Piglets sharing a bale of straw, one from my collection, painted in 2009.
Here are my thoughts, let me know yours.
Those of you who know me, will know I have taken my art even more seriously this year, working full time at it whilst still being a stay at home mum. This has proved to be an interesting but fulfilling time akin to walking a tightrope, just to keep everyone happy! I have been trying to teach myself marketing, and a course in composition too. Learning about marketing has been very interesting, one of the areas that has been enlightening, and to a certain extent contradictory, is the question of sharing other artists work or exhibition promotions on my Facebook page. To share or not to share?
I have in the past been slow to write posts about myself, tending to hide, due to a level of fear and writer's block about what do I say, no one is interested, and a million other excuses. It is simple to hit the share button when I see something I like that I think will interest everyone else. I have been criticised (in a constructive way) for sharing too much of everyone else work and not enough of my own. Now the second part I agree with, I need to tell people more about me, well you have probably noticed over the last few weeks I have been working on that, however I still strongly believe (and you might well think I have lost my marbles!) that the world is big enough for all the artists, and that by showing my fans other artists' work they get to see a multitude of beautiful paintings, they may even buy one.
The exhibitions may be competitive, but sharing art work is not a competition, we are all to different! I do not see it as a threat to my business either, as I believe there is room for everyone. Each artist is different and every art appreciator has different tastes, but as artists we are stronger together, and if sharing other peoples work enlarges the audience, then that can only be good for everyone, artists and art appreciators alike.
I asked my local friends and fans how they felt about me sharing other artists work, the response was all positive, they loved to see the diversity I was sharing, and they loved to see my work too. I really don’t believe it was distracting from my work, quite the reverse in fact, it is a service I can provide my fans and collectors!
So in answer to the question, I think sharing is a win-win situation! We are all different, we all have different styles, subjects, techniques, etc. so sharing to a wider audience benefits everyone. I can only see this as a good thing to do, so I will continue in this mission to share widely, (whilst still stepping away from the computer to live!) and hopefully the idea will catch on!! I will also continue to post more of my own work too, as without showing my lovely audience my work how will they know what I am painting?
What do you think? Should I continue in my mission to share? Should I just post my work? Let me know, and Well done for staying with me to the end, I appreciate your time! :-)
Enjoy your day, and may it be filled with gorgeous images!