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Social media platforms can be one of the very best tools for both new and more established artists seeking to develop a greater following, promote their work and ultimately generate more sales of their creations. There’s a lot of varied advice available about building and maintaining a presence on social media, but very little of the advice you read looks at this from the perspective of the artist. Here at Art2Arts we’ve created this quick go-to guide to help you getting started with building your own successful social media presence…used well they can be the key to a whole host of other opportunities for you as an artist
Focus on the Major Platforms
Instead of spreading yourself too thin at the outset, focus instead on getting to grips with promoting yourself on the top four social networking websites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Art is by necessity a visual medium, and Instagram thrives on this as a platform. Facebook and Twitter will help you to connect and engage directly with your audience and in turn help build your brand and following. LinkedIn is the go-to professional networking site, ideal for staying on top of new developments in the art world and finding out about networking events and exhibitions amongst your peers. Once you’ve worked out how these platforms really work, you can then branch out if you feel the need to other sites like Pinterest and YouTube. If you are confused, remember that many of these sites have their own in-built tutorials designed to make using them much easier.
Establish a Website or Blog
This is a big part of your social brand-building, and gives you somewhere to redirect fans and potential customers who connect with your social channels and want to know more about you or your work. Starting a website or maintaining a blog allows you to tell the world about your work with your own online showcase. If you’re not interested in building your own site through one of the many channels available such as Wordpress, then consider handing the reigns to an affordable web designer who can clue you in on the best website available out there to really suit your specific needs.
Engage with your Followers
Be sure not to spend all your time on social media simply pursuing the hard sell. This is an easy mistake to make but the savvy reader will want to read engaging content and not feel like it’s purely a veiled advert. A large part of social media is about building relationships. Interact with people who say they love your work – it’ll help add a human edge which is often lost in digital communications. Let them know a bit more about you as a person with that you share online.
Network as you would in Person
More and more networking activity is conducted over the web. Instead of shying away from this, join in the conversation! You never know what opportunities lie across the web sphere waiting for your artistic talents – but with a little social media savvy, you soon will.
There’s no better way to surprise a friend or loved one than with the gift of art. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas present, a birthday surprise or just a way to say thank you, a piece of art will provide years of joy and will add a splash of colour and character to anyone’s home. From classical realism to contemporary impressionism, there is a huge selection of different styles of art to choose from which means you’ll never struggle to find something that will brighten your friend’s day.
There are some issues that crop up, however, when buying art for another person. Everyone has different tastes which means it can sometimes be a difficult and stressful task trying to decide on the perfect piece to gift them. If you know that the person you’re buying for enjoys art and would love a new addition to their collection but you don’t have much experience in buying paintings, these top tips will help you in the process and offer you some things to consider before making your purchase.
Find the right size
It’s important to remember that the size of a painting can have a big effect on how well it sits in someone’s home. You may find that if you buy a huge canvas- although it may be beautiful- if it is too big to fit on any of the walls, it may be more of an imposition to the person you’re buying it for. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with going big if you are familiar with the house it will be going in.
If your friend or loved one has a room with a large wall that could use a splash of colour, a big canvas could serve as a unique feature that will bring the room to life and serve as a talking point for guests. The key is to be aware of the space your friend has and look for a piece of art that is suitably sized.
Even if you don’t know the ins and outs of the artistic process and you’re not brushed up in the different styles and movements within the art world, you can still choose amazing art that will match the surroundings of the recipient’s home. Choosing a piece of art based on the colour will ensure that, at the very least, it will fit with the style and theme of the room in which it will be hung. If the person you’re buying for isn’t an art expert, giving them a colourful painting to use as a decorative feature is sure to make them happy.
Match their taste
If you have a friend or family member that you know loves art, it can be exciting and stressful at the same time trying to find a painting they will like, especially if you don’t really know anything about art yourself. If you’re unsure of what kind of painting to go for, a great place to start is in the home of the person you’re buying it for. Take note of the types of artwork they already have and try asking questions subtly to get a better insight into the styles and artists they like.
If the person you’re buying for lives far away or they don’t actually own a physical collection, try checking their social media page or taking a trip with them to a local gallery to get a better idea of what will make them happy.
Use your instinct
Sometimes it is much easier to trust your gut and choose a gift that you yourself would love to receive. Overthinking the decision of which painting to buy can make the whole process more stressful and will leave you worrying about whether the person will like it. If you know that you both have similar taste, the best thing to do is choose a painting that would make you smile. Go with your instincts and think outside of the box when choosing your artistic gift.
Ask for advice
If you have other friends that have great taste in art and know more about the different styles than you, don’t hesitate to ask their opinion about what type of painting to buy. If other friends tell you that they would love to receive your chosen painting as a gift, you know you’re on to a winner. Asking for advice from art dealers and gallery owners is also a great way to put your mind at ease and make the buying process a lot less stressful.
Have a backup plan
If after everything you’re still unsure whether you’ve made the right decision, it’s always good to make sure you have a backup plan. When shopping around, be sure to ask the dealers and sellers about returns policies and try to find somewhere that will allow you to return or exchange the painting if your friend doesn’t like it.
Still life paintings have long been a popular way for artists to experiment with their craft, honing their abilities with exploring how best to present light, tone and shape within a static scene. Some of the world’s best artistic masters have over the centuries produced a great number of still life artwork, and the great artists on Art2Arts also explore this tried and tested format with superb results. Here are a few of our top picks from the Still Life collection.
Three Lemons by Jane Palmer
The simple still life is given new life in this bright oil on canvas piece by Jane Palmer, presented ready to hang. The painting uses rich citrus hues to provide an instant pop of colour which will stand out in any space and draw plenty of admiring glances from fellow art fans. Palmer is relatively new to painting in oils, stating that since 2010 when she bought her first set she’s never looked back. This painting with it’s piercing use of yellow will brighten up any room and catch the eye.
Fruit Table 4 by Irina Rumyantseva
A striking contemporary example of still life art which really turns the idea of the traditional fruit table still life completely on its head. With a definite creative flair which fans of the artists’ work may have come to recognise, this modern abstract still life presents a heavily textured acrylic on canvas work which is truly conversation-starting.
Hickory Dickory Dock by Peter Williams
A delightful, whimsical watercolour painting in rustic hues which nonetheless retain an iridescent sheen. The attention to detail of the painting makes it one to truly spend time exploring in all its depth, and the lamp black background ensures the central colours really pop. The artist lives on the Suffolk coast and says he is consistently inspired by people, places, and life in general.
The Pumpkin and Pitcher by Elizabeth Williams
This oil on box canvas piece uses the sparseness of its subject matter – just two simple items – to successfully draw the eye. With truly clever use of colour and super rendering of shadow and shade, this is a piece where the artist has truly understood the challenges and possibilities of the still life form.
Still Life with Lilies, Vase and Jug by Diana Aungier-Rose
An acrylic on canvas piece with plenty of stunning autumnal colours, this piece would be perfect for brightening any room. The eye is drawn first to the lilies, then to the textured vase and the beautifully-rendered foreground. The mix of colours is warming despite their contrast and you can see how the artist has drawn inspiration through her art from childhood years spent in South Africa.
Scarlet and Black by Louisa Jane Simpson
With a truly impressive use of colour and dimension, Simpson’s oil on canvas artwork plays to the imposing presence of the coffee pot and the comparatively diminutive elements also within the frame to create a wonderfully realised piece. The fruit on the plate really pops once you see it too. Simpson is based in the Midlands and studied art at Derby University.
What we now refer to as ‘traditional’ art still and always will hold a special place in the hearts of many art-lovers of all ages. Traditional art is a very broad term which can encompass a wide range of different styles and a variety of methods. The art under this banner generally reflects existing culture using so-called classical techniques, allowing the artist to really explore the depth of emotion, human experience or even just a simple landscape through their chosen medium. Read on to find out more about our top picks from Art2Art’s own ‘Traditional’ section.
Version of Famous Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh with Pipe by Olga Koval
This truly stunning reworking of a well-known portrait of the legendary Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh allows the artist to play around with a common theme in her pieces, by turning Van Gogh the man into his own individual feline character. Koval’s work is self-confessedly designed to delight the cat lovers amongst us, and this painting is sure to impress various fans of classic art as well, if only for it’s witty subject matter and clever, colourful execution.
Poppy Field by Paul Chambers
A thickly-textured impressionist painting, Poppy Field allows the artist to create a bright and vivid landscape which is sure to make an impression in any space, with special resonance for those commemorating the significance of Remembrance Day. The glorious attention to detail in every single element within the whole frame makes it a simply striking and memorable piece of work.
Father and Son by Peter Williams
As far as close-up wildlife portraits go, they don’t get much better than Williams’ portrayal of a highly lifelike African lion and his infant lion cub. The graphite pencil drawing is presented on Bristol board, and would make a striking addition to any living space despite its petite size. Lovingly created over many hours by ex-Soldier Williams this piece portrays a softer side of these magnificent animals.
Guinea Fowl by Sally Parkin
Parkin’s artwork is a marvellously sketched limited edition drawing on handmade paper and sold ready to frame. From the wonderful use of monochrome to the impressively designed shapes of the piece, this is sure to draw admiring glances from fellow art fans and draw questions from those who want to know more about it. Parkin studied Art in Leeds and has exhibited all over the UK.
Glass Reflections with Peonies by Louisa Jane Simpson
Part of the artists’ ‘Glass Reflections’ series, this remarkable oil on canvas piece demonstrates the romantic appeal of peonies and their soft hues with an expert eye. The artwork is presented ready to hang and we feel would make a real statement. Inspired by the artist's love of the Derbyshire countryside; this piece has a truly romantic feel to it.
Blue Eyes by Mark Sutton
An extremely detailed painting of what Sutton refers to as a ‘cute and curious’ kitten with striking blue eyes and beautiful markings, this painting’s really lifelike presentation and impressive use of colour to create the depth of texture are what make it particularly stand out to the eye.
If you’re looking to brighten up your home, a collage can make a unique and exciting addition to your collection. Collages bring together different materials and combine colours to create something original and eye-catching. Many of the wonderful artists at Art2Arts specialise in creating these vibrant masterpieces by using their years of experience to generate inspiring and thought-provoking art.
If you’re a fan of collages or you’re simply looking for an alternative to classical paintings, this collection of works will help you bring something new to your home and create a talking point that is sure to bring you plenty of compliments from friends, family and fellow art lovers.
This captivating creation by our very own Naomi Vona offers a unique perspective from one of our favourite artists. The contrast of sharp colours overlaid onto a sepia tone image creates an eye-catching piece that will grab anyone’s attention. The deliberate choice to use aged paper creates a wonderful vintage style that adds to the underlying sense of contrast that runs through the theme of the piece. The composition of the collage has been very well thought out and Naomi has clearly thought about how her work will reach people by juxtaposing contrasting shapes and patterns. This is just one of the amazing pieces in Naomi’s collection so be sure to check out her other artwork.
This depiction of the iconic and beloved musician, John Lennon is one of the most beautiful and intricate collages available on at Art2Arts. Created using newspaper torn newspaper cuttings, it is obvious how much care and attention that Jenny put into crafting this amazing piece of art. The painstaking attention to detail and beautiful use of shading has resulted in a collage that any music fan or art lover would be proud to add to their collection. There is plenty of Beatles art floating around on the market but this is truly a unique piece that will make you the envy of your fellow followers of the fab four.
Through the Window
This uniquely abstract take on a window scene by John Varden is one of our favourite collages. The mixture of warm colours creates a sense of calm joy that would bring out the vibrancy of any room. The organic shapes within the collage have been organised geometrically in a way that is naturally pleasing to the eye and the layering of texture adds to the depth of the piece. The unique style adopted by John has become very popular with collectors and much of his work has ended up in galleries and homes across the world.
Amanda J Aspinall
As one of our most popular artists, Amanda has sold a number of her pieces to people all around the world. She often describes her fascination for colour and passion for different textures and patterns as the driving force behind her art. This piece, in particular, is a perfect example of her unique creative style and offers a vibrant centrepiece to a room or gallery. The mix of geometric lines and hexagonal structure with vibrant colour and rough texture has resulted in a perfect blend of order and chaos.
Finding the right art to match the style of your home can be difficult, especially considering how fast trends change and how quickly things go out of style in the world of design. Whether you’re looking to add a bit of extra colour to your bedroom or find a feature piece for your living room, it’s important to find the right artwork that fits into your home and matches your personal taste.
With so many new interior design trends popping up this year, you may be struggling to find the right artwork for you. To help you out, we’ve taken a look at some of the latest trends and suggested a number of paintings that match them perfectly.
Indoor plants have made a huge comeback this year in the world of interior design as more people are filling their space with greenery. The key to this trend is to minimise wall colours and use plants and simplistic accessories for the accent colour. White walls are a good call and will help to make the plants and artwork in your room pop.
This piece by one of our talented artists, Susan Wooler would make a perfect addition to an office or kitchen that has been designed with light, clean colours. Simply Grass was created using oil paints and features a modest collection of colour tones that are intriguing yet simplistic. The sharp brush strokes make this a beautiful peace that would accent a lightroom perfectly.
Many interior designers are ripping away the clean veneer of plaster and paint to reveal a more raw and industrial style. Bare brickwork and exposed wood have become very popular over the last year, especially in family homes and studio apartments. If you prefer the rustic look of exposed brickwork, you’ll love this piece by Sally Parkin. Guinea Fowl is a unique black and white piece that has been created using a lino print. The bold contrast and harsh lines create a simplistic and raw image which would fit perfectly on a brickwork or plaster wall.
The vintage trend has made waves in all corners of every creative industry. From clothing and fashion to art and interior design, the world has started looking backwards and rejuvenating trends of decades gone by. More people are beginning to choose classic furniture and vintage décor to give their homes a new look and we have plenty of art to match this style.
Amsterdam in the Evening is a wonderful piece by Irina Rumyantseva which offers a beautiful impressionist depiction of a gorgeous Amsterdam strip at night. The elegant shapes and rich colours make this a perfect match for a vintage bedroom. All it’s missing is a luxurious frame to finish it off.
As more people are realising the benefits of using artwork to decorate their homes, interior design is becoming more reliant on amazing artists to provide quality work. A popular trend now being adopted is to use extra-large paintings as opposed to a traditional painted feature wall. N’Veintitres by Amanda J Aspinall would make a perfect piece for any living room or home gallery. The vibrancy of this piece will bring your room to life and is sure to be a talking point.
The historical timeline of the art world is full of influential artists that have created some of the most iconic paintings in history. For centuries, artists have pushed the boundaries of creation by developing new techniques and finding inspiration from places never thought of before. Among the vast number of paintings created throughout history, there is a handful that has become so iconic that they still draw in millions of tourists every year. Every painting has a story behind it and in this post, we take a look at some of the most famous of them.
Leonardo da Vinci
The Mona Lisa has become an iconic cultural symbol and has been referenced and featured in media all over the world. The painting itself was created by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519. The history of the painting is shrouded in mystery which is one of the reasons it has become so famous. There has been much debate over the identity of the painting’s subject with some believing that it is a portrait of the artist’s mother and others arguing that it depicts the wife of Francesco di Bartolomeo del Giocondo, a Florentine Merchant. There are even theories that the Mona Lisa is a self-portrait of Da Vinci in drag.
The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh
Painted in 1889, this iconic piece was created by the famous Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. Known for his unique style and advanced development of post-impressionism, he became one of the most prolific artists of his time and his legacy has inspired millions of other creators. Despite being such a talented artist, Van Gogh also suffered from serious mental health problems which is why he eventually committed himself to the Saint-Remy asylum. Shortly before painting The Starry Night during his stay at the asylum, he wrote to his brother and spoke about how beautiful the sky looked from his room. This is believed to be the inspiration for the iconic painting.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Even those not overly familiar with the art world may be familiar with this iconic piece of post-impressionist modern art by the renowned French artist, Georges Seurat. The iconic park scene captures an afternoon in one of the many suburban areas on the outskirts of Paris. Unlike many of the Parisian artists of the time, Seurat liked to focus his work on the working classes of the city and drew inspiration from further outside of the city among the factories and social spaces. This particular piece utilised his iconic pointillist style to recreate the scene with a series of dots and dashes in a way that no other artist can.
The Garden of Earthly Delights
This vibrant and active piece by the famous 16th-century painter, Hieronymus Bosch has been a favourite of artists all over the world for years. Painted between 1503 and 1515, it is a surrealist depiction of a fictional garden that embodies the strong medieval belief in god. The theme of the painting revolves around the good vs evil narrative and illustrates all kinds of fictional characters and strange scenarios.
The amazing thing about the world of art and creativity is that anyone can make their mark in it. History is full of famous creators that started out with nothing more than a pencil and a dream. If you have a passion for art, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of trying to navigate the saturated art industry but don’t worry. Although the competition seems to be fierce these days, with more hopeful artists than ever clambering to make a name for themselves, these top tips will help you break into the art scene and get the recognition you deserve.
Times can get hard and your effort can sometimes seem pointless if you’re not selling any of your creations but it’s important to keep going. Don’t let the possibility of failure put you in a creative rut. Keep creating and keep improving your skills and you will increase your chances of getting recognised. Even if you put it down to sheer odds- the more work you produce, the higher the chance that someone will see one they want to buy.
It’s important to learn from the best and find artists who inspire you but remember to be original and develop your own style. All of the most famous artists throughout history have gained recognition from their unique style and approach. No one wants to buy a replica but if you put yourself into your art and create something unique, you’re more likely capture people’s attention.
Today’s art industry is a bustling network of artists, dealers and global institutions. At the speed the industry moves at, it can be hard to stay up to date with the latest trends and movements. Be sure to attend as many social events, talks, seminars, exhibitions and galas as you can. Meeting people within the industry will get your name circulating and give you a chance to make contacts and showcase your work.
The passion for creating art will always come first but if you’re hoping to make a living from your work it’s important to invest time into the business side of things. Self-promotion and marketing are very important in such a fast-moving industry. It’s a good idea to seek out dealers or platforms that can help connect you with potential buyers and showcase your work.