A major part of “Building Chinaberries” is getting my art out there.
One obstacle was getting decent photographs. I really sucked at it. This is very important for several reasons. One thing is that when a piece is sold – it’s gone forever. Do any of you have the feeling of loss too? Not like I have sold anything yet, still the idea is sad. Am I exaggerating when I say “heart breaking?”
Another reason, the business reason, is that the art must be presented professionally. A poor quality photo just doesn’t cut it. You need good images to send to galleries, to competitions, for the website etc…
I was really in a bind about this. I was finally having enough work finished that it could be called a “body of work” but my own photos were dismal, seriously bad! (You can see the difference in the Candy post.) The prices I was getting from photographers were ranging from $60 for 4 images to $600 for half a day. The $60 quote was the most reasonable, of course, but I still didn’t have $60. Did I say I haven’t sold anything yet? Yeah.
Then a miracle happened. My sister, Sheila Currivan, moved to my town. My sister is a photographer. She works for LifeTouch, a company that does school photos and such. She also works freelance as a baby photographer, Basket Babies Photography. My wonderful sister has been shooting all my art and doing a fantastic job. (You can see the difference in the Candy post. Sheila did that [the clear good one, not the horrid blurry one.]) So, yay! Problem solved. Thank you, Sheila, from the bottom of my heart.
The next step was to find ways and places to get my stuff out there. Next blog I will tell you all about researching the online galleries and why I chose Artmajeur.