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well, of course this is a nice thing to get to talk about. since i have now been picked up by 2 galleries (Modern Arts Midwest in Lincoln, NE and AMMO in New Orleans, LA) i find a lot of my time goes for documenting my work, and presenting it to the galleries in a format they can use and understand.
i have been fairly good about keeping my website updated (zkartz.com). i am really happy that i am in control of my own website! (advice: learn how to build and maintain your own website!) i hear complaints ALL THE TIME from artist friends who cannot easily get their work updated. usually they have a friend who does multiple websites for artists for a cheap price. save your money and control your future by taking a course in website building at a community college or something. it costs me about $100/year for my own website (my own unique domain name), and about 1hr/week (average) to maintain it. well worth the investment.
but in addition to the website, i keep Excel spreadsheets of my paintings and collages. keeping a database or spreadsheet of your work is VERY convenient when dealing with galleries. you can note which pieces are where, what has sold to whom, and each has a thumbnail (generated in photoshop to be no more than .9" tall to save file size). those are really painful to maintain but hey - it's my work! of course, if you are rich, hire an assistant!
plan on doing some work that fits in a flat file (if you are a 2D artist). the AMMO gallery for example is only taking collages because of storage problems at their space. but having flat work can get you in the door earlier. as the curator said there - "sacrifice a collage to get a collector". good advice.
anyway, just checking in. i have neglected this forum a bit. i am on FaceBook. if you are too, please friend me.
thanks all! enjoy your summer!