a rigid surface as opposed to gallery-wrapped canvas. Right now this represents a little over half of my work. Should I wait to approach galleries until I have more of my work on my preferred surface?
3) This past March, I challenged myself to paint 30 miniature works in 30 days and offer them on Instagram as a way to raise funds for an artist residency scheduled for this summer. I sold more of them than I expected. It attracted a wider audience and sparked a new series of very small works. So…..
4) As I researched other artists’ pricing practices, They were all over the map. I settled on a method and structure that seems to work. However, my profit margin may shrink significantly with the addition of gallery commissions and shipping. How can I keep myself, my gallery, and my private collectors all happy?