Category Archives: art advice

Impressionism vs Abstract Art

Impressionism is a form of art that is represented by think brushstrokes usually en plein air and also shows movement. Abstract art is shapes usually different from reality.

They are very different forms of art. I would say Im more of an impressionist.

By Janelle Dey

By Janelle Dey

These are two painting I did in oil, the first is a portrait and the second is a still life. You can notice the lights and movement in the brush strokes.

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Starting an Art Business

In order to start an Art business you need a business plan. Copyrighting is also very important to own your own images. You can write your own business plan outlining finances and strategies. You should also start a search for manufacturers that will be able to produce your work and that fits into your plan.

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I am starting a greeting card business. There will be cards for each season. The photo above is Christmas themed image.

The artist is able to run the entire business on their own. If you are just beginning it is best to start with creating your images. When I start my images I usually have an idea and I start painting an outline, do not be afraid to repaint over your work until you get it right.

I spent 2 days working on these images for a total of 3 hours and it is still a work in progress. It is a large piece however you may find new ideas while you are working so be patient.

 

 

Creating an Art Series

Many artist create hundreds of totally random works of art but others choose to create a series of work.

(Definition) Series: a number of usually similar things done, produced etc one after another.

For example an artist might create a series of Dogs, instead of dogs, cats, and elephants. That way the work can be specific and more in depth, the series can get even more focused to a specific breed of dog and dog color. This helps artists to explore different ideas on one topic, and relate to their audience. An audience is more likely to follow you if they can understand where your art is coming from, instead of just a pile of work that is all over the place.

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How I prepare my ACEO’s for shipping

First I get my X-Acto knife and cutting board and some canvas paper then I’ll measure it down to 8.5 x 11 and cut it

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Help! How should you price your art

Pricing art is often the problem when deciding how to sell work at the right price . The right price will be above what you feel comfortable with if you feel that the price is low then it probably is and you should charge more if you don’t feel like you’re overcharging a little bit then you’re probably undercharging.
A nice system to use ,there are two , one is you use the measurements of the painting for example a 9×12 painting you would add 9+12 and then you have the multiplying factor to have it final price so if you’re multiplying factor is 2 then it will be 9+12×2 =42

The other way is to instead multiply the measurements for example 9×12 and then you will multiply it by your multiplying factor so if you’re multiplying factor is 2 will be 9×12×2=216

You see there is a big difference between the two so for very small pieces it makes sense to use one method it depends on how much you were trying to make if you’re a full-time artist you need to charge enough to make a living.
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