As an artist I am continually being reminded of how, in art making and career management, one thing often leads to another. This is not a path for control freaks. I am someone who, by nature, likes to try and figure out how everything will work ahead of time and make sure I have a fail-proof path all laid out ahead of me that definitely leads to success and no hiccups along the way. One of the gifts of getting older has been learning that literally nothing works that way haha! We can spin our tires thinking, planning and worrying but often this leads to paralysis and procrastination... not to mention getting defeated before you have even begun an endeavor. The more I learn to give up control, say "yes" to opportunity (surprisingly difficult for an untrusting person) and just take that first step, the more I find myself just relaxing, feeling my creativity open up before me like a road and the more my journey just seems to continue on it's own, with me along for the ride.
When I donated a print for sale in Collective Action's Art Auction this past winter I was only thinking about contributing to a cause I believed in. I had a great time, met some other artists and got the confidence boost of selling my piece for above asking price (so even more money went to the cause!) A few days later I was contacted by Lily Stone, the owner of Red Dot Culture. She had seen my piece at Collective Action and wanted to know if I would be interested in selling some artwork through an online business she was starting. I was initially a bit hesitant since Red Dot had not even opened their virtual doors yet. But the more I communicated with Lily the more I was struck with her professionalism and thoroughness. I decided to just go for it and increased the intensity of my efforts to get quality prints of my work.
There were hiccups along the way- I was never able to successfully hire an art photographer to take pictures of my work. One of the printers I tried out treated me badly and over-charged me. I had massive computer trouble with multiple computers. I lost my camera cord and had to buy another. I lost and found my camera battery a couple times. But in the end I learned a lot, gained new skills, got a new laptop and software and found a fantastic (and lovely to deal with) local printer.
According to their website, "The RedDot Culture is a carefully curated online marketplace of accessible artwork by talented artists. It is also a resource for learning about art and discovering your tastes. It’s basically your art world spirit guide." I am drawn to their laid-back and non-threatening vibe. The work is strong and varied with prices that range from $25-$500, so pretty reasonable for quality artwork. Did I mention that RedDot is a local business? Overall it is a great place for beginner collectors to get started and for established collectors to round out their collection with emerging artists. I currently have 5 limited editions (50 each) of high-quality, giclee prints available with RedDot. I hope you will check it out!