Taking private lessons to learn how to paint is a wonderful thing, but if you feel you cannot afford them, an art consultation, in which you show another artist, a dealer, or an art appraiser your work and ask for their opinion — which you agree to pay for, naturally — is a valid means of moving ahead in your painting career.
|Sometimes, when you feel that you're stuck going nowhere, a little jump is all it takes
to make the next big splash. Reflection by Steve Henderson.
As I mentioned in Affording Private Art Lessons, both consultations and painting technique lessons can fit into your budget if you recognize that there are lots of great artists out there, and not all of them have big, big names. Those smaller names, who can still be quite good, are worth approaching for advice and consultation, and if they don't offer the service already, they may consider doing so because you ask them.
They will also probably offer the consultation for a reasonable price.
And what is a reasonable price? Think "contractor" or "auto mechanic," whose hourly rates are in the $40 to $80 range, and you're in a price range that's fair for the both of you. If you talk to an artist, you will get information on technique; if you make an appointment with a gallery director or appraiser (be aware, however, that you will be unlikely to get the services of an appraiser for that contractor or mechanic rate), you'll get more on marketing. Determine what it is you're looking for and you'll know the direction in which to go.
What you do not want to expect, however, are "secrets" or supposed "secret" knowledge of how the artist in question produces what he paints. In the first place because there are no such things as "secrets," and in the second place, if there were, it would be remarkably rude to ask another person to impart them.
Next time — just what is a consultation, anyway?