Collectors Help Notes
There are lots of small ways that art lovers and collectors can help their favorite artist. This is more important than they may realize. Most of my success as an artist comes from a small number of faithful friends and followers. Some of them have never owned an original painting. Many of them own several paintings by me and other artists they love. There is a fine loyalty by friends of artists and we would not survive without that loyalty and love. Being a painter is a very tough business indeed. I am a yearly collector myself. I buy two paintings a year from artists. I give one to each of my daughters for Christmas. I’ve been doing this since they turned 16 and were old enough to understand the value of original art. Their abodes are filled with wonderful paintings by artists around the USA.
What if you have purchased all the paintings you can afford or have room for? Not to worry, there are other ways to insure an artists success.
Write a testimonial for your favorite artist. It can be a brief sentence or two about their reliability or how much you love their work. You don’t have to be a formal collector to write a testimonial. Testimonials are vitally important to artists. They help potential collectors to trust an artist and to know that others have faith in the work and personality of an artist. I use testimonials on my web site and I am so grateful for them. Some are long and others just a sentence but they all help me to build a bridge of confidence with people who don’t know me. Send an email testimonial to your favorite artist. it will make their day!
Tell all of your friends and acquaintances about your paintings and the artists you love. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways an artist finds new collectors. You know hundreds of people both personally and professionally that may be influenced by your artist favorites.
Take photos of your paintings in your home and share them with friends.
Share an artists paintings on your social networks like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. This is so easy and quick. When you see a painting by an artist you know, hit the share button. It is that simple. The more an artist’s work is seen, the more chances that it will sell.
Share an artist’s business card with friends or leave them in the Dr’s, Dentist’s office on a table in the waiting room.
When you visit galleries, ask to see the artist’s work. If they don’t show that artist, tell them how much you love the work. It is an easy way to spread the word in the art community.
Come to artist’s studio parties and bring friends with you. They are usually quite fun with no pressure to purchase. Good food, good company and beautiful art are a great way to spend a weekend.
I send stamped post cards to my favorite collectors with testimonials, so they can address them to friends. it only takes a moment and the mail box to help me. if you will send me your address, I’ll send you some cards to mail for me.
There are other ways, including taking artists out for a meal, buying art supplies or equipment for your artist friends, cash donations too if you wish to assist.
In essence, I am asking you to give support in easy ways to your favorite artists. Most of these take little time an no money. Artists are completely dependent on the whim of their friends and collectors. You can assist them in their career and keep them healthy financially with very little fuss or bother.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
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