When paintings need to be sent to new homes they need a box. I used to draft all of my own boxes.
Scrounged bits of corflute packaging from Bunnings. Measure and rule. Cut and tape. Glue and fiddle.
In the end I ordered prefab boxes. Sort of like huge pizza boxes. They cost about $7 each. The time saving is immense.
Systems. Love them!
Light is rest. Light refreshes. Have you ever seen those old paintings that are nearly all dark? Shades of green and blue and all manner of blacks with a figure emerging from the dark like a spectre. Hung in dark places. Like the past was mysterious, cloistered. Maybe they did not own white paint. Maybe the fashions were different then.
Painting not working? Shine a little light.
Running a business takes a lot of time. There are supplies to be ordered, events to plan, people to talk to. And that’s even before you’ve produced any work! One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to do everything on your own.
Meet Rich @totalhang. Rich hangs all my exhibitions. His clients are all the top conservators and art collectors in Australia. That’s all this guy does… he hangs art for a living. He knows what he’s doing. We have a great arrangement… I pay him with paintings!
When I have a show in Melbourne he flies down to hang it. Rich knows the value of being 100% reliable, taking care of details and being part of a high performance team.
The great part about building a team is that everyone gets to work on what they do best. For me that’s creating art.
Running an art business is a tough gig. It is not for everyone. You need the tripod. The milking stool. Three legs on the ground.
1. Skills (don’t worry, you can learn these).
2. Do the work (yep you have to show up every day).
3. Business plan (again, you can get help with this)
There has to be a valuable product that is yours to offer. You have to apply your efforts daily - "turn up for work". Market, account and do the books - take care of business. Many fall trying to balance on fewer than three legs. Most need to outsource at least one. Get the three on the ground...and away you go!
The world seems to be full of horizontals... skylines, roads, oceans... from ancient times our eyes have grown accustomed to scanning the horizon for dangers and other points of interest.
But when walking through the forest, don't forget to look up! Paintings are exciting when the eye is drawn all over the place. Up, down, around. Focal point...follow the line, and up and up again, around... and rest. Experiment.
In my latest painting “Sydney From Cremorne Point”, by painting the the water vertically, I challenge the eye to find a new path through the landscape.
Paris is the home of paints. When I am there I feel like a kid in a lolly shop. I want to take them all!
There is a special blue that is here and nowhere else. And that pink - you know the pink? The splash of pink in even the bluest of my works?
Stuff the box full. Send it home. A hundred paintings waiting to be done. A thousand stories waiting to be told...
Richard Claremont - artist. A peek into my studio. How I think. How I paint. How I run my art business. Bite sized daily chunks of goodness. Just me talking aloud, really. Join me for a chat over a cuppa.
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