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Should you have Google ads on your website?


I've been considering putting Google ads on my website.  The more I think about it , the more I'm going towards the decision of not doing so.  In the long run it seems like it would make my website look unprofessional.  I'm all for putting ads on your business websites but I have to  wonder if it's a good idea to put them on your art websites.  Would it turn people off of your site once they get on and think your kinda cheap? Or does it depend on how you put them on your website.  Now putting the ads on by using text only ( not too flashy)  on the blog part of your site might work.   But to put them on the main page of you website is questionable.  

 

Tell me what you think.

 

Denise

 

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I have a really good question:


 Should we as artists put prices on our artwork if we have a website or should we leave them off? 

 

I have started this discussion a while back on Linkedin and have gotten alot of feedback.  Some say that it depends if you are in a gallery or not.  Most galleries prefer you not to put prices on your website simply because they don't want any confusion or  be undersold.  I think it depends on the relationship you have with that gallery, and if you have a good thing going don't mess it up!  I personally don't have any of my paintings in a gallery, so I  decided to leave them on simply because it's easier for the customer and if they decide to purchase anything, they have the option of paying online.

 

I would love to have more opinions.  What do you think, should we put prices on or off our websites?

 

Denise

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What inspired me to paint "The Houses"


     I want to share with you what inspired me to paint "The Houses" and what helped as I was painting this beautiful pic.  

           The one fact that I would love to visit a place like this, in which one day I will, inspired me.  This painting came from an idea of visiting Greece.  I've seen so many inspiring pictures, looked at the "Travel Channel" and know a few people who have been there once.   What I decided to do with this scenery is put some color into it.  Instead of going with all white buildings and red rooftops, I decided to go for the gusto by putting lots of colors into the buildings and just decided to go with the flow. 

      The music I plugged into, while painting this picture included: Kirk Franklin, Keisha Cole, Raheem Davaughn, and Fred Hammon.  Listening to music is a big thing for me most of the time while painting.

     So what inspired you to paint some of your paintings?

 

Denise Hall

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To have or not to have my artwork in a gallery



I've been really thinking about whether I should really persue getting my work into an art gallery or not.  I think what's been really making me hesitate to try and get into one is the fact that most of them take 40% - 50% of sales.  With that in mind I would probably have to double my prices for compensation.  Then I start learing that some of the galleries don't really promote your work simply because you're a new artist and not "established" enough yet. But isn't that kinda the point?  If you are new artist and your work is superb, awesome, or very unique, wouldn't they want to promote your work?  Don't get me wrong, not all galleries are like that, there are some really awesome ones out there, who loves to work with thier artists to make sure they get some sales. 

I may be jumpin' the gun, which is probably the case.  So I guess I should ask myself these questions:

1.  How bad do I want to be in a gallery?
2.  How will being in a gallery benefit me?
3.  Will it really increase my sales that much by being in one?
4.  Am I reallly willing to give them up to 50% of my sales? 

Hmmm..something to think about on my part. 

Have a great week!

Denise
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Did you get my e-mail?



Okay, its been a long while since I did a blog.  So here it goes.... Recently I had a friend who said to me, "Hey Denise, did you get my e-mail?"  I said, "No, what e-mail?" and she gave me this look like she could'nt believe that I didn't get this particular e-mail.  In the midst of our conversation, I'm thinking to my self, what is she talking about and thought she was joking, but the more we talked the more I realized she wasn't joking.  To make a long story short, turns out she had purchased not one but two paintings from me and I didn't even know it.  When she told me the news, my mouth was hanging open in awe.  I said, "What! Are your serious? I check my e-mails all the time and I didn't see anything from you about a purchase."  Turns out she paid through pay-pal and I don't check that account often unless I know ahead of time about the purchase. She jokingly said, "and the artist never got back with me.  I guess she doesn't care about getting paid!"  Of course I just laughed. 

To sum it all up, I learned to start checking all my e-mail accounts frequently, especially the one where it shows someone purchased something.  I usually know when someone will buy something from me online which is not very often (it's always in person).  In the end, I have no complaints whatsoever because this was a really nice surprise! 

Denise
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Know when to move on


About a month ago I in an art exhibit with other artists, and of course with an art exhibit you have an artist reception.  The artist reception had a huge turnout and that included the artists and the guests which was about four thousand people that night.  Well when it was all said and done, the facility wanted all the artists to pick up their work within the next 2 days.  I realized that the piece I had did not sell and of course I was kinda disappionted, but hey, I had an opportunity to  show my work.  Well when I got up to the front to get my art work checked for pickup, there was this one particular artist that was in front of me who was so surprised that his artwork did not sell.  So with that in mind, he went on to talk about how they should have put the prices on the paintings and because they didn't do so, his painting did not sell.  Then he went on about how other galleries do the same and they said how galleries would not prefer to put prices on artwork because of this and that. The man went on an on about what they should have done or not done because his painting did not sell. 

Well I'm sorry to say but I think if your art doesn't sell a one show then just suck it up and move on to what's next. Don't blame others for the why your artwork didn't sell.  It could be so many reasons why. I'm learning that just because you run in to art collectors doesn't mean they will buy or even like the type of artwork you have. You won't always sell your art at an artshow unless it you are hosting an artshow of your own.  I just feel that you should just move on and get over it!  Move on to the next opportunity and keep your head up!  And just because your work doesn't sell doesn't mean that your art isn't good, it could just mean you may not have what they need at that time.

Keep painting and paint with all your heart!

Denise

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What is working for you?



I have started a fan page on facebook (about a month ago) can't wait to see where it take me.  I have already come across 3 potential clients in which are very serious about buying some art.  Now it's about how to keep those potential clients interested.  Any suggestions from anyone with exprience?  What works for you?

 "Poppies in a field" 8 x 10

 " The tulip" 5 x 7

 "The Pansy"

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Am I that desperate to sell paintings?


I sometimes wonder, "how desperate am I to sell paintings?" I've come across plenty of people who really like my artwork and then at some point they want to make some purchases. So we get to talking about how much a painting is and then they say, "well, can I have a discount off that price?"  and I'm not talking just 10 percent maybe but they want 20 and 30 percent off and keep in mind they have never purchased from me before ( usually I give about %10 off my customer's second purchase)  Now I understand that buying art can be pretty pricey, but what do you expect when you are buying an original painting not a print.  There are many people who don't know much about art, but begin to learn more about it when they become art collectors and you have the art collectors who already know how pricey a painting can be but yet are willing to pay for it.  If my prices are in a decent range and not off the wall, then I don't feel the need to have to keep explaining myself to every person who questions my prices and doesn't want to pay for the work I do.  I have already been there and done that, I mean I literally gave paintings away at cost the first year I started painting, then said to myself, "Why did I do that?"  but I didn't know any better.  

So the answer is no, I'm not that desperate to sell any painting if it will cause any regret in doing so.  Besides don't we have to respect our work as an artist?  If I don't take it seriously why should they.  I think in the end if you say no to the discount they will respect you and your work more.

Any opinions? 

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"Bluebonnets" and "Flowers of love"


Wanted to show off my new paintings, which I rarely do in a blog.  But I thought I would do something different this time so everyone would have a chance to see.  Now my first painting is called "Flowers of love":




"Flowers of love",  I came up with this title simply because they look like they're in love..  intertwined with each other. Big hugs, big hugs.

The next one is simply, "Bluebonnets"  a small 5x7 painting I decided to the other night. This was a late night painting ( like most of them are) since the kids were in bed!  Why not it's the best time to paint for me.




"Bluebonnets" 5x7 Acrylic  Hmmmm...so lovely!

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A few things I learned about artist receptions


I had my first major art exhibit in January of this year ( along with 20 or more diffrent artists)  at the Fort Worth Arts Center and it was interesting, tiring, and exciting at the same time.  Here are a some things I learned:
 
1.  Be totally prepared to speak with people while they are looking at your artwork

2.  Don't bring your kids with you even if they say, "it's okay to bring them, I think they will enjoy it."  I bought my kids with me for a few hours and they were really restless by the time the babysitter came and got them. Not to mention a distraction to potential customers.  Thank goodness hubby was there to help me.  I actually thought they would have been okay which they were, but they soon got real bored.

3.  I learned that when some people come to artist receptions, its all about the food and not the art, So try not to get offended when they don't even look at you or your art, not say hi, and just dig into the food.  Not nice of them but that is the way some people are.  Rude!

4.  It doesn't matter how freezing cold it is outside, as long there's no ice on the ground, people will surprisingly show up in 16 degree weather!

5.  Make sure you check your list twice or more to make sure you have everything you need for the artist reception.  Sign in list, business cards, plenty of food, utensils for the food, camera ( although I didn't even have time to take pics that night).

6.  Have a wonderful smile on your face and compliment other artists about their work.

7.  Learn from other artists there, because you learn from each other. 

There's a few other things I learned but will share at a later time. I'm done writing for now.

Share with me your thoughts and comments please!  I need more ideas and suggestions.  Now have a nice weekend.



Denise







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