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Happy Valentine's Day When did we start celebrating Valentine'_____s Day? Well I suppose you could say it began with a poem written by Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote a poem that cemented a pre-existing general belief, at least in medieval England, that February 14 was the day when birds chose their mates. Chaucer, 1343 ___'________________________ 25 October 1400, is known as the Father of English literature and he is widely considered one of the greatest English poets of the middle Ages. The most popular idea of the creation of St. Valentine was that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who had been forbidden to marry. Okay, so how did Cupid get mixed up with the saints? In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of erotic love, affection and desire… Continue reading… 0 comments

It is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Local Business Saturday this week. This time of the year is probably when one of the best opportunities to sell your work emerges, yet most artists don'_____t know how to take advantage of it. Some of them may even feel guilty about promoting sales at this time. For those of you who feel guilty about telling friends, past customers, family and acquaintances "___"Hey, consider buying from me when selecting Holiday gifts", let'_____s consider a few things. Do you know what the 80/20 Rule is? Well it says that 80% of money spent locally stays in circulation locally… Continue reading… 1 comment

Why Blog? All the Internet marketers say that creating a blog presenting a wide variety of information of interest to your customers, both about your Art, the art world, your local art community and more is a great way to promote yourself and attract visitors to your website. Also recommended is to create a newsletter and write articles on a variety of issues relating to art collectors, buyers and the local art community and distribute it through your blog. Report on the latest happenings in the art world. This is a great way to generate daily visitors to your site. Plus frankly, it______________s a great way to be able to feature your solutions to the issues through links into appropriate pages on your site as part of a report… Continue reading… 0 comments

We may as well admit it: all of us secretly want to not only create fabulous art but want the public to appreciate it so much they pay us fabulous prices for it. The wonderful thing about making prints of our work is prints are a way to earn residual income on our art. If an artist sells a painting for $500 that is a one-time fee; if that same artist also sells 20 prints for $15 each then they have earned a total of $800 on that same painting. I______________m not going to go into the virtues and differences between Limited Edition Reproductions and Unlimited Reproductions; that will be for another blog. Naturally as an artist you want any reproductions of your art to reflect the quality of the art itself; this means you want to make the best quality reproductions you can find… Continue reading… 1 comment

The visual arts category on the U.S. Government website, involves pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including two- and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Examples include paintings, photographs; original prints; art reproductions; cartographic works (maps, globes, and relief models); technical and mechanical drawings; and architectural drawings, plans, blueprints, or diagrams. Copyright protects an author___'________________________s specific expression in literary, artistic, or musical form. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, system, method, device, name, or title. The United States Copyright Office was created to serve the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public… Continue reading… 1 comment

Do you have an internet presence? If you do, are you getting value for your money? Do you have only one site, or do you use many? I use about 5 -_____ 10 sites regularly and I selected most of them for specific reasons which I have given below. Why do I put art up on so many sites? Well, frankly, I do it for the same reason Ann Landers syndicates her column in so many different newspapers: so I can get more exposure for individual art pieces. The more widespread your art is throughout the cloud, the more chances it has to be seen. This also gives me the experience of looking at the individual sites and seeing what different artists have done with their sites… Continue reading… 0 comments

Should paintings or nude statues be shown in a public setting such as a Library or Mall? As a visual artist who sets up art displays in public places, I am very aware of our American society's standards of what is considered acceptable for public consumption. All societies have these standards of behavior and yes, the standards do evolve with society. 60 years ago, Tarzan of the Apes was considered too sexy for the libraries! What is acceptable in Europe is quite different than what is acceptable in America also. American standards are usually much more conservative than those prevalent in Europe. In this financially strapped time, Libraries are very dependent on donations to purchase their materials… Continue reading… 0 comments

Historically, libraries have always been centers of arts and culture for society. Even though we artists might not make a lot of sales displaying our art in the libraries, our contributions to the art and culture of the area is immense. When we put our art in the library, we not only remind the public what talented, creative artists live here, but how much we care about the community as a whole. One of the things we contribute to our community as artists is culture. By displaying our stuff in the libraries, we bring art to life for the general public… Continue reading… 0 comments