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Saturday, April 12, 2008

questions....

This is "Mariella", an 18" x 24" mixed media painting that I just finished. I was really happy with the results. The painting was inspired by one of my favorite songs by Kate Nash, also titled Mariella. I tried to use some different techniques like a wallpaper stencil on it, and to just be a little looser overall. You can watch the YouTube video below to learn more about the inspiration and technique involved.

You know...I've been doing this full-time for a long time. It's amazing the amount of questions that I get every week from others all around the world. So I decided to post a few of the questions and answers this week. If you like it, maybe I'll make it a weekly post. Let me know. :)

SusieB asks: How long did it take you to make it as an artist?

I've been working at it for over 10 years. I started selling on Ebay in 1998. I'm still "making it" every day...it's just part of the process.

JenInTX asks: Is it hard to sell artwork on the Internet? Don't people need to see it in person?

I find it easier to sell on the Internet because there is a much larger audience. I also think that with some work that strikes a more emotional cord with people...it's easier for them to make a decision about something when they are comfortable in their own home.

AmyG asks: How many paintings have you sold?

I'm not sure. I lost count.

FelixKat asks: What advice to you have for artists just starting out?

Archive all your work. You can later use it for prints and promotional materials. Keep a record of all your customers (with their permission). Brush up on your marketing skills...you'll need to spend almost as much time marketing as you do creating.

C.B.T. asks: Which is better Etsy or Ebay?

They are both great arenas with a large viewing audience. I think artists do better on Ebay when they have a following. Etsy is very good, but you have to work at it almost every day to keep your items displaying at the top of searches.

KristinaS asks: Your work is very recognizable. How do you develop your own style when you don't have one at all?

Follow your heart. Practice, practice, practice. and then practice some more. Don't try to be like another artist because "they are successful". Be true to yourself, be unique, find things that you can do easily, find things that are fun...put them all together and mix well. Oh...and did I say...practice....

Well, that's all for now. If you have questions, email me. I'll post the answers here next week.

Love,
Wyanne




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9 comments:

  1. Love the Q&A, Wy. Hope you are well. K

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  2. You are such an inspiration to me, Wyanne. Thank you.
    amanda

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  3. I love that you've touched upon the importance of three things.

    - Being true to one's creative voice. Trying to mimic other people, while a great starting point in learning, is not what creates your own personal style

    - The fact that painting, drawing, doing anything creative takes time and practice. It is a skill like everything else and in the end talent only gets you so far

    - Marketing! Everyone thinks it is so easy to just stick things up on the internet and sell. Creating a presence and selling a product is hard work. Nothing comes easy but hard work does pay off.

    This was a fantastic blog and I loved the video and final painting, wonderful!

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  4. Love your new painting Wyanne and the Q&A is a great addition to your blog!

    Have a great week!

    Carmen

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  5. Wyanne, these are great answers to some very "common" questions..common in that these are things I think so many of us want to know. Your feedback is much appreciated by fledglings like me!

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  6. Another beautiful painting and great video! I being a newby in the art world, blogging, ETSY etc. I think you one that I can learn from, so thanks for posting the Q&A's.

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  7. I really like your style. I have shied away from painting and drawing (despite a deep love for both) because I feel like my style is not sophisticated enough. Seeing your work, without the self-critical eye that sees my own work, I can see that whimsical doesn't mean "not marketable." You may just have inspired me to explore a whole new avenue of creative expression.

    erin
    etsy ©: jewellerybyerin.etsy.com
    blog: jewellerybyerin.blogspot.com
    d-aunting-prospects.blogspot.com

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  8. i do hope you do this every week. this was so insightful and encouraging :)

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  9. Love Kate Nash. Love Mariella and Love your art!

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