Successful Artists Talk About Their First Sale

The first sale of an artist in most cases career defining – all the hard work, frustration, and sleepless nights finally paying off, when an artist finally makes the first sale, it truly feels amazing. It is a process everyone goes through, and even the artists who are now world famous have gone through this process.

It does not take long for those who are lucky to get their first sale, however, at the same time, there are other artists who have to go through a meandering route. Sometimes the first customer ends up becoming a patron and you finally get to start a long journey together.

We decided to talk to some of the now successful artists, and ask them how their first sale was.

Devin Troy Strother

The first gallery transaction for Strother happened at the age of 23, couple of months after he completed his undergraduate degree from Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design. Even though he made some extra money by being an assistant teacher in a print making class, he also spread out his work online, and the same postings managed to pique the interest of Richard Heller Gallery.

The dealer then got in touch with Strother, and Strother gave him 3 or 4 of his paintings, and managed to sell them for $2,000 – 3,000 each. According to Strother, he doesn’t remember how he felt, but he was certainly excited about that.

Seth Price

Although he was already prominent, Seth Price sold his 1st artwork in 2004. The artwork was simply named “Untitled”, and it was a scripture comprising of a photograph of a marbleized surface. The surface was attached to a glass, and was supported by two stacks of CDS. Despite being one of the most expensive, and challenging artworks, it sold between $3,000 to $4,000.

AA Bronson

AA Bronson’s made his 1st art sale with the help of his friends back in 1969. Along with artists Jorge Zontal, as well as Felix Partz == Bronson started General Idea – it was an art collective that became popular for displaying some of the provocative works. However, their first sale was not as provocative, it was more like an installation that consisted small light boxes that were stacked in such a way that would make it look like a ziggurat.

Louisa Gagliardi

Even though Louisa Gagliardi did not study art as the main subject, she still enjoyed relative amount of success thanks to her painting called Jo. It was a large painting that had a ruddy complexion, and was holding onto its own hand.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson already had some knowledge about solo exhibitions, however, her first sale did not happen until 2006. In 2006, Helen sold her first work; a series of paintings painted using acrylic paint directly on paper, and adhered directly to the wall, that was framed within a larger wall painting.

The idea was one of the most unique ones, and pushed Helen into the more creative fields and prospered her career.


How to Print Like a Painter

If you are someone who is familiar with the process of printmaking through the process of lithography, then it is safe to say that you must have seen a couple of different types of lithography that is done in the modern day and age. It was a privilege for me to spend time with Mark Hunter and learn about waterless lithography along with all the intricate details that come with it.

The purpose of this article is to inform people about how they can master the art of lithography, and make some of the finest art there is. The process itself is not that difficult at all, you just need to be patient, and let everything go with the flow, and I can assure that the overall experience will be much better.

Before I began, I think it would be a smart idea to look at the process, because that does play an important role. If you want, you can start taking inspiration or references from sketchbooks. Once you have the reference regarding what you want to draw, the remaining process becomes much easier.

Step 1

The first step is to prepare the aluminum plate by degreasing it and treating it with sodium metasilicate, once that is done, the plate is ready to be drawn on, making the process much simpler as well.

Step 2

Now that you have readied the plate, it is time to start applying the toner solution. Now when it comes to applying the toner solution, there are multiple options you can go for. For starters, you can use paintbrushes, lollipop, sticks, as well as sponges. You can even use toothbrushes if you want as long as you know what you are doing.

I opted for a set of large paint brushes that were really useful, and helped me achieve a proper effect.

Step 3

The next step involves using a heat gun to ensure that the image is bonded to the plate, at this point, you can actually make the changes.

Step 4

Now you have to take a solution of non-paintable silicone and white spirit until its consistent like runny honey, and spread it onto the entire plate. Once that is done, buff the surface using a firm sponge by wrapping it into tissue. Leave the plate overnight so it can be cured properly.

Step 5

You can now wash the tray out using a tissue along with acetone, make sure that the tissue is well soiled.

Step 6

Drag and scrape the ink to create a bead at the top of the workstation. You can place a sub plate under the main one that will be able to get all the rejected ink.

Step 7

Now that the plate itself is printed, you can go ahead with the printing. A smooth paper is required to make sure that you get the best possible results. However, you can make a few test prints to know which paper is the best one for your needs.


How Blockchain is Making Art Better

Normally, when we talk about blockchain, most of the people start talking about its link with crypto currency, however, it is important to understand that blockchain is a system that can give us some really amazing possibilities for artists, as well as the art world.

There are several ways how blockchain can make the art better, there are some really interesting applications to. I know blockchain is associated with crypto currency, but recently, it has been proven that it is way more than that, and after exploring almost all the options there are, I can testify that blockchain really is an important piece of technology in the world of art.

Let’s look at them below.

NFC Chips

I am sure you have seen NFC chips in your debit card, and credit cards. These chips can actually be attached to the art at any given location, and in the cheap, there can be information about the art being authentic, on the other the hand, the information would be stored on the blockchain, so when the chip is scanned, it will automatically confirm its authenticity thanks to its link with the blockchain.

The Place of Origin

Forgery is already bad as it is, however, there are people who are posting someone else’s art on the internet claiming that it is there. However, the good thing is that once you register an art piece on the blockchain, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to forge that, and people will be able to buy authentic art with ease.


Suppose you are an artist, and you have to ship your work to another city or a country; how do you know that it is going to arrive in one piece, or it won’t be swapped out with a fake? Thankfully, if you register the art with blockchain, you will have the proper information. In addition to that, whenever art is being monitored, the exposure to light and humidity is something that is monitored.

There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to blockhain and shipment of art.

Artist Payment

At the moment, artist only makes a profit when the piece of the art is sold. However, auction houses manage to take up the most of the profit by raising the prices. This means that the profit margins for most of the art houses are insane, and this is only growing further. With blockchain implementation, artists will be able to track their art pieces, and perhaps be able to take a percentage.


While blockchain is slowly maturing and becoming more and more powerful, it is only a matter of time before blockchain makes it way to artists, and start getting implemented in the artworks as well. Now the good thing here is that you don’t need to invest a lot of money in order to implement blockchain. Plus, it is relatively easy to implement as well, so you really don’t have to worry about running into unnecessary difficulties.