Thursday, October 28, 2010

How Not to Sell Your Art

SCENE #1: PHONE RINGS Mr COLLECTOR - (phone ringing) "Hello. Is this Artist Brown? Hi there, I saw your painting at the Fathers With No Teeth auction last weekend. You know, the painting with the two donkeys? I love it! I want to buy it. How much are you asking?" ARTIST - "Oh yeah, great, yeah, fantastic... Two Donkeys.. Buy it? Yeah, sure it's for sale, I think. Uh, the price - well I - Uh - how about I get back to you on that? (goes to local pub and agonizes over the price...)"

SCENE #2: TWO MONTHS LATER, ARTIST - (making a call) "Hello, is Mr Collector there? This is Artist Brown following up with the price for my painting, "Two Donkeys". What? He's moved to Tahiti? Last week? Does he have a phone there?"
When it comes to pricing your work, the worst price is not the high one, and not the low one. It is "price undecided". Make a decision, and go with it. And remember that the buyer is more motivated to buy at the moment they call you than they will ever be. So be prepared to be flexible, right then, while they are on the phone.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age

"Walking on Eggshells" is a 24-minute documentary about appropriation, creative influence, re-use and intellectual property in the remix age. It is a conversation among various musicians, visual artists, writers and lawyers, all sharing their views on why and how we use and create culture, and how intellectual property law, originally designed to provide people with incentives to create, sometimes hinders creative production far more than it enhances it. There is more information available on the "Everything is a Remix" Blog

Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age from Brendan Schlagel on Vimeo.

On the same subject Aaron Dunn has created the non-profit organisation MusOpen where he aims to make available out of copyright classical music and sheet music.

Both of these items are discussed on the Radio 5 podcast "Outriders"

My Art in a Blackberry Commercial

Recently Blackberry shot a commercial for the new Torch handset featuring Will Ramsay the owner of Wills Art Warehouse in Putney, where I sell my art. The commercial was shot during recent exhibition where my work was on display. As luck would have it they caught a quick glimpse of one of my works, "Blackpool Rocks" 15 secs into the clip. Don't blink or you will miss it. They obviously think it is recognisable as I had to sign a release agreement!

This is what you are looking out for!

The launch of the ad is intended to coincide with the Affordable Art Fair another of Will Ramsay's successful innovations. This years event runs from 21 - 24th October in Battersea Park, London.