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What is a Still Life?

Published July 2, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

Botanical & Still Life is usually art showing flowers and plants. However, many different objects other than plants and flowers have been used in still life art. I placed Still Life with Botanical Art because so much still life art does use botanical subjects. The second most common subject matter found in Still Life is food and the third is the décor stuff my mother called dust-catchers or knick-knacks. Wikipedia defines botanical art as “the art of depicting the form, colour, and details of plant species. Still live is a frequent subject in   watercolour  paintings. “The  trompe-l’œil  painting, a form of art intending to deceive the viewer into thinking the scene is real, is a specialized type of still life, usually showing inanimate and relatively flat objects.

The term Still Life includes the painting of dead animals, especially game. Live animals are considered  animal art, although in practice they were often painted from dead models by the old masters. The still-life category also shares commonalities with zoological and especially  botanical illustration, where there has been considerable overlap among artists.

Generally, a still life includes a fully depicted background, and puts aesthetic rather than illustrative concerns as primary. Historically, these paintings were often printed with a botanical description in books, magazines, and other media. Art of this type required an understanding of plant biology and access to specimens and references. These works were often composed in consultation “with a scientific author.”3

Early still-life paintings, particularly before 1700, often contained religious and allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted. Currently, photographs have replaced most botanical art in textbooks or other pharmacopoeia (medical textbooks). Some modern still-life work breaks the two-dimensional barrier and employs three-dimensional mixed media, and uses found objects, and  computer graphics, as well as video and sound.

Still Life in art is all about lighting and composition; keeping a painting of inanimate objects interesting is much harder than it looks, and I have nothing but respect for those who successfully paint this type of art.


Defining Your Artistic Genre

Published June 25, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist


I was always a little confused as to how certain types of art are placed into certain genres at art shows. For one thing, it seemed to be purely subjective, depending on each artist’s concept of that particular Genre and some art didn’t seem to fit into any division at all! I did find a definition on the internet: “Genre is the general classification of your image.” One of the best examples of saying nothing while seeming to say everything I’ve ever found! Most artists I know seem to classify their art first by the media used to create it and then by the subject matter. For instance, many artists will describe their work as a “watercolor landscape” or an “oil still life”. From the internet, I also got a list of what was considered genre classifications. In many cases, the definition of a Genre was very narrow. Obviously, not all images fit into the Genre categories and I found myself taking issue with the clearness of the description of some them as well so I went looking for comparisons of the definitions and sure enough, everyone has a different opinion! Like many fields, the definition of a Genre seems to depend on which expert you consult. I also found about 30 different genres described, with many of them having sub-genres.

Abstract/Non-Objective Art seemed to be images not reflecting pictorial reality as opposed to Realism, which tries to show exactly what is seen. On About.com, I found this 1“In its purest form in Western art, an abstract art is one without a recognizable subject, one which doesn’t relate to anything external or try to “look like” something. Instead, the colour and form (and often the materials and support) are the subject of the abstract painting. It’s completely non-objective or non-representational.” I also found sub-genres in abstract art as well: geometric, figurative, etc. In other words, it did seem to me that anything they couldn’t find a Genre for at art shows got stuck here. Occasionally, I found this category confused with Contemporary art at art shows, which as I later discovered was not the same thing at all! 

A truly abstract work of art is derived from an actual object or things in the real world, something found in nature that the artist has ‘abstracted’.  Abstract art can include abstractions of real-life objects such as trees or it can be non-representational. A non objectivework of art has no ties to any real world objects or things and so it is not an abstraction of anything, it is aptly named, non objective.Non-objective art is a type of abstract or non-representational art. It tends to be geometric and does not represent specific objects, people, or other subjects found in the natural world.

How to Submit Your Book to the Kindle E-Book Store

Published June 18, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

Guest blog:

http://blogworkz.co.uk/how-to-submit-your-ebook-to-the-kindle-storeby Spanner Spencer, Demand Media

book by the KDP system.

Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images


I confess I borrowed this one from Amazon Kindle (I think the directions are in public domain). However, since I goofed up royally the first time I self-pubishied a book, I think it’s worth presenting this. Amazon now has a paperback format that Indie authors can use directly on it’s site. However, I still do it the old way, because Create Space allows me to purchase author copies of my books at a discounted rate. The last time I looked this feature wasn’t available on Amazon.


Kindle is Amazon.com’s ebook publishing platform available on the Kindle ebook reader, on computers, online, for smartphones such as Android and iPhone, and for tablet devices such as the iPad. Anyone can publish a book through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) system, which then distributes the e-book via Amazon.com’s online network. The KDP system is compatible with a variety of document files and requires you to include a cover image for your e-book that will be displayed on the Kindle store.

Items you will need

  • com account
  • KDP-compatible e-book file (kindle book publishing compatible)
  • E-book cover image

Step 1

Go to the KDP Web page on your computerand log in using your Amazon.com account details. If requested, read and agree to the KDP terms and conditions.

Step 2

Click the “Add a New Title” button in the upper-left corner of the KDP “Bookshelf” page.

Step 3

Enter the relevant details of your e-book in the “Book Basics” section, including a title, edition number and product description. The description is the synopsis people will see when browsing the Kindle store.

Step 4

Click the “Add Contributors” button and enter the details of the e-book’s author or authors. Click the “Save” button to finish adding contributors.

Step 5

Set the language of the e-book using the “Language” drop-down menu in the “Publishing Details” section and set a publication date using the calendar to determine when the e-book will go on sale. If you want it to go on sale immediately, leave this section blank.

Step 6

Click the “Add Categories” button in the “Browse and Search” section and select at least one relevant category for your e-book to be filed under.

Step 7

Click the “Browse for Image” button in the “Product Image” section and select the cover image from your computer. Click the “Upload Image” button to add the cover image to your e-book.

Step 8

Select your preferred option for adding copy protection to the e-book in the “Book Content” section using the two radio buttons. Click the “Browse for Book” button and select the e-book file on your computer followed by the “Open” button. Your e-book will now be uploaded to Amazon.com and its digital rights management (DRM) will be applied.

Step 9

Click the “Save and Continue” button and then select your preferred royalty option on the next page using the two radio buttons. Enter the price you want to sell your e-book for in the “List Price” box next to the royalty options.

Step 10

Tick the “Terms and Conditions” box at the bottom of the page followed by the “Save and Publish” button. Your e-book will appear for sale on the Amazon.com Kindle store within the next 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

How to Submit Your eBook to the Kindle Store

Submitting Your eBook to the Kindle Store

Getting your eBook on the Kindle format is a powerful way to get exposure to a group of people that may never actively search for your book online. You’ll be exposed to people who are ready and willing to spend money and can purchase your book quickly and easily at the click of a button.

Amazon’s process for submitting an eBook used to be long and complicated, requiring an ISBN number and a lengthy application process similar to its physical book process.

With the Kindle’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP) you can now submit your eBook to the Kindle quickly and easily. Here’s how.

Step 1: Sign In to the DTP

Go to: http://dtp.amazon.com

You’ll be presented with the introduction page. Sign in to your Amazon account.

Step 2: Add Seller Information

When you log onto the DTP system, you’ll immediately be presented with a screen that says “Your account information is incomplete.”

That’s because you currently have an account for buying books on Amazon but not for selling books on Amazon.

Click the “Update Now” button to give Amazon the necessary information to have an account that can submit books to the Kindle.

Step 3: Fill Out Your Account Information

page that should be mostly self-explanatory. Fill out your name, tax ID / SSN number and how you’d like to receive your payments.

Step 4: Add Your First eBook

Once you save your changes, you’ll be returned to the main screen. Click “Add a new title” to add your first eBook.

Step 5: Fill Out the Book Details

When you click the add button, you’ll be presented with a long page of options for your book. Here’s what each section means.

Provide the title of your book and the description. Remember that these are two of the most important things people will use to consider whether to buy your book or not. The title and description should be both descriptive and compelling.

2) Book contributors – Who are the authors?

3) Publishing Details – What language is the book in? Everything else is optional.

Do you own the rights or is the book in the public domain?

2) What category does the book belong in? This will help people who don’t know of your title find your book. If you’re unsure, look for books similar to yours and see what categories they put themselves in. You should also add a few keywords to make the book easier to find.

3) Your book cover. Perhaps more than any other factor, your book cover is what will catch attention and get people to buy your book.

4) Upload your book. Amazon prefers HTML format, though they can accept PDF format as well.

When you hit continue, you’ll be taken to the rights & pricing page:

Here you’ll set whether you want to sell the book all over the world or just in certain parts of the world. You’ll also set your royalty percentage and your listing price.

Once you hit submit, your book will be reviewed by Amazon. Once you receive approval, your eBook will be live on the Kindle store


  • The KDP system is compatible with e-books in Microsoft Word, plain text, Mobipocket and ePub file formats.

What You Need to Submit Your Book For Kindle Publishing

June 6, 2011

Information Marketing


We’ve talked why you should write a Kindle book, but we haven’t touched on just how easy it is to submit your manuscript for publication.

Unlike traditional publishing, there’s no need for an agent, you don’t have to submit your manuscript for consideration, and you don’t have to wait the months or even years it takes to have your book press-printed.

Instead, you just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signinand sign in using your Amazon account.
  2. Read and accept the terms of service.
  3. Click “Add a New Title” and enter your book details including:

-Book title
-Language, publication date, publisher, and ISBN (all optional)
-Verify your rights (whether the book is public domain, or you own the rights)
-Add categories and keywords to target your book
-Upload your book cover
-Upload your book file

  1. Determine Rights and Pricing, including:

-Publishing territories
-Royalties (35% or 70%)
-List price
-Kindle book lending

It’s really that easy! If your manuscript and cover are finished, the whole process can be completed in just a few minutes. Then you’ll wait for approval, which can occur as quickly as 24 hours.

Compare that to the year-plus that print authors must wait to see their books in the bookstore, and you’ll know why authors love the Kindle!

A note on formats: To publish to the Kindle, you must have your content in the right format.

Here are the supported formats for the Kindle:

-.mobi and .prc

A note on covers: Would you purchase a book from Barnes and Noble that had no cover, or had just a plain brown wrapper? Possibly, but probably not.

We’re visual creatures, and in the online world when you can’t pick up a book to leaf through it, the cover sells the book. Spend some time and money on getting your cover right.

When a customer is browsing the Kindle store in Amazon, you want your book cover to be professional and eye-catching.

Look at other book covers to see what appeals to you, and find a graphic designer who can assist you in creating the look you want.

Graphics don’t have to be expensive; try sources like fiverr.com, shelancer.com, and odesk.comfor graphics help.

NOTE FROM GAIL: please note that Amazon has since added a paperback section which is not included here.


Published June 11, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

Did you ever found yourself at the center of a controversy because you made what you considered a perfectly innocuous remark about a post you read on Facebook? It happened to me recently over a comment I made concerning Facebooks standards. I made this remark after reading a whining post by an artist who had a photo of his work removed by Facebook because someone had complained about it. While I agree that artists have the write to paint any subject they please and to post photos of their work for their friends to see, when did that right supersede the rights of their circle of acquaintances NOT to have to look at stuff they find offensive or just don’t like? In my opinion, Facebook or other social media sites are not appropriate venues for this type of alternative art (nudity, graphic violence, sexual themes). That whining artist mentioned above must have known he was pushing the envelope with his art and so did all those users who howled and wrote posts accusing those of us who felt Facebooks decision was correct of all sorts of nasty and irrelevant things. If you work actively at selling your work, sooner or later Facebook or other social media sites is liable to put a stop to it unless you are willing to pay for theirads and even then they have certain guidelines you need to follow. To me, Facebook is the equivalent of a storefront window in the local mall.  Yes, I know some of you are going to squawk about my listing Facebook as a public Venue. Sorry, but I feel it is public, so please don’t bother posting to me in an attempt to convince me I am wrong Even if a post appears in a private group, there is no guarantee that the post will not show up on someone’s newsfeed page who does not want it appearing there.

Before Facebook became so ‘proactive’ about monitoring posts it was relatively easy to remove posts you did not like from your pages. You right clicked on the post and a menu appeared with a neat little goodie that simply said “hide or remove this post” among other things. While I do appreciate the ability to permanently block a fellow user from posting to my timeline, I don’t think it should be necessary to always block someone because they have made a one-time mistake. Unfortunately, Facebooks new rules take that control out of a user’s hands. The choices now are block the user or report them to Facebook. If Facebook actually took the time to make its pages user friendly in removing unwanted posts it would make a huge difference. But I digress from the point of this blog.

Do we apply a double standard in censoring Art? Is there a difference between a Rubens classical painting and a smutty Playboy photo? A great many artists and even non-artists still think so. Yet some of Ruben’s art is probably more graphic than a Playboy centerfold. His Rape of the Daughters of Sabine certainly shows violence toward women. Nevertheless, most museums and libraries would have no hesitation in displaying it in a public venue. What then makes the old masters art different from artists who create in the here and now? Should paintings showing nudity, graphic violence like rape, sexual themes or nude statues be shown in a public setting such as a Facebook, a Library, Mall or even an art show at which children are welcomed?.

Does it make a difference who is going to be looking at or reading controversial material? Yes, I think it does. Just as a person isn’t allowed to scream “fire!” in a crowded area for fear of causing panic, as a society we will always need to make judgments as to what is appropriate for our public venues to display or spend our money on. And yes I am aware that in the past governments havebeen very heavy handed on what was considered appropriate, and no, I am not advocating a return to those days.  On that subject, the right of adult individuals to decide what they will read and see must always be defended. The internet has virtually ensured that the freedom to view and read whatever we want will be protected. However even the internet has standards as to what can appear where. A venue such as Facebook or Instagram will have standards they insist on being adhered to by those who post to them.  Censorship is not a thing to be feared any longer. As long as the internet is around artists and book publishers will be permitted to show and sell these items (in the appropriate venues), and I don’t think we need to be too worried about government or corporate imposed censorship.

Public galleries and non-profits have also felt the bite of censorship because of shrinking donations; private and for-profit galleries and bookstores are also under pressure not to carry controversial materials. A mom shopping with her 10 year old simply isn’t going to make a purchase in a gallery or art show that carries nudes or art depicting graphic violence and sexual themes, because she isn’t likely to take her child into that gallery or to that art show in the first place.

As a visual artist who sets up art displays in public places, I am very aware of our American society’s standards of what is considered acceptable for public consumption. All societies have these standards of behavior and yes, the standards do evolve with society. 60 years ago, Tarzan of the Apes was considered too sexy for the libraries! What is acceptable in Europe is quite different from what is acceptable in America. American standards are usually much more conservative than those prevalent in Europe. In this financially strapped time, Libraries, other non-profits and public venues are very dependent on donations. Let’s face it; donors are simply not going to come out and see or purchase art or books they don’t like and they won’t give money to organizations that support these things.

As to exactly why we think a painting over 100 years old is less controversial than one painted this year, well, all I can say is that history seems to cover a multitude of sins.


Published June 4, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

I have always painted in Acrylics. Although over the years, I have attempted to use other mediums but they were a poor fit. Oils stink, are messy and take way too long to dry for me. Watercolors are too unforgiving for a ‘seat of the pants’ painter like myself and I usually ended up with something resembling a kindergartener’s finger painting. I don’t have the patience for colored pencils or graphite pencil. When I attempted charcoal and pastels, I usually ended up looking as if I’d been playing in the coal bin. Sometimes it was a colorful coal bin, but still—But like Goldilocks beds, Acrylics and I fit just right. I really don’t understand why some artists seem to have so much trouble with them. Over the years, the most common complaint I have heard about working in Acrylics is “it dries too fast”. No offense intended, but in my experience, this problem is caused by the artist’s unfamiliarity with the properties of the medium. There is a little bit of a learning curve and I understand that it’s hard to change your work pattern to adapt to acrylics. If you really want to give them a try and are willing to change your work pattern a little, I think you might be happy with Acrylic paint.

Some basic facts about Acrylics: 1–Drying times for Acrylics is actually comparable to Watercolors. 2–Acrylics, like watercolors, dry by evaporation. 3–One of the things that affect working with Acrylics has to do with the thickness of the paint an artist applies. The thinner the application of paint, the faster Acrylics will dry. QED. 4– If the artist applied a thick layer of paint, even though the paint may be dry to the touch on the surface, it may still be soft underneath for several hours. 5–Acrylics will dry darker than when first applied. 6—Mixing Acrylic paints ‘greys’ or darkens them. Acrylics straight out of the tube are always brighter than any color you mix together. This isn’t a terrible thing; I consider the difference to be negligible. If it’s important to you to retain that initial tube brightness, I suggest you use thin glazes instead of mixing directly, allowing the color underneath to bleed through. Acrylics master painter Jerome Grimmer uses a medium instead of water to overcome this issue.

Unlike Oil paints, Acrylics won’t wait days for you, but there are ways to slow down the drying time. The simplest way is to just refrigerate the painting. Yep, I said put it in the refrigerator for the night. Cold temperatures slow down the drying time of Acrylics. Of course, that probably isn’t practicable for most artists. Unless you are painting miniatures, I doubt you will have room for a painting in your refrigerator! If you live where the daily temperature is between 40oand 50oF you could stick it out on your unheated porch overnight.  However, your palettecan be sealed and kept in the refrigerator and your paint will stay workable for several days.

The next simplest way to slow down the drying time of Acrylics involves using water. I saw this technique demonstrated by TV artist Jerry Yarnell and it works great in the short run. Dip a large brush in your rinse water and brush it over the canvas until the canvas is thoroughly wet. You can smooth out any dripping runs with a damp brush. Using clean or dirty water is irrelevant; you are going to cover this up with paint in a few minutes anyway. This will keep the paint you apply workable longer. Remember a spray water bottle is your best friend when working with Acrylics (they still sell them in the laundry section of department stores–I just bought a new one). Periodically spray down your palette and the portions of your canvas you need to keep wet. If a drip occurs, blot it away with a paper towel.

There are also commercial mediums to slow down drying time. They work, but I personally didn’t like them. My paint seemed sticky afterwards, and it was difficult to judge when I could start working over the top of the painting I had used them on. I admit that issue probably has more to do with my own painting techniques than how well the medium worked. You see, I sketch up the painting, paint over the drawing so I can place background shadows and highlights where I want them, and then redraw the foreground objects, people or animals. To do this the paint needs to be dry, and hard enough to stand up to the pressure of my pencil or charcoal. Thickly applied Acrylic paint is soft enough that a hard pressure will leave an imprint even if the work is completely dry, so the “slow-dry” mediums just didn’t work for me.


While it’s true that not every medium will suit everyone, I suggest if you really want to learn to work with Acrylic paint, you take one of Grimmer’s or Yarnell’s workshops. Yarnell also has video series about painting that can be purchased from his website. http://www.yarnellschool.com/

Jerome has a video on YouTube about working with Acrylics that is free to watch. Jerome Grimmer Mixes Acrylics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaW3Gz5UMks

Famous Artist Quotes

Published May 28, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist
  • Salvador Dali
  • “If you understand the painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it!” –
  • Michelangelo
    A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
  • Vincent van Gogh
    An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
  • Pablo Picasso
    Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?
  • Pablo Picasso
    Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.
  • Claude Monet
    Color is my day long obsession, joy and torment.
  • Michelangelo
    Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
  • Pablo Picasso
    Everything you can imagine is real.
  • Francis Bacon
    I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck. It is not hereditary, thank goodness.
  • Pablo Picasso
    I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
  • Claude Monet
    It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.
  • Andy Warhol
    Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
  • Pablo Picasso
    Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
    Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
  • Pablo Picasso
    The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
  • Henri Matisse
    There are always flowers for those who want to see them.


  • “Colour is fun, colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul.” – Rachel Wolf.
  • “On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.” – Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), on drip painting.
  • “Like emotions, colours are a reflection of life.” – Janice Glennaway
  • “If you didn’t have fantasies you wouldn’t have problems because you’d take whatever was there. But then you wouldn’t have romance, because romance is finding your fantasy in people who don’t have it.” – Andy Warhol, 1970
  • “Painting is by nature a luminous language.” – Robert Delaunay
  • “The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.” – Willem de Kooning, 1968
  • “The profoundest order is revealed in what is most casual.” – Faifield Porter, 1969
  • “To draw is to make a shape and movement in time.” – Stuart Davis, 1951
  • “The child is really an artist, and the artist should be like a child, but he should not stay a child. He must become an artist. That means he cannot permit himself to become sentimental or something like that. He must know what he is doing” – Hans Hofmann, (1880 – 1966)
  • “To wake the soul by tender strokes of art” – Alexander Pope
  • “I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do” – Francis Bacon, 1963
  • “If you could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
  • “I sense a scream passing through nature. I painted … the clouds as actual blood. The colour shrieked.” – Edvard Munch, on his painting The Scream.
  • “Colour and I are one. I am a painter.” – Paul Klee, 1914.
  • “Calligraphy’s biggest struggle is not with ink . . .It’s that memory is action minus think!” – from the notebook of Brett Whiteley
  • “. . . .its really a tightrope sort of thing, living” – Joy Hester 1920 – 1960
  • “Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together.” – E A Whitney
  • “Above all keep your colours fresh!” – Edouard Manet (1832 – 83)
  • “The essential of painting is that something, that ‘ethereal glue,’ that intermediary product which the artist secrets with all his creative being and which he has the power to place, to encrust, to impregnate into the pictorial stuff of the painting.” – Yves Klein (1928-1962).
  • “When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting.” – Fernando Botero
  • “They’ll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.”
    Pablo Picasso, 1966.
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” – Pablo Picasso
  • “There is no must in art because art is free” Wassily Kandinsky
  • “How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.”
    Leonado da Vinci 1452 – 1519
  • “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso
  • “Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings” – George Tooker
  • “The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”
    – Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
  • “I shut my eyes in order to see” – Paul Gauguin
  • “Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” – Eugene Delacroix
  • “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890
  • “As an artist. It is central to be unsatisfied! This isn’t greed, though it might be appetite.” – Lawrence Calcagno
  • “Creativity is . . . seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” – Michele Shea
  • “Painting isn’t so difficult when you don’t know … But when you do … it’s quite a different matter!”
    Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917
  • “I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers – only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” – Grace Hartigan
  • “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.- unknown
  • “There is a logic of colours, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.” – Paul Cezanne
  • “Art? You just do it.” – Martin Ritt
  • “Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious to health, so study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in” Leonado da Vinci, 1452 – 1519
  • “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” – Edgar Degas
  • “To be an artist, one must . . . never shirk from the truth as he understands it, never withdraw from life” Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957).
  • ” The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1873),
  • “Art happens – no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about” – James Abbott MC Nrill Whistler
  • “On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.” Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), on drip painting.
  • “No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper
  • “As a child I drew like Raphael but it has taken me a lifetime to draw like a child.” Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1873),
  • ” For me a painting is like a story which stimulates the imagination and draws the mind into a place filled with expectation, excitement, wonder and pleasure”
    – J. P. Hughston, painter
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – unknown
  • ” A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” – Paul Gardner

Earning Residual Income With Your Art

Published May 21, 2018 by Gail Daley Writer & Artist

We may as well admit it: all of us secretly want to not only create fabulous art but want the public to appreciate it so much they pay us fabulous prices for it. The wonderful thing about making prints of our work is it a way to earn residual income on our art. If an artist sells a painting for $500 that is a one-time fee; if that same artist also sells 20 prints for $15 each then they have earned a total of $800 on that same painting.
Naturally as an artist, you want any reproductions of your art to reflect the quality of the art itself, which means you want to make the best quality reproductions you can find. I have had several artists ask me where they can get good quality prints made at a reasonable price. It’s a good question. There are two ways to go with this: make the prints yourself or get them made professionally.

If you are planning to make them yourself, besides the printer, you will need a good quality camera that takes high-resolution photos (Canon Rebel is excellent but there are others out there). I don’t recommend a point-and-shoot camera or your cell phone if you intend to make professional looking reproductions; although the smart phone photo quality is improving, I did notice that quality seemed to suffer with larger size prints. I would also recommend a good photo-editing program such as Photoshop Elements. I chose Elements because it will service either Apple or PC computers, the basic editing techniques are simple and it does have tutorials.

A printer that prints on a variety of paper products is essential if you are making your own prints. What brand of printer makes the best prints? Well, there are a lot of differing opinions on this, all having to do with what kind of ink will give you the truest colors, how easy they are to use, whether to use ink jet or laser printers, etc. Making the prints yourself does mean that you are probably going to be limited to paper and the sizes you can make; most home printers will only take legal or letter size paper. The printer that gave me the very best prints I ever made at home was an inexpensive Kodak printer. Unfortunately it proved too fragile to last long. Epson, Brother and HP all make good machines that will give you nice paper prints. You can even obtain letter size “canvas paper’ for printing on the internet, although I wasn’t really happy with the quality of the prints I made with it on my home printer. If you are going to make prints yourself, you should consider the cost of the ink. Many ink jet printers devour ink pods like a T-Rex. If you make a lot of reproductions, Ink jet refills can be so expensive that you might find it less costly to get your prints made by a print shop. Laser printers also make good quality prints, but a color laser printer and the toner to go with it can also break your budget. You will need to decide if the cost of the printing will allow you to still make sales at a profit.

The next option is to have your prints made by a professional printer. I am speaking here of commercial printers such as Kinkos or CopyMax’s Impress. The photo departments of Costco, Walgreens, Wal-Mart etc. may not give you a professional quality print because their print programs are designed to “flatten or homogenize” color to an “average” standard, however they also will work with you on this issue because they want your return business. Most of them can also do a canvas print mounted on stretcher bars. Again, ask for a proof because if you have vibrant, saturated or delicate shades you may find your print simply doesn’t reflect these qualities.

To use an outside printer you need a high-resolution jpeg or other type of photo of your work. If you are not a photographer, I suggest you arrange to have a professional take the photo in order to ensure that the photo has no distortions and that the color is true to the original art. You can have the photo transferred to either a jump drive or disc. An issue with having your prints made by someone else that doesn’t come up with DIY (Do It Yourself) printing: calibrating their printer to your photos. Calibrating a printer has nothing to do with the printer type; it has to do with communication between the computer and the printer. Even if the photo from your thumb disc looks okay on their computer screen, the print may still come out darker or lighter than your art. Always ask for a proof before accepting the print because it may be necessary for you to take your disc or jump drive home so that you can adjust the lighting or color of the photo in order to make the print “true” to the original when using an outside printer. If you do this, always save the “adjusted” photo as a separate file and leave the original alone. Making these changes is much easier if you are dealing with a local printer.

The other option for having your prints made is to find a local professional who specializes in making art prints. Here in Fresno we have several but Mullins Photography is the one most favored by local artists. If you bring in your art, they make their own scan and reproduce a print that is virtually identical to the original. Ask other local artists in your area where they get their prints made. Be prepared to open your wallet for this option though; because the cost of the initial set up fee will be more expensive than say Kinkos or Impress. On the other hand, it probably will be a one-time fee for that particular piece of art and the quality will be the best.

You can also order prints from the internet; a number of Internet sites do on-line printing. These sites are sometimes referred to as POD (Print On Demand) sites, and most of them do an excellent job. Fine Art America for instance will not only make your prints on a variety of paper, metal, cards and canvas, but also sell matting and framing and ship to your customer. With on-line printers however, you will have the same difficulties with the calibration as with your local outside printer. Since you can’t demand a proof from this type of site, I would suggest you get a small print made for yourself and adjust the photo. Keep notes on what you did so that you can use them when sending in later prints.

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