Become a Better Artist

Artist Up!  Become a Better Artist.

The first e-mail I read in 2014 included a newsletter from a friend who is a wonderful writer/instructor/mentor.  This one piece is universally applicable to all artists, photographers included. I found it immensely inspirational and just had to share it (and keep it here as a reminder to myself for the future).

Slightly shortened, the parts applicable to writers only are simply dots and the rest is useful to any artist.  Full article can be found in the December 2013 Newsletter. It’s about doing your best and then doing better. But I’m not a writer so I’ll hand things over to D.J .Adamson.

Redoing, Rethinking…

The Process of Art.

Many artists hate to have their work critiqued. That goes for the professional as well as the student. Yet, the point of criticism is to find out how your work is being perceived. Here are a few points to keep in mind when getting the criticism:

Listen, don’t defend. Despite what you are hearing, don’t interrupt, make ex-cuses or try to explain how they didn’t get it.

Don’t start blubbering like a baby. Artist up.

Don’t expect a standing ovation.

If the criticism is making you angry, then it is probably something you already knew but didn’t what to hear.

Begin making a list of repeated criticism …. These are your weak points.

Once you are by yourself, scream, rant, rave, and swear at all the comments you received, then do it again.

By D.J. Adamson


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How to choose a photo hosting service to suit your needs

My galleries are up, the link is live and the folders are slowly expanding.

I promised to share, so here it is:

As everything else, deciding on where to host your photographs, how to organize them and how to sell them online can be tricky. There are so many options out there that the process of putting all the pieces together can be quite overwhelming. I found it helpful to break the problems down and deal with them one at a time. Galleries page is solved.

When it’s time for you think about getting your work out there and ready for sale, consider the following points:

  • What form do you want your work to be available in (is it just prints? postcards? downloads? what sizes? finishes? do you want to offer an array of products?)
  • How much storage space you’ll need
  • How much technical support you think you might need
  • How do you want to deal with printing, delivery and distribution (work through the steps one by one, the process can be quite complicated and time consuming)
  • How do you want to handle payments
  • Does your host make it easy for you to share your site
  • Is it customizable (branding is not to be underestimated)
  • Can you have your own custom web address (is that important to you?)
  • How much are you willing to pay
  • Compare all the options, as with everything else- you normally get what you pay for
  • Research, look and listen and decide on what is best for you

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