The Most Essential Tips For Aspiring Artists!

2018-03-01 11:57:08
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So you are a newbie who is wondering how you can kick start your art career? Or perhaps you recently finished your BFA or MFA. And you want to know how you can reach those lofty heights of Artistic achievement? If so then you are what they call an aspiring artist.

 And you have come to the right place because we are about to share with you some of our best tips to get you a solid footing before you embark into the tumultuous Art-world. And make no mistake that it is a tumultuous world indeed. So keep your eye peeled & your ears to the ground for this one

What is your USP?

No doubt you have heard of the term Unique Selling Proposition. And if you haven't, then it is time to do some research on business principles. After-all you want to get into the art business not just Art. Anyway, always remember that most people including those who call themselves Art lovers are not engrossed into the minutia of the various Artistic forms. 

So chances are that they will not be able to tell apart Geometric abstraction from Cubism. So you need to find your own ‘niche’. Something that people will easily identity as your genre. Be sure that it also matches your preferences as an artist. 

While all artists find inspiration from the greats of yesteryear like Van Gogh & Monet, but your work needs to be as they say unmistakably you. Deliberate attention to being different will pay rich dividends even more so than your mastery of Art.

 It is not to say that you aren't or shouldn't be a master at your work, but it is equally important if not more to stand out of such a crowded art world. And once you have decided on your style, try to grow a thick skin. Remember that there will be times when you will feel down & out.

 But you must have the confidence to persevere. And you are going to need this confidence to also be able to network, one of the most important of all activities you will have to do as an artist. Getting your work recognized by the influential parties in the art world, exploring ways to reach out to new audiences & finding opportunities to expand your collaborations with other artists is also another quality you need.

 Before you even decide that you want to be a professional artist, it is important to know what you really want to get out of the endeavor. Just like art means different things to different people, so does success! And it is important to be very clear about what your goals are to be able to get anywhere & after getting there enjoying the process too. 

One of the most common is the psychological satisfaction of having created great art. Artists are born with that urge to constantly better their work. And if it means a lot to you, then you ought to ensure that you don't feel that you are neglecting that aspect.

 Another important one if the fame & glory bit. It can be a powerful motivating factor in an artist's life. And right along with it is the financial part. There is no denying that we all need financial stability, but how much does the wish to make money figure in your plans? 

Once you have a good idea of what your goals are, it becomes much easier to organize your art business & implement different strategies which will help you achieve those specific goals.

What strategies will you adopt to reach your goals?

One of the most common factors to successful artists is their approach to their art career. Almost all show an amazing level of dedication & discipline. Remember that the market is always hungry for more artwork. And you want that artwork to be yours. 

So there is only one way to go about it i.e., creating a large body of work so that you have the ability to cater to multiple chances of exhibiting. And the best way to do it is to set aside regular hours of your day for nothing but creating art. Waiting for inspiration to strike you is not a winning strategy in today’s consumer culture. 

You must practice your craft & keep looking for inspiration. It could mean turning to art full-time. And what you create also needs to have that unmistakable feel of consistency. The topics of your creations should not vary wildly. They should seem a gradual & natural evolution of ideas.

 The ideas you use as well need to remain comparatively coherent. It doesn’t mean repetition though. The media you use also need not vary too much. Jumping from oil paintings to Papier-mâché sculptures can scare buyers away with too much unpredictability.

 The same remains true for your style. Not only it must remind people of your other works, but it must also give them a sense of consistency. Unless you have a trust fund backing you, this is one of the most important questions artists must ask themselves. 

While it might seen romantic & idealistic to jump headlong into art or even go to extremes like move to New York to pursue art, it not the best of business decisions. And an artist must become a shrewd businessman before they can become successful. 

Unless you have an alternative stream of income, the pressure of making rent is enough to affect the most talented of all artists. A starving artist is not a great artist at all. Human beings are not designed to function devoid of their immediate physical well-being. 

To put it in a nut-shell the great cathedrals of Europe were not built by starving artists! And the good news is that there are many jobs which will not only cover you living expenses but also provide an impetus to your art career. 

From graphic designing to creative designing for mass manufacture, the opportunities for artistic talent are numerous in today’s world. Even the corporate world has taken notice. There are people who get paid for simply creating a memorable experience of visiting museums whose clients tend to be employees of giant corporations.

Do you know how to run a business?

Yes. All artists have wondered How to sell my artwork? or How to choose the right market for my business?. And like we discussed earlier, for any degree of success in today’s art market you must be business savvy. And this means knowing the minute details of running a business. 

It is no different than running a restaurant. You need to give your customers a very good reason to choose you over other competitors. And you need to keep re-inventing your brand & also your products to keep their interest. And just like other businesses you need to keep track of your inventory. You also need to give customers ample information on how they can care for the artwork. You will find more information in our article on LinkedIn.

You also need to keep accounts for your business. Yes, even art businesses get audited by the IRS. And have you ever thought about the logistics of shipping your art to your customers? Especially if you sell internationally, there are numerous legal & regulatory matters that you need to keep eye on. And all this takes some learning & effort. 

So if you thought that a career in Art is limited to art, then think again. And while most business have set hours, running a business in this field does not. And then comes the part of pricing your work. It is more of a business skill than a question of what that particular work of art means to you. 

A lot of artists make the mistake of using artistic or even sentimental notion in this crucial business decision. And it sabotages their often brilliant creation’s market appeal. One must remember that most things in this world mean different things to different people.

 And it is true for the art world which is dependent on the subjective. Another factor is that it might be great art but it also needs to be good investment for the buyer. Are you asking for the customer’s big chunk of cash in exchange for something which is only going to be a solace to them as a wall-hanger but will not fetch them decent returns after a few years?

 Is this approach also affecting the consistency in the prices you charge? After-all what feelings you work evoke in your mind is going to change with each one of your art works (& perhaps also varying from time to time). Check out this awesome blog about the technique of pricing your art

Do you have the life skills necessary to make it as an artist?

Now this part is more about you than your art. Like we’ve discussed before, creating art is going to be only part of your job. A major part is going to be building skills like being organized with your time, efforts & even your budget. Another skill is the ability to focus on your work no matter what distractions life throws at you. 

The ideal scenario you envisage might be one in which you do not have responsibilities or even other interests which demand your attention, time, effort & money. But real life is never that simple. Artists are also human beings with families, social needs & ambitions. 

Any artist worth their salt will tell you their trials with raising kids & also keeping focus on their artwork. Multi-tasking your daily life with the requirements of creating your art is key. And that focus can often be found only with some set goals of ‘production’.

 You will have to set some figures you intend to achieve, whether it is the number of paintings or sculptures (or your choice of art genre) or the number of artist competitions you enter or even the number of social events you attend to further you art career.

 All these have to be measurable & analyzed. And these production goals do not mean your quality should suffer. To ensure that you have the quality aspect well covered as well, you will have to constantly get reviews & criticisms from peers. 

Just they do in a factory with what is called ‘quality control’. Your art needs quality control too. Just that in your art factory you create the art as well you ensure good quality control too. We have already mentioned how we need to have some hours of the day or the week set aside for this. 

But you also need some time off to get some fresh ideas in. And that again means, you need some specific plans. These include getting yourself involved in situation & circumstances where you are more likely to be inspired. Here is a great blog which will give you some tips on getting fresh ideas & inspiration on How to write a poem.

ShowFlipper is a global art platform for all artists regardless of genre. You can read about many aspects of the qualities required for you to become an artist in their blogs. And the best thing about them is that they will answer that all important question about ‘How to promote artwork?’ for you. 

They have a wealth of information on all the factors which make an artist’s life from choosing a topic, the techniques used to market the artwork, the general market variable in the art world to getting inspiration from the great artists from yesteryears. 

They also have regular competitions for artists to participate in & win prizes worth thousands of dollars. They also write blogs & press releases for you apart from creating a customized social media plan for your artwork. And they have a huge number of artists on their site from more than fifty countries.

 This ensures that you have a community of peers to get ideas & advice from, in order to keep your work appealing to your audience.

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Surrealism Exposes Wealth Inequity And Beyond.

2018-02-28 13:27:22
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People often say wealth is power. This is frightening because most of the wealth in the world is concentrated in the hands of a select few. The amount of wealth owned by the 80 richest people in the world is the same as the amount of wealth at the hands of 20% of the poorest people in the world. 

That is to say 80 people in this world have as much money as their disposal as 1.4 billion people. This gives them a perverse power over the rest that they can exploit. This shocking gap has deep repercussions on our society.


The ever-widening wealth gap

With a wealth gap so wide; there are obvious and tangible issues such as mass poverty and crime. It has one large impact on us that is intangible. We often ignore the fact that the wealthiest people in the world have control over the media. This leads to media manipulation as well as mass manipulation where we are shown exactly what they want us to see.

Therefore what we think of as our reality could easily be just an image created by this media influence. Reality is the conjectured state of everything as exists, rather than what it appears like. Reality is relative; a beautiful game of perceptions that is real.

We assume it is the 'I' in me who does everything and is responsible for all outcomes. The 'I' takes care of my present and my future. My life revolves around the word 'I'.

What happens when I face the reality?

Am I just a puppet and being managed by politicians, businessmen, and the so called powerful people? 

Am I being controlled by corporate owned media? 

Reality does not just bite, but it also kills. The artist has intelligently portrayed the sufferings of the poor and the happiness of the rich in his oil paintings, a fine art way to expose the brutality of the real world.

Human beings are gradually turning into puppets and greed is pushing everyone down; there is constant manipulation of the masses by the politicians and businessmen.A Surrealist painter by the name of JJ Banerjee has captured on canvas the huge wealth gap to depict the reality of the world that we live in.

Surrealism


Surrealistic Art at ShowFlipper

'Musk Seller: A perfidious drama' is one of Banerjee's creations at ShowFlipper. The dark hued landscape shows the harsh reality of the present world in its 39x32 canvas. He has depicted the privileged rich controlling the masses in the form of a dark and gloomy puppet show.

The backdrop is a dark cityscape with vultures flying overhead in hope of feeding on the bodies, which is considered as an ill omen in a typical Indian society. There are hands that are controlling the strings of the puppets and the center of the painting has an emerging hellfire that fails to reach upwards to punish the deserving evil doers.

The canvas is strikingly captivating to a casual onlooker and has several hidden messages that reveal the brutal truth of the society that we live in

The painting urges the common man through to rise to the occasion! A battle has been cast by the rich section, to widen the barrier that separates them from the poor. The photo art creates an air of belief amongst every common man to step up and deliver.

Art & reality meet in this nightmarish scenario which cannot be ignored for long. The call to action is made through art.

According to the artist, it is not the quest for supremacy, but equality.

Banerjee has strong opinions about the society. "A man holding power and position, has the ability of feeding us as well as starving us. This makes us helpless enough to bow our head towards them. I want to pass the message through my paintings to people and tell them to fight for themselves and not sacrifice their rights." he says.

SF Studio: Making a Difference in Society.

ShowFlipper is one such place where every artist might want to be! Be it fabric art, fine arts, abstract art or digital art, if you are not here, you are bound to miss a greater section of audience!

Having effectively captured the ugly truth onto one canvas his other works of surrealism also have similar projections of reality. His paintings on SF Studio possess naked surrealism and have attracted the attention of several art lovers worldwide for the dramatic and explosive messages that they portray.

Banerjee has several other artworks like 'after the atomic war' which shows the depiction of human beings that are distorted and disfigured. Its Surrealism sends across the bold portrayal of what greed, anger, and negativity does to us. (visit here for image.)

'Vendetta of the paradoxic spree' in the Sahara Art section is another creation that is disturbing yet fixating and core shaking. All of his works are a bold display of reality that has the capability to make a person think deep. One cannot help gazing into the depth of the painting. His show speaks for itself and attracts numerous people to collect his work on their screen.

Another great collection of Surreal Digital Art by Tom Repasky is here

3d Art, 2d Art, Surreal Art, Abstract Art, explorations of the human psyche through metaphysical digital art short stories, poetry, quotes, near death experience (NDE) The computer art of Tom Repasky

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Romance Unleashed on the Fine Art Canvas

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Romance meets Fine Arts!

Love has always been a matter of great interest. It is a vast subject that not only covers romance between two individuals, but also the feelings that erupt from one's heart towards other aspects, like nature, animals, food, adventures, children, friends etc.

It is wisely said that love knows no boundaries, nor religions! There are plenty examples that support this claim. You don't have to learn new languages to express your love towards others! It is a magical experience that displays emotions from your attitude. The way you talk, greet, care, sacrifice says it all! It is a sheer delight that keeps you afloat of all the negativities surrounding your physical world!

Many scientific experiments too have proved that there are neurological changes in the brain patterns that makes an individual behave differently when involved romantically with anyone. The human mind plays a pivotal role in shifting gears when you fall in love! There is positivity, energy, fun and moreover respect involved when the pheromones of love and romance get released!

The Romantic period was the movement of music art and literature that originated in Europe towards the end of 18th century. It was the time that wherein art was seen as a special emotion that found differentiation between relegion, science and had a major impact on historiography.

Today, love goes beyond eternity, which is far ahead of any science and religion! Manjiri uses her canvas to allow her lovely little delights of colors with acrylic painting, oil painting, contemporary art and paint to express something that needs no words! A feeling that takes shape on her paint board has mesmerized art admirers around the globe!

Her oil paintings and arcylic paintings that reveal the desire of greatest feeling on earth is portrayed fantastically! The Fine art and contemporary art comes alive with the glorius use of brush strokes that play elegance on the canvas!


Contemporary art finds inspiration in love

Manjiri Kanivde is a romantic at heart. She believes an artist can be inspired from anything. "Inspiration can come from a wet umbrella on a hazy rainy day, or a garden sculptures that withstands the  on a rainy night!”  she says. Her belief is that she derives inspiration from all the places that she has travelled to and everything around her that she finds beautiful. She loves to paint projections of love and her show on SF Studio shows a display of romanticism.

It is known that creativity cannot be bought and a true artist will vouch for that fact. No amount of money can replace the respect that a painter receives on an outstanding work of art. Perhaps, the biggest compliment to an artist is when another artist chooses to use their creations for other artwork.

It can be of any art forms of art like digital art, contemporary art, abstracts, fine art , oil paintings and arcylic paintings etc.  In Manjiri's case, it was Frank Bango who used her painting, 'Romance in the Rain', as the cover for his music album 'Touchy, Feely' in 2013.

She paints full time now and feels that it is much more rewarding than a full time job. Her paintings depict mostly love. Her creations 'Romantic Interlude', 'Autumn romance' and 'Walking in the sunshine' show strong reflections of love. 

"No amount of money earned in the corporate world, can give me as much satisfaction as I get when my work is appreciated by my collectors." says Manjiri, who has actively sold acrylic paintings and oil paintings worldwide and has a large number of regular collectors.

Romance is something that connects souls and a piece of fabric with the name of your soul mate can work wonders! You can also use handcrafted jewellery to bring the gorgeous smile on your companions face!

It is no wonder many philosophers have used poems as a medium to express their feelings. A booknovel or a blissful poem can make your day! Manjiri is a core passionate and romantic person who uses colors to do the wonders!

Carrying the legacy of photo art and art work

Her core persistence to pursue her passion for art led her to becoming a full time artist. If you have to express yourself to someone in a way that can leave you speechless, Manjiri's art work have the ability to do all the talking for you.

Her photo art stand out from the crowd owing to the rich and luxurious effects they offer to the viewer! Classic, elegant and creative; landscape paintings and acrylic  paintings of Manjiri has been the talk of the town lately

Her presence in the various art galleries has helped garner her name in every nook and corner of the globe! There is no wonder her art forms has taken the world by her side!

Manjiri’s exclusive art work on ShowFlipper

The paintings of Manjiri are a profuse part of ShowFlipper! They treasure the value of love and passion in every pixel and creatively involve the soul of the user towards them! The blissful use of brushstrokes on the canvas makes every creation a special one! 

The mesmerizing beauty of the emotions that blossoms in the season of love are confined by every inch of her canvas. They reveal the story of hearts that are piously built to love! Some of the great fine art paintings can also be found at Art Gallery Worldwide - fine art oil paintings

Her acrylic paintings are the ideal gift for that special someone when you have something to say that cannot be expressed in words. Acrylic paintings perfectly capture the emotions you are trying to express. Acrylic paintings are simple and beautiful paintings will undoubtedly impress your significant other. You can buy art made by her on her show 'Romantic paintings' on ShowFlipper.

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Spiritual Healing Leads to Inspirational Art Work

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A Greived Soul And Fine Art

Art is a medium that allows people to express emotion. An artist can portray their dismay or disappointment. 

This helps them gain closure when certain things don't go their way. Not many people know that painting is a kind of spiritual healing that many artists resort to.

They use a blank canvas and a brush to express their emotions, that gives rise to abstract art and fine art that helps to heal their souls. 

Most of us mourn our losses with tears, but an artist uses colors to vent out deep emotions. Oil paintings, a very common yet powerful art work breaks the jinx of destruction caused to the soul.

Painting to heal your soul is not uncommon. An entire field of psychology deals with counselling through art. It is known as art therapy.

Art therapy gives the artist, “Inspiration”

Inspirational mixed media artist, Judith Iris Quate, lost her son to a lifelong ailment of cerebral palsy; she turned towards painting to heal her bruised soul. She had initially resorted to painting as a healing process.

Using the canvas as a therapist, she vented out all the love and affection into it. Her paintings have strong usages of red to signify the strength of her love. 

She blended these colors with images of her son along with a lingering thought or a quote.

Each time she put up a new painting, we would be amazed at the depth of emotion it portrayed. You can shop for the paintings of Judith, at www.showflipper.com

""Judith""

Inspirational Art Creations

"I believe that mourning is something we all do differently" she wants to send out a message through art; she says,"It is not just about the art, it is about what the art says". 

Her show named 'Inspiring Creations' on ShowFlipper is dedicated to her son with the tagline,"In the memory of my son Jason who inspires me every day".

She continues to paint from her heart, which sets an inspirational creation apart from other paintings that you see at the galleries.

 She also makes handmade bags and greeting cards that have the similar touch of love and emotions. We have never seen Judith create an artwork that is conventional.

Her shows are splashed with the colors, an oil painting with a difference, along with inspirational quotes and messages that are a rare combination. Her works are a form of inspirational art that can appeal to mothers all over the world.

The importance of Karma

In 1976, Dr King published his groundbreaking book, You too can heal.  This led to a lot of controversies, especially in the circle of spiritual healers, who perceived spiritual healing as the gift of few. 

 Dr King believed that some may not be very receptive of the healing. As Dr George King said, Miracles are not performed by God for man, but by Man for GOD.

The contemporary art form has too been used extensively that decodes the values of Karma. Karma, has been an will be in the nature till apocalypse!

Spirituality and Art

In the field of psychotherapy or spiritual healing, we encounter art therapy. You paint to heal your soul. You use your creative process of making art to express yourself. Inspirational art work or happy art is a way to stay inspired, happy and beautiful.

Inspirational art motivates, instigates and encourages creativity in you. Beautiful paintings or art can actually inspire you to stay positive and creative. 

Art therapy attempts to use humanism to reconcile the emotional human conflicts.  It focuses on the creative and contemporary art making process itself. 

 The creative process involved when one is actually trying to express herself creatively can reduce stress and  improve self confidence.

Visit this good read that attempts to cure the soul with art therapy!

This provides individuals with a deeper understanding of life and even oneself.  Art therapy can be involved in art through acrylic painting or art photography.  Whatever it is you do not have to be an expert in the art.  To define the colors of life, go ahead and pick up that color.

Art Therapy

Express yourself in postcards you create yourself. Design your own thank you cards and send them to friends. You can also Google some African art and try your hands on it.

Music is said to stir your soul.  So, listen to music and close your eyes to view what this music is inspiring in you. Read it, explore yourself.

The underlying statement is, never get stuck at one place.  You can be unhappy today, but it is not worth to be unhappy throughout your life. Do some art, express yourself and be happy and beautiful.

""One""

ShowFlipper for Art!

Judith's characteristic feature is disability awareness and she strives to spread that with her shows. 

Having witnessed the kind of treatment that physically disabled children have to undergo, she writes special messages and quotes on her paintings saying that every child is beautiful, unique and different. 

Her creations also send out the messages of acceptance towards children who are special. Each of her artistic depiction echoes that 'Every child is special.

ShowFlipper has been a great resource for everyone who is involved with art and related subjects!
It is a horizon for fine arts, abstract arts, paintings, poemssculptures and so on! 

You can feast on the art works of the ShowTainers who are talent heads in their respective fields!

Visit www.showflipper.com ,a place that has the best art creations of all times! You can also shop art works at the best rates and make your day!

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