I’m not very good at remembering to take photos of my work in progress. However I’m pleased to say that I made a special effort with this painting to capture some of the stages of development. This isn’t a formula on how I paint all my pictures, but it does show you my thought process and a few techniques. I hope you enjoy.
Each artwork comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is about a specific painting and is to demonstrate that the painting is authentic. It contains details about the artwork like when and how it was produced; the artist name, the work’s exact title, year, the dimensions of the art and the medium used. Sealed with the artist signature.
Oil or Acrylic? It’s an age old question and one I’ve struggled with for a while. As a general rule, and admittedly what swayed me for many years, is that acrylics are cheaper and more affordable than oils. At that rather shallow analysis in my equally shallow youth, I left it at that and for years I painted with acrylics. That’s not a terrible thing by the way, I love acrylics – but I’ve often wondered whether I’m missing out.
After moving to Cornwall this year I look back with fond memories of London – while I don’t mind a visit – I’d never live there again. But it did make me wonder what’s going on with the London art world. I exhibit and sell my paintings online with Londonart.co.uk and decided to get in touch with its owner Paul Wynter to get the latest updates.
Many people think buying original art is beyond their financial reach, an expensive luxury that is only available to the upper class. However times have changed and the Internet has opened up a world where artists can reach people and people can reach artists. The best thing about that is, without galleries – the price of art is much more affordable.
So many artists are struggling to get by with full or part-time jobs in order to pay the bills. There are many of us out there, and we know that we can’t rely on an online gallery to build up a customer base, therefore have to be more creative in order to build a business around doing what we love. How do many of us start? We create an art blog. You’re reading my blog now! But the key question is, how do we create a successful art blog? How can we generate traffic and more importantly, how can we generate the right kind of traffic?
I received an email the other day from one of my favourite artists Erin Hanson, in this email I saw that she had published a book of her work called ‘Open Impressionism’. The book looks stunning but it got me thinking. Why create an artist book and will it really make a difference? I dropped a note to Erin with these questions and below you can read what I discovered.
In 2014 I took part in an online art auction set up by Kent Creative Arts. The Online Art Auction was a simple and easy way to sell artwork without having to worry about promotion, marketing or dealing with the sales process. From the perspective of the buyer it was a simple and easy way to buy unique artwork from local artists.
We like to live in a little bit of luxury, feel comfortable and be able to relax. This is so central to our well-being and we really don’t spend enough time doing it! Why not? We’re so busy and our homes are filled with distracting technology. No time to relax when our TV programmes are on, or our phone or tablet demands our attention. All these things keep our minds constantly ticking and unable to slow down. How can we facilitate an environment which is conducive to being able to relax?
Whenever you want to apply for an exhibition, gallery or art show, or even just reaching out and promoting your art, it’s important to have a way of presenting factual information about yourself. An artist CV should be able to tell the reader about you and art-related activities you’ve undertaken. It’s not a selling tool like your art collections or statement – but a factual document.