Last year, I made a number of pieces inspired by the Lithuanian Carmelite Icon, Our Lady of Ostrabrama (also known as Our Mother of Mercy, or Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn). You can see the first drawing I made at the left. I went on to produce prayer candles, holy cards, and other OLO images, most of which featured at the second NIA Art of the Solstice show. The prayer candles and holy cards sold well, but I had a lot of the merchandise left over.
Flash forward over a year and a half later. I happened to be having a conversation with someone about the history of OLO, and I mentioned the many art pieces I had made. It turns out this person was looking for gift ideas for a friend who is a Lithuanian American Catholic! Upon looking through some of my pieces, she decided to purchase the original drawing and one of the holy cards for her friend!
It goes to show that you never know when you will meet a potential client. You have to believe there is a home for each of your pieces somewhere, even if you don’t find it right away. Always be willing to talk about your work, and you will create the conditions in which buyers can discover you.