I wanted to update everyone as there haven't been any further progress journal entries recently. The harsh reality for an artist is supporting oneself and family. I invested over a year in creating the totem series in the hope that once the exhibits started, that with a bit of luck, sales could sustain us as I continued working on the series. Not being able to afford the Arts Vancouver Show last May was a blow to building the momentum. The old expression that you need money to make money is apparently true. The upcoming exhibition which opens on August 27th will hopefully re-kickstart the momentum again after almost 5 months since the last. But in the meantime, sales outside of the exhibition periods have been none existent and I don't have any studio or gallery space where the paintings can receive the exposure they require and deserve. I know that many have looked through the paintings in the gallery here on the website, and checked out the Store. But I understand that it isn't the same as seeing them in real life. I'm considering offering a special for a few weeks where I would cover the shipping cost.
I've also recently confirmed that I have enough current stock to put on a great exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre, so rather then continuing on the 2 new paintings that I had started, I will need to set these aside until September and adjust my icon commission schedule, completing them before the exhibit. The funds from these two commissions are urgently needed for the home front, and exhibits give no guarantees of sales. And even with exhibition sales, you don't receive that money until after the exhibition closes. So it remains the challenge with the gallery circuit: 1) finding galleries that will exhibit your work and 2) not having any funds coming in until an exhibit opens, and if there are sales.
As an artist, I too am concerned about losing my way in the momentum with this important series, as times goes by, and I remain hopeful that the August Exhibit will re-energize the paintings, and get me back in circulation again. I applaud any artist who has succeeded in comfortably making a living in his or her art. It is a major hurdle to do so. But I take one month at a time and so far have been able to cope with the stresses of being on that edge of trying to make ends meet. Art is a risk.
This artist much appreciates your support and wonderful comments which you have shared with me.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s after completing his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in his iconography in 1980, and having a large body of work in each. He has since been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back on the West Coast.