Kokopelli Conga

Kokopelli Conga
"A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art." --Paul Cezanne

April 21, 2017

Art vs. art

Shortly after I created a profile on Google+, I started posting some of my artwork. People will comment, and many comments are often uplifting and complimentary. But, sometimes you get what's called a "troll." Someone who says hurtful or controversial things to you in order to start an argumentative dialogue.


This happened to me when I posted a copy of my painting "Kokopelli Conga." 

"Kokopelli Conga" | Watercolor | Jennifer Love






















I very quickly received a comment from a Google+ user (not someone in my circles) saying that he didn't think he would consider my painting to be "Art" but maybe "art" and asking what did I think? Basically, he was telling me I'm not really an artist and my painting is not worthy to be called Art.


Ouch.



Well, after my initial reaction of hurt feelings from criticism without any constructive advice or suggestions, I realized what this user was about and what he was trying to do. My first "troll." First, I decided not to bother responding at all. Second, I blocked this user from my profile.  




Even though our initial reaction might be to respond with angry or defensive words when an online troll attacks, if we take a minute to think things over, we realize that this is exactly what they are looking for. These people are looking to create contention in our lives, to make us question our art, question our abilities, and hurt our feelings. 




Nobody has the right to tell you that the work you produce is not "Art." If you spend your valuable time creating it, you use the best quality materials you have available, and you do the best quality work you can do, then what you have created is Art.  




And, by the way, that very same painting ("Kokopelli Conga") was later juried into a competitive exhibition by a national and international-award-winning watercolor artist.





Additionally, many people have opinions on what constitutes Decorative Art vs. Fine Art, and many believe that people creating art to make a living and for sale to homeowners aren't really creating "Fine Art" - that Fine Art is only found in museum collections.




Gallery owner Jason Horesj recently wrote a great blog post about this very topic on Red Dot Blog.




His post is very insightful, but I especially appreciate the definitions he includes about Fine Art vs Decorative Art - pulled directly from the dictionary.






Decorative Art

noun

1. art that is meant to be useful as well as beautiful, as ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and textiles.
2. Usually, decorative arts. any of the arts, as ceramics or jewelry making, whose works are created to be useful.
3. works of decorative art collectively.
Fine Art

noun

1. a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.

"Kokopelli Circle Dance" | watercolor | Jennifer Love

























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April 12, 2017

Video link - Social Media for Artists - April 2017


Here is the video link for my presentation "Social Media for Artists" - April 11, 2017 at the Utah Watercolor Society Cache Valley Chapter meeting.

Thanks to UWS-CVC for having me! It was great fun, and I got a loaf of YUM-MMMM lemon bread as a thank you. Sweet!!

Click here to see the video on YouTube (or click on the video below to play it now). :)

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April 7, 2017

Social Media for Artists - April 2017 update

Last April, I had to opportunity to speak to the members of the Utah Watercolor Society (UWS) about using various social media platforms to promote and market your artwork and yourself as an artist. What a great experience for me and such a fun night! 

This year, I have been asked to give the same presentation to the UWS Cache Valley Chapter (UWS-CVC) in Logan, UT.  I'll be speaking to this talented group of artists on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7pm.



image source: public domain - copyright belongs to original artist/designer















I spent several hours over the last weekend reviewing my presentation from last year and updating screen shots and other information in order to prepare and update the presentation for UWS-CVC.


Not surprisingly, many things have changed in just a year's time in the digital world. In addition to updating graphics and a few stats and references and deleting information that is no longer relevant, I have also added a little information about Facebook Live, which is new since last I presented.


Hopefully, this time around, I will remember to get a "selfie" of me with the UWS-CVC group (since I forgot to do that last time with the UWS group...very UN-Social of me)!


What makes me a social media expert? I'm not, really. Just a social media user who has been blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, and Pinteresting for a while to promote my artwork. I recently added a couple of Youtube videos to that mix, and have tried Periscope. I am going to dive into an attempt at Facebook Live before the presentation in order to have some first-hand understanding of the platform. What makes any person an expert?  Only that they happen to have a little bit more knowledge and a little bit more experience than those who they are speaking to.


So, "expert" or not, I said I would be willing to share what I have learned to the UWS-CVC group. Luckily, I had a lot of positive feedback from my Salt Lake UWS presentation last year, so I will presume it went well! :)


I have been fortunate to have the opportunity recently to attend some social media training sessions and also listen to a webinar on the subject of various social media and how they are used both in the professional media business world and the art business world. Add to that the 5+ years I have spent learning (through much trial and error) the various platforms that I currently use in my artistic endeavors, and then a fair amount of internet research on the different platforms, and I was able to compile a decent deck of information for the UWS April member meeting...all boiled down into a 90 minute presentation!


The bulk of the information included in my presentation is compiled from other sources (online and otherwise), and I have tried my best to give source credit on each page. Additionally, I added a page of useful links (some of which were also sources), and tried to include several visual examples throughout. (We are artists after all! Visual creatures are we!!) 


I also provide a few copies of one of my LinkedIn blog posts which is relevant to the presentation.



As they say, if you really want to learn something, you should try to teach it to others. So true! And there is still so much more left to learn. :)


Click here to view my LinkedIn blog post What Do You Want To Achieve With Your Social Media?














Click here to view my Social Media for Artists presentation (or click the pic below). I hope you might find some of the info useful and welcome your comments or feedback or suggestions.


 Social Media For Artists - April 2017




Special thanks to marketing and social media gurus Tracey McCormackBill CarmodyStefan LubinskiBarney Davey, and Lori McNee for useful tidbits of information about various social media platforms! (And, of course, to Google, for making research about any topic easily accessible with a few mouse clicks!)

Thank you to Catherine Darling HostetterColleen ReynoldsKristi Grussendorf, and Brienne Brown for allowing me to use your Social Media images in the presentation! 



Images sources are from public domain. Copyright belongs to respective photographers/designers.

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April 2, 2017

Paintings 4 Parkinson's 2017 - Charity Auction

It's April again...Parkinson's Awareness Month, and also birthday month for my husband. Time for another Paintings 4 Parkinson's.

As I explained in my 2016 Paintings 4 Parkinson's post last April, I am putting a painting up for auction on eBay every April, in honor of my husband. 


100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research



December 2013












Look for my painting, "Fallen 1," to be listed on eBay starting on April 13th for a 7-day auction. Search P4PMJFF to find the listing if you wish to bid.

Auction will open on April 13, 2017 at 7:00pm Pacific Daylight Time. 


Click here to go directly to the auction page.



"Fallen 1" | watercolor | 11x14 | Jennifer Love



















To any artists who wish to participate, send me an email to jenniferloveartwork@yahoo.com and I will email you details. :)

If you're not interested in bidding on a painting but would like to make a donation straight to the Michael J Fox Foundation, click the pic below. Thanks!



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