There is no doubt that the Internet has had a huge impact on the social and economic infrastructure of our planet. The amount of business conducted over the ‘net’ is staggering. This has its good and bad points, the latter being people’s reactions to market forces. The stock market is a prime example that has seen huge fluctuations of late. Panic is a human condition that is well and truly alive in the market place!
eBay seems to be the place where one can buy everything and anything. I’ve heard of stories where people have bought ‘bargains’, while some have had the opposite experience.
I’m more concerned with the Internet’s impact on the art market. Is it really worth spending hours every day uploading examples of one’s artwork to sites that promote art to an ‘eager’ public. Have you done this and if so, how much art have you sold? Has it been a worthwhile exercise for you?
I love art blogs because you can see and read what different artists do and think. This is a great way to share ideas and opinions. One can make friends with people all over the world and this is a very positive outcome for bloggers who consistently respond to comments on their blog. Why is it that some bloggers never seem to respond to comments?
Here in Queensland, Australia, I can load an example of my latest artwork on the net and in no time some one can view it on their laptop in Iceland while heading to work on a bus. Isn’t that brilliant!
Let’s be honest, the majority of artists who show their work want to sell it. Some paint for the market and are hell-bent on selling. Those who paint for themselves still sell their work, but remain true to their vocation – they paint from the heart. Their work is individual, unique and special. Bravo to these people!
More on Wednesday.