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I recommend some great sites on Fine Art. Look here.
There are thousands of pages out there with thousands of links. Wherever you start you will drown in opportunities to kill your time.
Just start with Yahoo or any other search engine, key in "fine art" (to not include things obviously too far off) and there you are: Some thousand sites with links pages each.
If you want to know about my experiences with links pages, read on.
Question is not where to find this kind of stuff. Question is where to find art. When I started in February, I was offended by all this really ugly stuff I found everywhere. When I started finding valuable things, I made up my own links page to share my findings with others.
I hoped that people would profit and tell me their own. I was naive, it turned out. My links page was rarely visited, I never got any feedback. If you like, check it out, I tell about them things. I quote:
"Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? A project of students (John F. Kennedy High School, Bronx (NY) /Sweden). Great idea, work for years for teachers and students alike. Very good job as a site, at first glance a bit thin in substance regarding the thesis about Leonardo.
The guestbook entry was answered by a teacher referring to his teacher at Graduate School ".. who believes that art is produced when a human reaction is evoked from an art piece." Pretty simple, then! From this and the comments in the guestbook he concluded that they have created art with that project. I highly disagree. So we entered a discussion."
Well, it turned out soon that he felt just offended. No discussion. After a while I quit writing this links page, disappointed.
A post to MarkeThink Digest.
First: It is a long one again. I'm sorry, I can't make it shorter to get the point across. I think it is important to see exactly what the problem is about.
And there is a problem here. Julie wants to write novels. (John wants to play onstage.) She gets plenty of advice (i.e. from John). None helps her writing novels.
Same with me. I want to paint. I see the net is great to get known, maybe sell. I fill my days with marketing. I haven't painted for more than 10 years.
If Julie realizes the advice given, she won't be able to write, that's for sure. I don't know if it's her dream to develop her novel online, but I can say for me, painting cannot be done part time or online or public.
Definitely no chance setting apart a couple of hours every day and create valuable art. I tried it. It was a lesson. In the end I quit my daytime job altogether, taking the full risk.
What do all you fellows out there think how art can be developed? (And I don't mean you fellow members only, I mean all the people not involved producing art.) To give you a picture, I'll tell you one example:
Thomas Mann, famous German Novel prize author, described for a survey how he did it (everybody does it his own way, of course): Most important, he made sure his life was extremely regular. He did not even like to have guests in the evening as this spoiled the next day for writing novels.
He did creative work from 9 to 12 every day. First he copied with his fountain pen the work of the day before. That turned out to be 1 or 2 pages only. That got him into the story again. Then he wrote on, corrected, wrote anew etc.
After lunch, he had siesta. Then a short walk with his dog. In the afternoon he answered letters, wrote essays and speeches. In the evening he read all sorts of books relating to his subject to feed his soul with the right stuff.
He began his Bible story "Joseph and His Brothers" (out of print) as part of a trilogy. The other two were planned for, but never even begun. He did not live long enough. He started off with an introduction which turned out to be 48 pages in print! (This intro alone is a wonderful piece of art.)
The intro was printed by a literary journal shortly after. People wondered what the novel would be when the intro was that long.
After the first 400 or so pages, he decided to have this as a separate volume to get some stuff out (he had to make money, too). In the meantime, Hitler took over control. He felt safe, wasn't anxious, but during a visit in Switzerland, Gestapo investigated his house in Munich.
His grown up kids called him and urged to stay in Switzerland. He did not understand. He wanted to get home to get back to work. They could not talk frankly. They had the hell of a problem, but finally he understood. He did not have more than you need for a short voyage, but happily he had taken his manuscript with him.
He carried it to emigration in the US. This single innocent looking book, retelling a short story of the bible, some 20 pages there, took him 13 years to write. It was published in 3 volumes over a time span of 12 years, with 1350 pages in my pocket book edition.
Can you imagine Thomas Mann being able to write part time? Setting apart 2 hours a day after working his ass off for a living? I bet you can't. Hermann Hesse (you know, "Steppenwolf", Nobel prize, too) lamented about how many talents are wasted because of bad conditions. (He was happy to have sponsors.)
Now here is where you marketers come in. You know why there are publishers, agents, art dealers in the first place? Marketers are darn necessary. Artists have to produce art, marketers have to relate the art to the public.
Artists don't like marketers, but they should rather be thankful as the marketer's job is to provide for the artist's living so that he in turn can produce art. (The marketers will see this different. They are in it for the money in the first place. All right with me.)
If a lawyer like Julie doesn't want to be a lawyer but write novels, is it a good advice to tell her she ought to switch jobs and become marketer instead? It is my situation. Julie said, she likes marketing. Fine. I'm much more happy writing my art journals than writing database programs, too.
But it's not what I want. I understand there are marketers by heart. Any of them lurking here? Some of them like to market art. Fine. They need a good product to market to be successful.
I am changing into an art dealer myself. Hence I am in need of good art (other than my own). I tell you, it is not easy to find any. Good to see the other side of the picture, though.
I understand that this is a problem nobody will solve. It's kind of a life's problem. I hope you understand better what the problem of artists is. Maybe you get interested in marketing art yourself. I for my part rather market art than computers (to lawyers, which I did). I don't know how to do it, but I didn't know how to do the latter either.
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