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When should an artist try a new style?

Lilith Rose advises on creative stagnation and making sure you capitalise on what is inspiring you at the time.

Art is all about communicating a message. You will have heard of writers block and I am sure as an artist you have experienced artists block. Lilith comments;

“You must always approach your easel with excitement and a clear vision of what you want your piece of art to achieve. If you are not in the mood, it is time to take another route”.

Recently, Lilith has found her gothic and Wiccan interests peaking above the erotic and sensual work she is known for. Musicians are well known to try a different style for a particular album. They have the opportunity to try blues instead of jazz, acoustic instead of electric etc. A visual artist can try different media. Lilith has been drawn more and more to pen and wash and is now working on a piece that uses natural food colouring for her washes. She is incorporating some of her gothic outfits into her work.

Lilith suggests “if a painting starts to bore you, pack it away and move on. I have paintings that I started over ten years ago…one actually is fourteen years old and still not finished!” You can fall back in love with a painting and then complete it. “Or you can break it up and burn it” she adds!

What matters most is that you are creating what inspires you. To your buyers, it can be seen as a special treat if you normally paint landscapes and now you put out a townscape. Lilith comments “a one off piece that is totally different can be seen as far more collectable because it is so different. I am not sure how my buyers would view a painting of an owl when normally they get stockings, but its my gift to them really.”

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Guild Exhibition Featuring Lilith Rose

Lilith is being represented at the Guild Society of Artists exhibition in London in the coming week. Here is a sneaky preview of her work on display at the opening event in Stratford yesterday. Click on the link to find out how to get to the exhibition.

On display is a wide ranging selection from the artist members of the Guild Society of Artists and the Fine Art Trade Guild, and is all of a very high standard. Works of art from abstract through landscape, beautiful wildlife paintings, romantic oil paintings and watercolours, drawings and fine detailed miniature sunsets are on display, and for sale.

The Guild Gallery, London will be open from 10am – 6 pm 20 May – 27 May 2019 at 2 Wye house, Enterprise Way, London SW18 1FZ

Not only have you got a wonderful exhibition to enjoy but we are situated by the river Thames and a short walk from the busy shopping centre of Wandsworth with a variety of restaurants, pub eateries and shops. This would make a really lovely day out for you,

https://www.fineart.co.uk/guild-artists-exhibition-2019.aspx

 

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How Do I Decide on Artfinder’s New Payment Plans

I sold two pieces of work via Artfinder last month and am finding that I am getting quite a bit on interest through this platform. It is working for me. I have tried a couple of others but there has been no interest so far.

As of last month, Artfinder has changed its terms and conditions. In order to keep the rather high commission rate of 33%, you now have to subscribe to one of their monthly payment packages. I would imagine that a person who is an excellent Mathematician would be able to tell you what your paintings should be on sale for in order to work out which plan is best.

I am certainly pleased that lots of existing artists managed to convince Artfinder to maintain unlimited listings, and a number of other important functions, for existing artists who are on the starter plan. The situation is not so rosy for new artists joining. If you go for the starter plan, you will not pay a monthly fee, but lose 40% of your price. The next plan up costs £4 per month and keeps commission at 33%.

So for me, with my recent drawing that sold for £30 , if I sold it now, I would lose £12 on the starter plan, but £9.90 on the first monthly payment plan option. However, it would have cost me £4 for that month so I actually lose £13.90. Oh, and they then add on their 20% VAT …another £1.98 out of Lilith’s purse. So, starter plan, I lose £12 commission and £2.40 VAT = £14.40 which is £15.60 “profit” (I won’t go into my personal expenses, materials costs, time etc). On the starter plan, I lose £9.90 commission and £1.98 VAT and £4 monthly fee = £15.88 which is £14.12 profit.

If I sold nothing all year, I would be £48 down on the first payment plan. I don’t really see  a great benefit to any of the payment plans for any level of artist.

http://www.artfinder.com/marketing/artwork/a-fool-for-your-stockings-3c66/?scheme=dark&user_id=1411808&size=large