I was surprised last week when I found out that one of my recent paintings made the cover of Gesso Magazine, a monthly publication that covers the arts scene on both sides of the river here in the metro St. Louis area. (https://issuu.com/gessomagazine/docs/september_2019)
I had been in contact with them regarding some of my recent works and knew they were interested – but had no idea that my work would not only grace the cover of their September issue but that they’d also give me a full page on the inside showcasing more of my work (page 35 if you’re interested).
With virtually no results. I featured the cover on my Facebook page, on twitter and Instagram. Yawn.
Instagram seemed to have the most reactions – but that’s still fewer than 100 likes. And as for sales?
Well, not yet.
It’s been a great year for generating awareness. In addition to this recent cover, I had my solo show that was up for a month at the Renaissance Airport Hotel. My art was noticed by Art Sleuth, an online art gallery out of Hong Kong that wanted me to join their lineup of artists and they’re doing a direct mail piece that goes out next week promoting my art. I was approached by another online art gallery called Turning Art that sells prints and they asked that I join their roster as well. Eleven of my works are featured on Artfully Walls, another online service that sells prints. They’re supposed to be featuring my work in a promo in the next month or so.
In a sea of millions of artists, I am only one. To rise above, you have to be seen and noted.
I’m working on it.
And in the meantime, I’ll just keep trying to get better as a painter.
In addition to creating advertising and marketing communications by day, I also paint by night. I’ve had a number of solo art shows, and my work is attracting worldwide attention via my pixels website and also on art sleuth.
If you’re interested in seeing more of my work and potentially buying a print or two or would like to buy my artwork on a variety of items like iPhone covers, pillow throws, tote bags, greeting cards, coffee cups, shower curtains and a wide variety of other items please visit my pixels website via the link above. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram to see work in progress from start to finish!