It is important to remember that you are not truly unique. Someone, somewhere has a style that is similar to yours. That style can be your idea, colors, or applications. What you need to remember is that, although not unique it is always different. Take a look at what you are currently creating and ask these important questions.
1. What makes your art different for you?
2. Have others mentioned something about you art that stuck in your mind?
3. Can you see this difference in all of your art or just some of it?
4. Did that difference sell the work faster?
Try to focus on those key points and see if you can bring that subject matter forward and work on making it your own.

Example: When you have an idea in mind think about how that idea is seen to others.
I create artwork that have “people or creatures” dancing and singing. My audience is people who like music and going out to nightclubs.

Example 2: Having more than one audience is good for you.
Not only do I create artwork that focuses on the idea of music, but I also create artwork that have three dimensional forms coated in high gloss, such as my city landscapes.

Example 3: I like using a large variety of color in my work.
Once you have mastered the use of colors, try to create items that will draw the eye. I often say, “I can put pick and brown together and make it look good.” Try to make sure you have the right color (if needed) for the idea. If your project lacks the need for colors, then use things like shadows, shape and texture, to get your view across.

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Here is a list of national website and basic information to find an art show or festival in your area. I would like to make it clear, you do not have to pay for these sites to get the full information. Often, all you need is the name of the art show or festival and with a little more effort you can do a search to find the rest of the information yourself. Now with that said, you can still pay for the service if you don’t want to do the extra work yourself. They will provide you with the name and contact of the person in charge of the show.

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This website will let you know what type of shows you are applying for. They have codes that you can use to translate to the type of show it is.

For example: CMR, FAO IS,$10 ADM,PWR=
Commercial Vendors, Fine Arts (Made by Seller Only), Is $10, Antiques-Dolls and Miniatures, Power Available.
You can see what showing in all states, with time and location.

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This is a similar site, however they are not fully active. The bigger the city the likely they will have more information, but that is not always the case. You can however filter and search just what you are looking for.

--Any city will have a web page showing what events they have throughout the year. If they do not, you might want to consider moving or simply search for shows outside your area.

--Art galleries, museums and libraries often have information for shows going on in town. Be sure to check back often as these place are not fully in control of the information that is left behind by citizens.

--Sometimes Facebook will have what you are looking for. A lot of cities are now moving to this form of network since it is free to use.

--Don’t forget to simply search the web. Typing in words like, “art shows in (my city)” or “festivals this summer” will often bring up a list of people and companies that may be having their own show. There are other websites that would have their own database of information. Find as many as you can and see what pops up.

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A lot of people will always try to get you to lower the cost of your work. They will tell you they can find it cheaper or do it cheaper. Let us be frank to them. If they could find it and do it better, then they would not need to ask you to lower your price. They don't want to admit; they can't afford your time and effort you put into your work. I have recently seen a video about “pricing your work” and I can and will agree with everything this video says. Over the years, I have come to price my work in the same way after I have created the work and over time the prices get higher depending on my time and expenses.

Now his price range used is a bit high for me. I am a painter and some people have skills that take a lot more work to create, such as craftsmen of furniture. The dangers behind that exceeds my own. So when making your artwork, make sure you understand the difference before coming up with a price. I am posting a video on this page. If it ever gets lost on the web, please take the time to tell me, but for now it should be good.

I am going to go over a few things more geared toward paintings, so forgive me if this doesn't apply to you. Please keep in mind you can work it out so that it can apply to whatever craft you are doing, painting, sculpting, hair-styling, etc.

*Determining price based on size.

--Stick with a set price from small to big size paintings. Let me give you an example. If you charge by the square foot, then stick to that and only come up or down on the price after you have determined if the painting took a lot of time or if it's had more inner value to you and others. Maybe the painting is to old and hard to sell, etc. This could also depend on how well-known you are in the art world.

--Never base your set price on hourly time "only". You can set a time, such as; you want to make $50 a square foot and will only spend one hour on each square foot. Never say you are going to spend one hour on a painting at $50 an hour because the painting might be 5'x5' it only took 5 hours to finish. I know I wouldn't sell a painting that size for $250. That's way too low for any artist. At $50 a square foot however, $1,250 for a starting artist is better than $250. I charge starting at $150/sq ft.+supplies, spending no more than 4 hours on a square or a day. So 25 days at $150 a day for only 4 hours a day is my starting number. I also make sure to calculate days that I will not work on it too. Sometimes you need a break or you have more than one project going.

--When coming up with a price, be sure you count the cost of supplies and delivery. Maker sure you have a price set for different types of supplies. For example, I charge more for paintings that have canvas made with Belgium linen or thicker frames. These items cost more to obtain.

--Finally watch this video. It will discuss some of the things that apply to everyone, such as how to price a fast producing product.

When looking for the right show to apply to, I have learned over the years that you have to be on the look out for shows that don’t have the experience and letting the people know if there will be art at these showings. I have been to places where customers wouldn’t know about the art. They assume it was all craft and didn’t plan on buying artwork. The one thing you don’t want is display at a show, where everyone is only willing to pay $5 for your $50 item.

Things to look for:

1. The title often says it all. If the word “fine art” is on the flyer, you can rest assure it will be about art. Look out for “art and craft”. Sometimes that is not enough to create a good art show. The only thing consumers are seeing is “craft”, because to them, craft is art. (Sometimes it is) but not in the case where someone wants a painting for their home. Try your best to simply look for something that says “Art show” or “ Art Festival”.

2. Be careful with shows set up by private or religious organization. These organizations often cater to children. Now having kids at shows is not a bad thing. However, being in a show that has more children rides than adult rides often means, the parent is only looking for an event where their child can ride and eat things for free (leaving the money and the attitude of buying art at home).

3. Look out for shows that have too many promotions. Sometimes this can work in your favor, other times it will not. For example, If the promoters are giving away free bags of items, you will find yourself not being able to sell your work. Now if the promoters are simply putting money into the show and you know that only 10% of the tents will be booths for those promoters then it’s worth the chance. (Assuming the price of the booth is reasonable.)

4. Try to stay away from “First Annual.” Often those shows didn’t do enough to promote the art or the artist. Another issue is that people just don’t know about it. I say wait for the second or third show, before putting any money into it. Now if they offer you a free deal, then by all mean, go for it. Look for shows with high numbers of shows.

5. Look for shows with high number of people. Ask the event's coordinator, how many people show up to the event. If it's less than 10 thousand people, be careful and see how much of the rest of this list pass or fail. If it's less than 10K, but it's the 25th annual, then give it some more thought.

6. Never take part in a show that is competing with another show of equal value. Not much to say about this. Seem pretty self-explanatory.
7. Look for shows in small towns where it’s their biggest event of the year. Sometimes people are just sitting around all year waiting for that show to come back. I often make a good amount of money in those types of shows. The city would spend all kinds of money all year round advertising that show.

8. It never hurts to ask the locals what shows they have in-town. They might tell you of one that's just outside the town. Never do a show that is only one day long…. NEVER!! The time you spent and art and travel and setting up and breaking down… Not worth it.

Following these step will help you stay focus on finding the right show to generate the right about of return on your investment.

Someone asked me, while I was shopping in an art supply store, which brand of paints I felt would be best to purchase. The sales person told her she should get the best brand on the shelf. Now, I understand that a good name brand is better than some standard brands because the name brand may have more of what makes it good. Examples would be pigments, velocity, texture, smooth or rough, etc. However, don’t feel buying those expensive name brand will somehow magically make your artwork better.

No matter what you use, good artist create good art. You can either buy charcoal from your locale art store, or create it with the end of a burnt wood stick. How you apply that medium to your idea is the most important part of creation. I don’t want to lead you in the wrong idea that it’s all the same product. I will tell you now it’s not. Some brands do spend a lot of time making their product the best it can be. For example: oils are made in different ways. You have the basic “linseed oil” which most companies use. They will clean the linseed to a point with it will work just as well as any other oil. However this oil over time will darken for some brands. Some company will use “walnut oil”. This oil is one of the old school mediums used back in the time where painting was the only method for pictures. In my opinion walnut oil is better than linseed. It doesn’t darken over time, like linseed and in same cases it will do the opposite. These factors might be very important if you are creating a very light or very dark piece. If you are a beginner then you shouldn’t spend time worrying about what will happen to your artwork 300 years for now. Let those who collect your work, spend the money to preserve your artwork.

Sometimes when times get tough, you have to do what you have to do to create something new. Instead of buying the best high quality watercolors, make it your self. Go finds items that you can mash into medium to create the colors you need, such as flowers, or colored food products even that old makeup kit you can’t find any need for may work. Then get or create a kind of filler. For example: Gum Arabic is a main medium for some watercolors. This medium controls the flow of the color and allow for an even coat across the paper. It’s also an ingredient in some of your favorite juices. It is basically a sugar of some kind. One of the best watercolor companies, “Holland” uses honey in its best watercolor choice. Honey was once the main medium of watercolor creation. If you have honey, great! But if you don’t have honey, you can create a concentrated sugar medium. Sugar doesn’t spoil so it fine for what you would need it for. The point is “Think out side of the box!”

Don’t let others tell you what you can or can’t use when creating what could be the best artwork in you life. Find ways to create the supplies if you can’t buy them, and when you can, buy them cheap. Use the limitations the cheaper products have and see how far you can get with them.

Here is a link I found that has a list on how to make your own art supplies: Creating your own art supplies

I find that this comapny has the most afforable art supplies from my dealings witht them: Reeves Website

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