Studio Mysteries

October 24, 2009

A Small Celebration And A Question

Filed under: Being a Professional Artist — Tags: , , — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 4:53 am

2002_painting_cold_windowsillSometimes, artists, by which I mean me, like to moan about how it’s ever so difficult to make a living as an artist. Sometimes, in response, life does something that makes further moaning completely untenable!

Recently, a friend from my home town in Ukraine emailed me completely out of the blue, and told me that someone she knows wanted to buy a painting. The sale has gone through, and Aleksandr Shatsky of Odessa now owns this piece, called Cold Orange, which sold for USD$500.

It’s not a huge sum, but then it’s not a huge painting, and it is a wonderful windfall considering that the sale fell into my lap with no effort on my part whatsoever.

In light of this happy event, I have decided to kick my own butt and do something proactive to further my professional standing as a fine artist. Here is a question I am putting to myself as well as to fellow artists:

What five steps can I take in order to get my work seen by, and hopefully bought by, more people?

Universe and Anya’s Brain, I humbly await your advice.


  1. Hey that’s great news. Wish I knew the answer – hope others, more established artists, will be able to assist.

    Comment by InkSplodge! — October 26, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on your sale! Mr. Shatsky of Odessa lucked out. When you’re famous this will be worth a fortune. The only advice I can give is check out the local art shows and see if you can enter some of your work.

    That’s all I got.

    Comment by Carol King — October 28, 2009 @ 2:55 am

    • That’s a great idea Carol – think I’ll use that one if you don’t mind.

      Comment by InkSplodge! — October 29, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

  3. That is good advice! I’ll include it in my follow up post.

    Comment by Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries — November 2, 2009 @ 2:09 am

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