Artist Ideas and to Grow Your Art Audience By Miabo Enyadike
Artist Ideas and to Grow Your Art Audience
These simple steps and ideas I am about to share in this blog are based on ways that several artists, I know are getting by and increasing revenue.
I have learned especially from my Friend Caroline, that there are still more ways we can share our talents and skills with others and in the same vein expand our Art reach.
There are so many simple ways to lift and collaborate with other Artists, with shared experience and knowledge the uttermost, that is why Caroline Frances Janse Van Rensburg, a South African Female Artist who has over 40 years, of experience is an inspiration to me and those around her.
Caroline Van Frances Janse Rensburg
I met Caroline a few years ago through a mutual friend Joan Jones, and as I spent time in her studio and watched the vibe and the general atmosphere, people drank wine, juice, ate biscuits and chatted happily while they talked about serious issues. You could see the friendly banter, that showed this Art class was different!.
Everyone had a good Job, you could tell. I didn't ask, I heard from their conversations about work but the fact that they would rather come to an Art class after work hours, despite how stressful Johannesburg's hustle and bustle can be, seemed quite novel to me.
Fast forward to now, Caroline, who is in her 80's has added a new portfolio to these classes, Kids.
This got me thinking, that perhaps, most female Artists need this kind of inspiring experience and
'Art multitasking' because she is a Painter, Ceramist, Sculptor and a teacher Juggling all of these gifts cheerfully and getting by.
How does she do that? I wondered!
I sat down with Caroline and we had this long chat, ate loads of biscuits, while I listened to how simple these things could take place.
It all begins with you the Artist, being willing to Share.
Her Simple Career Steps:
1. Create Art that is Classic and Relevant!
Create Art that can be used to support your Art career, that is classic, universal, appealing and not restrictive to your culture or race but is both commercial and collectible.
Flower Illustration by Caroline Van Rensburg
Home decor and Fashion designed with Carolines Floral Art
I saw that with a flower illustration, she made some 30 yrs back. I could immediately glean the commercial potential in this classic vintage flower illustration.
Vintage is back and for today's market, it was lovely to see this Art in its longevity. So, I decided to test it for myself, the results were marvelous! and fantastic.
2. Hard work Never hurts Any Artist!
She has worked hard all these years, creating an extensive portfolio and even now she is still creating Art, selling Art and working on commissions, attending art gatherings to support her career at Age 80+ years.
My Favorite Paintings from Caroline's vast Portfolio
3. Create Additional Income!
This is a must need, for Artist out there. Caroline has devoted her time for the last 10+ years to run Art and Ceramic classes for Adults and now she has added kids.
As an Abstract Artist, who loves to learn and experience new things, I could see this as another simple way to support your Art career, that has huge potentials and it can be done.
4. Create an Informal Art Community
I understood from chatting with Caroline that we as artists, can form informal but productive communities that help each other.
Caroline's Art community
You can create a beautiful ambiance, for people to gather and learn from you, provide light meals in the cause of learning and charge a fair amount, watch and listen to people talk about issues that affect all of us, while you teach them, Art.
Then, knowing in your heart that creating this space and community of people, will definitely support your art career and your experience, knowledge, and inspiration will be passed on and lead more people into your life!
These are the simple steps, I learned from
Caroline Frances Janse Van Rensburg, that I wish to share with you all. It was a hearty chat and I learned a lot about being humble, focused and sincerely willing to share and experience life, outside oneself... I was the one lifted!