Making some beach scene altered photography into aluminum prints

I will have a tent art booth at ARTS IN THE DARK on April 22 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Its a beautiful park and usually a great turnout beneath the pines.
I will be selling smaller items like hand painted glasses, pillows with my artwork on them, prints and aluminum prints of some paintings and also photo artwork. I opted for 8×10 size on most of these so they will be affordable.

Gifts made from artwork

My sister Sherie❤ was so kind to post a little blurb on FACEBOOK about other products I can produce besides wall art. Thought I would pass these little sales ads to you all to forward to your friends and possibly get your holiday list checked off??? Thank you all so much. Best part is that they can drop ship anywhere in the world which saves you shipping cost and bother. (I make a very small portion of each sale so it is appreciated.)
My sister Sherie❤ was so kind to post a little blurb on FACEBOOK about other products I can produce besides wall art. Thought I would pass these little sales ads to you all to forward to your friends and possibly get your holiday list checked off???
Thank you all so much. If you need any help in ordering, contact me. Some products work best with certain shapes of art, vertically or horizontally. They also make towels, duvet covers, and shirts.
Best part is that they can drop ship anywhere in the world which saves you shipping cost and bother. (I make a very small portion of each sale so it is appreciated.)

cell-covers custom-pillows shower-curtains switchplates tote-bags

How to have a successful ART Business

Author and artist, Carolyn Edmond  said some very true thoughts on becoming successful doing what you love. I wanted to share with you all.

“In my experience speaking and working with many artists over the years, I’ve noticed some clear distinctions between the people who rise above, and make a successful business out of their dreams, and the people who don’t. It’s actually not hard to spot those artists who have the best chances of realizing their dreams.

Talent is not a predictor of success. You may be amazingly talented, but that doesn’t mean that you have the drive or ability to create a sustainable business using your talent. What does make the difference?

First, it takes vision. How do you see your life when you are living your dream? How will you be earning your income through your art? What does your business model look like, and what will your daily activities be?

When you have a finely tuned vision in mind, you are in a position to work backwards to plan and set long and short term goals to achieve on your journey. Without a destination in mind, you cannot create a roadmap.

Knowing what you want also puts you in a position to say “no” to those things that take you off course. Does that offer to teach a summer course in painting provide income, but not support your plan to do intensive studio work during the same period? Artists who don’t have a definite plan often end up taking what comes along, and it doesn’t always fit well with what they really want.

Then there is the hard day-to-day work that must take place to succeed. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It happens slowly and purposefully. This requires discipline, and it must be self-motivated. No one cares as much about your creative business as you do. Individuals who thrive as self-employed artists are disciplined, many times to the point of devotion. They do what they do because they love it. Building that small business sustains them. They delight in and celebrate every small victory, every step forward along the way.

Sometimes artists get hung up on everything having to be perfect before they launch their business, causing long delays that may sabotage their plans. But perfection isn’t necessary. Jump in and get started. Every business is a work in progress, and there is a lot of “on the job learning” to be done. Staying on course may be easier with an accountability partner or a mentor. Many times when I work with an artist, we create “next steps” to move their business forward, and I usually get an email from them within a few days listing what they have accomplished. Setting achievable goals in small steps that can be checked off helps to keep you motivated, as you see the results of your efforts.

One of the biggest challenges that artists face is following up on leads and prospective clients. Has this happened to you? It’s also one of the biggest hurdles for professional salespeople too – you are not alone. If you need to get back on track with regular contact and activities to close the sale, start where you are and create a plan. Regular email marketing campaigns are excellent strategies to stay in front of people who are either collectors or have expressed interest in your art. Persistence is one of your most valuable assets. Simply hanging in there can be more powerful than almost anything else. Show up and be seen. Let people know that you are in it for the long run, and stay the course. You have the ability through motivation and discipline to direct your own future.”

I have learned to do much of this over the last decade and I agree that it takes persistence and discipline. I take the time to also cross link to various social media like twitter, tumbler, google plus. etc. It all helps. Its not easy to make it as an artist by yourself. But you have to do it in order to sell artwork…. to pay for new supplies to keep creating.

Marketing for artists and photographers

It is so difficult being an artist and photographer. I have found success marketing my fine art  photography and paintings from marketing through various websites. When I finish a piece of artwork, first I photograph it professionally, make a small version for web viewing which is watermarked. I do the photoshop where I created an action with my logo which I ghost into the image so people do not steal it. Not to paranoid but I have had my images stolen and used without my permission. Then I upload a high res for prints to be made at various printing sites that also offer sales where I can get a portion of the sale. The public again only sees a watermarked version.  Once they are individually uploaded, meta data and information typed in meticulously, I then advertise through \my blog, Pinterest, Tumbler, Tweet, Facebook, and google. The links will lead back to the website for more information on pricing and dimensions with options of canvas, art printing, and all sorts of printed goods. It takes a lot of my week doing all this but I am selling paintings now around the Unted States and prints worldwide. You do have to spend the time and do this to be seen. http://www.saatchiart.com/surfbabe linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com  are two of my sites.
It is so difficult being an artist and photographer. I have found success marketing my fine art photography and paintings from marketing through various websites. When I finish a piece of artwork, first I photograph it professionally, make a small version for web viewing which is watermarked. I do the photoshop where I created an action with my logo which I ghost into the image so people do not steal it. Not to paranoid but I have had my images stolen and used without my permission. Then I upload a high res for prints to be made at various printing sites that also offer sales where I can get a portion of the sale. The public again only sees a watermarked version. Once they are individually uploaded, meta data and information typed in meticulously, I then advertise through \my blog, Pinterest, Tumbler, Tweet, Facebook, and google. The links will lead back to the website for more information on pricing and dimensions with options of canvas, art printing, and all sorts of printed goods. It takes a lot of my week doing all this but I am selling paintings now around the Unted States and prints worldwide. You do have to spend the time and do this to be seen. http://www.saatchiart.com/surfbabe
linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com are two of my sites.

iPhone cover with my artwork sold

Thank you Becky for purchasing a new cell phone cover from iPixels.com with one of my paintings on it. I am so flattered that you thought of me. For $38-40.00, its a nice way to make a unique statement. SOme paintings of mine would be cropped so when choosing an image, it must have enough unimportant features for the wrap around. On this one, the little sandpiper was just on the edge. They make them for iPhone 4 and 5 and also the new Galaxy phone covers.
Thank you Becky for purchasing a new cell phone cover from iPixels.com with one of my paintings on it. I am so flattered that you thought of me. For $38-40.00, its a nice way to make a unique statement. SOme paintings of mine would be cropped so when choosing an image, it must have enough unimportant features for the wrap around. On this one, the little sandpiper was just on the edge. They make them for iPhone 4 and 5 and also the new Galaxy phone covers.