This is exactly how I would suggest you start. Join a local arts group, enter some juried competitions, and get ready for feedback. This will give you a feel for how your work will be received. People may react in an incredibly favorable way and then presto changoo you are a practicing professional artist!
Soooo, now for some reality. Speaking from my stand-point, I am very pleased to find myself in a venue where perhaps ten percent of folks find my work interesting. Out of those perhaps ten percent will like and can afford to purchase my stuff. This means that one percent of folks will find themselves and my work in a position to purchase. Some of the potential patrons will be interested but for one reason or another will not be in a position to purchase. For these folks create a way to follow your work. Start an email list, do a web site, in short, stay in touch. I have found eventually a good number of these folks will become patrons. So let’s do a little math. You do a small art show, and the stars align and you have found yourself in a great venue. Five hundred folks come through. Using the above numbers, 5 people love and want to purchase your stuff, but sixty percent of these folks can't buy today. This means forty percent are going to purchase. This equates to two sales. Not shabby. You also have a mailing list, three of these folks wanted to buy, but could not. They follow you and in the future, one of these folks buy, this makes three sales. Of course the two who purchased your work are also following you through your "reminders to check your new works" e-blast. One of these folks just saw something there that would look great in the den, you know by that ugly easy chair. Now this is four sales. Boy, this is getting good. I could go on and on, this stuff actually works. Get a load of this. I did a show about six months back. I couple walks up and tells me his brother is building a new home and he would love my work. I thank him and give him a card. Two weeks back I get an email asking me about my work. The inquirer sent his phone number and address. I could not believe it, but this gentleman lives on the same street as me. He is interested, either way; this is another opportunity that came simply by being out there.
My sister and closest friend hate my work!
Please remember, most people will NOT like your work! This includes those closest to you. This, if you think about it is a great thing! Doing something that is all your own and is special to you, where others close to you inputs are not helpful makes this all your own; also, you end up not having to give that much stuff away!
The California artist Jerry Lipp is regarded as an instinctive master of acrylics. He achieves strength, drama and richness of color in a medium not easily controlled. His masterful techniques and incredible palette have long been recognized as unique and interesting as his works have earned international accolades.
Lipp was born in Los Angeles, California in 1962 and has always been immersed in art. Talent courses through him via his bloodline. Both of his Grandmothers were accomplished professional oil painters. His interest in art was guided by this constant exposure, guidance and tutelage of his family. This gave Lipp an incredible opportunity to learn from those master artist’s who were in the circle of his grandparents. Soon after this he was able to gain access to the newly developed world of acrylics. Frustrated by the “drying time” of oils, he took to this medium immediately. As acrylics gained popularity he grew his knowledge and abilities. He sat at the knees of some of the earliest artistic successes in the world of acrylics. He was able to digest a myriad of techniques as they were first developed. As the world of this new medium exploded so did his intimacy with this incredibly diverse ever expanding exciting new universe.
His earliest works proudly hang and are still highly regarded in collections worldwide. The artist sold his first piece in 1971 at age 9; “Man Pushing a Rock” was a sculpture of copper wire and stone, thoughtfully created with the mythical Sisyphus portrayed with all the emotion and frustration stunningly captured at just under one foot tall. He went on to create dozens of these works as well as hundreds of acrylic, oil paintings and sculptures all sold through the formative years of his life.
Though already an accomplished and successful professional artist, in 1981 Lipp attended the California Institute of The Arts. He was able to work his way through the Institute with his continuing success as a highly regarded artist. The artist continued to study under many internationally recognized abstractural masters. He continues to learn and grow as an artist. Lipp believes that arts creation is a practice, much like many other professions. “The longer you do, the more you create, the better you get.”
In 1987 Lipp went on to teach, unfortunately now with the demands on his time he will only occasionally be able to budget time to instruct a few workshops. Lipp regrets that his teaching career has been limited by these demands, he states “I love to teach, my biggest regret is that I haven’t enough time to do both, teach and create. I learn so much from teaching.” Though Lipp continues to give back with his participating in a number of foundations and charities, he still plans to teach in the future.
With this latest venture, the resulting works manage to convey effortlessly the particular emotion of each subject. We anticipate that his very personal vision and interpretation of these sensual subjects will appeal to his audience for years to come.