One Hundred Fans

one hundred fans

One Hundred Fans

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I got an email yesterday from a painter who is terribly worried about the economy. She worries about our current political situation nationally,  internationally.and whether painting sales will go down the tubes. I think everyone who paints for a living worries about the economy and politics in difficult times. We have constant doom and gloom on TV every night and that cannot help.

One Hundred Fans

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We do have some control over our own destiny. We have to have faith in ourselves and our work in order to get through hard times. I never allow myself to think that I will fail. There are always people with disposable income even in poor economies. There will always be people who love art and who believe in us. I believe we must have faith in them, knowing that they will sustain us even when the public won’t. Our collectors are our friends and in many ways our family. They mean a great deal to us as artists. In a mundane world, artists see beauty and love for the earth and it’s treasures. Our collectors are champions for us, cheering us on. We need our One Hundred Fans! We need each other to make the world a wonderful place. It is a partnership of devotion for both parties. If we truly care for our collectors, they will care for us. I am always gratified to get many emails from  collectors who receive my Mail Art during the Lenten season. Most of them are delighted by the surprise and they want me to know how much it means to them. Sometimes I get surprise emails or letters from collectors who just want to cheer me on.

One Hundred Fans

I recently read the article about art collectors and selling art. The person wrote that if artists had one hundred loyal fans in their life, they would never need more. I think he was right. One hundred loyal collectors who bought a painting or two, who told their friends about their favorite artist and encouraged their friends to support an artist, would keep us going for quite a long time.

Instead of trying to get more and more strangers to look at our work, perhaps we need to turn our attention to those who have supported us for many years.

One Hundred Fans

I am delighted to have a fan club of one hundred Supporters. I have my Collectors Club, which helps them save money and helps me to make a living,a wonderful partnership.  I like the idea of One Hundred Fans very much. Having the regular support of collectors would take all of the stress out of an artist’s life, allowing them to paint, not worry about bills all the time. I liked the system back in the Renaissance times.

Patrons supported artists and kept them on retainer to do paintings. The artist was given a stipend to pay expenses and then did paintings on demand. What if we had patrons who pre-paid x amount of money each year and then had first choice on paintings coming out of the studio for the year? That would be a wonderful way to purchase art. If a collector liked a particular artist’s work, what a great way to know he/she could have the paintings he/she liked the best for that year!

One Hundred Fans

Then there are the dozens of fans who don’t purchase but who support us with small donations of sponsorship, equipment,supplies and kind testimonials to others abut us. Theya re equally important in that without them we could not find collectors.

Linda’s Rustic Paintings

Even in the darkest times, my advice is to never give up, no matter what. I’ve had many dark times in my long career. The funny thing is that you never really “Make It”. Disaster is always right around the corner. The financial swings back and forth are incredible for the average artist. You can be sitting on easy street basking in the glow of success because everybody loves you and then Bam!!! You don’t have a dime in your pocket. Just a month or two can change your situation that fast. Suddenly, you are persona non gratis. Six months later, your work is selling again.

The artists who survive this roller coaster are the ones who refuse to give up. Most people don’t have the personality type to do this kind of work because of the financial hardship. I can’t say that I blame them, but here I am and I’m too old and stubborn to quit :>)

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

Today’s Recipe:

This is an old South favorite. You see it a lot in restaurants around the South.

Mississippi Mud

1 stick butter
1/2 cup cocoa
5 eggs (Xtra large)
1 1/4 cups sifted flour (self-rising)
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
2 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter, add cocoa, eggs, sugar, and flour; mix well. Stir in nuts and vanilla then pour into a greased 13 X 9 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 mins. Top immediately after removing from oven. (see below)

Topping

1 bag miniature marshmallows
1 box powdered sugar
1 stick (softened) butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Cover the top of the cake with marshmallows as soon as it comes out of the oven. Beat the rest of the ingredients well and pour over the marshmallows before they melt together.

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