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Comments That Artists Secretly Hate!


Savage Love - Giclee on canvas 46" x 48"

Comments that artists secretly hate! Picture this, a person is looking at your painting “miasma-tic chaos” A large abstract expressionistic construction with 50 layers of paint, that took 3 years to finish. -the client say comments— “Wow! I have a sister, uncle or friend, who paints just like you.”(Instead, try a deflection such as how you like to dabble in brain surgery for a hobby when you're not painting.) In short I have listed several examples and how to receive and appropriately counter such negative comments or questions made by potential clients.

How long did it take you to paint that artwork?
-Remember, the longer the time, the more it’s worth.-
Answer: All my life, of course!

What inspires you to paint?
-Try not telling them about you obsession with with “spirit cooking”and Marilyn Manson.-
Answer: Simply put, be sincere, succinct and scintillating.

“I can see you are influenced by Picasso, Dali or Gustavo Klimt”
-Possibly the only three artists they may remember from Art 101; this is an attempt by a client to make themselves appear relevant to your artwork.-
Answer: Continue in simple and brief conversation, until the client discusses their influences.

On the other side of the coin, as an artist there is also remarks an artist should NEVER say to a potential client or collector.

What do think about my art?

In a real world situation as an artist you are leaving yourself open for an attack, that may “belittle” your work, so let's avoid these circumstances when discussing your artwork.-

Tell me about the technique of how you create your artwork?

Keep your answer short and sweet, make your process somewhat mystical and vague. Don’t ramble, make sure to pay close attention to your clients body language. Are they rolling their eyes or fidgeting? Twitching is a good hint that you are boring them.-

Would you buy this painting?

Never ask this question unless you absolutely know the answer, especially in a group of people.
Better to say, “I get a feeling you really love this artwork. How do you feel about this artwork in your living room, office, palace? Then patiently wait for an answer.-

In short, these serve as examples for the “up and coming” artist, in a one on one interaction with a potential client or who knows, collector!

Christina De Musée