So you have been working on your art for a while and are starting to feel the tugging at your coat strings that it may be time to start showing and possibly selling your work. Some people wait until there art is truly a masterpiece before showing their work, and I agree with that to a point. You don’t want substandard work going public. However if you are truly a creative person you should always be striving to improve your art. As the saying goes you are only as good as your last painting. So if you are always improving then you will never have a masterpiece (in theory). Once you know your work is at an acceptable level you should start to show it. You may not sell but you should start getting that feedback from the public that may be your customers down the road. This is why I tell people don’t fall in love with your art, you will look back on it and wonder why you liked it so much. Take the jump and you will find people more accepting than you think. Get out of your safe zone a little bit and you will make more progress. You could read about entering a show, or you could enter a show. I will tell you, you will learn a lot more by entering a show than by reading about entering one. The difference will be night and day. So take your work out for a test ride and see were it takes you. You may be surprised at the reaction.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is an art instructor, illustrator, and cartoonist. He is the creator of the Drawing with Bruce Video Series, the Pride Junkie Comic Series. More information can be found on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com, www.drawingwithbruce.com, and www.pridejunkie.ca