Well I know from my own personally feelings that all artist would love to see their own paintings , designs or what media you do to see displayed up in lights or a gallery. I would love to have my designs displayed in a gallery or even an art shop that would be awesome too. Anyway I’m digressing here I must get to my point in question.
Well while whilst browsing social media scanning to see if any comments or likes had been added to my posts of my own designs when I came across a post that caught my eye. Someone was asking if anyone had made a go of their art later in life, which this caught my attention. As some of you may not know but I am on the verges of hitting 51 and yeah there are days I feel it. So I read on and began reading peoples comments below, there responses were quite interesting. The usual I do it as a hobby now I’ve retired and others just selling to friends and family typical stuff.
Then wowser this got my attention I lady was stating she had hers displayed in a gallery at the age of 56 , I thought you go girl….
Then the but ………
She has hers displayed but they take 50% of the price and she has to pay for any prints people want to purchase , framework and the postage and packaging . I thought hang on she is is mainly producing her pictures for nothing. She then states it’s costs her and she makes nothing in fact the gallery makes more than she does , but hey I have my pictures displayed.
I’m sorry I must be an idiot here or this is what gallery’s do , but seriously.
Then when they asked where she had discovered this so called gallery , and here is the dosser, whilst sitting in the doctors surgery while reading a magazine she saw an add.
The sad thing is everyone was saying well done and I’m thinking your an idiot……
I always assumed gallery’s displayed an art shop sells…….ok I know everyone wants to make a profit that’s life for you, but it starts costing the artist and causing a major loss to yourself is it time to rethink is this the best deal for me.
Sure your art work is being displayed
sure it’s in the art shop for the world to see
but when it causes hardship to yourself, then in my opinion it’s time to walk away and rethink. Is really worth all that just to say you have art displayed.
Or am I the one being not thinking straight here, all I ever ask for when selling my work not for me to make a vast profit but enough to pay for my supplies and and a small profit inbetween. So I don’t charge a vast amount for what I do and yeah were all out to make money,but to cause hardship to yourself is it really worth doing that.
Just to get your name in lights and your designs displayed after all, I draw because it’s my passion and yeah I do give some away just to see peoples faces light up that’s my buzz. But when it becomes no longer a passion . But a stresser and hardship then ask yourself it’s time to rethink.