I have been researching artist representation, going over the pros and cons. While it's easy to estimate that all successful artists have representation, I don't think it's always the case. Certainly, there are artists who are plenty busy without a rep and still enjoying the process.
I was approached about representation, but after talking with the person, I was unsure and ultimately decided against pursuing it with her. Mainly, it was a difference in personalities and creative goals - also a very high commission. On average I hear/read that commissions are in the 25% range. If I were to come across a rep who liked my work and had the same mutual goals, I would be tempted. Having a GOOD rep that you TRUST would be wonderful. He/she would hande the marketing, promotion, networking, negotiating, contracts and billing and I would have more time to create. The "office work" is what I enjoy least about freelancing. Removing that from my day would give me more time in the studio (YEAH!). And the negatives? Representation is costly, good reps can be hard to find and I would really miss working directly with clients. I enjoy meeting new people and working through the creative process is fulfilling... good or bad, its a constant state of learning. So, shall I just flip a coin at this point, heads is a rep and tails is me, myself and I? =)
Would love to get your thoughts on represenation. While we ponder this dilema, I have a new colored pencil illo to share. It's Christmas in July! I was thinking of working this into a holiday greeting card.
Last but not least, I (finally) went to visit a local vineyard that I love! It was fun taking the tour with my husband and sampling some of the delicious wines, (yum). The vineyard was charming and one of the owners is an artist with a lovely, little gallery tucked into the eaves of the store. I will try and post pictures from the trip later. Hope everyone had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!