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Paul Dorrell, owner of Leopold Gallery, has clients that include Warner Bros., H&R Block, the Mayo Clinic, the Kansas City Chiefs, and more than 1,000 private collectors. He’s a public speaker and the author of the guidebook for artists, Living the Artist’s Life, Updated & Revised. Recently, he contributed to The Artist’s Magazine’s “Ask the Experts” column; below is a Q&A with Paul about selling giclées.
If your work is polished and you’re ready to approach a gallery, how do you go about it? Kristin Hoerth, editor-in-chief of Southwest Art magazine, offers advice in a free webinar called Gallery Success…
Every day I get to hear stories of breakthroughs, triumphs and challenges in our courses. It’s inspiring and over the past few weeks I’ve really enjoyed sharing their art business tips with you. I think that if you follow their advice and find your own voice through art then you’ll certainly find an exciting new professional path.
Most people who go into business do so because they want, first and foremost, to be a business owner. That’s not usually the case with creative professionals. You see yourself as a creative first, and you love the creative work. You’re in business, whether as a freelancer or running a larger entity, by accident rather than by design. You may have jumped or perhaps were pushed. If you’re lucky, with a combination of talent and excellent timing, you have ridden a wave of “success.” If you aren’t so lucky, it’s been a struggle, but you’re still here. Either way, there are aspects of the business that are not your favorite, and dealing with money is probably one of them.
When Hurricane Sandy roared through the northeastern United States last fall, she visited uncommon misery on millions. Even so, the destruction was selective—dependent on the happenstance of geography. Residents who lived just a few miles inland suffered downed trees and lost power while those who lived near the ocean had a far rougher time of it. It took a post-storm drive along the shoreline for me to begin to comprehend the extent of the damage. A resumption of my teaching schedule in New York City sharpened the point. In the week after the hurricane, the Art Students League was closed, owing to a wayward construction crane that teetered precariously above West 57th Street.
Every day people are discovering more ways to be “green,” by reducing, reusing, and recycling, in the office, at home, and even specifically in art studios. Read Tom Tumbusch’s article “Giving Greenlancing a Go: Make Sustainability a Core Value of Your Business,” on how to incorporate green practices into your own business.
Do you use Pinterest (yet)? It’s a valuable site for sharing your artwork and driving traffic to your website because it’s full of eye candy. In today’s newsletter, Lori McNee, an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, writes about using Pinterest as a business tool for artists and photographers.
The truth is, being an artist has its highs and its lows. Right? Sometimes, even amidst the success (you’re working hard, getting into shows, winning some awards), you may still be experiencing discouraging sales or other disappointments.