As Spring slowly approaches, yet another year of art shows, exhibitions and studio tours are on the horizon. So, like many of my colleagues, I am currently immersed in my studio, preparing new work for the season ahead. This is also a new beginning for me as sales and marketing are concerned which is not an easy task for me but a necessary one if I want to sell my work. I recently came across the online version of Saatchi Art, which provides potential buyers with an easy and convenient way to purchase original art. I mean, we all have our opinions about selling art online, and I know for certain that there are artists out there who feel this is not the way to go. I feel that online art sales on group sites can work if it is well managed. So far, my opinion of Saatchi’s site is one of professionalism and good business standards. They provide the bridge between the artist and buyer which, let’s face it, saves us a lot of leg work. Having exhibited my work in the traditional gallery setting, I am still new to selling my work online but I am learning fast and enjoying the process.
Blue Bird, Digital Technology, Giclee Print, 2017
After taking a hiatus from my MFA program due to a debilitating hip injury, working from an easel as been exceptionally challenging. In fact, I now have to explore other ways in which I can continue to work in the studio without putting too much strain on my hip. For those of us working in a creative industry, we know how advanced digital software has developed over the past few years. As much as I enjoy challenging the norm as it applies to art making, I never seemed to take digital art seriously…. until recently. My experience in creating digital work has been an enlightening experience. It allows me to express themes and concerns in unlimited ways and I have to say I am having a ball using the WACOM tablet, Adobe’s products (Photoshop, etc), Corel, Anime Studio and a myriad of other creative software that are tantalizingly addictive! Take note, however, that digital art making is not an “easy-peasy” way to whip up an image. Anyone who has ever taken a course in digital art making (my hand is raised) will know that at first glance, the mind-boggling interface can be pretty overwhelming for a newbie. The good news is that, with practice, creative software can save you loads of time and can even offer a new way of approaching challenges in your process. So, happily I say, here is a link to my new page on Saatchi! I would be so grateful if you could take a few minutes to explore the site and check out the great art work available on there….and have a look at my work while you’re at it ;-).
Stay tuned for upcoming information about my new domain name (via WIX) and summer exhibition dates. Feel free to leave comments on WP, or on Saatchi. I look forward to reading your thoughts regarding online galleries. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy your visit to Saatchi.
Pink Rose, Digital on Giclee, 2017