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     I was talking to a friend the other day who is a professional photographer.  She told me about a website that she uses to sell her art and asked me if I had ever heard of it.  I had, but had never really looked over their site. She urged me to go there and sign up as a member.

     When I got home, I sat down and studied the website.  It is great!  It's called FINE ART  It is free to join, and even though they have thousands of artists on the site, for a fee of $30 per year, you can get a premium membership which allows much more ability to sell and advertise your art.  Plus, they sell prints, pillows, phone cases, etc, etc, using your art.  All of which earn commissions for the artist. Not bad in my book!  For that $30, you are given a storefront page with a photo of yourself and your bio, and you can upload a lot of artwork into collections according to type. And, best of all,  you are give…

     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.

     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…

      I TEACH an art class on Tuesday evening, and I also study art. Why?  Because ongoing education is a good thing!  We all have room to learn and one of my teachers has been a professional artist for many years!  She is an IMPRESSIONIST who is a former illustrator.  Her mother and uncle were professional artists as well.  She was weaned on art,  LOL! and has had many years of formal art education.  Her paintings used to be more realistic, what most illustrators do, and what I do, but she got tired of it.  She craved the freedom of impressionism and so broke free to pursue her dream.  She is represented by many galleries and owns her own as well.

     Her name is Mary Hubley. I've studied under her because she knows things I need to learn, and she has refined my art.  Many professionals work with one another as it sharpens their skills, and just as in the work arena where ongoing education is good for skill buildi…

     So, what is the difference?  Do we need all three?  How do we write them? In what order do they fit in our portfolio?  Are they really all that important???

     All good questions!  I have asked them myself and yes, there is confusion as to what the difference is between each of these and how they should be used.  So I have been going through "classes" online to learn how to build my portfolio (other than just photos of my work) and it has been very informative to say the least.

     FIRST:  Your biography is BY FAR the most important part of your portfolio! It, therefore needs to be complete and thorough, and it must be the first thing seen.  It should be written in the "third person" as if someone else is writing about you, and it can be as long as three pages, or like a magazine article.  I am not kidding here.  You see, when you are in a gallery, the staff "sells" YOU.  Your bi…