This past weekend my wife and I attended the silent auction at a local arts center. I teach kids robotics there and my wife is on the board. Our jobs for the night were to mingle around with the patrons and engage in conversations about the work for sale.
It struck me that there were several great pieces that were great art but not getting any bids. They have meaningful things to say but perhaps were not considered something someone would want to look at everyday in their living room.
For example I was talking with another board member about one of the photographs. I was this perfectly composed image of a double wide trailer split in half due to flooding. I saw all kinds of storytelling and ideas in work - defeat, forces of nature, folly of man etc. I comment that is was something I'd stop and photograph if I saw it. It got no bids and was kind of chuckled at as people said they couldn't image hanging it on their wall, too depressing. All they saw was a run down trailer, the kind they whiz by all the time in this neck of the woods.
The board member even told me I should check out a certain road near his lake house if I'm interested in seeing such run down trailers to photograph. In other words, he just didn't see what this photographer and I saw. You can't just find subjects like this that easy. I guess it takes another photographer to see the value as it got no bids during the evening.
Meanwhile something like an abstract would, gather a ton of bids. We even bid on a won a few small abstract prints.
I guess it just goes to show that not all art is bound for the living room. Some of it is created for a higher calling and is probably more appropriate for a book or museum. It's also hard to judge a single image on its own. If this image was part of a larger theme, like you see in a book or a one person art show, perhaps it would get more respect.
Get the farmhouse look with this artwork from fine art photographer and designer Edward M. Fielding.
Farmhouse pieces have a casual and unfussy style that makes a home feel inviting and comfortable, while modern design features simple curves and straight lines that delight the eye. The wall art can have modern references to farm life as well as a retro vintage vibe. Old tractors, farm signs hawking eggs, milk, cheese, bacon, vegetables and other down on the farm products.
Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. Old signs and retro artifacts look great with this style.
Any of the art and photographs in the FARM LIFE collection can be purchased as prints to frame on your own or as ready to hang wall art in the matting and frames you choose from simple modern looks to rustic barn wood frames. Or go frame-less with canvas prints, metal prints, or acrylic prints.
My portfolio on Fine Art America and Pixels recently reached a milestone of 900 followers. To earn hundreds of followers attention among the hundreds of thousands of artists on Fine Art America and its flagship site Pixels and to be found among the millions of images in the sites database required years of consistent work and work that catches people's attention.
Since joining Fine Art America and Pixels back in 2011 with 0 photographs for sale and 0 followers, I steadily build up my portfolio over these past seven years as well as gained followers. Since the beginning my portfolio greatly expanded, my work got better, my equipment got better, my skills got got better and my offerings expanded to include new locations such as Hawaii, Iceland as well as more photographs from around New England especially the back roads of Vermont and New Hampshire.
I've also expanded my marketing and networking to reach more people and potential buyers with my artwork and fine art photography as well as giving back to the community by producing how to and tip videos and blog articles.
During these past few years, I started and built bodies of work around specific subjects such as my vintage tractor series and my famous series of dog photography.
My collection of vintage cars caught in their native environment continues to grow as I seek out classic old cars to photograph around New England.
As you can see, it is all about creating great photographs and artwork and then building a community around your work. Segmenting your portfolio into interest groups and then finding those communities to support your efforts.
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Taking a look at some recent surreal imagery from the portfolio of Edward Fielding, some of the most biazarre and unreal photographic works. Surreal means have the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream. It is a very creative style of photography as you have to have a good sense of vision and creativity to create things others wouldn’t normally see.
Enjoy these 11 examples of surreal photography and see more in the collection at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/surreal
Deep, thick fog is an exciting weather event to photograph. Fog reduces contrast, mutes colors, eliminates backgrounds and puts everything in a mysterious, atmospheric, even lighting.
When we lived on Mount Desert Island Maine next to Acadia National Park, fog was an almost daily fact of life. You’d get reports from friends about one side of the island being fogged in while the other side was sunny. Often people on summer vacation would travel along a road that is right next to Somes Sound or the ocean daily not even realizing that it had an incredible ocean view on sunny days.
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Tripods slow you down, help you compose, allow you to use lower ISO, smaller aperture, slower shutter speeds and shoot in less light than you can hand held. Tripods also allow for magic tricks such as blurring motion. Follow the link to learn more - http://www.dogfordstudios.com/blurry-photos-get-tripod/
This is weird or a bad reflection of how well search engine ranking company like Alexa computes the stats on various web site’s traffic. According to Alexa the top search engine search term used to send people to Fineartamerica.com is “fine art america” at 4.84%. That’s fine but the second term is…wait for it…bob ross painting for sale with 2.61%.
The third most popular search term that sends people to Fine Art America is abstract painting at 1.65% and then in fourth more Bob Ross!
A full 1.06 head to Fine Art America after searching for “bob ross original painting”!
Really, Bob Ross is that popular? Hasn’t that guy been off PBS for years? Didn’t he die ten years ago? The guy was kind of known for…well, let’s say… amateurish, hobbyist kind of paintings. Right?
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