Artists Websites

Artists Websites – How important are they?

Do you have an artists website? These days, if you are at all serious about marketing your art, a website is a ‘must have’. “Why an artists website?” I can hear you ask. Good question. “Why can’t I just put my work on Facebook?” You say.

Here are a few thoughts on really important things which relate to you, what ever kind of creative person you might be, who is wanting to sell their work.

  • Firstly let’s clear up the question of whether or not having a website is a choice – Well of course we have choice in everything, however in terms of having your own website, hosted on your own provider – that is an imperative for any artist.
  • Note that I am stressing  your own hosting provider.  Why is that? Simply because it gives YOU control over every aspect of your website.
  • What is the downside of sites like Facebook, Red Bubble, etc? You have no control over what they decide to do with the format of that space, they can change the rules on you when ever they like. They might even go belly up and bang goes your site.  However when you have your own hosting, you get to save backup copies of your site in your own destination so if something happens to your provider, you can always upload your site to another provider – very important!.
  • Secondly you must recognize that you are in a business that actually sells  products and you need to make up your mind where you sit in that chain of supply and demand.
  • Painting as a hobby is one thing, however to be a successfully selling artist in a very competitive market, is quite another. Furthermore, it is tricky because you generally have two different markets to consider – the galleries and people you sell directly to – more on that in another post…

So today is really just a few words to encourage those of you who don’t have a website to get one. Below is a screen shot  of the front page of my website built on a WordPress platform found at  – wordpress.org and independently hosted.  I have used both  Bluehost and Hostmonster hosting companies , which both have a very easy interface (C Panel) to use and I have found them to be very reliable and helpful when needed.  Their Help Desk is very user-friendly also.

Kadira Jennings -artists website,front page

My website front page

If you have any questions I can help with please feel free to post a comment  – Button is at the top of the page.

This week’s question: Do you have a website, and if not when are you going to get one?

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Next Monday’s Post: Do we need an audience for our work?

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Developing a series of works is an interesting journey.

Working in this way with a theme or an image, can produce work that contains a lot more depth than working on a range of dissimilar subjects.

A case in point is the clothing series that I began working on recently. I began with dresses in a wardrobe. The dresses emerge out of the darkness into view. They tantalize our thoughts to tease out their story. In fact they began to take on a life of their own quite early on in the piece.

 

Developing a series of works - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

First closet drawing

This drawing, also in charcoal,  gave birth to some other ideas which I have begun exploring.

Working in a series - Pick Me, Kadira jennings

Pick Me – Closet drawing II

 

And then there was

Working In a Series Silks and Linen - Closet drawing III,Kadira Jennings

Silks and Linen – Closet drawing III

 

Paintings are proceeding from all of these drawings, so stay tuned for the updates.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary paint work

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What is an artistic fingerprint?

fingerprint photo

 

Well the most important thing about a fingerprint of course is that it is unique.  No one can copy or duplicate yours.  So what does this have to do with art?

Quite a lot really.  Let me ask you a question.

What is unique about your art?

If you put up several of your works on a wall with another five or ten artists, could you immediately tell yours apart from theirs?

So what kind of things make up an artistic fingerprint?  To begin with you need to have a body of work. This is a collection of several works, 10-20 at least .  The more the merrier.  It is only when you have several works, that you can put them all together and see if they all look like they are done by the same artist.  Now some artists have a very distinctive style.  One who springs to mind is Carolee S Clark .  As you can see below her work really stands out. – check out her website to see a group of her works together and you will get a good idea of her fingerprint.

Artistic fingerprint Birch Banter Carolee Clark

Birch Banter Carolee Clark

Compare this to my own work and you will see an immediate difference.

The Dance of Life - Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

The Dance of Life

There is no way we could be mistaken for the same artist as our artistic fingerprint is very different.

Some of the things that we see here are the use of a very different palette and a different mood to the painting.  Carolee uses bright, pure colour while my palette is much more subdued using reduced colours.

Now I am going to show you two more works, done by the same artists.  Both use a similar, bright palette, however they are still very different styles.

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Carolee Clark – West Hills Farm

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Kadira Jennings – The Meeting

If we compare these two paintings, you can now see similarities, however my palette is still more reduced that Carolee’s.  Some of the brushwork is also a little similar, however Carolee, still has that very stylized element to her work. It would be quite a stretch to think they were done by the same artist.

So you can see that there can be similarities, however a unique artistic fingerprint need to be just that. ….unique.

This week’s question: What is unique about your art?

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Next Monday’s Post: ?…..

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The craft of painting – what is it?

Well it has many aspects to it not the least of which are having courage and being brave.
Painting, painting, – and then there was more. Well, one likes to think so anyway.
I started back at John Morris’ class this week. One has to challenge ones-self you know.

craft of painting,John Morris

John Morris

 

And it is – challenging to throw yourself into a class where there is no quarter given – really – if that’s what you ask for – which I do. Still, you have to be prepared to not be precious about what you are producing or bringing along for a critique.
Do you have a teacher like that? If you don’t, you need to get one. If you really want to get serious about the business of art – you need to get over yourself enough to accept critical help, sign posts and pointers along the way.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary drawings

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing ?

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You may wonder when you look at today’s painting, what on earth it has to do with James Watt. Well as it turns out, quite a bit really.

You see when my partner John, and I, were visiting the Science Museum in London recently, we had a wander around the section that had exhibits to do with James Watt. It seems that, Johns great-grandfather five times removed was James Watt and John was very keen to take a look at the exhibits. Which we did.

James Watt's Workshop

James Watt’s Workshop

 

Part of the display was a recreation of his workshop – the whole thing transported, lock, stock and barrel and reset up in the museum.  Here are some photos of the space.

James Watt's Workshop

Busts and Jars

 

And next up is the photo which inspired the following painting. I loved the colours and the abstract patterns made by the machine and it’s shadows!

James Watt's Workshop

 

The Painting……………

 

James Watt Studio Painting

 

This week’s question:  What can you find an abstraction in?

Look For Thursday’s Post: In the closet

Next Monday’s Post: Mindset – what is yours?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

This is the second painting of this Landscapes of the Heart series that stands in its own right. Again it is about emotional processing – a little more optimistic perhaps than the first one – perhaps. Here I have personified the heart within its own landscape. I don’t have a lot to say about it – I must let the image speak for itself here…..

Landscapes of the Heart II, Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

 

This week’s question:  How does it make you feel? What emotion does it bring up for you?

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Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

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