Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sticky?

I was painting late last night. My painterly brain loop was on automatic . Those 7 elements of design : line,value, color,texture,shape ,size and direction were all in play. But wait! What was that whisper? That vague formation of another word or two? Gasp! It was coming from that other world ...internet! Yes, I actually stood in front of my work and asked myself if it was "sticky"and what kind of "bounce rate " it would have! LOL! But how true. How often do you witness your viewer at a show, gallery or museum , barely gazing at your painting? Was there not enough content to hold attention? Did it get a superficial glance before your viewer was off to the next piece or other artist's work, eyes bouncing off one to another? Think about it today as you work.The answer will be different for each of us. How do you hold your viewers attention?

6 comments:

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Great post...affectionately said "smarty pants"!

Youvegotmaille said...

What a cool way to look at art. I shall be giving this some thought.

Helen Harris said...

Thank you all for your comments.
Your company is much appreciated in this adventure of creative expression.

Deronda designs... said...

Really made me stop and think...

Watercolorist said...

This is a huge and interesting question. Perhaps we artists need marketing experience to be able to objectively analyze our work and its potential markets. There is an artist on Etsy who constantly repeats the same flower theme in different colors and makes regular sales. For me, this is not something I would find appealing. It stifles creativity. The last time I looked on Etsy there were 3359 watercolor landscapes listed. If we could only figure out a way to get noticed by the potential buyers without the cost of having to constantly renew our artwork to get on the first search pages.

Helen Harris said...

Jean ..Artfire offers a flat $7.00 per month rate ( special offer right now!) so that you are NOT paying renewal fees. The categories are smaller than Etsy right now because they are newer but they also rotate each product on a continous basis giving fair exposure to everyone