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06-10-2001, 09:31 AM
I am a busy little posting bee today...hope no one minds-
My question- I am preparing for a little show in my town to be held next Saturday- day before Father's Day....and wonsering what subjects families would buy for their dads- or, in general, what the average family type male who buys art is likely to buy from a new artists. Any ideas? I usually paint women and florals, these seem unlikely subjects...but am starting on a series of doors. I'd really like to pick a good subject to work on, but not landscapes- they tire me, and I'm not very good at them. HELP!
06-10-2001, 10:23 AM
I'd show some of everything... I find that my female figures and Scottish landscape sell equally well with men and women. Twice I had men buy my female nudes for their girlfriends too. (don't know if the girlfriends would return the favour though! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif)
If you like doing florals, have you considered still lifes? I'm thinking jars, jugs, bowls, tables (fruit too, but I find fruit very cliche). Might be slightly more "masculine" than florals if that's what you're trying to experiment with.
Good luck with the show! Hope you do well.
<BR>May the Force be with You.
06-10-2001, 10:36 AM
Thanks- I will ponder this. This show is pre-father's day- so people will be buying for their dads, which is tricky- I'm thinking power tools? (only kidding...)
Geez.... buying a gift for my dad on Father's Day is always tough!! I wouldn't have the foggiest idea what kind of painting he would like. And I paint!
Is it just my dad, or does anyone else have a tough time giving an appropriate Father's Day gift?
06-10-2001, 10:25 PM
Welcome to WC!, Stephanie. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Congrats on your show!
This is a GREAT question! With great timing, to boot. The thought came to mind, that this would be a great topic for the Cafe Forum. Titled something like "What Men REALLY want?", and ask all the men what painting subject THEY would like as a gift, if they bought it themselves. The answers might be as varied, as your collection. Might be worth a shot! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
06-13-2001, 11:43 AM
I would say it definitely depends on the man and what the painting might be "used" for. "Some" man will probably like every painting. The question is ... will the man that likes the painting you are showing see it at this show. To increase that potential I offer some of the following observations. None of which are scientific or have any "market research" behind them.
I have noticed a strong tendency toward golf themes and golf items in many offices. You know, pictures of old golf clubs and gutta percha balls. They aren't necessarily "old" items, but definitely golf related. Basically, think "hobby" and then follow with a picture that relates.
If there is considerable sailing and boat activity in your area, then that would probably sell. Is there a lot of hunting, do some duck decoys. You get the idea. It's my feeling that there are two kinds of buyers ... collectors and "I need to put a pinting over there." What I think you are after is the latter "type" of buyer.
Just my two cents.
06-13-2001, 04:05 PM
Sheesh Golf. I
a. don't so much get golf, and
b. can't really imagine painting golf- although it is so slow-moving, you could probably do it on location.
Don't mean to get any golfers out there upset- it's just....golf-sheesh!
06-14-2001, 01:22 PM
Actually Stephanie, What I was suggesting is "golf" (or other hobby) related still lifes. You don't have to get it to construct a good composition. Just an idea. Like I tried to say earlier, there is surely a man, some man, that will buy any theme. But, when you start talking "Father's Day" I think you are looking at impluse buyers. That usually means the theme has to connect. And, as I said this was just an idea, no real research behind it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-14-2001, 06:43 PM
I understand Cliff- wasn't trying to be disrespectful- I guess the links hold no appeal for me as a subject- tho there is no question it would appeal to a great many dads out there. Thansks for your thoughts!
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