My Favorite Thing – Barbara Schilling

About 8 years ago I purchased an inventory program for my Mac. It has been indispensable. The particular app that I bought is no longer available, so I hesitated to bring it up as the best tool I’ve got for my business, but there are other apps out there that can do the same basic things. Mine is called Bento, but Filemaker is another one that would work. It does require some time to get it set up but the work and frustration it can save over the long haul is well worth the time and investment in getting it started. The inventory program I work with allows me to record all the basic information for each painting..including (my favorite part) a photo of it. I can add categories for customers, for competitions entered, gallery inventory and more. It has the capability to create secondary lists (smart lists) for any specific details (examples…paintings that have sold, or only landscapes,or only paintings showing at Gallery xyz….I can isolate and pull up an entire “show” for planning and all the information is there in a nice concise form.

Inventory gets added as soon as it is completed and all it’s details are filled in size, cost, title,and image along with the date of completion, before I have had a chance to forget it. If a painting sells all I have to do is put in a check mark and the app automatically moves it to the “sold” lists. The best part is having an image of the painting right there available. I have an awful lot of “yellow roses”, “yellow roses with a white vase”. etc…and it’s pretty hard to remember 2 years down the road just which painting was which! It is a life saver!


Upcoming OPA Events

Eastern Regional Exhibition 2021 Eastern Regional Exhibition
The Eastern Regional Exhibition will be hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee, located in Bradenton, Florida, September 28 through October 22, 2021. Learn More!
OPA Fall 2021 Online Showcase OPA Fall 2021 Online Showcase
The Fall 2021 Online Showcase is from November 1 - December 15, 2021 and will be open to Signature and Associate members only. Learn More!
Western Regional Exhibition 2021 Western Regional Exhibition
The Western Regional Exhibition will be held October 15 through November 27, 2021 at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center (Mark Arts), located in Wichita, Kansas. More details to be announced as they become available. Learn More!
31st Annual National Juried Exhibition 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition and Convention
The Thirty-first National Exhibition and Convention will be located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Convention will be from May 31 through June 5, 2022. The Exhibition will be from June 3 to August 27, 2022.