Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lets remove color for a second...

What of ink paintings as art? Do they sell? Rob Howard told me no, it would have to be only silver point, and here I am pray for some more of his briste ink which is awesome.

I love them and they are affordable for the person who might not be able to purchase and oil.

I thought it was interesting, when I was at the National Gallery they only had maybe 10 in a small room near the Degas gallery.


marsha said...

Beth, it seems to me that the only way to know if they will sell is to offer them for sale. The ones I've seen, when we were still at Cennini, were charming.

I know the gallery thing is scarey and time consuming, but unless someone else does it for you, you have to do it yourself. No one is going to come to your door and ask to buy your work - no matter what it is.

Perhaps there are Galleries that specialize in drawings.

I suppose entering the various competitons gets your work seen and adds to the list for your resume and perhaps brings your work to the attention of some galleries. (I haven't tried that...I wanted my Munsell tools way more than I want to spend money to become a memeber and enter an OPA show, that may not even accept my entry! of course that's about paintings.)

Besides the quality of the work itself, presentation of the work - framing/matting etc. is critical.

Also a professional attitude - not-I'm a starving artist, please show my work!

But you know all this...just have to get out and do it if that's what you want.

graydon said...

Its hard to know, Beth. I do know that drawings done on colored papers do better than those on white. Also, sanguine drawings are popular.

ewschott said...

Do you think people might look at ink as different? Remember I am not talking about collectors, but the ladies from the country club?

Damn I know that sanguine is one of the hardest drawing mediums. It is not forgiving at all, but then I don't know why I say that becasue any "shellac" based in moves, but with out it, once it's down, it's down.

When I was using Twinrocker paper in Ireland, I know it looked lovely, but between it and the shellac ink it was a nightmare. The rag in the paper clogged the nib and the shellac is always losing it's flow. Granted I don't think it was plate/hot press.

I thought stratmore was considered a good paper too. Drat!