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03 October 2008 @ 05:21 pm
Tell me about the art you've created and sold.
Bitterfun: Banditbitterfun on October 4th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
?? Which piece? What medium?

I've sold commission pieces, block prints, paintings, a sculpture or two.
Kburgunder on October 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even realize you were going to be one of the people to respond! Wait until you have the time and inclination, because I would sincerely like to hear about all of this.
Jenjenblue on October 4th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
This, one of these, this, that, that other thing, one of those, and a few other one-offs I can't find the photos of offhand. That first one might look familiar. I still don't sell worth a damn, but I've learned a few things in the last six years, at least.

...that was more show than tell, wasn't it.
Victoriamahariel on October 4th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I've done two shows with some of my photography pieces to date, but no sales as of yet.
to open mercy, to open your siren throat: LookingBackashbet on October 4th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
The majority of the portraits from 2004-on are commissioned work (the rest I just did because I wanted to/as gifts/because I was feeling inspired): http://www.matermetis.com/Vision/

One of my first commissioned/sold pieces was a 4x5 painted acrylic sign on fabric for my friend's Renaissance Festival booth -- damn, I have a photo of it that I need to scan sometime. (This would be circa 1990 or so.)

I don't usually paint something and have someone buy it -- although I have had people buy prints on occasion.

I'm not doing work on commission at the moment because my hands are so unpredictable and I don't want to take on any projects that I can't finish.

In other media, I've sculpted a feline head for an Asian Ball-Jointed Doll body, and in collaboration with my friend Caitlin, cast a limited edition of 30 in resin. I could have sold more, but Caitlin's availability was really sporadic, and the partnership didn't work out in the end.

I also did hair as a side job for several years (http://www.psysheep.com, although the link is dead now, I let the site lapse), which involved hand-dyeing wool dreads, felting, and creating falls and hairpieces -- I considered that to be a form of textile art, especially since I really enjoyed the inventiveness aspect of it.

So, what brings you to ask the question? :)

-- A <3
Kburgunder on October 4th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
So, what brings you to ask the question? :)

A bunch of different things have been knocking on my door trying to create some kind of coherent thought in my head, and it seemed like asking the question might provide the proper duct tape. It's not there yet, so please forgive the disjointed response :)

Ever since I went to Paris back in 2004, I've been philosophically obsessed with the topic of an artist's survival in a far more capitalist, far less socialist system like the USA.

Around the same time, I was dating an executive director of a non-profit arts organization and volunteering as an ESL tutor for an adult literacy program, and observing that non-profits supporting hungry children or illiterate adults have a much easier ask than an arts org. There's even a huge gap between hungry children and illiterate adults.

I have a lot of artist friends, most of whom have day jobs to support themselves. Of all my artist friends, I have 1 that does art full-time, 1 that's transitioning in that direction, and 1 who has an art-related day job.

A ton of the art I've been mad in love with in recent years here in Seattle has been partially sponsored by 4Culture. Recently, I finally looked them up, planning to donate and say thank you. It turns out it's a program funded solely by a lodging tax we have in the city, and it's funding will end in 2012 which left me feeling a bit queasy. Thanks to them, I've seen amazing exhibits at our monthly art walk (do I remember correctly that you're originally from here, love, or did I just make that up?), an outstanding spoken word called "Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy", a great carpe diem and surprisingly erotic play adaptation of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and awesome poems on the King County buses thanks to their Poetry on Buses program. The thought of it all ending in 2012 unhinges me in a way I can't quite express, but with the economy in its current dire straits, I find myself wondering what can fill the funding gap in 2012.

Sureshot Coffee in UW has a really great goth-aesthetic photographer's work (Venomous Swan; I have prints of "Our Emergency" and "Train to Nowhere" on the way) that's been up for three months now, and it made me wonder if it was the choice of Sureshot to not rotate more often, or if there weren't enough new artists to do a monthly rotation.

All of this brings me to wonder what avenues are most lucrative for an artist trying to self-sustain...
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blackflymetadragon on October 4th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I've given away every painting or piece of ceramics I've ever made. I've sold a few photographs for fundraising purposes.

I sell a fair amount of things like this, and this freelance, or on comission. It at least pays for my own collection and the suplies needed. :)

Kburgunder on October 4th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
d00d! You're a total miniature bad ass! How cool is that :)
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butterflake on October 4th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
a lot of information...
I've been painting more and more seriously for the past five years. The last two years, in fact, have been the most productive for me...

I began art as a hobby, something fun to do while I worked out patterns and printed chaos while in college, making pieces like Luminocity and Confusion. Fright.. Though I was in choir and was a creative writing major, I never studied art, just kept making it up. The two I made during college that really grabbed my heart and that I knew were of me were My Story and Parry. Parry was actually my first project as a painter, and he represents Satan, which represents a remembrance of personal ethics over taught morals; he watches over my art studio to this day and is in plans to become part of my first tattoo.

For a couple of years, I was in a rather horrific relationship with a very abusive man and I created nothing, maybe one or two pieces that had no heart to them. The day after he was taken to jail (I worked at a glass distributor at the time), I took a mirror outside in a plastic bag, smashed it with a hammer, and created My Love and His Addiction.

As I fell into the post-relationship depression, my work began to become darker and more expressive, as it became my main mode of communicating the pain inside of me. I had grown tired of crying and channeled it out into the open to forever exist on the outside. I didn't work often, as I would wallow until the work simply burst out of me, uncontrolled and unplanned. Works from this period include Woman Objectified and Peace and Little Devil Stole My Scarf.

All this time, I never really painted, as I hadn't really ever learned, and most of my paintings were one-shot works. Then, I got my first commission and what came out of me over the course of three months was Bound. I remember looking at it and realizing what I had painted (her martini glass pedestal is dropping, fast). The commissioner then decided he didn't want the painting, and it was later bought by a woman who felt it. I am glad she owns it.

By this time, I had narrowed down my experiments to a few veins I wanted to explore more and have worked within those parameters since (namely, the broken mirror, the silver figures, and the fire lichen like Heaven Beside Me, which sold out of 619 Western during an artwalk... my first big blind sale.

Last year around this time I had a breakthrough. I had come out of a very challenging relationship and started a piece about it. I didn't want to paint it, but that's what was coming out of me. Then, I realized I had to paint realistic hands. Hadn't ever done it, I hadn't even drawn a hand before, really. I put it off for months, then finally sat down and did it. The result of that was Three Quarter Turn, and the realization that I actually can paint whatever I want, if I just give myself the permission to do so.

So I have begun to do so. Stripped is one product of this. I have started to plan project with great success. I still create in bursts, too, such as one evening when I was angry and lashed out Tattrous. The first piece I ever created entirely on purpose was Embrace Me, just earlier this year.

In January of this year, I had a large show at Mneumonic and in a rush of creativity, built the custom metal frames seen on some of these. They complete the pieces enough I have cried over it.
butterflake on October 4th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: a lot of information...2nd half
Anyway, as you can tell, I have this extremely emotional relationship with my work. I recently made a piece called The Corner of My Mouth, which I'm still not really ready to show because it hurts so badly still to look at. But, I'm also freeing myself up to sketching and creating little strange works like Trouble on a more regular basis than before.

I'm still learning how to talk about them.

It can be very, very difficult for me to part with my work and I really prefer to give it away rather than sell it... but I have to fund buying more art supplies and I would like to start earning an income off of it that's more than selling a few pieces a year.

What have I sold so far? Almost all my old college stock is gone, and the fire pieces sell quickly, as do the printed figures like Woman Objectified. My darker work doesn't sell, though some people have expressed interest, which is always heartening.
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Cantakerous troubadoursonder on October 4th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
I do stuff occasionally (dont know if you read my lj) but I have never sold any of it.
Cantakerous troubadoursonder on October 4th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Well...meaning I have never tried to sell it and I'm not really inclined to.
Kburgunder on October 4th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)

I don't know if this is similar, but I've never been inclined to sell let alone really share musicy art of my own making. I've written stuff for piano and guitar, but it's for me. I don't even really like playing it for other people - and not because I think it lacks awesomeness, but because... it's mine, it's for me. If I'm sharing it with someone, it's because I'm storytelling my why and have hit upon a hesitancy of words that music cures.

When I get back from seeing Miss Lauren on the east coast, I'm investing in one of those digital sequencers though, and I have a feeling I'm not going to have any problems profiting on electronica if I can convince anyone else it's as awesome as I decide it is ;>
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Beththepresident on October 4th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I crocheted a hat and sold it to my high school Spanish teacher for $10.
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