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Paint As You Like…


If you’re a regular reader of my ramblings, you’ll know that I’ve recently had my animal paintings accepted into Editions Gallery in Banff. The image above is a bio that the gallery requested I provide. I printed off a stack of these and will drop them off, tomorrow. Even though it’s a revision of other bios I’ve done, I don’t particularly like doing them. What should I have included? Should I have written it from the first or second person perspective? Too long, too short? In the end, I just did what I always do… take a shot at it, and hope for the best.

My first stretched canvas prints arrived on Monday. Three paintings, two sizes, two limited edition print runs. I had 12 canvases printed this first time around, and they look great, although it was weird for awhile as I’ve never seen my work on finished canvas. Quite a different look. Not shiny like a glossy print, or bright like a monitor, but rich deep colors. I think I like this look.

I really wanted these printed in Canada, and after a recommendation from another artist, I took a gamble on a company here at home. Hats off to The Giclee Factory in Quebec, because these really do look beautiful. The colour, manufacturing, and quality of the materials are top notch, not to mention that they were carefully packaged and arrived without a scratch on them. The price was good, too.

I sat down at the kitchen table Monday evening and signed them after many test signatures on a spare piece of canvas. Those gold and silver paint pens can be temperamental and many artists have stories about a big blob of paint spurting out and ruining a canvas, so I was very careful. There’s something really bizarre about signing my name and then adding 2/250 beside it. Am I really going to sell that many?

I delivered 6 of the canvases to the gallery in Banff and they were very well received. If they sell, I’ll be painting many more in the months and years to come. Of all of the work I do, these paintings have given me the most joy and the gallery has said they’ll hang any others I do as well. I’ll also be meeting with a location here in Canmore next week, and other venues in the area in the weeks to come.

I’ve been making my living full-time as an artist (cartoons and illustration) for about 5 years now, but it’s funny how I seem to have been waiting for this. I didn’t really FEEL like a real painter (digital or otherwise) until I was signing those canvases. It was a really good day and hopefully one that I’ll look back on as the beginning of a new stage in my career.

6 thoughts on “Paint As You Like…

  1. Congrats, Patrick! I am sure the show will be a great success! I have enjoyed being a fan of your work this past year and look forward to seeing more paintings as well.

  2. Yeah, writing your own bios must be kinda weird. I don't know if you had guidelines to follow or what, but after reading yours, I can see the awkwardness.

    I think I would avoid that and just write it in the first person and talk about what I hoped to achieve with the work and nothing about myself personally. Leave some mystery. Ha ha.

    Why do we really need bios, anyways? Isn't it supposed to be more about the work than the artist? Doesn't that kind of ruin the experience in a way? Shouldn't we just look at the work and yeah, maybe see a name and a comment ON THE WORK by the artist… but why do we care where an artist lives, if they have a family, or whatever? I guess that can be interesting sometimes but yeah, its weird trying to think what people expect to see in an artists bio.

    I think that by not discussing yourself personally, especially when its expected, is a way to stand out a bit as an artist. People will wonder who you are and try to remember your name so they can find out more.

    You might also get more accurate feedback on your work by revealing nothing about yourself too. If its not that strong, then people will just kinda pass over it. If its really grabbing people, then people will try to remember your name and find out more about you and more work you've done that they might want to see.

  3. Thanks, Joe!

    Simone: Actually, the gallery said it was just what they were after, so no need to worry, apparently.

    As for why we need bios, it all depends on who's buying, I guess. I can understand the appeal on the artist's end for a little mystery, but the public wants to know more about the person who created what they're buying. Not that a painter is on the same level of celebrity as a movie star, but look at all of the magazines and television shows out there that are popular simply because they tell you personal things about the person that stars in your favorite movie or television show.

    People are just naturally curious and if it helps sell a painting, I'm happy to oblige. 🙂

    Art of my nature is often an impulse buy, and I live in a tourist area, so often the people buying aren't here for long. The 'local artist' angle is selling tool, according to the gallery hosting my work, so again, if it's what they want and it helps them sell my work, I'm all for it.

    Thanks for writing! Cheers

  4. Hey Patrick,
    I think this is very good and covers all the angles.

    I think you are a VERY funny person and from my very limited experience I would draft a comical bio for the occasion when your artwork calls for it.

    Some of my favourite bios that I love reading are: authors Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore. They're funny succinct and give you a feeling for their unique personality. If you ever pick up a book/piece of artwork/etc and read a boring piece on someone and stop halfway through, then that's a good example of bad. The ones you laugh at and pass to your friend to read are the ones that will capture a sale and get word of mouth travel.

    That's my two cents 🙂
    Dot out

  5. I agree with Dottie. I'd go with a humorous bio to fit the work. Not that what you did was bad, I'm just saying… its opportunity to break away from the typical, boring style of bio and do something that stands out. 🙂

  6. Perhaps the next time around, I'll give that a go. Cheers!

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