Thursday, 8 March 2012

A year of parties and a lunchtime of pimping my art...

NYC Rains
Can you believe Paint Party Friday has been going for 1 year? Today is the 52nd week. I joined the party in week 2 and have have only missed about 3 since I think and it's getting bigger every week! Thanks so much to Kristin and Eva for hosting the party every week and allowing us all to 'meet' online and share our love for all things art! Long may it continue because I know it has definitely kept me motivated and I've learnt so much about different artistic techniques that I didn't even know existed!

So, at lunchtime one day this week I decided to do the one thing I really hate about trying to make it as an artist which is actually let people know that my art and I exist! To that end, I went to 3 different shops/galleries all conveniently located right beside/opposite each other in Belfast.

I just like the reflection of the paint tubes here.
The first is a gorgeous wee shop called Utopia.  It's the sort of shop you would go to if you needed to buy a friend/sister/mother a present and needed inspiration.  All quirky little crafty knick knacks and unusual jewellery.  I asked one of the shop assistants whether or not they would ever stock work by local artists in the form of greetings cards and/or little canvasses (thinking of my teeny tiny rainy windows'series).  She said I'd need to ask the manager and went off to get me a business card.  I gave her one of my business cards as well which she looked at and then proceeded to call me Nuala (I didn't have the heart to correct her) and then said ah, that's lovely, is it an owl (it was a close up of a dog's nose!). 

I probably shouldn't have given her the card come to think of it, as I've listed a website on it www.pointypix.com which unfortunately I've been trying for ages to link up to my blog so that I can drop the 'blogspot' part but I can't seem to get it to work so chances are anyone who's ever taken my card and actually looked me up will be met with a website that doesn't exist.



Anyway, feeling slightly less confident but determined to soldier on, Nuala, er, I headed off to the next place which is called the Space Gallery.  It's full of wonderful hand crafted jewellery, cards, mixed media, knitted and sewn crafts.  I asked how it worked and found out that its a collective of creatives that you need to apply to join.  However, they don't really do fine art so it wouldn't be for me, which is a pity.

Still, next stop was the Bradbury Gallery.  This is a gallery/art supplies shop and I love to browse round the art work on display any time I go in to stock up on paint.  This time I asked how artists would go about being exhibited and whether they needed to be already established.  Turns out the gallery goes through a publishing company and I was given their website address where new artists can upload their work to see if it would be considered.  I'll keep that back for when I've done some of my rainy windows and windows to the soul series on larger canvasses and see how it goes. I bought 8 big (for me) canvasses today so hopefully I'll get a start on them soon. 

I finished two Nature's Magic rainy windows this week.  The first I posted on Monday here and the second is the one plastered all over this post in several trying to be arty photos taken by me!



This is another one inspired by a photo I found on a wallpaper website - I think it was the view of a yellow cab through a rainy window so I've called it NYC Rains.  If by some very slim chance the person who took the photo ever happens upon my blog, please let me know so I can credit you for the photo inspiration.



Happy anniversary to Paint Party Friday and thank you to everyone who leaves me lovely comments - I really appreciate them all even if I don't always get a chance to reply individually.

38 comments:

  1. I hope you can get your artwork in some shops soon as its lovely. Happy PPF, x

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  2. The paintings are wonderful, and I LOVED your post! It's so cleverly written and I can picture myself going through the same scenarios at those galleries. I haven't mustered the nerve to try it yet! Thanks for making me smile!

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  3. I'm feeling your frustration with selling your work, Idon't think there is anything as hard as promoting OURSELVES.Your work is am,azing and if you find the right venue to launch it it will sell itself.Its just finding that spot.Hre in our city its very clickish, (word????) its who you know and are friends with that determine if your work is shown.There are many wonderful artists here in this city that will never be known because of that.Sadly another thing that decides your fate in our city is money.You must have money to enter your work in the juried shows, and different events, and quite honestly the younger up and coming artists just don't have the funds.In the summers now the young people have gotten together and have parking lot exhibits, and there are cafes which display their work.I have had my work in a number of places and did quite well but I have been doing this for 30 years.Money talks in our town, I'm alone on this in conversations at the gallery, it goes on deaf ears.The up and coming artists need venues to show thier work bottom line.Sorry for the rant, but I feel so strongly about this.My wish for you is to be discovered by some big shot who will take you on and promote your work.Thats the ticket!

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  4. These miniature paintings are dynamic and creative ~ You do them so well ~ Keep 'shining your light' ~ it will happen ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) found you on Google/Blogger reader tonight ^_^

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  5. Nuala?! Where did this come from? Sometimes I just wonder about people...

    These mini canvases are fantastical, I just love them! You are made of stronger stuff than I... I hate selling my art, push it, approach galleries... Instead I just wait to be "discovered" hahaha - a singularly wrong approach :)

    BTW, I just found you on Pinterest, you have a new follower :)

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  6. Hope you find the right opening for your art work! Keep trying! Valerie

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  7. you will find the right place for your art you just have to hang in there... it took me ages to find just the right place but it was worth the wait and it will be for your work too... you are talented and brave and are doing great work so hang in there Nuala...xx

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  8. Lol, Nuala! :) Where did she get that name? :) Love that you're going to all these galleries. I'm sure you're gonna find the right one for you. I'm looking forward to seing all these rainy paintings on a bigger scale. :)

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  9. Oh I LOVE your NYC rain- so beautiful and great job on braving the galleries! I think that's the hardest thing for any of us to do....I need to start doing it again too..... Anyway, these wonderful little canvases of yours get better and better- I can almost SEE the rain drizzling down the window- so beautifully done!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  10. I just can't get enough of your rainy window series. I always find my self looking deeper in to the painting to see whats behind. They really ARE magic. When are you going to paint some bog ones? I can see them being snatched up by a gallery :0)

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  11. Loving your rainy window series. The motion conveys lots of e-motion. And you take great pix of your artwork. Well Done! :)

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  12. oh wow!!!! this is so pretty!!! love the colours and the way it turned out!!! wonderful work!!!!

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  13. Your work is good, still trying to see that many people.
    Look at the header of my blog, you can create a showroom for your works and pricing your work.
    The first room is free, I hope that he helps.
    It is called : VIRTUALGALERY.COM . xO

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  14. I think your work is always outstanding. I love your new profile picture too. Go on Fine Art America and lots of people will see your work there. It is free. You can upload a certain amount of paintings and if you want to add more then you can use the premium feature which is only 30.00 a year. I think you would do good there and your prints would sell fast. Nice job on your piece. Have a great weekend and Happy PPF!

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  15. you are very brave, going to three places! This is the hardest thing for me as well, i went to one place once. I ended up having to apply and got turned down.
    Do follow through and let us know how it goes. There's got to be a niche for your little paintings.

    Happy PPF


    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  16. Bravo for putting yourself out there to promote your art! I love your painting and this series. Perhaps it's because I live in a rainy climate, so it resonates with me. I know that window! Good luck!
    Happy PPF Anniversary! Helen @ Natures Walk

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  17. I wish you to have your art featured and hosted in those shops!! You piece is amazing!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your story of going to the galleries...Nuala! I've never tried doing that and in fact, the thought paralyzes me with fear. It is good to take first steps and learn. Your work looks beautiful, so don't give up!!

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  19. So beautiful....gorgeous work! Shine on and keep shining..you are fabulous!

    Also love the post below too..wow....rainy mondays..totally gorgeous!
    Victoria

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  20. Wonderful rainy window paintings.
    So proud of you approaching galleries/shops.
    Keep going! We're all rooting for you!! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  21. I really love your rainy day paintings. The one from last Sunday was spectacular! I can't see why a gallery would turn down your Windows to the Soul or your rainy paintings, they are practically guaranteed to see.

    I really want to see the rainy series done big, I think it would be amazing.

    Could you just put up an image on your other website that links back to your blog? Or to one of your galleries?

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  22. Another wonderful mini painting Nioola! I think that sales clerk must have been half blind to run letters together and turn a dog into an owl! LOL Good for you for being brave and putting yourself out there.

    I can't wait to see large versions of these amazing rainy day paintings. (And "rainy days and Mondays" is awesome too!)

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  23. Your little paintings are just wonderful. You've taken the hardest plunge...making the contact! That's the part that freezes me up like a deer in headlights. Please keep us posted on your progress. Happy PPF Anniversary! :-)

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  24. Good for you! Mustering up the courage to "sell" yourself is soooo difficult.....but so needed to spread the word about your wonderful art!

    I love the creative photos you took of your painting....the paint tubes in the background is a great idea!

    This is going to be a great year for you, Nuala...um, I mean Nicola....heehee!

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  25. Your mini paintings are such treasures... i LOVE them. You've taken a huge step by visiting galleries. I know this will happen for you soon. Keep painting and sharing. They are BEAUTIFUL!! Happy PPF! xoxo

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  26. You go girl. Put yourself out there!! I love love love your rainy day paintings! Awesome! What a great idea. I wanted to also Thank you so much for nominating me for my blog award. I didn't see it! You are so sweet. I am so honored to be nominated by someone so talented as yourself!

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  27. I love it! What a great post! And I really appreciated hearing your experience talking to shops - it's so cool to hear how you went about it! It IS the hard, not-so-fun part of arting, but I know you will do well! Just look at all your creativity, uniqueness and talent! Bravo, xoxo

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  28. There is no question in my mind that soon you'll be getting a call. your art work is Devine , classic and totally fine, perfect for gallery status. I just think that these days there are so, so many people and somehow the best is lost in the piles.Keep trying it will defiantly happen.luv your rainy day NYC.

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  29. I loved this post, Nuala... err, um, I mean Nicola! Hee hee!

    But seriously, I am so impressed and inspired by your bravery - I also find that "putting myself out there" is the hardest part... I really cannot tell you how excited I am for you - I think that is such a big step in your artistic career!

    I am loving your mini canvases and the way you photograph them is art in itself... Wonderful!

    xo
    Kristin

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  30. like your wee canvas! happy PPF!

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  31. oh I love these canvases, and the photos are incredible! I love the depth and the reflections! And good for you for putting yourself out there. That is no always so easy to do when doing so in person. I commend you!

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  32. Wow I can relate to the going around to galleries thing, ugh, I hate it,lol! Your work is awesome so I'm sure you'll find a good place where your talent is appreciated!Deb

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  33. Learning to sell yourself is an art too. You gained great experience by going to the three places.
    Love this painting.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  34. Happy (late) PPF!

    I always enjoy stopping by your blog and seeing what wonderful art you've created! Bravo to you for being courageous enough to drop in at those galleries/shops. It's a scary thing to do (I haven't worked up the courage yet to approach any shops to try to sell my jewelry and such).

    Your tiny canvases are really great and I think your photographs are lovely. I especially like the ones with the tubes of paint!

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  35. Well done Nuala for trying to get your work out there. I have to give you credit for working on such small canvasses. They are wonderful thought I can't imagine working on something so small.

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  36. You did a great job of testing the waters. To start you can exhibit with local art clubs(if you have them)who usually have one juried and one unjuried members show a year, local colleges, libraries, art fairs, etc. Just get your work out there!

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  37. I love your rainy window series. This latest one is gorgeous! I can picture a cab thru the rainy window. Love that idea! :-) I know you will find the right gallery for you. You are too good of an artist. It will happen.

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