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Old 03-05-2008, 03:52 PM
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Hello,
I'm all hysterically excited, I've been asked to exhibit my paintings, a solo show!

The place is a culture center, and their gallery is in the foyer -- Gallerie Foyer (French pronunciation, if you please) .

I was invited to a creative networking group last Sunday, and we all told about ourselves and the type of creativity we do. I brought two smaller pastels, talked about being a 'professional' amateur in all I've done in life, and about my thoughts on starting a pastel group, and how I loved the thought of every person getting to express their creativity, without degrees and fancy titles, about wanting to share how to use pastels.

That cultural center is all about people expressing creativity, so immediately when we had a break, the lady from the center grabbed me and steered me into a corner and asked me to do a show! Isn't that smooth? We'd never seen each other before. I'd never heard about that cultural center, either.

Tonight we reached an agreement: Exhibition is during two weeks, starting April 24, and I get to show 10-15 paintings, depending on size. I also get a Saturday for inviting people, what I call a Vernissage. The rest of the two weeks the stuff just hangs there, and people coming to cultural events will see my paintings.

Conditions is that they are not responsible for my paintings (no insurance), but they only ask for a 10% commission. That is very little, compared to commercial galleries. I don't have to sit there for two weeks, either.

This is the second person who's asked me to do a show! Remember I mentioned a church asking too? Well, they can't make up their minds, as they fear that the whole "money thing" is not of the Lord... I told them I don't have to sell, I'd be happy to show, and if they don't want a commission, well, it is their problem (I know their chairman real well). But now, well, I have an *agreement* with that cultural center, so even if the curch board agrees on Sunday when they meet, I fear they just have to wait until I have enough paintings to show. The early bird, and all that.

The big question: Pricing. What on earth shall I ask for? I know, I know, it is a veritable jungle of advice, that already exists on WC. Many methods. But I have to *decide* on one. Eeek!

And now I'll go and faint!

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Old 03-05-2008, 04:47 PM
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That's great news, Charlie! Do you still have to get all of your paintings framed? I hope you'll take a photo of all of them hanging on display. As for pricing, can you visit some galleries in your area and compare sizes and prices? I know there probably aren't a lot of other pastel artists in your area ( I think you mentioned that) but maybe you can get a general idea. It is hard to decide - I wish there were some rules for us to follow but it seems that there aren't any. Best wishes!

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Congrats, Charlie...I'm so excited for you!!! I know your beautiful paintings will be flying off the walls!

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Congratulations Charlie, that's great - and well deserved!!

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Old 03-05-2008, 05:12 PM
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WOW!!! Great, Charlie! that's what you might call serendipity, I hope you have lots of success, and sort out your pricing - don't undersell yourself!

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Great news Charlie...congrats to you!! That's really "smooth"!

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Old 03-05-2008, 05:33 PM
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Re: A show!!!

Thank you! I'm still in shock. Of course I'm not ready for a show, but then again, I have never ever done anything in my life when "ready for it". It has always been a "close your eyes hold your nose and jump, and you'll discover if there is water in the pool when you land" experience.

Hubby thinks I should ask for proffessional artist prices. I want to sell, and am rather aware of being an amateur, painting for my own pleasure, so I think way lower prices. But that is "little me"-thinking... Begone that! Diane, you're right!

Would watercolour paintings be equivalent to pastel paintings, price-wise? Matted, framed, glassed, and on paper -- there seems to be several similarities. Or should I go for oil-painting prices?

I've already framed all my pastel paintings! Real cheap poster frames, and I cut mats myself. I've got about 10 paintings ready. So I'll be hidden in a rainbowcoloured dustcloud for the next few weeks, in a painting-frenzy (unless I freeze up totally!), getting at least five more ready. You guys have seen them all, but for sure, I'll photograph the exhibition. Gotta document it for the historians 200 years from now, who'll write books about me. LOL!
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Re: A show!!!

Congratulations! Yes, you will be in a tizzy for the next couple of weeks. Donna's advice is good. Yes, my opinion is that you should price about the same as the "good" watercolors in your area, especially siince they have to be framed similarly. Keep us in the loop and blessings on you for your planning.
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Hi Charlie,

Congratulations !
Here's a link with some articles (scroll down to see the list) that I hope may be of some help.
http://www.artbusiness.com/artists.html
Don't forget to take some business cards.
And remember that a smile opens many doors.

Kind regards,

José

P.S. I dunno if you'll be abble to understand swedish though
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Way to go Charlie!! Good luck.

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Charlie! YEAHHHHHHH!!!!! I'm so happy for you. This is so exciting! Please let us know how it goes and don't forget those photos of them hanging on the walls. For no other reason that to have a visual memory of your first showing!

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Great news Charlie! Congratulations!
I'm so happy for you and I'm looking forward to hearing you tell us how many paintings you've sold.

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Hi Charlie, Congratulations on this excellent opportunity! So well deserved, and it will be so amazing to see a body of your work hanging all in one space.

I would like to pipe in here.... do not sell yourself or this medium short. Your work is just as valuable as an oil painting of similar subject/provenence and experience of the artist. So don't just limit yourself on watercolors for price info.

You have worked hard at your craft and are talented in your own right, so be proud of your accomplishments and enjoy this wonderful time in the spotlight!
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Charlie,

How exciting!! Congratulations!!

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Charlie,

Congratulations! This is such an honor! You must be in a frenzy. We are all your cheer leaders! Be sure to have something there explaining about the quality of pastels, and educate our public for us. It's not only an accomplishment for you but for all of us struggling to get pastels up a notch in the art world. Your work will shine. Oh how I would love to see all of them hanging together.

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