Working on it George …
Ever heard of cold calling, George?
Or would that be cold calls?
No matter.
All amounts to the same thing … Hustlin … Long enough and hard enough and if you don’t give up in despair … Eventually …

No, George … Besides … what’s the use in getting discouraged?
But I’ve already shown you 9 pieces … Did you not like even one, George?
Yes, George I know you can get pictures already matted and framed at Wall-mart for under $25.00

And I understand … you want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck. And you really only are interested in artists with a NAME.

This Granny has been working very very hard. Did you like not even one of the nine I showed you? There are only so many years left George … I cannot go on forever doing art and never getting paid. You think I’m not working hard enough at it? My art is not good enough … You think I’ve just not tried hard enough … Not really worked my arse off?

Hmmm … Well … A person only has so much arse they can work off … If you get what I mean … OK OK OK … one #10 coming up … Will that be with or without?

Ok … Here you are … One #10

First let me tell you a little story … Happened yesterday … Not an auspicious day overall … I was busy cleaning … No time to work at my sound sculpture … Did receive some comments … Favourable? Hmmmm … One person appeared to like it … Said it was just the idea he needed … Would copy it to fill an empty space in his house … Money? … Money, did you say? As in … Did he offer to pay me for using my idea? What do you think, George?

Sigh … Ok here is #10

Artwork by MSO


Hustlin’ #1


Hustlin#1 unsigned watercolour
by Margaret Sharon Olscamp

OK, George, what do you think?
Crazy? You think this little ole Granny is crazy do you?
Hnnmmmm well might it just be that you’ve not yet gotten used to my new persona?

Yes George, Granny has embraced “Hustling”

Well, no George I’ve not actually sold any of my artwork … Hardly … Des this classify me as an emerging artist do you suppose?

Anyway here is my newest piece … Well no … Not Peace, George … Sigh … Reluctanly I realize … Following the advice of those who know better … Peace just doesn’t pay the bills …

No what this is …
It’s a piece of art …
Literally … A piece …
Specifically …
The first piece
Well I’ve named it Hustlin’#1

Yes George
Piece Hustlin’#1 is for sale
Hmmmm … You mean I need to attach a price?
Trivialities … Such a nuisance
Measures about 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm
Can you figure that in inches, George?
Hmmmm … Me neither …
OK … Tell you what …
Let’s say 5 x 5 inches
That is 25 square inches.
At $1.00 a square inch the price comes out to $25.00
What’s left over?
Should we just cut that off?
Too much bother …
Let’s just say that part is a bonus
Free to the purchaser …
We’ll call it art supersizing
These days of people looking for freebees
Might just work, do you think, George.

Ok so here you go

Oh, by the way, George.
Would you happen to know anything about performance pieces?
Hmmmm … Well are Grannies allowed or is it something only the young people … Well you know how it is … especially the aesthetically pleasing ones … If the audience doesn’t get the art … Yeah … Everybody loves a beautiful lithe bod after all.

My second question … How is a Grannie artist to make money doing Performance or Installation?

Told you this Grannie was going to hustle …

Hustle Art

Okey, so here she is … Out hustling …

Following the best advice of experts to get out there and hustle …
Taking into consideration that this is the day …

Having been told that if you are an unsuccessful artist it is your own fault because you need to approach art as a business … You need to be a hustler …

“Hustle Art” may be seen hanging in a window of a century old building at 212 St. Andrew Street, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada. This is the civic address of a locally owned and operated business which closed recently after nearly 40 years

How long the painting remains there will depend upon several things, one of them being the quality and strength of the packing tape which is holding it in place.

For those who might be interested in this sort of thing, please consider “Hustle Art” a work in progress.

Is it for sale? Yes.

The going rate
$1.00 per square inch
For 24″x36″
Please do the math
These days of numbers
Appropriate, trusting
Skill-testing questions.

Math challanged? Does that sound right?
Price on March 8, 2015 is $864.00

A signature is extra.
Time spent
Hustling is money
As time goes on
The price will rise.

Not good? Too wimpy you think? Sigh … OK I’ll try …

This Price is not firm. IT WILL GO UP! BUY NOW FOR BEST PRICE!
How is that, George? Sound convincing, do you think?

Question:How can an artwork be both a work-in-progress as well as a piece that is finished and marketable?

Answer:the painting has been divided into 6 inch squares? … 24 of these six inch squares to be precise. The pencil markings indicate where the saw will act upon the painting and by some miracle of work, from one painting will be created 24 separate mini-paintings.

Once these smaller paintings are liberated from the one original, they will be reworked, thus making this a true work in progress. The price for these independent parts of the whole will be calculated depending upon how much time goes by before they are sold and whether a buyer agrees to pay extra for a signature on each piece.

Signed … The artist who created “Hustle Art” … Margaret Sharon Olscamp
… Let’s just think of her as The Art Hustler