SOME INSPIRATION

I honestly can't believe Sunday was my first trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Initially we went for the Basquiat show but then we walked through the rest of the gallery and Man was I happy I did! So for years as in 16 - 17 years I have been comletely obsessed with the art from the indigenous people of Bamana, primarily because of my love for Bogolanfini aka mud cloth. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I came across these sculptures in the African art section of the AGO. I was just going through books with these sculptures in them and it was really nice to see them in the flesh.

We were also drooling over the impressive Henry Moore sculpture collection too!  


TAFUI IN TORONTO

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We recently took a trip to Toronto for pleasure, work and research it was super awesome! I got to see the Basquiat exhibit and it was even better than I anticipated. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any pictures inside but if you ever get the chance to see his work in the flesh you definitely should.

I had no idea that I would connect with his work ad much as is did. I have alway considered myself to be an "emotional" painter which means way more that I can explain in a single blog post. But I can say that I saw the same thing in Basquiat's work. Every brush stroke has so much emotion and confidence, I couldn't help but feel a deep sadness that he isn't here with us today. Think about it if he were alive today he would only be 55 years old. How wonderful would it be to have him around now? but as the saying goes " People treat you better when your dead" 

DESKTOP SPILLS

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I recently discovered discovered something about myself, I'm a messy painter! I'm normally pretty particular about my space. I that person who has to make my bed everyday even if it's at 4:00 p.m :). I use to be an obsessive cleaner but over the past few years I've learnt to chill out about that kind of stuff. Ever since we moved in this tiny space where we use every square inch on a daily basis I realized that I would be cleaning all the time! Not to mention that I live with a laid back guy, who's surprisingly obsessive about his digital space neat and orderly.  

I few days ago I found some picts of Francis Bacons studio and I don't feel so bad about my desktop spills that I doodle around.

Take a look at Francis Bacon's studio, I'm light years ahead of him! At least I keep my spills on my desk :)  

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A DIFFERENT TIME

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This morning I was listening to CBC and they were talking about the Picasso painting titled Les Femmes d'Algers is currently up for auction in NYC and it's valued at $140 million. At one point in my life that would have inspired me beyond words but now not so much. Now all think about is who's actually making any money off of that artwork? Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on art lovers and patrons because that would just be silly. However you have investors & you have patrons and when I say investors I mean people who purchase art as an investment not because they love your work. 

I have seen first hand how some investors celebrate when a visual artist dies because suddenly the value of the artwork they purchased awhile back just went up significantly, how sad is that? Wouldn't it be great to see is living artist making a real living off of their work? We should support the living and respect the dead. What I love about this time that we are living in is all the different ways artist can make a living off of their work, thanks to the internet.

First I think many artist have to change their mindset about what it truly means to be a successful artist. My philosophy is that every one deserves to be happy doing what they are meant to do. Who likes working with someone who's miserable at their job? So anything I can do help another creative do well I most definitely will. After my last post I got a few emails asking about some of the tools or literature I recommend. So I have links to a few books and online platforms for you to go through. 

Here are some great tools to help you get started :

Books: Artist and graphic designers market - this book is great source of information,. It has a list of art buyers and how they prefer to get your portfolio.

Graphic Designers Guild handbook of pricing  if you can only afford one book then this is the book you should get. It helps to guide you with pricing .

Some great inexpensive platforms to showcase and sell your work 

Wordpress Tumblr | Instagram | VimeoPinterestSquaresape | Shopify | Square | Big Cartel 

Some words of advice,

If you art not a designer, you should seriously consider hiring a professional to help with your branding. Remember a well designed site goes a long way. 

The only difference between an commercial illustrator and a traditional artist is all in your mind. There is nothings wrong with thinking of a buyer when you are creating a piece of art.

You don't have to wait for that annual art fair or your curator to sell your work, you can do it on your own too. 

I hope this helps

Happy Monday.  

THERE IS ROOM FOR YOU

I pretty much knew I wanted to be an artist since I was ten years old and every decision I've made in my life has been towards that. I must say that my family has always been pretty supportive of my decision. But I know there are many of you out there who don't have that core support and I know a little encouragement can go a long way.

A few months ago an old family member ( who I'm not very close with) called me asking me to speak to a teenager who wanted to go into textile design. The first this he said was 'I don't know how she's going to make any money from that'. Needless to say, I was immediately irritated! so many people go to medical and law school leave with a huge student loans with no possible job in sight. Somehow when a young person says I want to go to art school they are wasting their time & money. So the first thing I send to him was, do you realized that the sheets you slept on, your shower curtain, socks, underwear AND your clothes was designed by an artist?  Everything we touch in our lives on a daily basis was once a dream in someones head. Artist affects our everyday lives way more than we realize. Just imagine life without art? We all serve a purpose and no one is more important than the other, so if you have been suppressing your inner artist maybe it's like to let it out.   

So for those of you out there who have always wanted to be an artist but never felt like you could just remember this NOW is the best time to be an artist and there's room for all of us.

Happy Monday! 

NEW INKS & THINGS

So can I tell you a little secret? I've always wanted to set up my own little shop but as strange as it sounds I never thought I would be selling my own work. A few months ago I finally decided to give it a shot

I initially started with mainly original pieces with just two prints and then in January I decided to a add an iphone case just to test things out. I let me tell you that I'm honestly shocked every single time an order comes in! Because I've haven't really done a whole lot of promotion. Running my shop has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done and I would encourage every maker to try it, even if it's just a pop up shop. 

So with that being said I will be updating and restocking the shop this weekend with loads of new goodies for you to choose from. Based on the demand for my prints I will make sure that you have a wide selection to choose from. As soon as the site is done you will be the first to know.

Have a great weekend guys!

Tafui.

WORK IN PROGESS

The constant quest for perfection is such a strange and tricky thing, because for many years I really strived for it. Now the older I get I realize that perfection is just a myth, something that only exist in our head. Think about it, how many times have you made a mistake that only you knew was a mistake? AND if you didn't point it out other people would not have noticed? Sometimes I think about the times when I stressed myself out so much about making my project perfect that I forgot to really be happy for what I accomplished with the resources I had. Maybe it's a apart of growing up because now I have some perspective to know when somethings is giving me grief I need to change my process.

So with that being said I have some changes I want to make with Soshallwork. As many of you already know I now run my own shop and I've dived into surface pattern design. So needless o say I've got a lot on my plate and when I started this blog I was in a creative dry spell. Now that the dry patch is long gone I want to get back to what I do best which is creating my own stuff. 

So now I will be converting Soshallwork to my personal Journal / blog mélange. I'll be doing less curating more creating. Hope you guys have a wonderful day and I'll see you all in tomorrow.