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    Hello folks,

    I have seen most of the episodes of Colour in your Life and am very thrilled at the potential of artists and, especially, the message behind the series.
    There is, however, one question which arises each time I watch an episode: It seems that 90% of the artists introduced in the series have won many many awards on national and international art competitions and I wonder HOW they ususall apply for these (is a painting/winner solely selected online by a jury or is the tendency rather in having to send the original artwork in order to be part of a competition?) and WHERE can I find such organisations to enrol for it (any well known websites for such competitions?).

    I am a Switzerland-based artist who is still trying to figure out the best ways to get known/noticed. I do have a website and a blog, however, having a day job and other responsibilities make me sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed and short of time, especially in terms of producing artwork.

    So I think, enroling for some competitions as I always hear on the show seems a good way to get out and embrace the art world, just to step into it a little more. Do you have other useful tips on spreading your artwork? I hear having a shop and prints available is also a good way? How do you make your prints? Are these rather posters or reproductions on canvas?

    I know, it’s a lot of questions, I do hope, though, that some of these might as well be answered by the community and I am looking forward to it!

    Anyhow, GREAT SHOW and loads of fun! Thumbs up!

    My website if anyone should be interested:



    Hi Romina, I have entered in competitions and found that many times the judge (when an artist) is very influenced by their style of painting and the medium they prefer to work in. I met several “artists” who only enter competitions where a certain judge was adjudicating. The reason being he or she paints in the medium I use and/or in my style. So its all very subjective and now days I sell my work through a local coffee shop. Because in the end the buyers don’t really care if you have won an art contest they will buy what they personally like. I offered the cafe a 25% commission and they were only too happy to display my work on their walls as its extra income for them. The walls are now a potential earner for them. They promote my work for me as it is a win/win situation.
    I have just started a social media page to advertise myself and my work. I don’t really have enough time to spend on social media when I would rather be painting; but it is a necessary evil.
    All the best


    If you would like to enter some competitions I would suggest you look in magazines. Many art magazines have a section at the back or hold their own. That’s how I first started entering. Joining any local art groups is another good way to hear about what happening. I have also noticed a number of social media style groups pop up for local art groups where they display any events.

    For starting out selling I would suggest you just start a Facebook page for your art. Its free and easy to manage.

    As far as prints I have had all sorts of printing done. I would suggest you google what is local to you and go have a chat. Local is usually a good way to start although there are plenty of online printing places these days. Just make sure they have a good reputation.

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