Artist Andrew Hollimon is originally from St. Louis, but he’s been in the West Palm Beach area of Florida for the past few years. Andy is a self-taught painter, and he creates portraits, animal paintings, and some abstracts. He exhibits his oil paintings in galleries as well as in outdoor art shows. He uses color to create a realistic scene with a touch of surrealism. His paintings are luminous, mysterious, and joyful.
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Andy talked about two artists from West Palm Beach, Florida who have created a dozen popup art galleries over the years. I have interviewed both of them, and they generously share how they got their start offering art exhibits in their home. You can listen to Anthony Burks in Episode #27 and Trina Slade-Burks in Episode #29.
Here are some great takeaways from our conversation:
- Local art associations are great places to meet other artists and find out what’s happening in your art community.
- Popup art galleries provide opportunities to display your work, but also allow you to learn how a show is put together and how art is arranged and hung in a gallery.
- In fact, I recommend that you volunteer your time when you have art in a gallery, because you will learn so much, and you’ll get time to talk to the curators and other artists.
- There are so many things that can spark you toward a certain subject in your paintings. For Andrew, it’s often the color he wants to use that will then inspire the subject matter. Think about that for a minute – that may help you when you’re struggling to come up with a subject to paint. Start with the color instead.
- Think about your paintings that are selling: Do they have similar subject matter or similar colors? Make what your collectors are attracted to, but of course, make sure it pleases you too.
- When you have collectors who you know like your art, be sure and email them when you have new art to show them.
- It’s O.K. if you have art with different subjects. Just try to make a few of each subject, so when you want to enter a show, you can enter with a couple similar pieces.
- Some shows and competitions have themes, so that will guide you on what the subject of your art should be.
- When you are exhibiting your art at a show, you will have a better chance of selling a piece if you attend the show and are available to meet and talk to the buyers at the show.
- If you don’t have a website, you can put your artwork on other third-party sites that will sell it for you. Some focus on originals, and some on prints and accessories.