I’m lucky in that a lot of my friends and family support my art business. But what happens when their walls are full and I’m telling them about an upcoming show (and I can tell that they want to roll their eyes)? Here are some ways that you can support me – and other artists – without having to spend a dime.
Tell your friends! Maybe your walls are full but you can always tell your friends about paintings that you like, or invite them to an art opening or festival. Word of mouth goes a LONG way with art. Here are my upcoming events.
Follow on social! Most artists (including myself) are pretty active on social media. Liking, sharing, and commenting on posts helps draw attention to the art and gain new followers. If you’re not already doing so, here’s my facebook and instagram. You can also follow me on pinterest or subscribe on youtube.
Show us your art! Take a picture of your new painting, note cards, etc. and share it with your friends. I love seeing my paintings in their new home, or someone enjoying my puzzles or coasters.
And if you DO want to support an artist monetarily….
Gift art! If your walls or full but you’d still like to buy something, buy it for someone else! Maybe you have a graduate in your family, a housewarming to go to, or a wedding coming up – all of these events are great opportunities to gift someone artwork. You can even commission artists to paint a photograph that you have, so then you’ll have a special piece to treasure for years to come. (email me if you’re interested)
Become a patron of the arts! Many artists have supporters or patrons who help them fund their art, whether it’s for supplies or fees for festivals (these REALLY add up). I have a Team of Ducks who sponsor me, and in return I give them artwork. Their support is so important to me; it helps me to actually profit from my shows and not go into debt doing them (framing is expensive!) More information about my Team of Ducks here.
No matter how you decide to support artists, I want you to know that we TRULY do appreciate you. You are the ones who make it possible to utilize our creative outlets, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.