On the 4th March 2008, I joined Redbubble and looking back it has been a very exciting five years…I guess I can now be titled a veteran member…
I joined Redbubble after reading good things about them in The Empty Easel blog…by that time I had become a member of several art listing sites, but I was still looking for the perfect one..
Redbubble was in it’s infancy then and I loved it’s sense of community and dedication to fine art…
As you all know things have changed a lot since then, but despite the changes, some of which I praised and others I deprecated, (I want that bulk edit screen back :) I still love it here…
The community, though somewhat eroded these days, is second to none on the web (I have high hopes of its recovery) and I have experienced a great deal of success through showing my work here…
Redbubble had opportunities no other site seemed to provide, then and now..
The fact that the site has no distracting ads, and is attractive to surf, (costs nothing) has brought a number of people looking for art for different reasons to RB, and to date my gallery here has had …
As I said above people come here for a myriad of reasons, not necessarily to buy greeting cards…designers, licensees, book publishers, interior decorators, etc. all flock here to view art, and I have been very lucky to have my work purchased by all of them over the years…
A few examples of the interesting ways I have been approached on RB are as follows:
I was asked if I would kindly allow some of my works to be used in a presentation at the University of California for a PHD thesis…the topic? “The influence of Arthur Schopenhauer on the topographies of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional New England landscape”..
I was told that my Hardy paintings expressed exactly what they felt …
Quote “I was struck by the intense darkness of your works and how well they reflected the essence of the thesis”…“Each of these paintings wonderfully captures the mystery of the Wessex landscape and all align well with the thrust of the work”…“I am fortunate to have had a chance to see the work of someone who shares a particular aesthetic vision of Hardy’s work”.. end quote..
Full attribution and links to my website were to be be given…I agreed and the student went on to win a state wide competition with that thesis and subsequently the entire Hardy collection was purchased by an unknown buyer..
I was approached by a trend forecasting company in the U.K with a view to using one of my images ( Bravura..Lapis Lazuli, one of my oil paintings) as part of the trend forecasting for 2012…
View Lapis Lazuli
Among other services,“They provide tangible and accurate insight into tomorrow’s consumer trends, together with expertise in product design and business development to help clients increase sales revenues and profitability.
They help and advise designers, buyers, manufacturers and retailers, with a client portfolio ranging from exclusive ‘designer/makers’ through to large multiple retailers and international manufacturers”
When I queried it, I was told they considered me to be an innovator in art…needless to say I was thrilled…it meant that my work would be seen all over the world in every aspect of industry from a teacup to luxury cars and could influence the design and colours of everything in the world market….
My studio was featured as one of the inspiring spaces in Studios Magazine’ Summer 2010 issue View Studio
On several occasions I have been approached by students in various parts of the world, who decided to study my work as part of their curriculum and assignments..I agreed, providing they kept me up to date with regular transcripts of their work..
This of course was extremely flattering and although this was not selling per se, it meant that the work was seen by people who might not have known of the existence of me or RB otherwise
I was approached by art licensing companies and successfully licensed several images to be sold around the world….licensing is a tricky business but done correctly can be a lucrative sideline to an arts career
A couple of years ago a book publisher contacted me from Quarto editions in England and the result is a lovely book called Watercolour Secrets featuring several of my paintings, and which is currently sold on Amazon.com
A second publisher, this time from Denmark…they purchased 85 images to be created as eight books, four have now been released…lately they purchased another 27 and those books will be published this year…the books they have done so far are delightful and you can view them here in my journal.. LINK
I published six books of my art and might not have been encouraged to do so had it not been for the RB journal which provided the initial impetus…after seeing the books I created, the Blurb people invited me to attend a special event which proved to be life changing in many ways, one of which was leading to a meeting with the creator of SpokenPhotos see below..
My latest venture is into Spokenphotos, (I met the creators a the Blurb event, as mentioned above)…these are audio clips using my paintings that can be heard and seen on Facebook
Of course all this no comparison to the community here…the great comments, the likes on Facebook, the faves, the shares with Twitter, the mentions in blogs, all the features in the wonderful groups and the kindness of the group moderators in choosing my work so often..
The fantastic friends I have made, (you know who you are), both here and on Facebook (I mention FB because many of my friends there are on RB too)..
And of course the sales…several thousand at last count, including here and from my studio…the latter stemming from people who found me on RB..
I have rambled on too long so will leave the other events for another journal, but I just read this quote from Tahnja’s journal today that places it all into perspective for me..see below…
“And lastly….Janis Zroback…THANK YOU! Thank you for your posts that have helped me in so many ways that you’ll never know all of them. The things you have shared have helped me build my art business, turn my life around and help make my dreams closer to reality one day at a time.
Without your posts I don’t know that I could have learned as much as I have or gained the confidence I now have to do what I’m doing. I’m not in this to make a gold mine…..but a living is well within reach and that makes me seriously happy. I took the time to read your posts and learn so much. Thank you for making time for the rest of us to be challenged, to grow, listen and learn through the posts you share. Not many people take the time that you do to help others and so it’s important to me to take the time to thank you and share my progress with you
God bless you always and forever dear friend"..Tahnja Wolter
For now I will only say that I am immensely grateful to all of you, and I’m looking forward to the next five years ..Janis