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Old 10-09-2019, 05:37 PM
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La has been painting in oils since the 70's and has works displayed in private collections in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as Africa, Amsterdam, Dubai and Japan.


This is in the 'about' section on a fb site for my home studio



All fine and well, right. Sounds pretty freaking good, like i'm famous or rich or whatever.

But so what. I'm not.

What am i really suppose to do with that info - brag? ich, i'm not a pretentious sort and really don't sell myself well at all - i am Not a marketer/salesperson/promoter - i'm an artist/poet/writer/creative and that's all i wanna beeeeee

which is likely why i have 500+ pieces hoarded in my basement.
I kinda pity my children


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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

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Old 10-10-2019, 12:46 AM
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

yeah
gonna work on working on that
i really need to purge some works
schmoozing, can be fun!
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:41 AM
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I don't see relaying simple facts as bragging. Go on any business site and they'll tell you how good the company and personnel are. It's what most professional people base opinions on.
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Michael's right, he who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted.
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

It is not excessive bragging to let your studies, accomplishments, where your collectors are, etc. this is information I expect to see on an artist's website. You can present it matter of factly.
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

I recently read somewhere that "emerging artists" should spend between 30% and 70% of their time networking. In other news, when I was "made redundant", the English term for let go, from a 'job for life', my ex-firm provides a 1 day course on finding a new position. Main theme: Who do you know?
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

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I recently read somewhere that "emerging artists" should spend between 30% and 70% of their time networking.
I'm a SUBmerging artist. I spend between 30% and 70% of my time trying to figure out what to paint next. That leaves precious little time to actually paint much less network.

My suggestion to LA is to write her FB about page in first person rather than third;instead of: "La has been painting in oils since the 70's and has works ....
write:"I have been painting in oils since the 70's and my work is in....

Take ownership of your failers AND your accomplishments. Hiding behind a ficticous 3rd person never bodes well imo.

Other than changing pronouns I think La's about page is about perfect.

The reality is virtually no one reads about pages and those that do should take anything written there with a grain of salt. IMO writing a book about yourself in an "about" piece is not so much bragging as it is a sign of insecurity.
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I'm a SUBmerging artist. I spend between 30% and 70% of my time trying to figure out what to paint next. That leaves precious little time to actually paint much less network.

My suggestion to LA is to write her FB about page in first person rather than third;instead of: "La has been painting in oils since the 70's and has works ....
write:"I have been painting in oils since the 70's and my work is in....

Take ownership of your failers AND your accomplishments. Hiding behind a ficticous 3rd person never bodes well imo.

Other than changing pronouns I think La's about page is about perfect.

The reality is virtually no one reads about pages and those that do should take anything written there with a grain of salt. IMO writing a book about yourself in an "about" piece is not so much bragging as it is a sign of insecurity.

If you went to openings in galleries very often you would know bios are always written like LA's bio,and people do read them.
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

It's a good idea to mention actual gallery names and any exhibitions and publications you were a part of. Treat it like CV
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If you went to openings in galleries very often you would know bios are always written like LA's bio,and people do read them.
A facebook page is not a gallery opening.
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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

The 'bio' is a cv for an upcoming solo show - I'm filling a local fusion cafe with works (oct 26 - just before xmas)... there's an opening night, meet and mingle with the artist kind of thing.

There are no galleries here, haven't shown in galleries; sales i've made (somewhere between 100-200) have been through local fixed or wandering art/craft shows via art societies and such, restaurants, cafes, word of mouth, students (africa, dubai), a couch surfer (japan), and a couple sales via cafe exposure in a larger city four hours from me (a daughter was my agent then). and online - to an area close to amsterdam via a WC! member.
These are not excuses, merely my reality and art in hickville is hardly a get rich quick scheme.
I honestly wouldn't know what to do with 'fame' - I don't want it, would immediately hire someone to deal with it and i'd plod along in my merry forest.

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Re: allow me a brag and a whine

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A facebook page is not a gallery opening.

Galleries read facebook pages. In my experience, they don't judge artists the way you do, think they are insecure, or the other things you say about them. If an artist isn't a youtube star doesn't mean they are a failure either. The amount of hits or visits does not equal sales or success. A "bio" is written in 3rd person. A statement is written in 1st. It's probably best to have someone help you write your bio, otherwise it will probably sound like you wrote it yourself, this is true, but saying you sound insecure is harsh. I have read some bios where it was obvious that the person wrote it themselves and it just sounds unprofessional. Reading a bio "with a grain of salt" implies that you think the artist's accomplishments are bunk.

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The 'bio' is a cv for an upcoming solo show - I'm filling a local fusion cafe with works (oct 26 - just before xmas)... there's an opening night, meet and mingle with the artist kind of thing.

There are no galleries here, haven't shown in galleries; sales i've made (somewhere between 100-200) have been through local fixed or wandering art/craft shows via art societies and such, restaurants, cafes, word of mouth, students (africa, dubai), a couch surfer (japan), and a couple sales via cafe exposure in a larger city four hours from me (a daughter was my agent then). and online - to an area close to amsterdam via a WC! member.
These are not excuses, merely my reality and art in hickville is hardly a get rich quick scheme.
I honestly wouldn't know what to do with 'fame' - I don't want it, would immediately hire someone to deal with it and i'd plod along in my merry forest.

la

I don't know too many people that want fame either. That doesn't mean you can't lay out the facts of your accomplishments. That's all good stuff. A couple hundred sales is nothing to poop on. I think it's wise to lay it out like a CV, or like a list. I have always really liked your art.
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