Saturday, April 19, 2008

Studio time

Lemons on blue green

There has been talk lately in my local art group about studio time. We have all discussed how it is classified personally. Some people only count the time that they work on art in the studio, others count the time in the studio, taking pictures, creating thumbnails, cleaning up or arranging the studio, and still others count only the time spent actually creating a finished piece.

Personally, for me, I count any time I spend in the studio as creative time, even when i am arranging or cleaning because I think this calms the inner muse and allows me to clearly "see" what I need to accomplish. I count those walks outside as time to clearly "see" my environment to help me put together a landscape composition. I count those times that i sit with my sketchbook and make some thumbnails to help me "see" what I want to create and how I want to place those items. So I guess for me anytime I work on some aspect of my art I count that as studio time. I think for me it is a more artful life...a way to capture more art in my life.

What about you? How do you view your studio time? Leave your posts in the comments section.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

selling prints vs originals

lemons on violet, 9" x 12" oil on stretched canvas in a thin metal frame, ready to hang and signed on the front $150.00 framed includes US shipping email me if you would like it unframed $125.00 or as a 9" by 12" print $35.00

Prints vs. Originals -

there seems to be quite a bit of hype lately about artists selling prints of their work. some people think it is ok, others do not. personally i think in the economic times we are in, artists need to make some money where they see fit and selling prints as opposed to the originals is more economical for the customer, but are we selling ourselves out by selling cheaper versions of the original? i am not sure either way...although i am looking into places that can make prints of my work, i just haven't decided if this is the way to go.

so, do you sell prints of your work? why or why not? if so, please pass on some information about where you have prints made and if you think it is the way to go. if you post a reply and link back to my blog on your blog, let me know and i will add your link here.

hummmm.... i am curious, how many artists are doing prints of their work and how they are selling in relationship to their originals.