Wood or Metal Prints – What is the differences, advantages and features of one over the other?

Any image from Edward M. Fielding’s portfolio of 5,000 images can be purchase as a print on paper, canvas or matted and framed with your choice of over 100 different types of frames and mats.  In addition they can be ordered in some of the latest mediums of metal or wood.

Metal is shiny, saturated and eye popping with an almost 3D effect when lit properly. Save this for colorful photographs. Think shiny sports car.

Wood is flat, unsaturated and gives a vintage feeling. Think woodie surfing wagon.

Wood Prints

  • Thicker
  • Flat
  • De-saturated colors because the natural wood tone provides the “whites”
  • Vintage feeling
  • Each print is a “one of a kind” due to the the natural grain in the wood.  No two are exactly alike.
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Metal Prints

  • Metal is pretty much waterproof and is great for wet areas like a bathroom.
  • Thin
  • Modern
  • Lightweight
  • Floats on the wall
  • Shiny
  • Looks great with lots of light shining on it – almost 3D
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Abstract Artwork for Sale

Phantom Lik Abstract Art

Abstract artwork for sale – Open edition reproductions of “Phantom Lik” by visual artist Edward M. Fielding are available for purchase in sizes up to 22 x 30 inches as matted and framed artwork, canvas, wood, acrylic, metal prints and more.

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Artist Statement generated via artybollocks.com

My work explores the relationship between emerging sexualities and counter-terrorism.

With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and John Cage, new tensions are created from both explicit and implicit structures.

Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the endless oscillation of relationships. What starts out as vision soon becomes debased into a tragedy of greed, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the dawn of a new understanding.

As spatial replicas become transformed through studious and critical practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the edges of our era.

Phantom Lik Abstract Art
Phantom Lik Abstract Artwork by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

Actually this piece came about after some playful time generating fractals.

A fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.


 

A great coach can save a life

A good coach can save a game, a great coach can save a life

A customer recently requested this special saying for some very special coaches so we created a line of photographs featuring the saying “A good coach can save a game, a great coach can save a life”.

The fine art photographs of vintage footballs with the special coaches message can be ordered as coaches gifts as fine art framed photographs for their coaches office or den. Or ordered on products. Several versions are available.  More special football coach gift ideas can be found here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/football

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The Challenges of Selling Art Online Vs. In Person

RISD Craft Art Sale 2017 Providence Rhode Island

I’ve been thinking about the differences between selling art online vs. selling in person via street fairs, galleries and shows.

I think of all of the art shows and gallery openings I’ve been to and think while I enjoyed the artist’s talks, the free wine and cheese and socializing, I haven’t walked out with any art except on one occasion.

Then again, I’ve purchased framed art, folk art and even a glass art piece while on vacation.  And then recently at the RISD Craft fair, an annual event in October which RISD alumni and students sell their work on the street in Providence, I found myself caught up in the excitement and purchased a print.

The RISD Craft sale was a good example of the excitement of selling person to person.  The idea of finding and discovering something you like especially perhaps from a young rising star, is contagious.  The event is only once a year and the artist are selling a limited number of items from art prints to jewelry to glassware.  So there is a scarcity element involved, plus the excitement of a crowd.

Going in to the event you are primed with the idea that you might be buying some art today and that the best stuff might sell first.  So there is a bargain hunting mentality involved.

This is a lot different that offering a portfolio of hundreds or thousands of  options online especially if those offering are open editions.  There is not pressing need for the buyer to snatch up a print.  So rather than selling in minutes, it might take years for the buyer to finally decide.

There also is endless competition online.  Not only from the zillions of other artists selling their work but the endless distractions online.

At the Craft Fair you basically had 40 or so artists selling and the only competition for your money was the food trucks.  Online the competition for your money and time is endless.

Of course offering your work for sale online is relatively easy (compared to actually selling).  You can offer your entire production.  You don’t have to edit down to a few items you guess might be attractive to the attendees of a show or fair.  This one of my pet peeves about showing my work.  I have so much to choose from and so many areas of interest.  Having to choose a handful of images for a show is so difficult.  Should I choose the most likely items that will sell or try for the most thought provoking work?  Online you don’t have to choose, you can display everything.


Advantages of selling online

  • Unlimited storage
  • 24/7 selling opportunity
  • Worldwide selling opportunity
  • Easy

Disadvantages of selling online

  • Endless competition
  • Inability to see and feel the product
  • No personal connection to the artist
  • Low excitement level
  • Selection overload
  • No direct contact with the buyer

Advantages of selling in person

  • Limited products available – scarcity
  • Excitement level
  • Face to face interaction
  • Ability to answer questions

Disadvantages of selling in person

  • Limited products shown
  • Potential damage to products
  • Personality conflicts
  • Difficulty in producing, transporting and displaying artwork
  • Time constraints
  • Limited number of potential buyers
  • Local only
  • Cost of producing items for the show (sunk costs)

 

New Release! Red Chairs by the Lake

Red Chairs by the Pond by Edward M. Fielding

Red Chairs – A new fine art print by Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) is now available as a canvas print (shown above), museum quality prints, framed and matted in custom sizes and frame choices (100s available) as well as metal, wood, acrylic prints and on products.  Click here to order your print of Red Chairs

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Perfect decor for your lake house, shot in New Hampshire but this relaxing image of two red chairs out by the lake is perfect for any lakeside home or simply for dreaming about sitting by the lake on a warm fall afternoon.

Anderson Pond is a small fifteen acre kettle pond within the residential development of Eastman in Grantham,Springfield and Enfield, New Hampshire. Eutrophic in
nature (fertile with abundant nutrients for plant production),
is becoming a little shallower as each year goes by. As silt builds
up on the bottom, a succession of plant life occurs called a
hydrosphere. What we see now are various water lilies and
pondweeds. As the water becomes even more shallow, reeds will
develop.

Spring brings a plethora of frog song from spring peepers,
bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogs and American toads. On
warmer days, painted and snapping turtles may be seen sunning
on the logs or a family of mergansers or mallards might occupy
the pond, sometimes joined by the great blue heron strutting
the shores on the lookout for fish.
Several species of fish inhabit the pond: perch, large and small
mouth bass and even a northern pike or two.

– excerpts from an article about Anderson Pond by Craig McArt and Renée Gustafson


Beautiful barn wood frames for that modern farmhouse decor

Capturing that rustic modern look with barn wood frames and vintage farm tractors

The hottest looks these days combine modern and a bit of rustic authenticity.  Modern Farmhouse, Industrial and Shabby chic interior design is where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

Beautiful Farmhouse Interior
Beautiful Farmhouse Interior

 

At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottagestyle decor.  Say goodbye to the sleek, cold, black metal frames from the dorm room or dentist office and say hello to warm, authentic, real barn wood frames matched with exceptional vintage tractor photography by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com)

 

 

Vintage Ford Tractor Tilt Shift by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Tilt Shift by Edward M. Fielding

Several styles and stain colors are available in the gray and white tonal range to match the aged farmhouse look you want for your favorite vintage tractor photograph.

Beautifully rustic barn wood frames for farmhouse decor
BWC3 – Barnwood – BWC3 – Inner Cap Profile – Drift

BWC3 – Barnwood – BWC3 – Inner Cap Profile – Drift

 

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Gray
  • Style: Simple
  • Width: 3.0″
  • Rabbet: 0.75″
Barn wood frame profile
Barn wood frame profile

Examples of Vintage Tractor Artwork and Photography featuring Barn Wood Frames

Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding – 12 x 12 inch print shown.

Hundreds of other framing and matting options are available as well as many different vintage tractor photographs from the portfolio.

Rusty old Ford Tractor
Rusty old Ford Tractor, copper frame.

 

Old Tractor Quechee Vermont
Old Tractor Quechee Vermont – gray barn wood frame.
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor, barn wood frame.
Cornish Vintage Tractor
Cornish Vintage Tractor – gray barn wood frame.

Barn Wood – Beautiful Recycled Wood

Barn wood is processed wood retrieved from its original application for purposes of subsequent use. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, although some companies use wood from less traditional structures such as boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels.

Reclaimed or antique lumber is used primarily for decoration and home building, for example for siding, architectural details, cabinetry, furniture and flooring.

Barn wood frames take advantage of the beautiful patina and rustic look of old wood.

 

Vintage Tractor Portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Iceland Through Pictures

Photographs of Iceland

 

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Iceland boast a special breed of horse – the Icelandic Horse with a beautiful mane and short stature.
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The horses dot the landscape in the farming regions as do the sheep – often found on the side of road or even crossing the road so drivers must always be on the look out.

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Camping is serious in Iceland with hundreds of miles of back country gravel roads called “F Roads” which are limited to four wheel drive vehicles. You’ll see many campers in Iceland that look like they are straight out of Mad Max.

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Geothermal and volcanic activity created and continue to change the landscape of Iceland – the country of fire and ice. Steaming mountains, bubbling rivers and shooting geysers can be found around the country as well as active volcanoes.

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Iceland is a land of thousands of waterfalls, mostly caused by melting glacier ice and pouring down rift valleys in this unique land form.

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In Iceland one can visit a lagoon full of icebergs that float, slowly melt, cave and flip over. It’s a mesmerizing display of white and blue.

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Unique rock formations such as these hexagon columns of basalt can be front around the island, many just a stones throw from the main highway, a two lane paved road that circles the country.

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Modern Iceland has embraced minimalist architecture unlike shipping containers but original Iceland dwellers build peaked sod houses which connected living areas and barns so the animals could be cared for in the dark, cold winters.

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Traditional Icelandic churches can be found in every village. This one is surrounded by fields of lupine brought from Alaska for erosion control.

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The remoteness of Iceland allows unspoiled beached of black volcanic sand. This one is reachable after an hours walk across a ancient lava field with the discovery of an old US Navy plane crash, left in place due to the remote location.

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Hiking in Iceland’s dramatic terrain is awe inspiring but one must be well prepared because the mostly tree free landscapes, unpredictable weather and punishing wind can be dangerous even in summer. Fortunately there are no poisonous snakes or large predators except for the rare polar bear the floats ashore on an iceberg although these are typically taken out quickly by the local farmers.

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The long dark winters and the inspiring landscape of Iceland produces optimal conditions for artists.

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Iceland is a place with incredible beauty and few in habitants. Mostly clustered in the two largest cities and scattered village, in between spaces are filled with vast scenic vistas.

 
More Iceland photographs for sale as prints, framed art, metal and canvas prints and more here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+iceland

 

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards – I just moved into a planned community and at the activity center there were two turnstiles of handmade, photo greeting cards from a couple of the community residents.  Beautiful images from the area – lakes, loons, moose, barns etc.    But I nearly choked when I saw the prices – $2.50 a card!

Why so cheap?  With a typical Chinese-made greeting card from Hallmark selling in the $5 – $7 range why would someone offer their unique, artist handmade cards for so little?  It boggles the mind and makes one understand the concept of the starving artist.  Surely at the low volume of selling to random condo renters at the activity center, these people can’t be making any money on these greeting cards.

Sample Greeting Card – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/i-forgot-your-birthday-edward-fielding-greeting-card.html

I regularly sell greeting cards on Pixels and Fine Art America with $3 artist profit built in for me the creator.  The prices and profit margin drop significantly if you buy a box of 10 or 25 to encourage a larger overall sale.  But they don’t approach $2.50 retail price unless you are going to buy several cards.

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Artists have to consider how many of a certain item they are going to sell when they price them.  Sitting at the kitchen counter making up hundreds of cards and thinking about how much you will make when they sell is one thing but if they take five or ten years to sell through the batch, then what?  How long are you going to wait before you make back your time, materials and squeak out a decent profit?

Certainly consider pricing and your competition which is a mass produced card from the supermarket or Hallmark which can be a few dollars at the low end but up to $10 on the high end.  And you are selling in reality small versions of your artwork.  Hard to sell a nice big print for hundreds of dollars when you are basically giving away the small sizes.  And yes, people do frame greeting cards so price accordingly, they are art, not mass produced throwaways.

See all of my images available as fine art prints on paper, canvas, metal and more as well as products such as towels, phone cases, totes, pillows and yes, greeting cards here – http://www.edwardfielding.com

Article on the greeting card market from The Atlantic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/why-are-greeting-cards-so-expensive/273086/

Art Sales – Different Strokes for Different Folks

Art Sales – Selling art is a lot like going fishing.  You never know what sale might come along but there certainly are ways to increase your success rate.  Think about two different Fishermen – Bob and Pablo.

Fisherman Bob  sits on the dock near his house all day using the same bait. He picked the location because he didn’t want to invest in a boat and it’s easy. He catches nothing but minnows but at least he got out of the house for the day.

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Meanwhile, Fisherman Pablo buys a boat and heads out to the deep end of the lake where the big fish live, he tries various lures until he finds what works,  pulls in a boat load of lunkers and invites the neighborhood over for a fish fry.

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Selling art is no different.  It takes more effort, more investment and more experimentation to figure out what will work best for your art business.

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You can sit around for years using the easiest or first sales channel you found waiting for sales to magically appear, perhaps using a bait-less hook or you can study the competitive landscape and various sales channels and figure out which will work best for your art and your promotional efforts.

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Whatever sales channel you choose (or multiple), it still requires work to get noticed.  You need the right bait – great artwork and you need to drop your line where the fish live.  You have to offer different bait or lures for Bass then you would for Trout.  You have to make your bait more attractive than the natural alternatives and often you have to make full fish hungry with offers they can’t refuse.  You also have to make it easy for the fish or art customer to eat or buy your work.  Let’s face it, if you are a fish or a person buying art we all like convenience.

Champagne Bottle Still Life, deconstructing a fine art photograph

I recently sold a large canvas print of “Champagne Bottle Still Life” which is a black and white fine art photograph of an empty champagne bottle, cork and glasses but there is a whole lot more to this image than these elements.   The arrangement, lighting and focal point create the story.

Champagne Bottle Still Life
https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/champagne-bottle-still-life-edward-fielding.html – framed fine art photograph sold to a buyer in Ramona, CA

Champagne Bottle Still Life was created early in my re-booted career as a fine art photographer.  I uploaded this image to my portfolio back in February 15th, 2013.  At the time I was still experimenting with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses, trying to sell enough prints to justify a leap to full frame Canon cameras.

I was studying composition and learning the tricks used by painters to create dynamic composition as well as trying to create stories within the single frame.

If you study the photograph you can see all sorts of composition tricks based on the arrangement of the objects that work to tell the story of the night perhaps of a honeymoon, anniversary or New Year’s Eve party.  Which is why I think this image sells well every June during wedding and graduation party season.

In the photograph the sharp focus is centered on the cork and the background of champagne bottle and glasses are allowed to fade from focus into the dark background.  Black and white is use to highlight the black of the champagne bottle and the darkness beyond.  White highlights contrast the bottle label and champagne glasses while the cork is bathed in a rich light that highlights its fine, soft texture which contrasts against the  hard glass surfaces of the bottle and glasses.  So you have small but detailed object vs. large but minimal shapes.  Black vs. white.  Light vs. dark.  Hard vs. soft.  Textured vs. smooth.  The contrasts of objects work to add intrigue and interest to the photograph.

The scene might look natural and random but the placement of each element of this photograph was carefully chosen.   The cork is highlighted by being in the plane of focus and place in the bottom third according to the rule of thirds.

The cork is centered in the frame but the wire is placed to the side and slightly behind to bring the eye off center.  The other objects are arranged in a zig zag fashion to pull the eye back into the photograph.  The viewer is drawn from cork to wire, to bottle opening, to front wine glass and then to the back wine glass.

Notice also how the background is divided in roughly thirds with two thirds being black and approximately one third being the wood which also includes leading lines heading towards the back, drawing in the viewer.

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