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Hi Everyone

A quick apology for my absence but several things have taken priority over the blog in the past few days. I have managed to produce some work for the Cayfest celebrations and I will post more about those soon.

The last few days have seen my husband locked away in his home office working on his new domain at TheCaymanHost.com (I don’t really understand exactly what his business is all about but it means he works from home so I’m not complaining) and I have been painting and banging nails and sawing wood for all I’m worth. We have been passing at meal times and collapsing into bed each night and falling asleep in mid conversation, him mumbling about Search Engine Optimization and me about sponsors and paintings!

I also have news of a big solo art show coming up…….I’m really excited about it and again, more news soon. Thanks to all the commenters, I promise to respond really soon 🙂

Have a great day everyone

Nickola

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I very nearly forgot to post  about my recent triumph in a poetry competition!

OK, that sounds rather boastful of me I know, but I’m the kind of person who rarely, if ever, wins competitions so I’m quite proud of myself. The main reason for posting was to thank Nicole Hyde for giving me the opportunity and to encourage people to go and have a look at her blog, Nicole Hyde Fine Art

Nicole is an artist from Colorado who states a preference for working in oils and if you can spare a few seconds I’m asking everyone to go and vote for a painting she has entered in the Saatchi Gallery Showdown – it is a very moody landscape and it would be great if we could help increase the voting for her – not that the painting doesn’t merit our votes, but hey, bloggers help bloggers right? You have only until April 9th, So – Click here to place your votes

Good luck Nicole and let us know how you get on.

I can’t wait to receive my prize – thanks so much – I shall put a picture up for all to see. Oh, and look out for future competitions at Nicole’s blog,  and you too might win one of her excellent paintings – just like me 🙂

Nickola

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Back in June of last year I wrote a piece about online art galleries. I think that after all this time, it’s about time to givea quick summary of what the passing of time has made apparent.

1) Hosted online galleries do not bring much in the way of sales of fine art. In the two years since the experiment of registering with several organizations the sum total of sales directly attributable to hosted galleries is four paintings. None of these individual sales amounted to more than a few hundred dollars. I won’t name the various sites, not wishing to denegrate any of their services. I relate this as purely my own experience.

2) There are now so many of these galleries, often hosting thousands of hopeful artisans, that the chances of a visitor stumbling across your work have become less and less likely. Information overload will overwhelm most people long before they make a buying decision.

3) What does sell is very likely to be at the very bottom of the price scale. Few people are willing to spend a lot of money on original paintings if they can’t see them up close and in person. This is quite understandable; I certainly wouldn’t do it, unless I was already very familiar with the artist and their work, and this is not likely to be the case for most artists trying to sell through these channels.

4) Serious art buyers go to galleries, read art publications and know what they like. You are very unlikely to tap into such a market through a free or paid gallery hosted by a third party.

So, is it all doom and gloom, are most starving artists destined to remain that way? (more…)

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Maybe it’s all my husband’s fault…..in fact, let’s just say it’s definitely his fault. Until I met him I knew little of the turbulent history of North America, I didn’t have much time for Hollywood’s portrayals, nor the truth. I suppose being a girl, those kind of macho fascinations just weren’t in my makeup.  But, I have to admit, he’s worn me down. Firstly with his tales of Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas…….places that to so many of us are just names on a map….then with his insistence that we added certain movies to our collection, movies which I actually often found myself enjoying and which led to long discussions late into the night and the early hours. Eventually, my eyes were turned towards the art of the native Americans, firstly just cursory and easily dismissed, but with their tribal history and often heartbreaking stories, I became more fascinated by the artists of the present and the past, and wanting to see the kinds of paintings such fascinating people would produce.

I was given some beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry a couple of years ago which had been bought in South Dakota and instantly fell in love with it, my husband kept some beautiful iron wood carvings on display at his home and I began to see that there was a huge variety of art still being produced by some very talented craftsmen, and I wanted to see more paintings!

Today, on a rest from my brushes I went exploring and thought I would share some of the art I have been looking at on this Saturday evening. (more…)

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Wow, where to begin with this update?

I posted a short time ago about the Million Dollar Race and am happy to say that I have managed to finish at least half of the paintings I hope to exhibit. I’ve not posted any images here yet as I don’t wish to prejudice the pre-show publicity that the gallery are spending a great deal of effort on – thanks Morgan Gallery! I am contributing pieces in a wide variety of styles and sizes, including abstracts, semi-abstracts and representational – for both my loyal readers and my own satisfaction I am allowing myself the indulgence of showing you one painting today…..as yet untitled, this is a monochrome acrylic on canvas

Million Dollar Race Grand Cayman

The show is fast approaching and I still have much to do, but I’m confident now that the paintings will all be finished in time.

Other projects on the horizon are many and varied. I have been commissioned by a private buyer to produce a painting of old Cayman in a similar vein to the Bygone Cayman Series, but on a larger scale – I need to have the picture finished within the next three weeks so the pressure is on for that job! Work has commenced, and so far it’s going well.

The competitions and exhibitions are coming thick and fast too. The McCoy Prize is only just around the corner and after a lay off of a couple of years, I would really like to win the award again….at the moment I am thinking of entering a sculpture and have purchased most of the materials I am going to need – the idea is rooted firmly in my head, all that remains is the execution! (more…)

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I have had to modify my feed address and am asking all my wonderful subscribers to please amend your feeds either by using the Add Me button in the sidebar of my blog or by using the following new url:-

http://feeds.feedburner.com/pheedo/WfpR

Thank you everyone and apologies for the hassle.

Nickola

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Hi Everyone

I am making a very quick post today and it’s rather business like. I am going to embark on a blogroll cleaning excercise, the plan being to remove all those who don’t reciprocate. If you are currently on the blogroll and don’t link back to me at present, your link will be removed within the next week or so, unless of course you let me know otherwise 🙂

My main reason for this is that my traffic is growing rapidly and I think it only fair in this hugely crowded blog world that we give what we get.

If you would prefer more exposure than just a blogroll entry, click on the Links tab at the top of this page and apply for a reciprocal link back to your own site.

That’s all for today, enjoy your Sunday, I’ll be back after the weekend!

Nickola

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