Making money as an artist can be an elusive quest, a very indirect path. I am like most artists in that I want to get on to making the next piece more than I want to take the time to get the last piece I did sold. To sell a piece of art people have to see it. They have to know about it and that takes time.
Traditionally the gallery does the selling for the artist. The artist works away in his studio and and then delivers the art to the gallery and the gallery does the rest. I did this for years and eventually I grew tired of it because I wanted to be more involved in getting to know the people who love and buy art. I wanted to be more in the process of getting my work into the homes and work places of people with out the gallery as a mediator.
This is not unlike the difference between the grocery store and the farmers market. Some people like to be able to chat with the farmer who grew the strawberries they are going to putting on their short cake for dinner that night rather than dropping one more shrink wrapped package into a grocery cart with no idea of were it came from or who was involved in it's cultivation.
I feel like much of the art world has become clunky and hard to penitrate for the most people. Artists groomed by art school often have a hard time relating to people who do not think of themselves as artists let alone being able to share their artwork with them. I want to get very good at sharing what I do because I am seeking to make a living from my work. If you can help me get better I welcome your suggestions and ideas.