Sunday, March 22, 2009
My day at Nicia's Pet Depot
As the folks who have been following my blog for the past couple of months, you know I'm still transitioning from flatfoot to fine artist. On top of these being not the best times for artists everywhere because of the economy, I really felt I was swimming up stream with lead weights tied to my feet.
My friends also know I try to think of innovative ways to get my art noticed because I don't know better. Some of them work and some of them fall flat on their face. This idea worked out better than I thought.
On a whim, I approached a smaller neighborhood pet supply store owner and ask if we could work together by the store having their own artist to provide customers with portraits of their pets. After discussing it with the owner and working out what services I would offer, I also asked if she wanted to host a "meet the artist" day.
I brought in samples of my work, painted their favorite store cockatiel and the owner did the rest. She wrote a press release, emailed her customers and arranged to have refreshments during my time at the store today. It was not a busy day for either the store or me but I did get one commission (yay) and while I was at my table I was painting the store clerks dogs. That's Kimi with her owner to the left of the painting. The clerks didn't have to pay me anything but they insisted on buying me bags of cat food (for Meatball and Sami) and kitty litter. I also had a couple of inquiries from customers that might lead up to a couple of other commissions. The store owner liked the experience so much, she wants to hold an event like this every month.
If you're interested in trying something like this, email me and I can get into more specifics on how to approach and work the a store in helping sell your work.