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SHOULD PEOPLE BE ALLOWED TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR ARTWORK?

     This is a hot debate that will go on for a long time as the feelings are strong on the matter.  Many galleries have signs posted NO PHOTOS ALLOWED.  Others don't have a problem with it feeling that it actually gives them free advertising.  How do you feel about it?  Frankly,  in order for a photo to be good enough to be used professionally it would require lighting, etc to get it right.  So there is no danger in allowing photographs.  Some even hand out photos that include the name, artist's name ,and the price on the sheet.  Now that I think is a great idea!  If the person doesn't keep it, someone else may take it or it may just end up in the hands of someone who falls in love with your artwork and buys it!


     You never know when, where, or how your work will be seen.  Let me give you an example.  Last night, My husband and I were in the science lab at the high school setting up for the Acrylic…
CLASS IS OVER--AGAIN!

     Well, we have painted through another six weeks of class! This was a large class and the students were used to painting, which meant they were serious about learning!  I liked that, because I am serious about teaching!

      After seeing the work this group produced in the first class I knew they were able to do more advanced paintings, so I switched gears and we painting more complicated paintings than the previously.  The last two classes were spent on one painting and all of the students came away with a really nice painting capable of being framed and hung in their homes.  I am glad that I made that decision because they were all thrilled with their results and each and every one said they wanted to join my next class which will begin in mid January.

     Teaching is very different from just being an artist.  It requires patience and the ability to work with different personalities, and even mo…
"TACTILE" ART SHOW

     In St. Augustine, FL where I live, we have the FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND,  known here as FSDB.  Needless to say, we have a large number of students and their families from all over the country and many settle here permanently.  FYI, this is the school that Ray Charles, the famous singer went to.

     Every year the St. Augustine Art Association and FSDB sponsor an art show that features tactile art for the students.  I have never submitted an entry until this year.  I had entered a painting into the "Cutting Edge" show a few months ago that featured a "Carnivale" dancer with all her regalia including jewels glued to the canvas and a feather pom-pom sticking out of the canvas at her head dressing.  It didn't win anything, but it was a last minute entry that I hadn't been able to finish as I had wanted.  People liked her though, so I kept her around.

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ASKING COLLECTORS FOR REFERENCE PHOTOS

     So, you've sold a piece of your art and you would like to get a photo of it in the home of the collector.  How do you go about it?  Just ask! Ask the collector to give their address or at least an email address to send them a thank you note.  Then ask them if they don't mind, would they do you the favor of sending a photo of the piece hung in it's new home to add to your portfolio.  If they are reluctant to give theirs, just give them yours, but most are very happy to oblige!  And, don't forget to send that thank you note!  Courtesy is a very important part of business, and selling our art is definitely building a business.  People appreciate kindness and personal attention and it might even result in repeat sales to that collector, and they are more likely to tell others about your work as well!
Also, you want to have a folder dedicated to these photos, either electronic or actual photos.

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