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Last month, I talked about friends and how they helped me. That issue was very large. I didn't get complaints, but nevertheless I promise to be more brief today.
Almost every day one or two of you want their affiliate ID. I redesigned the affiliate page in a frequently asked question manner. Some of you are already successful and deliver prospects's addresses.
The first order for a poster has arrived. The subject of the poster is Joe Doe's painting number 621 · Black Cat. The value of the order was 124 US$. It was not related through an affiliate.
I asked the customer for preferences regarding the transmission of the credit card number. This was no problem. The customer transmitted the credit card number not with the secure form on the web but with two emails, each containing half of the numbers.
The poster was produced as a single print in a print shop in Germany and sent via regular air mail to the US. I expect to receive a photo showing it hanging in place.
Also, we had an inquiry regarding the paintings of Anne Stahl from Australia, which is very interesting. Therefore I cite the complete exchange so far:
"Could you please tell me more about how Ann's paintings are created.
Also, I assum that the original, once bought, is not reproduced in any way other than the limited number of prints?
Ann Stahl's Iceworld series is confident, simple but abstractly powerful. Do you have a list of her past exhibitions and where her work is collected?"
The customer was obviously concerned about the reproduction of the originals as posters. Actually, I wasn't surprised. This reaction could be expected. Somebody interested in originals can't be pleased at all with the idea that his work of art hangs in numerous other apartments.
Therefore, I dropped the offer of posters when I redesigned the artist's pages. In my opinion the buyers of posters and the buyers of originals constitute separate markets. This inquiry and feedback was a signal to me. For Art Quarter, I decided to concentrate on originals. Originals is what I want to sell in the first place. Posters are an afterthought only, a nice idea maybe. I plan to open a separate site devoted to posters at a later time.
The letter addressed several problems. This was my answer to "Could you please tell me more about how Ann's paintings are created.":
In Anne's own words:"About Iceworlds
This series of paintings and prints has developed from working on the previous series, 'the Planets' , more precisely the depiction of 'Europa'. I then researched the subject in the Alps and the Rocky Mountains as well as from numerous books and documentaries about Antarctica and Greenland. Ice and snow is not simply a white cold mass, but as I have discovered a wealth of colours, shapes, textures and associations. Important in the development of the series was the unfolding of the mystique embedded in the subject, e.g. the discovery of Oetzi and other Icemummies.
During my work on this series I have become more and more taken aback at the significance ice and snow play in the working of our planet, and thus our lives. To realise just how harsh and brutal and yet so fragile, ice can be, has played a central role in my depiction of same. How easily destroyed this lung of life for the earth and how needy of protection, has given me an added feeling of getting my hands onto something truly exceptional and worthy."
This new series of paintings deal with wetlands/bogs. Having already been inspired by the bog in Ireland and Scotland, I have also visited Canada extending my research and adding mor sketches and photographs.
Before I can go to my studio and start painting, I try to collect a variety of information on each series, in order to define what exactly I am trying to depict as well as getting first hand inspiration. The bogs in Ireland have unsurprisingly often been the source of inspiration for numerous artists. Rather than simply getting carried away by the sheer beauty of the land, I have tried to look deeper into:
- the plants that habitate bogs and their microscopic depiction - different types of bogs and their biological importance - other bogs (including slopbogs in Canada, Lüneburger Heide in Germany) - bog mummies (the 'history-book' aspect of bogs) the overall visual appearence of bogs (abstraction and comparison) "
I called Anne today to get more information. She told me that after research, she prepares many paintings and works on them simultaneously for about one year. She uses all types of materials, some of which dry very slowly, so that she moves on to another painting and then another until the process resumes when the materials dried.
This question is very delicate: " Also, I assum that the original, once bought, is not reproduced in any way other than the limited number of prints?"
As you may know, copyright issues have not been settled for too long. Nowadays, it is well established that reproduction rights remain with the artist. For example: you may own the most famous painting of Picasso, but you will not own the reproduction rights which belong to the heirs of the artist. Of course, every right is negotiable, but usually it is in the interest of the owner of an original work of art to see it reproduced. The more famous a painting is, the higher it's value.
The next one was easy: "Do you have a list of her past exhibitions and where her work is collected?"
Curriculum Vitae Anne Stahl
Born Germany, 1968
Education Diploma in Fine Art Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design 1994
Selected Exhibitions 'Aisling' Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 1994 '16"x16"', Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 1994 'G.-Gicac' Group Show , Gang Gallery, New York 1995 'Iontas' 1995, Sligo, Dublin, Belfast, Ireland 1995 Solo Show 'Bases', Arts Council Dublin, Ireland 1995 'Designs on Peace', US Embassy, Dublin, Ireland 1995 'Triennial Exhibition of Paintings', Sofia, Bulgaria 1996 'International Temple Bar Print Show' Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 1996 Internet representation by Slowinski Gallery, New York on Artweb. Solo Show 'The Planets' Ormond Gallery, Dublin 1997 Studio Show 'Iceworlds', Dublin 1998 Awards Best Student Work Award '16"x12"'
Pantheon Gallery, Dublin 1993
Arts Council Material Grant 1994 Arts Council Artflight 1995 Artist Tax exemption status granted April-97 Arts Council Studio Rental Award 1997 Collections BBC Northern Ireland Barclays Bank Ireland Barclays Bank Ireland Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design Arthouse Artifact, Curved Lane, Dublin 2
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.
Besides the concerns regarding reproductions, the prospect obviously thinks about acquiring a work of Anne. If I were an art buyer I'd probably approach a purchase in a similar way. This is the answer:
Thank you very much for all the useful information.
It is good to know that there are still reliable, efficient sites like yours on the net.
Next I sent notice of the redesign of her pages:
Today, I finished the redesign for Gallery Beck. Have a look at Anne's page, I hope you like it!
In my opinion, things have improved greatly. Notice the navigation bars! Anne's works (in fact all others, too) look much more impressive. Especially with Anne, the work cycles can be appreciated much better.
Also, I added exhibitions and curriculum vitae.
This was the answer:
just had a look at Ann Stahl, very good larger images - they show much more.
your images load very fast, that's great!
You may have noticed that I started advertising my own galleries and artists, dropping advertisements for other people's products. Wouldn't this be a way for you, too, to advertise special products? Think about it! You can copy and paste it into your own pages, even change the offer on a weekly basis to add content to your pages and offer something new to your visitors on a regular scheme. You don't have to pick my choice. Make your own and copy & paste that! I do it myself this way.
I redesigned all galleries and all artists in galleries Beck, Clay and Daguerre. Next will be the artists of galleries Ingres and Rousseau. I expect the redesign to be finished next week. New artists are Christoph Fischer at Gallery Clay and Jochen Brennecke and Danny Conant at Gallery Daguerre. New works are added to Robert Schaefer's page at Gallery Daguerre.
Think about giving away screensavers! One of the business letters I subscribed to announced that their saver has been downloaded 10,000 times! CNet states that screensavers are the most sought for software on the net. Did you check my savers? I have a simulation to inform your visitors, too. I made another screensaver with business rhyme script screens, rhymes by Bud Dauphin. Try it if you're on Win!
If you want more examples, just tell me, it's no big deal for me to produce another one. Remember: Don't provide a link to the saver itself! Offer an email link for more information instead. I will provide info for the savers and record the relation of the prospect to you.
Time to close this issue, time to remind you of the November contest at ArtQuest®. If you haven't done yet, surf over to ArtQuest and sign up for the draw end of November!
Thank you all for your support! Wish you good luck 'til next month!
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