Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Mystery Horse

"We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a non human entity that is not necessarily inhuman". 

(Ansel Adams) 

Second stage of this painting (see previous blog for the first).

Let me know when you have figured out the mystery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Into Horses

"Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going".

Christopher Morley

I finally got a video of my work posted to You Tube! Yeah!

Sell! Sell! Sell!

I like the quote above because it makes me think of this whole internet marketing thing that artists are all crazy about! And yes...there are many.

 "They" say; If you want to sell your art on line you have to have a website (well, that's okay), a blog (not a bad idea either), but a Facebook page, twitter account, some pinterest, now Google plus, Linked In...the list does go on!

 I have managed to keep it under some form of control, but I am told; if you want to sell your art on line you must do a, b, c, d, e.....and then you must have great talent because you are up against thousands of other artists also selling their art (or trying to) on line and don't forget Ebay, Etsy, FAA, etc etc  and one can easily be drowned in this raging river of web promotion!

The thing is... you can't create great work if you don't do great work...(kinda like that bank commercial in tv...if you don't want to pay checking fees then don't pay checking fees). 

It takes many hours and days at the easel to get good at painting. Its just like anything else. 

Talent can only take you so far...its a great start, but if you want to sell have to be really good at making it.

It is so easy to get carried away from your main purpose and that is to CREATE!

My advice is to keep it simple (the KISS principle) and do the  creating first and foremost. All the other selling and promotion comes second.
 Its tough, I know. There is so much pressure out there; I get a flurry of newsletters and blog post notifications in my 'inbox' emails that get mass deleted every morning! I do scan through them briefly to see if anything catches my eye, but I am learning to be tough and to just get through my email as fast as possible.

Just pick 3 or 4 web promotion tools and start there. If you have time to do more, then add one. Always stop and re assess your time management.


One thing I am into is painting horses and here are a couple of paintings (also in the video) Refined by Fire has been 'finished' and I am just about finished Summer Breeze. White Roper is needing to be worked on and I have a 'Mystery' painting on the easel right now, that I will show bits and pieces of in the next few blog post...

Refined by Fire - 18" x 18" Acrylic/Mixed Media on stretched canvas. Sides painted black. Ready to hang on your wall! $650

WIP - Summer Breeze

WIP - White Roper