|Maisy, original watercolour, private commission.|
Making your mark with art
I have chosen to display Maisy with this blog post. This is one of my favourite pet portraits from last year and I must admit I did find it hard to part with the painting. Maisy most definitely left a mark with me and maybe, when the painting is viewed by a larger audience, she probably will with others too!
Many people look on google images as a way to browse and subsequently view websites. As artists, we are in a great position having images to display. This isn't a blog post about SEO, just an enthusiastic reminder that the tools are readily available to enable our artwork seen by a large, potentially worldwide audience.
I can easily get lost in the internet, browsing the most incredible array of work from the most talented artists. Sometimes I feel truly inspired and other times frustrated by comparing my own work - I do strongly believe that these thought processes are healthy, and can drive a level of commitment to achieve.
So what to remember if you haven't the confidence to display.
- Remember that you will always have the ability to touch someone with your artwork.
- This could be a family member or friend to a collector of your work. Both are important!
- Sharing your work online can give you the drive to produce more work.
- Art is subjective. Don't think about those who don't like your work, think about those who do.
- Remain positive and forward looking.
One quick thing to mention - before presenting your work to a larger audience, study the photo that you have of your painting before sharing. Wait a day, and look again. Often you can see things that need improving just by looking at the photograph. Although I suggest always presenting your best work, don't let the fear of this stop you.
Keep making your mark!