Greetings Good People!
I hope this blog entry finds you doing well.
I thought I would share some of what I’ve discovered through my journeys and experiences. It’s meant to be informational and not tell you how to do things or any kind of endorsement on how to do things. View this as a sharing of information.
I enjoy working with as few restrictions as possible. I work in more than one style. Currently, I am just presenting my abstract work, as it fits what I’m doing in my business. However, I also work with Fractals, Photography, Kaleidoscopes, and Realism.
Here are three quick tips that you will hopefully find helpful:
Tip One – Pick a Starting Place. First, pick a style of art you will focus on. I focus on making abstract work and showing it because that is how I am earning a living. Also, you may have many ideas on things you can do with your art. Pick a place you wish to start. Decide what is the most important thing for you. Getting into a gallery? Getting your art on licensed products? Selling art in person at markets or fairs? Once you decide what you wish to do with your art, start doing your research. Find a gallery that has art in the style you work in. You don’t wish to submit Realism to a gallery that does Abstract. You also don’t wish to submit Digital to a gallery that only accepts Natural media.
Tip Two – Protect Your Work. Before posting on-line consider copyrighting your work. This is the U.S. Copyright Office. You can either register your work yourself or you can hire a copyright attorney. I did mine, myself. It took me a bit to figure out how to do it, but they have instructions. There’s probably a video or two out there on how to do it, as well. Before uploading onto a website, also check the terms and conditions. Some sites have clauses that allow their partners to use your art without your permission, any recognition or compensation. There may be some out there poo-pooing this suggestion, but if you plan to make a living from your art, having someone using without any kind of compensation does not lead to a lot of income. If your work is to be used in any way, you should be the one to make that decision.
Tip Three – Don’t Steal, Lie or Cheat. Stealing is downloading someone else’s work and using it without permission. If you need to work with existing art such as photos, then get a proper license. There are sites such as Getty and Shutterstock (just noting them as examples, this is not an endorsement) that allow you to purchase licensed images for use. Carefully read their terms of service to be sure that you get the correct license. Cheating is entering a photo manipulated image into a contest that says no manipulation. Which means you lied about it. Eventually you get caught and it’s all downhill from there. Not to mention what it will do for your credibility. Plus, it’s just wrong.
Decide what kind of artist you wish to be and work that way from the start. To be successful, people not only have to like what you’re making, but they also must trust you. It’s hard to trust someone who isn’t up-front about what it is they are doing.
If you have some tips, feel free to share.
Have a good one!