Looking back at 2017, I’m humbled at the amount of support I have received, allowing me to continue to work as an artist. For how much I love creating every day, it would not be possible if I didn’t have people buying my work. So thank you to everyone who bought a painting from me last year. But even if you have never bought any of my work I’m still thankful for your support!
Maybe you have a favorite artist- you love their work, but you just don’t have the wall space or the budget to purchase a piece. Let me share 5 ways you can support that artist this year without buying their work.
- Offer kinds words and feedback. An artist can feel very vulnerable at times. You put your heart into something and then you put it out there for the world to see, hoping others like it too. One of the best things you can do to support an artist is to give them feedback. Nothing feels worse than sharing your work and then hearing nothing but crickets. If you genuinely love their work, tell them! Saying what your favorite part of a piece is, or what it makes you think of, or how it makes you feel! Let me just say though, the key word is “genuine.” Don’t let your words be fake because that doesn’t actually help an artist. Instead it gives a false sense of what viewers are actually interested in seeing. See something you don’t love? Maybe offer a suggestion or just encourage them to keep creating.
- Follow them on social media. The internet has made it possible for an artist to share their work with the world with the click a button or tap of a screen. Show support to your favorite artist by following their social media accounts. Not only will you be encouraging them, but you will also be seeing more of the art you love AND potentially exposing them to more of your friends (more on that below). We could all use a little more art to balance out the depressing news and politics in our world, am I right?
- Share their work and tell your friends. Nothing promotes a business better than word of mouth. Have a friend that is remodeling their house and looking for original artwork? Tell them about an artist you love! Did your favorite artist post something beautiful on Facebook or Instagram? Spread the beauty and share it on your account – with proper attribution of course!
- Stop by their shows and events. I do a little happy dance inside whenever I see a friend or family member at my shows or classes. I’m by nature an introvert so talking to a bunch of strangers can feel intimidating. It becomes less intimidating and much more awesome when one of those strangers says, “Hey! I’ve seen your work before” or something like that. I always feel more comfortable when I see a friendly face in the room. Most art events are free and many have free snacks, so win-win!
- Consider art when purchasing gifts. So I realize this is still technically buying art. Maybe you don’t have an art budget for your home, but you probably have a budget for gift giving. Consider buying your loved ones something one of a kind that will last for years. Not only will your gift be unique, but it will also help and artist support themselves and their family.