by Janet Glatz
Yes, it is only November, but before you know it, it will be the beginning of 2018. Do you have any shows lined up yet? Probably not. Sure you know which ones (maybe) that you'd like to be in, but you won't be able to sew them up until after the first of the year. Mark your calendar to remind you to search show listings and contact the organizations you've used before.
Until then, I hope you heed my prior advice about painting to suit the audiences in the areas you'll be showing. You'll have a significantly higher chance of selling works if they relate to tourists or depict iconographic settings. I'm currently painting two pieces with my June Bar Harbor show in mind, and will do more as time goes on. The sizes and subject matter vary, but good old Bass Harbor Light will be hanging center stage as usual! Below are three paintings (I've sold many more in B.H.) that have recently sold at the Art in the Park show there. The bridge is one of the several on the horse and wagon/bike trails in the State Park.
I've also been scoping out frames because of course my new works will need them. This can be fairly expensive so I like to look for the best deals and shop early. My usual method is to buy them online and do the framing myself. This saves me tons of money. When you order online, each one comes with all the hardware you need. Not so in stores.