by Glendalys Medina
I have a friend and fellow artist that wears white gloves when moving any of her art pieces in her studio. I also have a friend and fellow artist that leaves his dirty brushes in the sink over night and spreads his finished paintings directly on the floor without any protective paper. Each artist has their own temperament and acts according to their sense of value and casualness. Now let me assure you from my experience with art handling, that there are five people at the very least moving that Mondrian at the Guggenheim and they are all wearing gloves when touching the crate it’s in. I have also seen artwork get crammed in a box and left for dead at some organizations that will remain nameless. By whose hands would you prefer your art to be handled?
This week MD will focus on how to first value your work and then add value.
1. Buy archival material and tools
No one collects work that doesn’t stand the test of time. And don’t you want your work to be collected and stand the test of time in the Art Market? Or are you still enchanted by the poor artist syndrome? First, one must invest in oneself before anyone else will. So go give your money willingly for some quality goods and then smile and say, “Thank you!”
2. Practice in the Flow
When you go into a restaurant and the host doesn’t smile and the waiter forgets to write your order down and gets it wrong, how does that make you feel? Welcomed? I think not. Chances are you will most likely never enter that place again and paying the bill must have felt painful. The lesson here is that no one likes a sourpuss. Everyone is at ease with a smile including yourself, so remember that the next time you are having a rough day in the studio. If you aren’t as happy as a child playing in the studio, stop and come back when you are in a happy state. The rewards are priceless. The energy you give out will return, so be thoughtful.
3. Handle your own work like a professional
It has value when you value it by treating it with care. Your passion in your creative practice is a living work and what has more value than life? Nurture yourself and be intentional with action, thought and word. A careful eye and a controlled hand are two of the basic skills of every Great Artist!
4. Package your work properly for shipping
You have invested money in your material; you have passionately given your concentrated energy to create in a healthy and positive state; you are handling your work with the upmost care which has just sold and needs to get ready for transport. If it doesn’t fit in your suitcase, here are some tips on how to package work. There are three layers to packing work. The first layer covering the art object is acid free . Only acid free materials should touch the piece. The second layer is the support, this might be bubble wrap or a crate depending on the art work. Be generous with this layer. You can assume that once it has left your hands no one is handling it with as gentle touch as you, so brace it. Last, but not least is the wet layer to protect that masterpiece from the unforeseen thunderstorm during pick-up.