November 23, 2011

Questions, questions, questions....

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!!!

11 comments:

amyd said...

yes, lots of questions...! wish I could remember the article I read recently that suggested that you pick 2-3 marketing avenues and do them really well...otherwise it can all eat up your time...which I think you might be getting at! I don't know how you do what you do right now - you are putting forth a great effort! your poll questions are intriguing...I wish I knew why people buy art...sometimes it alludes me...
and happy thanksgiving to you too!
amy

jen said...

it really does seem like you have to have many irons in the fire these days!! you can't just make art...you have to be EVERYWHERE promoting and competing. I think you're doing a great job getting seen, on etsy at least from what I see, with all the treasuries you are in! At least you are aware of what needs to be done and are doing what you can.
I really like the picture you included in this post, too.
Happy Thanksgiving, and keep doing what you're doing!!

Julie said...

So many!! I have one. Website. Now my website is hooked up to my twitter and facebooks.... But that's all I have. Happy thanksgiving!

Raylee said...

what do you love the best? consentrate on that.

Raylee said...

what do you love the best? concentrate on that.

amyd said...

and to help with even more promoting...I've given you the Liebster Blog Award! congrats! learn more about it here...
http://fourcornersdesign.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-love.html

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

Hi! I like your blog (came over from amyd's, and I am a fellow Liebster awardee)! I have no answers, alas, as I am swimming--sometimes floundering--through the same seas. But it's good to keep asking the questions.

rebeca trevino said...

hi dave, thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment.

i am pondering your questions and can say this: i have one blog. i do not have a facebook page for my work. i often feel i spend too much time on-line as it is . . . i have found that people really connect with art they can see it live. although i have sold a few pieces through my blog, the primary focus of my blog is to show my work, and get feed back from friends and other artists.

a year and a half ago i walked into a gallery, and talked to to them about showing my work in their store. thankfully the woman who selected the artists was not in, and i was able to make an appt with her for a later date. she loved my work and took me in. today i am in 3 galleries in my area. and my art sells.

i work a few hours per month at one of the galleries where i show my work, and i find that when people fall in love with the work, when they 'connect' with the work, they buy it.

hope this helps.

congrats on the liebster award. that amyd works in mysterious ways doesn't she? i found your blog and the sites of other amazing artists because of her.

Cindy said...

Hi Dave, Thanks for stopping by my blog..Fat Cow Studio. I am glad you did,it brought me to your blog. I am looking forward to reading more! I made the barn picture with my iphone using Pic Grunger. I usually don't lug my camera around and I love the apps on the iphone!

Holly Dean said...

Wow! You have a lot to manage, Dave. I went to a Social Media presentation at a "business for artists" conference last week. I've just blogged about it and included a link in the Erin Blaskie bit. There's lots of information there!

Dayna Collins said...

Well, Dave, I don't have any answers to the questions you pose, I don't even have any advice! I do know that I maintain a web site (someone else does the periodic updates for me), my Alley Art blog, my personal Facebook, and my art Facebook and that is more than enough for me. I know I'm considering jumping into etsy in 2012, but haven't (yet) considered any of the photo sites. I know it is always a balance between studio time and marketing/promotion, which goes to what my motivations are. In the new year I'll be doing my annual Vision Board to help me set some direction and I'm also gathering a small group of friends together to go through Julia Cameron's "Vein of Gold." Hopefully more will be revealed.