It's not always a bad thing. Names get dropped for good reasons all the time. If you're a writer, a painter, an architect, a well thought of butcher, baker or candle stick maker (I'm teasing about the butcher bit), having your name dropped means an opportunity for increasing your business.
Recently at a working-dinner, Alicia (my sister) and commented on a wall-sculpture in our host's home. I loved the colors and texture of it, and asked if it was one of their own pieces. It was, and I added that it reminded me of the work of another artist, a local one, whose work I've been a fan of for several years.
Immediately our hostess said she was familiar with the same artist's work and likes it as well.
The artist is Nick Mason of Blue Collar Pottery, and if you've never seen his beautiful work, CLICK HERE. He's got several examples of his work displayed throughout his website.
Website-fever is contagious
On Story Street is another site that's been up and running for a while, yet it's only been recently that an online gallery has been incorporated into it, showcasing some of the owner's artwork.
The site belongs to my sister, Alicia, and although her art has been available for several years now, it hasn't been accessible in an online venue.
She has a large array of interests, and her artwork is reflective of that, so it isn't confined to a specific genre or materials used in producing it.
Alicia's been producing art in various forms and themes since she was a kid. In retrospect, I'm very thankful the skulls, coffins and vampire-slayer phase is over and her depictions have moved forward to vision-scapes and dragon-slaying (intentional facetiousness, there).
Within the folk-art and fine-art circles, some have advised her that having her work available in an online forum detracts from its value. Others insist it doesn't. My personal take is, the more venues it's available in, the easier it is for fans (old, new and not yet acquired) to find it. If it can be found, it can be purchased. If it's only found in physical galleries or shops, it's limited to people physically visiting that shop.
Artists produce art for lots of reasons. Some do it simply for themselves. Others do it for a small, high-end circle of collectors, while others want their art as easily obtainable as possible for as many people who would like to collect it or purchase it for someone else to enjoy.
Alicia's in the group that's decided to make their work available for as many as possible, while still earning a living at it, and the website galleries are a large part of the venues making that possible.
Below are a few examples of pieces available in the new On Story Street web-gallery.
Although the sales methods vary, shopping via an artist's website is still a simple process and will save you travel time. If your fav artist lives in England and you live in Argentina, a web-gallery to view and purchase from can come in handy.
Bear in mind, when it comes to paintings (and a couple of other products), simple doesn't mean fast. Web-galleries don't work like department stores or physical galleries, where you can just pick up a piece from a shelf or wall display, march it to the cash register and walk away with your treasure. There may be a few days, weeks or even months between placing an order and it arriving to where you want it shipped.
Paintings, for example, require an amount of time for curing. If you happen to find one you love and want to purchase it, it may not be available to ship if the curing time hasn't been fulfilled.
This isn't indicative of all art pieces available in web-galleries but it's something you should be aware of in event you're wanting to give that special someone a gift for a birthday or anniversary or whatever timely event you're wanting to present it in. Whatever wait time may be involved, the artist, product or website manager will let you know about how much time (if any) may be involved from the time you order your piece until it can be sent to you.
The worth it-factor with the waiting and few extra steps in selecting and ordering is in knowing you're getting a unique piece, personally produced by a favorite artisan.
'Tis the season
While we're focusing on unique gifts, I've been notified of a New Hampshire artist producing some beautiful pieces that are now available on via the BurntBirch shoppe on Etsy. Her name is Kate and when you see her work, I'm confident you'll be just as smitten with it as I am.
Her partner, Dr. Tarrin P. Lupo, presents an over-the-shoulder view of her work and the process she goes through to produce it. Have a look...
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