|Blank Canvas, David Hayes, 2011|
As of late I've been questioning where to best spend my time as an artist. You see, I run two Etsy shops: Clearer Reflections, where I show my mixed media and painting pieces, and Reflective Images, where I show my photography. Running these two shops takes time each day to keep them current and to do what marketing I can to stand out from the competition. (And there's lots of that!!)
I also have a Blogger blog (this one...), a Tumblr, a Flickr, a Twitter account, a Facebook page...and have just started a WordPress blog and another Tumblr...both of which need more work before I "unveil" them. Naturally all of these sites take a fair amount of maintenance and following. I do these sites not only to market my wares but also to keep up with what's going on in the world and art. (I can get lost for a long time on Tumblr!!)
Now...along with all of the above, I'm constantly doing something in my studio. Currently I have three big canvases started...one will be a figurative study (...an old-fashion over-the-bar nude!) and the other two will be a abstract diptych. Then there's my photography and a dozen or so other projects waiting in the wings. LIFE always takes a big part of the day...and ever since I discovered the "Angry Bird" app for my iPhone...hours can be lost here! (Crazy birds!!!)
So...I guess what I'm getting at is this. Where should I best spend my marketing efforts? However...that's not the question I'd like to pose to you all. Instead I'd like to try my hand at my first POLL and direct your attention to the right sidebar where you should find two questions. The first is "Why do you buy art?" and the second is "Why do other people buy art?" If you could take a moment to click your responses, I'd be most happy!! It is answers to these questions that will help me with my marketing effort thoughts...
Oh...the picture above was created by first taking an overhead shot with my iPhone camera of the blank canvases that I'm using for my diptych. I then used the editing feature in the camera app to reposition and crop it on a diagonal. I then opened the FX Photo Studio App and applied the Noir Blue filter...tweaking the settings a bit to get the color and contrast I wanted. What do you think?
And yes...have a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!!!