I somehow came across artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com (it’s listed in my blogroll) and it seemed like a great combination of marketing effort and direct benefit to charitable groups that I support but don’t have a lot of money to donate to. To sum it up, the artist donates a painting of a shelter or rescue animal directly to the shelter organization, which then owns the work and the copyright to do with as they please–calendars, coffee mugs, notecards, direct sale, T-shirts, whatever. They can use the image over and over again any way they can dream up. So I fired off a few emails today to my favorite horse rescue organizations, and we’ll see if there’s interest. For full details, visit the artforshelteranimals blog. It’s really a neat concept, whether you need to market yourself or not.
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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