Tuesday, August 23, 2011


New ways of networking and presenting one's art on the internet pop up all the time. I was recently invited to Glossom which is Eurocentric and apparently seeks to attract a discerning circle of artists and others who work with art and artists. You can create small collections such as this one from photos of our cats in the snow during the cold winter of 2010 in Finland. You can pretty much control the artistic design by reducing or enlarging images, repeating them and focusing on details. In this collection I have worked with diagonals I also noticed that I was able to concentrate on relatively narrow topics by using details from just a few images. In this way, I have been able to emphasize that I make art about different emotional states (which is often a bit difficult to deliver to the audience) and thus show the themes I have focused on in my collages and photos.

You can also add "mood boards" (mood boards) and small virtual books for inspiration.

All such work and networking is extremely time consuming and I often wonder if there is any point. to it I nowadays have to try not to get too involved in a lot of groups of mutual admiration that doesn't lead to anything concrete. On the other hand, the Internet is a way of reaching out and if you want to be taken seriously as an artist, it's a good idea to use the various options available online. There are also many virtual magazines ("e-zines") that you can participate in. Glossom is fortunately an active center as they pick out  art of interest and promote on Facebook and Twitter. It's better than many other places where your images are just sitting and disappearing in the crowd. Two places it may be worthwhile to upload art and photographs are on Flickr and Facebook, for some reason even old pictures get many visitors (without necessarily being contacts of yours). Potentially this exposure can get you little jobs and commissions, and may be helpful when you're applying for work.

There are also networks that charge for the membership, you need to be careful about that as they may promise lots of advantages that never materialize. In the UK, Axisweb is supposedly worthwhile but I haven't tried it yet (it's a whopping £ 30 for a year's membership). Saatchi Online is one of the most famous online galleries that people often use as their own website, and they have competitions and opportunities to sell originals or prints without having to pay anything for it.

The idea of using details and animating still images comes through very well in this video done by a Flickr contact: Marco Fritz: This grip makes the spectator curious and interested to see the next frame!

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