Thursday, April 23, 2009

my thoughts and feelings

this morning as the sun rose and struck the lamp and wall and I watched this happen as I took a deep breathe of the fresh spring air and thought also of the trip I had taken just last week to the Southampton Beach - I realized how much all of the wonderful thoughts and feelings that I had when I was much much younger are still available to me now - and that all that I had to do was to place myself in the same environments and do the same things as I did back then and the entire Universe would lie ahead of me at my feet again -

It is not only my thinking that has to change but my environment as well as my focus on different infinite perspectives in that environment that would really propel me to a place where I love to be:

Monday, April 20, 2009

my thoughts on the question of

How do you know what is a good price for your work?

there are always a few things to consider when creating a price for any product - in this case your art - which is an item - until you give it away - that you have a monopoly on -

then there is the question as to whether you are selling an original or a copy  -

if you are selling a copy of a painting but have altered that copy sufficiently in any number of ways then that falls into the area of being an original as is any photograph or digital image that you create and only sell prints of - there is no other original category for either of these two category no matter what anyone says unless of course you are selling digital "C" prints or one of the other types of photographic prints that can be made - all of which will be original as well -

then consider that in this digital online world that in what is referred to as the print on demand arena (in this case the Imagekind system) is not only allowing the customer to purchase an original of a print but also gives the customer who is buying this original the right to partake in the creation of the print that is being made and so therefore you as an artist and owner of a monopoly item are giving away a lot - and that is worth a great deal of money as well as allowing a very precious item to be produced -

of course all of these points may take a while for people to realize and to actually come to grips with as far as how they treat their creations - but eventually the value of both selling as well as presenting your work in this manner will be better understood as time goes on and the professional artist really examines what is going on here in the digital online world -

In addition, unless arrangements are made to have such images as are in the galleries here at Imagekind to remain up and maintained by such an entity as an estate - then the unique images that the collectors and investors are being given the right to make prints of here are very definitely limited by nature of them not being able to be created after you are no longer maintaining your gallery or galleries here and so that is another factor to take into consideration -

finally the elements of time effort and energy that you have both placed into learning and perfecting your art as well as the time and efforts you have made placing your files of your images up here in your galleries together with any marketing  - pr and social networking that you have or will have done in order to let individuals know that both your art even exists as well as the fact that these unique images are available for individuals to interact with and create prints in such a manner as I have described above with - all might be elements for any sane artist - business person - or simply a person who values the items that they have spent so much time creating - should and must take into consideration in order to make his or her efforts worthwhile in such an endeavor as this is and will be over the long run of time -

How much should you charge - only you can answer that based on your understanding and just how much you grasp the whole picture that I have described above - and that means that for each and every single individual the above elements will vary and thus the answer to the question and other questions previously put forth on this topic will vary as well -

all the best to you in all that you do!

oh -- and one more thing - the responsibility of determining your price or prices based on the above information and perspectives and any other elements that you may come up with to add to the mix as well - leaves the sole responsibility of coming up with your price - ----------------up to you - no matter what anyone else says - or tells you or claims is right or wrong in this area of your art !!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

some day - neither you nor I might be able to enjoy the delicious taste of a steak or a fresh cristp lettuce or a deliciously prepared egg plant dish - so let us savor each and every bite of any of the things that we are able to eat and taste now with momentous pleasure for that which these are - overwhelmingly delicious portions of life - 

turmoil and calm

after watching for such a long time - how people have been rushing more and more in the city and in the country and everywhere else - all busy talking on their cel phones and  texting all of their important messages to each other - I am beginning to get the feeling from them that they just might prefer to be more relaxed and calm and that they may be beginning to see that all of this hectic energy is not producing anything worthwhile or long lasting - 

I am starting this particular blog to place any thoughts down about different phases or periods or moments during which I see different feelings or shifts effecting my art - 

the entries here might be extremely sporadic and in no way will they be expressive of my only thoughts - but simply those from time to time about art that I may wish to place here -