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A Lovely Way to End the Year...

Garden Tripod Magazine and it’s talented publisher Charlie McLenahan has done me a great honour with some lovely features in this month’s issue..
Not only is my Christmas Tree on the front and back covers, there are 13 more pages of my art along with a page of my publications…
What a thrill! I am so pleased

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Thanks again Charlie

Pay to Play in January

Come January you will have to pay for your Facebook pages…
“That’s because, as of mid-January, the social network will intensify its efforts to filter out unpaid promotional material in user news feeds that businesses have posted as status updates”…
What before was free promotion of your artwork will no longer be so, and unpaid pages will disappear from the site

I am not surprised…for a long time now I have noticed that unpaid public pages were disappearing from my feed whereas RB’s ads were everywhere..

“In October nearly a billion people visited Facebook Pages (as opposed to Facebook accounts)
More than 750 million (75+%) of those visits happened on mobile devices.
Facebook is on three of every four smartphones
More than half of the people on Faceb

Intellectual Property and You...You Can't Copyright Ideas..

Over the past few years I have posted many journals about copyright and I am sure most of you have a fair understanding of what it’s all about…however I wanted to do a brief over view of Intellectual Property rights because it has come to my knowledge that there is some murkiness about rights to ideas as opposed to tangible works..

“Intellectual property (IP) rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind.
Under intellectual property laws, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs.
Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade

Are You Missing Out?

If you haven’t enabled Google Analytics, you are not getting the best from your gallery and profile pages and you are missing out on a marketing tool almost guaranteed to bring you more sales…hereinafter called GI…

“Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. It is the most widely used website statistics service.
GI can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines and social networks, direct visits and referring sites. It also tracks display advertising, pay-per-click networks, email marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents
" wiki..

In a nutshell this means that by using the service which is prov

Is Your Profile Page Attracting Buyers?

For the past few years I have been writing about how to market your work in these times when Social Media is on the rise more than ever…
You may already have your FB page up and running, or you are already posting on Twitter, Instagram et al….
Buyers may be flocking over to view your art and the first thing they see is your profile page and your artist statement, or lack thereof….
Is it a pithy paragraph on the most important aspects of your art (and this includes all types of artwork) and the techniques you use to make it?…
It should be, but instead many times viewers or potential buyers come across a rambling dissertation on your life, where you live, family, pets etc…
When the statement finally gets around to describing the art, words like “I try to, I at

Looking Back...Six Seasons..k

Maple leaves turn black in the courtyard.
Light drives lower and one bluejay crams
our cold memories out past the sun,
each time your traces come past the shadows
and visit under my looking-glass fingers
that lift and block out the sun.
Come—I’ll trace you one final autumn,
and you can trace your last homecoming
into the snow or the sun
…Annie Finch

As the season changes, and I start my 2014 Autumn collection, I was curious to see how I painted autumn over the past six seasons…it’s always interesting to look back and see if any pattern emerges, and my love for painting autumn certainly shows.
This is only a sample as I have more in the hidden gallery and the portfolio pages, but it’s enough to gauge how I tackled the subject beginning in the fall of 2008 by comparison to thi


The Woman Artist That Took On Microsoft For Copyright Violation

Quote…“I am sharing this experience because as an artist it was very eye opening. Although artists are told we own the copyrights to our work by rights of doing it, this is not quite true"…(Ed.I can explain about this)



“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground

I love Rumi…he always gets to the heart of the matter…when we wake up feeling terrible he says, instead of doing something passive we should “let the beauty we love be what we do”…for artists like us the way to “kneel and kiss the ground” is simply to paint, or to get out that camera and start shooting pictures…not with any particular plan in mind but simply to do what we do.

How do you handle the bad days?