Monthly Archives: May 2009

THE CAMERA: Asset or Distraction?


  I love my Canon 350D SLR, 8.1mp camera. I also have a Kodak EasyShare DX 6340, 4mp. Both cameras have been well and truly superseded, but they are still great servants. The former is fairly large and a bit … Continue reading

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MY GREATEST CHALLENGE: Update


A “snippet” from my current drawing. It’s another lovely Autumn day. The sun is sitting proudly in the sky but its warmth is somewhat mediocre. Outside my studio my aviary is full of the sounds of contented budgerigars, their pleasant … Continue reading

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HOW MUCH IS YOUR ART WORTH?


“Cottage at Dunrobbin, Derwent Valley, Tasmania”, blacklead pencil on 300gsm watercolour paper. Today’s post is my 200th since I began this blog last October. Artists would love to demand and receive a fortune for every piece of work they create, … Continue reading

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IS PAID ADVERTISING WORTHWHILE?


“Rocks at Low Head”, coloured pencil on pastel board. “Having money makes more money”, so people say. When you haven’t got a lot of money to invest in promoting your art, paid advertising is something rarely considered. Not all advertising … Continue reading

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SHOULD ARTISTS PROMOTE THEIR WORK?


“Rocks at Hawley”, pastel on Canson paper. Most artists don’t work 9 – 5 in their studio. Creativity isn’t something that can be turned on and off on demand. You (should) work when you feel like it. It’s amazing how … Continue reading

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WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST SUCCESSFUL? Part 4.


“Backwater, Liffey River”, coloured pencil on Canson paper. How important is it to sell your work? The greatest pressure artists place upon themselves is brought about by their obsession with money. If artists don’t sell, then why are they creating … Continue reading

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WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST SUCCESSFUL? Part 3.


“Morning Light, Sisters Beach, Tasmania”, pastel on Canson paper. How valuable is recognition by the public?  “The public know what they want”. How many times has this been said? I don’t know if that’s really true. People buy artwork for … Continue reading

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