Playing Lightroom

I recently discovered Adobe Lightroom and am now super excited. Since I consider digital painting to be painting virtually with light, why not use a program that alters photos? Here’s what I’ve been able to do with this program so far with paintings I’ve already done.

I know! It’s amazing right? I’m excited to try it during a painting process rather than at the end. Look for that coming soon. This program is on a monthly subscription for $10 and there is a free trial. If you think you might like it, you can try it out before you decide. I haven’t learned everything with this program yet, so if you have, put it in the comments below so we all can learn something!

Some of you may have heard of my Patreon. This is where you can pledge a certain monthly amount to allow me to continue creating what I love and hopefully make it better and you get cool extras that only available for Patreon members. The first goal is getting $10 a month. This will cover the monthly subscription for me to have Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Once I get the $10 a month, I will work on releasing a video that explains how I use it and shows you some of its features.

I have 50+ people that follow me here and across my social media platforms. Among all of you, I think we can get 10 people to pledge $1 a month. With that $1, you’ll get wallpapers of my paintings for your computer screen. That way even if you don’t have money for a print or anything else, you can enjoy the painting on your computer screen. There are other goodies for people who join at higher levels, so make sure to check those out too!

For those of you who are wondering, my art show has been moved to September. I will make a blog post explaining this later. So be on the lookout for that. Thank you to all of you who have been here through my long journey! I appreciate all of you. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog so you don’t miss out on anything. Leave a comment on your way out (don’t forget to check out my Patreon) and I’ll talk to you next time!

Deleting Old Blog Posts, Videos, Etc.

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I know many of you, especially those of you who have been creating content for a long time, have some not not so wonderful old content that you’d like to get rid of.  However, it may not be in you best interest.  Unless you’ve done a change in direction, that content is probably helpful.  Here’s why.

  1. You may be deleting content that shows up well in search.  We all create content for people to find us.  So why delete something that helps you with that goal?
  2. People who follow you may actually like the volume of content that they can lost in.  When you have a large amount of content, this helps people to get to know you, and become familiar with you, which helps with your ultimate goal: getting your product into their hands.
  3. Your crappy stuff is inspirational.  Yes, the person who wants to blog or make videos, can look at your earlier stuff and say, “oh, if they started out that way, I can do it.”  Doesn’t that make you feel a little better?

Now, I’m not saying you absolutely shouldn’t delete ANYTHING.  If there’s something that’s just too horrible than fine, but maybe just reorganizing your website so that all the new shiny stuff is front and center.

Have any of you had experience deleting old content?  Was it helpful or not?  Leave a comment below.

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What To Say When Your Art Isn’t Real

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Some people have this idea that their type of art is the only real art, and because your art doesn’t fit in their category of art, they feel the need to make you feel less than for your chosen medium and/or style.  So, what do we do with these people?

First of all, let’s look at the definition of art.  Merriam-Webster defines art as something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.  This is a very broad definition that applies to many different styles.  Whether you’re doing graphite drawings or oil paintings, or abstract or realism, it all falls under the definition of art.

Everyone has preferences from food, movies, music, to more important things, like what they prefer in a future spouse.  It doesn’t mean the other person’s preference is wrong.  It’s just not right for you.

Usually the people who say you’re art isn’t real art, are very insecure about theirs.  So when the little monster comes around to tell you that you don’t make real art, kill it with a smile, and go make more art.  Remember, the little monster means you’re doing a good job actually making art instead of hiding in a closet.

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Want To Improve Your Work?

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Here are a few ideas to help you improve your work.

This is just my style.  Many artists will say this as an excuse not to improve or take classes.  You don’t have to go to school, but just learning techniques in general is a good idea.  Your style will evolve over time, and not learning a technique to help you with that will only hurt your style in the long run.

Keep you lines clean.  This is especially true when working on watercolor paper.  Using an eraser damages the paper.  Having little sketchy lines everywhere is not attractive.  Sketching it out on tracing paper first and then using transfer paper can be much more effective if you have a hard time with messy lines like I do.

Slow down. Sometimes it’s not that your painting isn’t good.  It just isn’t finished yet.  I can spend hours on an 8×10 watercolor painting.  Make sure you have the color and contrast good enough.  Once I slowed down on my watercolors I noticed a large difference in the amount of detail I could get.

Don’t let frustration stop you.  Sometimes you get so frustrated that your work isn’t good enough that you want to give up, but often times that leads to new inspiration about doing something better.  I was frustrated about my coffee and tea paintings fading over time.  So I came up with the idea of using an acrylic binder and acrylic mediums.  If you’re work isn’t as good as someone else’s, stop and study theirs to figure out why.  You’ll probably see a big improvement once you’re done.

It’s not always you.  Just because things aren’t working out, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because of an unlearned technique.  Maybe you need better equipment.  I noticed a huge difference when I switched from Canson XL 140lbs cold press watercolor paper to Fabriano Artistico 300lbs soft press watercolor paper.  I had bolder color, and I could get a ton more layers than I could with the Canson.

Do more paintings.  This one is kind of common sense, but the more paintings you do, the better you get.  Keep a journal and write down what worked with this painting and what didn’t.  What did you like and not like?  This will help you know what to do next time.

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Mixed vs Layered Paint

Multiple Art Incomes

Multiple Art Incomes

If you’re like most people, you would love to just make paintings, sell them, and live a happy life.  However, this usually doesn’t work.  You need multiple sources coming from your art.  Often times people supplement that with teaching.  You can do this in person or via the internet.  DVDs, Google Hangouts, they’re beautiful things.  Teaching isn’t for everyone.  I understand that.  Luckily, there are other things.

First there’s the well known art prints, which I’m currently working on being able to offer.  This gives you a way to sell a piece more than once.  There are many companies to choose from and each has their advantages and disadvantages.  It really depends on what you want as to which company you choose to go with.  Art prints will usually not be enough.

Speed videos are also popular.  Put them up on YouTube and turn on the advertisements.  You could also do vlogs if you choose.  This will also provide you with searchability as well. Don’t expect to get rich off YouTube videos.  No one really does, but if you have enough content with enough people watching, it’s at least something.

With these speed videos, you now have some content that you can offer as paid content.  Have full length videos that people pay to access on a site like Patreon.  There are also other bonuses you can add for them.  Look around different pages and see what other people offer to give you ideas.  You can do it on a monthly or by content basis.  You can see my page here.

The point with all of this is that you will need more than one, possibly all of them to have a living with art.  You may play around with them until you figure out where you land.  Not everyone is the same.  It’s a fun adventure that all of us go on.  If you have creative ways that you’ve earned money let me know about it in the comment section below.

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Excuses

Excuses

Sometimes people let excuses get in the way of them starting out in the art career they want.  The biggest one is no start up money.  I had no start up money, and I do still have dreams of making things better.  All I had were some basic watercolor supplies.  I set up my website for free with wordpress.com, and I use my camera phone to take pictures of my paintings.  It doesn’t take good enough photos for prints, but it works for a website and social media.  I also use the camera on my laptop to record video of my paintings.

Yes, it would be better if I had better equipment, but at least I started, and I have a small amount of money to save up for better stuff later.  In the beginning, you’ll have a small number of followers, which is helpful since you can have lower quality equipment, and make a few mistakes along the way.

Maybe you think you don’t have training/classes.  Get some.  You can find local classes that are cheaper than college, and there are tons of free stuff online.

If you keep letting excuses stop you from even starting, you’ll never start. You can come up with really good ones all day long, but what it really comes down to is that you’re afraid to start for whatever reason.  Usually that you’ll fail, but maybe that just means you need a different approach.  If you really want it, don’t let excuses get in the way.

So what are the excuses that keeping you from doing what you want?

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Donating Art To Charity

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Donating artwork to charity is something artists get asked about often.  Here are some things you need to consider before donating.

Many charities will tell you that you can write off the artwork on your taxes, but that’s not exactly true.  While you can write off the cost of supplies, you can’t write off the value of the artwork.  It’s not necessarily that the charity is lying to you.  They just believe that you can.

They also promise exposure.  This rarely happens.  The charities are usually disorganized due to being run by volunteers.  Your name, although promised to be in the flyer or brochure, doesn’t make it in, and the person who ends up with your artwork, doesn’t get you another sale in the future.

Most of the time, the amount your artwork sells for will be less than what you could’ve sold it for on your on.  If it’s a charity that you really want to give money to, why not sell the painting yourself and then give them the money?  They get a bigger donation, and then that money is tax deducible.  It benefits both parties.

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Looked At Your Analytics

In order to know what’s working for you and what’s not, you need to look at your analytics system.  Not only do you need to look at your blog posts, but also your social media posts.  For example some posts may do really well on Twitter, but not on Facebook.  Also if you’re doing videos, look at your most popular videos as well as how many minutes watched.  Are they watching the full-length of the video, or are they just watching 10 seconds?  All of this will best help you determine how to use your time wisely.

So start going through your analytics and let me know what you learned and what systems you use!

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My Camera Helpers

Everyone needs camera helpers.  Today I’m introducing you to Michael and David.  They’re my camera helpers.  They help me remember to actually look at the camera instead of looking at myself.  If you watch my earlier videos, I’m looking at myself instead of the camera.  …  Fail.

Anyway.  If you decide that you actually want to do videos.  Don’t be discouraged that you have a low number of subscribers and views in the beginning.  That’s actually a good thing, because unless you’re some amazing person, your first run of videos will be crappy.  So it’s better to have crappy videos in the beginning when have a low number of people watching them.  You’ll get better at it, but you have to do more videos in order to get better.  So enjoy your low numbers while you’re getting use to doing videos.

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Watermarking Your Work

Here’s the video I learned from of how to put watermarks and get the social medial icons on my work.  The best thing is that you don’t need a photo editor and this is free.  Using picmonkey.com is pretty simple and easy to use.  I also use it for the custom thumbnails of my videos.

Some people have issues with watermarks.  I honestly haven’t had anyone complain about it, and I try to make it as least annoying as possible.  Yes, it can be photoshopped out, but most people understand why it’s needed and it’s helpful for them to know what artist painted it as it’s shared across social media.  Also, making the resolution smaller will make for terrible prints should someone try to do it.

So I personally think you should watermark all your work just for sharing aspect, and it also gives someone a mental check before they decide to do something against copyright.

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