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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Saving Work Back For a Show

With an eye on the exhibit coming up in November I’ve been focused on completing a series of paintings. The series is largely finished, although I know I’ll continue to work and make new paintings that may fit in well with my current work and the theme for the exhibit. On the other hand it seems like I am hearing about a lot of interesting exhibit possibilities and getting calls for juried shows that my work might be suitable for. This always presents a query, should an artist hold work back for the upcoming exhibit? It could mean missing a potential sale, but on the other hand I feel that I need to know that I’ll have work available for the exhibit that’s already scheduled. I’m weighing the pros and cons of saving work back and will present what I come up with them in my next post. Thoughts, anyone?

2 comments:

Suzanne McLean said...

Hi Katherine, November is an awfully long way away. What is the average time required to complete a piece?

Perhaps you could save a few key pieces for the November show and work towards painting a few more between now and then.

In the meantime, select some paintings to exhibit elsewhere. Your work deserves to be seen!

Suzanne

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Suzanne - thanks for the vote to be seen!

To allow for drying time, I work on several at a time, completing a batch every few weeks or months, depending on the sizes.

I agree with your thinking, just figuring the logistics of it, which I'll go into in a bit.