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Art Painting Tips

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Art Paintings Tip #1

Be free.
Set aside all daily duties and routine actions and thoughts. The dishes can be done later and in fact much faster once you have expressed yourself – you will be surprised. Make sure there are plenty of drop cloths on the floor in order to create as freely as possible. It is vital to have complete freedom to express yourself without being limited by making a mess. Wear some old clothes and remember what it felt like as a child to have fun making abstract art paintings at kindergarten.

Art Paintings Tip #2

Centre yourself.
Free yourself from thoughts of bills, household chores, work and family responsibilities. There is plenty of time to worry about these things later. Sit for several minutes and contemplate what gives you joy, pains you at the moment, or the uppermost feeling in your self. Get ready to express this. Choose some music which lifts your spirit and supports you painting an abstract painting with wild abandon.

Art Paintings Tip #3

Do not expect anything from the art.
Let go of all expectations. This is the hardest of all. All our lives we want to paint a good apple or draw a perfect orange. Forget it and forget that grade 5 teacher that told you- you couldn’t draw. Just enjoy the moment and see what comes. Don’t be concerned by the pristine white canvas. If you feel the need to cover that white as fast as possible, in order to get that fear out of the way, then go for it. You could start your abstract art painting by applying any single colour to the canvas to cover it completely. Then start choosing colours just for fun or go with your gut feeling.

Art Paintings Tip #4

Put more paint on your brush or use your hands!
Don’t worry about making a mess getting paint on your face, on the floor, or on clothes. Don’t worry about making a mistake, I believe there are no mistakes in art, only discoveries and challenges to be solved. You do not have to let the first layer of paint dry before you apply more. Wet on wet is a great way to make a fabulous abstract art painting. Use whatever tools are available to make your marks, maybe there is an old toothbrush lying around the house, try it out. Try wiping back into the freshly applied paint. Don’t be scared of the medium. Let go and enjoy. Paint with wild abandon and see what happens. Do not hold back.

Art Paintings Tip #5

Stop! and stand right back.
What do you see? Look beyond the marks and the things you are not happy with. Really look at it, for quite a while. Walk away, have a cup of tea and come back later and look at it. What do you suddenly see? For this is what abstract art painting is all about.

Art Paintings Tip #6

Recognize what you have painted.
Take the time to recognize what you have painted. Do you see shapes that could be drawn out more? Do you see colours and marks that work really well against one another? Ask your friends and family which parts of your abstract art painting they like. Take your time to see what you have painted, it becomes clearer over time.

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To Sell Art In An Online Gallery

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

The first thing you can do to sell art in an online gallery is write better descriptions of your art. It is not as hard to write keyword-dense descriptions as one might think; indeed it all comes down to how you describe your work in relation to things people looking at your art might already know about. You can mention the materials, method, and inspiration for your work. Tell them if it is part of a series and if it has any resemblance to any art styles or movements; if there are any similarities between your work and that of a famous artist, mention this as well.

Next you should turn to social media, and by social media we mean more than just Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. Though these are wonderful tools that help you sell art online, they are not the be all or end all of social media online. Explore the possibilities of running an art blog, posting videos of your work or your creative process on YouTube, and sharing pictures of your work on images hosting services like Flickr.

Another thing you can do is advertise in a different way such as in a classifieds add (online or in print) or via an email newsletter. Anything you can do to get the word out in a polite and non-intrusive way is worth exploring.

Lastly you can consider teaming up with other artists. They can have a similar style in common with you or be entirely different, it all depends on your strategy for promoting your art together. There is power in numbers because there will be more people working towards promoting the art of the group as a whole. Just make sure you are okay with advertising in a group before you go in on a joint venture like this.

In summary, there is more than just the standard social media and website functionality when it comes to how you can sell art online. The internet is a rich, diverse, and interactive environment that can do so many interesting and wonderful things so use it to the fullest to sell art online and beyond.