Starry Night Skies Over The Beach At Tybee Island

Art Print Of A Fantasy On Beautfiul Tybee Island

It’s not often that I can say one of my pieces was the stuff of dreams, but it seems my most recent artwork falls into that ethereal camp. I woke up in the middle of the night with the clearest image in my mind of the night sky over the pier at the beach on Tybee Island. Considering how fully asleep I had been it was amazingly clear in my mind when I sat up in bed, right down to what photo would work best as the starting point. You … Continue reading

What It Means to Be an Artist

Winter Night art print of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo

Why do some photographers not consider themselves artists? This is seriously a question that haunts me some days. If I had a nickle for every time I encountered a photographer in various art forums who wanted to be strictly styled as a photographer rather than an artist… Well, I wouldn’t be wealthy, but I certainly could afford a nice trip somewhere! Considering how long photography has fought for a place at the artistic table, I’m often amazed when I discover photographers who consider what they do outside of the arena … Continue reading

The Price Of Art Merchandise

Paris In The Rain Art Throw Pillow

This is a subject for both the art-lovers and the art-makers out there. It’s a topic which I’d say I ruminate on at least annually, and that’s whether or not to offer art merchandise in addition to prints. Once upon a time, I was more active on Zazzle. I offered my work there as prints and on a variety of their art merchandise, but somewhere along the way I mostly abandoned Zazzle. I added the odd product, but I concentrated far more on marketing my art as prints for home … Continue reading

Art Contests – Oh My

contest-entry-number-one

For a period of time, I was ever interested in art contests. I enjoyed participating in a few real world ones early on, but I’ve largely bowed out of the process. Partially this is because so many contests these days, particularly the ones you find online, are simply an attempt to grab the rights to as many images as possible. Some refer to these as library-building contests. Spending the time to read pages of contest rules to figure out if they are legitimate just doesn’t seem worth the time. Perhaps … Continue reading

Getting Seen – Selling Art Online

Festive Streets of Old Quebec Photo Art

I’ve had this topic bouncing around in the back of my mind for well over a month now, and the topic of visibility in selling art online is a huge one. It’s also not a subject in which I’m remotely claiming expertise, but what I have gleaned over the past years might help other visual artists interested in selling art online and sharing that kind of information can only help us all. Most of my tips for selling art online will be fairly general but some will be with an … Continue reading

2012 – Year In Review

Quebec City Canada Ice Skaters with a Festive Feel

Wow, I can’t believe we are days away from the end of 2012. What’s more, I can’t believe I’m not traveling somewhere! This will be my first New Years in the US since I rang in 2005 in Edinburgh. Those New Year trips were as near to a holiday tradition as could be, but even before I fell and broke my foot, I didn’t see another New Year abroad coming on the horizon. The inspiration wasn’t there. The money was arguably not there. Breaking my foot was simply the coup … Continue reading