Sunday, December 09, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
Work in Progress
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Always Be Prepared
Yesterday I went out to paint at a local lake. I was able to meet two potential patrons because I was open to meeting people and willing to pause in my painting time to meet and talk to them about my work. I always carry business cards with me whenever I paint,and I sent them away with an invitation to come to my studio and visit. It's useful to buy one of the clear plastic brochure holders that stand up. You can put brochures and cards in it and sit it next to your easel. If people are shy, they can pick one up without speaking to you.
You never know when a casual meeting will bring a sale. I did a small unimportant favor a couple of years ago for a woman and yesterday she bought two paintings. The important point here is to expect that people are interested in what you do and to be open and ready to interact with others in a positive way.
If I want to paint by myself, I will stay in my studio or paint on private land. If I go to a public park I must expect to interact with others. Be realistic. Ignoring potential patrons is just not smart. Taking a few minutes to be friendly and kind to someone you meet while painting is not a lot of trouble and you may make their day brighter and more interesting. You never know when they will be in the market for a nice painting. If you are generous with your time, you will be the one they remember.