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Edward M. Fielding is a fine art photographer, artist, writer and designer who lives with his family and westie "Tiki" in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. Fielding is on the teaching facilty of the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH and the author of "the Quotable Westie" and other books. Fielding's work has been featured in magazines and on book covers around the world. Website - http://www.edwardfielding.com Buy open edition prints and products - http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/ Buy limited edition collectors prints - http://www.zatista.com/store/artist_profile/items/4857/Dogford-Studios#seller_id=13212&page=1&sort=Closest+Match&country= Rights Managed Stock Portfolio on Arcangel - http://tinyurl.com/hhbv8xj

Don’t be the victim of an art scam!

Artists are easy and frequent targets of scammers

Momma always said “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t”

Art scam 101 – When someone contacts you out of the blue and wants to purchase your artwork it’s often exciting.  Someone found me, looked at my work and wants to buy it!  Unfortunately a lot of these contacts are from scammers trying to rip off your art and your money.

Artist get targeted by scammers all the time.  I suppose we are an easy mark for a few reasons.

  • Artists tend be optimists and see the good in people
  • Artists tend to be naive to the world of crooks and scammers
  • Artists are used to shipping their product around the world
  • Artists have an emotional attachment to their art and want others to love it as much as they do.
  • Artists typically need the money, to pay the studio rent, pay for supplies and eat.
Red Neck Moving Day
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What does a typical art scam look like?

There are a few well-worn art scams that have been around forever and are still being used by art scammers.

Usually there is some kind of story involved.  The person loves your work, they are moving to a new house and want to buy several pieces to decorate it.  Basically they are setting up with the prospect of a very large sale but it has lots of conditions and has to be completed quickly (before you realize it’s a scam!).

Common tip offs that it’s a art scam include:

  • Foreign sounding names
  • Strange looking email accounts
  • Names that don’t match the email account or names that change between emails
  • They want to use their own shipping company
  • The quickness they want everything (willing to pay for super expensive fast shipping).
  • The lack of interest in the details like the size of the paintings or even the price.
  • When you send them to your easy to use online store or ask them a few questions they disappear.

How does the art scam work?

Usually the scammer could care less about your artwork. Artwork is not an easily resold commodity like a flat screen tv or camera.  The scammer is trying to make money ripping you off from the transaction and shipping fees.

…..He (the scammer) said that because he was moving he was in a state of flux and would it be okay if me mailed me the money in advance, with enough to pay the shipper at the door……

They will be using a stolen credit cards or a fake check to rip you off.  Any money that you give them will be their take.  For example they might send you a check for the artwork and OVERPAY for the shipping.  Then say “oops” can you send me the difference?

  • Following your usual method of payment.  Don’t accept some new way of paying.
  • Never accept overpayments.
  • Search the person’s name and email address to see if they come up.  Everyone these days has some sort of electronic trace that you should be able to find.
  • Most important: Wait until payments have cleared before shipping.  This might take a five days or a week.  The scammer is counting on speed.  A legitimate buyer can wait.  Art is rarely a last-minute purchase or a life or death purchase.

“…..Saw images of your paintings online, which really caught my attention. I am interested in purchasing paintings from your collection, can you please get back to me with the price range, sizes of your paintings, so i know how to go about my purchase.

Await your prompt reply……”  – said the scammer!

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Limited Time Promotion: A Yawn is a Silent Scream for Coffee

A yawn is a silent scream for coffee
http://pixels.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=208424

 

Purchase a 11.00″ x 14.00″ stretched canvas print of Edward Fielding’s A yawn is a silent scream for coffee for the promotional price of:  $50!

Limited to the first 25 collectors.  Offer ends in five days.

http://pixels.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=208424

 

About Canvas Prints

Check out the  texture and depth of a stretched canvas print.   Your image gets printed on a premium glossy canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars.   All stretched canvases ship within one business day and arrive “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Fine Art America is one of the largest, most-respected giclee printing companies in the world with over 40 years of experience producing museum-quality prints.   All of our prints are produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade Epson printers.   We use acid-free papers and canvases with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.

About This Promotion

Pixels.com is the world’s fastest growing online community for living artists.   There are currently 408,549 artists who sell prints of their artwork through our site, and each week, we offer a promotional discount on one print.   The promotional print is made available in limited quantities and for a limited time at a substantially reduced price.

The goal is to put museum-quality works of art into the hands of art collectors all over the world and, in doing so, build awareness of beautiful artwork being produced by the Pixels.com artist community.   When you purchase prints from Pixels.com, the proceeds go directly to the artist – you’re supporting a community of living artists all over the world!

http://pixels.com/weeklypromotion.html?promotionid=208424

 

Life begins with coffee

Coffee starts the day

One of my last thoughts of the day is thinking about how good that first cup of coffee is going to taste in the morning.

Coffee Art Print
Coffee artwork for home, office, kitchen – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/coffee

I was never much of a coffee drinker until my son was born. Then coffee became a vital part of every day survival. That magical cup that made up for the lack of sleep from late night comforting.
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Coffee by any other name

Call it what you will – Joe, Java, Decaf, espresso, cappuccino.. or just “more STAT”, that rich dark, strong, cup will get you started in the morning or get you through a slow afternoon or warm you up to go again.

 

cof·fee

ˈkôfē,ˈkäfē/
noun
noun: coffee
  1. 1.
    a drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced.
    “a cup of coffee”

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The Healthful Benefits of Coffee Consumption

It seems like most of the more recent health studies have indicated a healthy connection with coffee in moderation.  The caffeine helps  jump start the heart and the anti-oxidants flood the body to get rid of toxins.

The newest studies have shown connections between coffee and brain health.

Drinking three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of dementia, scientists claim.

Moderate caffeine consumption is known to prevent the formation of toxic clumps in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

But a new report shows long-term intake helps to fill the body with powerful antioxidants that boost cognitive function.

It could also prevent Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders, an analysis funded by six of Europe’s biggest coffee companies found.

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Coffee Overdose

Of course one needs to be careful with too much caffeine.  Caffeine overdoses can be fatal and kids should not be exposed to high levels of caffeine.

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The artist, playwright Balzac is suppose to have consumed 50 cups of coffee every single day.  This is the guy behind the quote “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” and “The more one judges, the less one loves.”

WHAT I ASSUME HONORÉ DE BALZAC THOUGHT AFTER DRINKING EACH OF HIS FIFTY DAILY CUPS OF COFFEE

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/what-i-assume-honore-de-balzac-thought-after-drinking-each-of-his-fifty-daily-cups-of-coffee

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A great little coffee machine

In our household we found a great little coffee machine that makes lattes.  After seeing my brothers fancy Nespresso machine and witnessing how many little pods it went through, we searched for a machine that would make lattes but not be so wasteful or expensive.

We found it with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte machine.

The Mr. Coffee Café Latte makes delicious lattes in one simple touch and provides a quick, easy and affordable solution for latte lovers. The automated process will brew coffee or espresso while heating and frothing milk to create a delicious latte.

What’s nice about this coffee maker is that you simply load up the carafe with milk and the top with espresso and water. The machine does all of the brewing, heating and frothing. We end up drinking more milk and less sugar because the resulting concoction is so rich and foamy, you don’t really need to add any sweetner. I usually use Almond milk in mine.

It uses regular paper filters so there are no special “pods” to buy. Not excessive material waste. The grounds and paper filter go right into the compost bin so there is no plastic going to the landfill.

 

Art Studio Disaster Areas

Teenager room can become a mess. You have to look no further than the Sunday Funnies and “Zits” to see the problem.

“Zits” by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman’s

But when you add the fact that the teenager is also an artist who like to experiment with all sorts of mediums – then it can get out of control very quickly.

Every once in a while a major clean up effort needs to be completed with all hands on deck!

 

A bit of time lapse from the GoPro Hero5 Black.

Dye Transfer Process

I saw the most amazing, vivid, super saturated, bold color photographs tonight at the AVA Gallery. Its rare to see dye transfer prints these days but as part of the new show, James Browning is displaying a large collection of landscapes from around the world.

Color Brought Forth: Dye Transfer Prints by James Browning, on display from January 13
through February 3, 2017 in the E.N. Wennberg Gallery

James Browning, of Lebanon, NH, is a photographer and a professional Dye Transfer printer.
He began using the large format photography process in the mid 1980’s and his photographic
process, development as a photographer, and sense of color was greatly influenced by his
appreciation of prints made with the Dye Transfer process. (Browning’s family had been using this process for 67 years both commercially and artistically.) This unique process was introduced in the 1940’s by the Eastman Kodak Company — when they discontinued the materials in 1994, Browning created a special formula so that he could continue the process in his studio. His work was recently exhibited at the Wuyue Gallery in Beijing, China.

Browning does dye transfer work for other photographers from his lab in Lebanon, NH – its a labor intensive process so don’t expect Fotomat pricing but the results are museum pieces that will last a lifetime – http://www.dyetransfer.org/Site/Dye_Transfer_Resources.html

The use of dye imbibition for making full-color prints from a set of black-and-white photographs taken through different color filters was first proposed and patented by Charles Cros in 1880.

In 1994, Eastman Kodak stopped making all materials for this process. The dyes used in the process are very spectrally pure compared to normal coupler-induced photographic dyes, with the exception of the Kodak cyan. The dyes have excellent light and dark fastness. The dye transfer process possesses a larger color gamut and tonal scale than any other process, including inkjet. Another important characteristic of dye transfer is that it allows the practitioner the highest degree of photographic control compared to any other photochemical color print process.

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Top Seller: Portrait of A Westie

Portrait of a Westie – Fine Art America’s bestselling westie dog portrait

Portrait of a Westie – When “Portrait of a Westie” by Edward M. Fielding was selected as one of the featured artwork on the homepage of Fine Art America, a bestseller was born.  Link

Portrait of a Westie framed print.
The most recent sale of “Portrait of a Westie” framed in a simple black frame and mat. Image Size:
16.375″ x 20.000″
Total Size:
22.125″ x 25.75″

Selected by the staff of Fine Art America among the 100,000s of thousands of photograph and artwork within the portfolios of over 125,000 living artist, “Portrait of a Westie” was granted a rare award and a place of home on the home page of Fine Art America.

This is one of the most popular configurations of “Portrait Of A Westie Dog” that is purchase on the Fine Art America site:

  • Image Size: 11.500″ x 14.000″
  • Total Size: 17.25″ x 19.75″
  • Print Material: Luster Photo Paper
  • Frame: CRQ13 – Black Wood (CRQ13)
  • Top Mat: Arctic White
  • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

This configuration sells over and over.

It has been sold to:

  • West Chester, PA
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Haines City, FL
  • Neosho, MO
  • Houston, Tx
  • Derby, Ks
  • San Jose, CA
  •  Logan, QLD – Australia.

Other buyers have chosen metal prints such as this one going to El Paso, Texas and Fort Mitchell, KY

Portrait of a Westie Metal Print
Portrait of a Westie Metal Print

Portrait Of A Westie Dog

  • Image Size: 8.250″ x 10.000″
  • Total Size: 8.250″ x 10.000″
  • Print Material: Metal Print
  • Finishing: Hanging Wire

Of course there are thousands of other framing options like this one going to Trumbull, CT

Thousands of framing options available!
Thousands of framing options available!

The image “Portrait of a Westie” is also purchase as a throw pillow , phone cases, tote bags and greeting card going to places like:

  • Saint Petersburgh, FL
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Thoury Ferottes, SetMarne – France
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • West Allis, WI
  • Mission Hills, KS
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Miami, Fl
  • Christchurch, Canterbury – New Zealand
  • PLANO, TX
  • Keene, NH
  • Sykesville, MD
  • Boliver, Oh
  • Kaunas, Kauno – Lithuania
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Irvine, CA
  • Wingate, NC
  • Two, Tunis – Tunisia
Portrait of a Westie Throw Pillow
Portrait of a Westie Throw Pillow
Portrait of a Westie Phone Case
Portrait of a Westie Phone Case
Portait of a westie tote
Portait of a westie tote

Another popular westie image is “Wash Day

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See the entire collection of fine art dog photographs and artwork here.  

Art on the Modern Family Set

ABC hit sitcom Modern Family is full of great modern art. From Gloria and Jay’s Kitchen to the Dunphy Living Room,  the show’s set designs are a feast for eyes.

Of course with the Internet at our disposal, we can usually find out more about anything.  Want to know more about the furniture and artwork in the shows sets?  Check out this post by Reckless Bliss – http://recklessbliss.blogspot.com/p/modern-family-homes.html

The blog has a really detailed post about the sets on Modern Family.

“I have yet to meet a single person who doesn’t like the Emmy award winning show “Modern Family” and I am no exception to this rule. Along with being hysterical, the stylish homes featured in the show have everyone in a dizzy. Over the course of writing this blog I have done several posts on the decor of each home and have gotten amazing feedback. I decided to condense all the posts into one main page and make it that much easier to answer your questions and give you the info you seek.”

Here is a good example of some of the information about one of the rooms on the show, Gloria and Jay’s kitchen which features all kinds of art from contemporary artists.

Gloria and Jay’s Kitchen
Gloria and Jay’s Kitchen

The famous sandals painting is done by an amazing artist named Nathan Rohlander. Contact him at Nathan@Rohlander.com or call (323-899-6563) If you are interested in ordering a print.

The vibrant painting found on the dining room walls is from an amazing artist named Gus Harper. He has a collection all done in this similar bright fruit style.

For even more information about the sets check out this article in Architectural Digest

The Homes of ABC’s Modern Family

Production designer Richard Berg gives a tour of the sets for the Emmy-winning comedy about an extended Los Angeles family

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/modern-family-sets-article

 

My Camera Equipment

My Camera Gear

Vintage Camera
Vintage Camera http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/camera

Here is what is in my camera kit. Like most of us, I have too much gear but this is what I consider my essential camera equipment:

Fine Art Photographer Edward M. Fielding
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My Books

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Product Reviews

On occasion I will review products that pertain to photography, videography and art.   You can send products for consideration to:

Dogford Studios

420 Dogford Rd.

Etna, NH 03750

Unsolicited packages for review consideration can not be returned.  Include marketing materials.

About Fine Art America and Pixels

Fine Art America is privately held company that provides a market place for artists to sell their images.   Artists offer their images for sale, provide the mark up and Fine Art America and its sister site Pixels handles the sales transactions , printing and fulfillment.

Fine Art America started out as a popular artists forum in the early Internet days and then morphed into a marketplace over time.  Its  small company, mostly the brain child of computer engineer, Sean Broihier and a small support staff, but they manage to be the small business engine for thousands of artists and photographers.

There is currently two “flavors” of the Fine Art America POD marketplace.  One is the original Fine Art America that promotes fine art prints and original artwork.  The prints are handled by  Graphik Dimensions Ltd. of High Point NC who has been serving the artist community for over 50 years with printing and framing.

With these guys as the principal framing and print shop, FAA offers the most framing, printing and mounting options of any online POD outfit.  You can choose from thousands of framing options including metal, acrylic and new wood prints.

Pixels on the other hand is more of the gift shop to FAA’s gallery or museum experience.  In the Pixels store you will find an expanded collection of gift items like t-shirts, mugs and throw pillows.

Sample Artists Storefront

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Fine Art America in the Press

Sean Broihier the owner of Fine Art America seems to have done a round of press back in 2012.  More recently he’s kept more tight lipped about the business maybe because of all the competition that has entered the POD market place over the last few years.

Here is some of the press on Fine Art America and Pixels from past articles.  Note that the sales figures certainly have increased from the 2012 numbers.

Doing $5 Million A Year With Three Employees: FineArtAmerica CEO Sean Broihier (Part 1)

http://www.sramanamitra.com/2012/03/22/doing-5m-a-year-with-3-employees-fineartamerica-ceo-sean-broihier-part-1/

Sramana: What is the business model behind FineArtAmerica?

Sean Broihier: The business model is to create a marketplace of buyers and sellers. We allow artist and photographers to upload their images to our site. We then offer them for sale as framed prints, stretched canvases, acrylic prints, greeting cards, and so on. We have a print-on-demand business model. Independent artists and photographers all over the world can open an account on our site and upload their images, and our software will determine what sizes and products we can sell based on the size of the image. The artist or photographer gets to name exactly how much they want to charge for each product or size of the print that is made available.

When a buyer comes along, he or she can pick the print and size. We allow buyers to choose additional features such as colored mats and frames. They can customize the entire picture via our website and place the order. FineArtAmerica takes care of the entire transaction for the artist. We print, frame, package, ship, collect payment, and send the profits to the artist.

How Fine Art America Built Its Business by Bootstrapping

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222670

So how does Broihier do it? Here are his five tips on how to bootstrap a business:

  1. Be lean. He started out by keeping the overhead low — working alone on nights and weekends. He generated a $500 profit his first month in business. In 2010, he hired his first employee, and in 2011 he added another — both of whom work remotely.
  2. Generate buzz. Fine Art America didn’t advertise until late 2010. Instead, it took advantage of word-of-mouth through its artists via email, Facebook, Twitter and more. Customers, it turns out, are your best lead generators.
  3. Outsource. Fine Art America builds great online software and outsources everything else. ADP handles payroll. Amazon manages its web servers. WebmasterChecks.com pays the artists. A company out of North Carolina handles its printing, framing, matting, packaging and shipping.
  4. Don’t follow the leaders. Small firms often compete against well-funded corporations with millions of investment capital that can afford to throw money at bad ideas. Don’t copycat all of their decisions.
  5. Resist taking on investors. Once you accept investment capital, you’re no longer the boss and you’re on a path to sell your business or go public. Unless you’re struggling with cash flow or preparing for an exit, accepting outside money makes no sense.

 

Behind The Scenes: Trainspotting at Morant’s Curve

Morant’s Curve Banff National Park Canada

Just a quick bit of video from our trip to Banff a few summers back and specifically a look at Morant’s Curve.

“Morant’s Curve is located on the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway near Lake Louise. It’s a beautiful spot that the railway passes through. The location was made famous by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He took photographs for the company during the middle of the 20th century.”

Morant's Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada

Yes, the water in Banff is that color blue! Morant’s Curve is just a few minutes outside of Lake Louise and just about an hour from Banff.

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We had been driving around the area of Lake Louise and Banff looking for a hiking spot and just happened to be “racing” a train through the woods.  The trains travel slowly through the valley so we were able to get ahead of it and station ourselves right at Morant’s Curve as it thundered through the valley.

Its a single track along the river and the strangest thing is seeing a train coming in the opposite direct soon after witnessing a long training going the to the other way.  Obviously there is a staging area before going through the pass.

I kept the video of the trains going through Morant’s curve long for the train buffs.  Non-train buffs might want to speed through the video.
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Overall the Banff area is beautiful and surprisingly close to Calgary. I think it was only an hours drive. Of course this means its going to be crowded at all of the famous spots but if you are willing to risk getting eaten by a grizzly, you can find solitude on the hiking trails. The week we were there it was mostly rainy and overcast. You have to expect some extreme weather as you are in the mountains.

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You can see more of my photographs of Canada here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/canada