Tips & Tricks:

posted on Jan 31, 2017

By C and J


From recent experience: Take photos of your completed works. Take photos with the work framed, including the frame. If you need to submit images to a show for pre-judging, you can use one of the image manipulating applications to crop the image (crop out the frame) to send, giving the actual artwork size where requested. If you only save the artwork to the actual size, somewhere down the line, someone will invariably want an image of your piece with a frame! You might also consider video-taping yourself work in progress… you could use it in a demo or on YouTube or FaceBook or other social media spaces.

If you are a cell phone addict, put images on your phone… you never can tell when you might want to show some gallery owner what you are capable of!
Begin building an archive of your work: A spreadsheet provides you with a really comprehensive system to catalog and keep track of your work:

Items you may want to include:

Title: Some shows have a limit on the number of characters available for a title, so take that into account.

Size: In inches, Width x Height x Depth (if your piece is a sculpture or has additional 3D components)

Medium: Oil on canvas, oil on wood, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, (digital) prints, giclee (yuck!), Steel, etc.

Framed or unframed: with the type (wood, metal, etc.)

Dimensions of the frame: (width, depth, interior depth to actual artwork)

Glass: or non-glare plexiglass

Signature location

Year created

 Brief description: include items that can be used for “tags,” should you download your art to a website… it will give the “search engines” a way to find your work among the trillions of offerings on the internet!

Tags: names and descriptions that the “search engines” use to find your work among the trillions of offerings on the internet!

URL’s: to connect that particular piece to a location, blog or website.

Overall Weight: of the finished piece in pounds (for shipping purposes!)

Price: what you actually want for the piece. Gallery commission will be added on top of that.

Status: hanging and where or “studio” [read “presently at home on my wall, taking up valuable space that could be dedicated to showing off somebody else’s work that you admire!”)

Whenever possible the name, phone number and email address of the person who purchased your work… you never can tell when you might want to send them and others a blurb about a show or gallery where your work will be shown!

And if you are really adventurous and your spreadsheet can handle it, you can include thumbnail images of each artwork listing, although this adds size and awkwardness to your document!

This spreadsheet is also good for home insurance purposes in case of a fire or other catastrophe!

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