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Odd Art Question - Advice Anyone?
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Peanut    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:15:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I draw pictures of indians in my spare time. I have tons of Native American books with stories and photos from the mid 1800s to early 1900s that I reference >>> just fascinated with the different cultures. As a matter of fact my family goes to as many reservations and parks as possible to soak ip the culture. We spend countless hours arrowhead hunting in plowed fields.

I use graphite pencils on artist's bond paper. So far I have six (what I would call) good drawings. My family and friends say they are more than just "good" so I started thinking about ways to maybe sell them. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to come up with many ways (I am no art gallery kind of person although I very much appreciate art). Does anyone have any ideas? The six that I have drawn range from an old Blackfoot Indian to Smoke Dancers trying to appease the Eclipse God(s) around a smoldering fire.

My local county puts on an Indian artifact show once or twice a year at the visitor's center by the dam near the lake I live by. I thought about that but haven't done anything with it yet.

The nearest "big" town by my place is Hannibal, MO. They have a really nice Indian cultural retail store but some of it is cheesy tourist crap and some is authentic. Only someone who pays attention to the artifacts can probably tell the difference. I even thought about talking to the owner to see if I could rent a corner to put up my drawings.

My wife says make prints of the originals (she doesn't want me to sell the originals) but a print is nothing more than a fancy poster. In my mind >>> big deal ! Who would care about that?

I know this is really a strange question but does anyone have any ideas?


Jet9n    Posted 10-08-2004 at 08:25:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some cities have what they call "Starving Artists"
exhibitions for people such as you where you can
exhibit and sell your stuff.


bulldinkie    Posted 10-08-2004 at 04:43:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In our town they have a day where everybody that does crafts all kinds set up along the streets and sell what they have.This year there was a guy who had his drawings some framed for sale.There was a guy who paints.I bought a large painting of a mill.It was framed.All towns around here do this.

DD    Posted 10-07-2004 at 21:29:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
WOW! Lotsa talented folks here : )

JoeK    Posted 10-07-2004 at 20:38:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Possibly someone like"Bobduck"Rieke(from Tales)who owns an art gallery in BigFork,MT could look at your work and give you a thumbnail appaisal and market.They carry several artist of Americana and Western motif.

Willy-N    Posted 10-07-2004 at 20:36:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

My Daughter makes these Baskets with Pine Neadles and sell them in Art Gallerys for around $250.00 each. Contact a few and send them pictures and do concinement sales. She has her work in I beleive 3 now and does quite well. Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:46:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
i could start with my old saw about life being too short, but i'm sure you're tired of old saws:)
suffice it to say - put them online somewhere peanut. i've never regretted that i did and people dig that kinda stuff. my "old man" for example is on a gunny sack and i've done several copies of $100 each,prepaid. my hands aren't up to painting anymore. well, currently. :)

mojo    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:56:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's some good stuff there. I especially like *Grandpas Knee*. Was that pencil or what?

Peanut    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:50:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very nice DC. I have only one painting (it actually hangs above my bed at Mrs Peanut's insistence). Paint kind of scares me cuz there is no erasing :^).

I like your stuff.

mojo    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:23:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't sell the original!
Have a limited number of copies made and numbered (#73 of 100) and place in restaurants, gas stations and anywhere that'll take 'em. And send some to galleries in the cities but that will take some researching to do right.

Chas in Me    Posted 10-07-2004 at 19:41:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm backing mojo on this one. Keep the originals. If the prints sell, you can make more. If you sell the originals, you give up that right. I have a house full of art. Drawings, photos and other stuff. Most of it is prints and that's why I have it. I can afford it. I have a few original works and enjoy them. But the prints, even the photos are what I look at mostly.
Chas, looking at a print right now, up here in Maine.

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