Decorate with color photography

A wall of black and white photography in matching frames can make a stunning wall display but with color photography it can be difficult to mix and match different images, unless they all have a similar theme and post processing look such as this faded vintage style farm themed photographs by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.

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With color photography a more likely success will be with a single large print taking up a good portion of a wall. Make the print a show piece of the room. Large prints make a great impact especially frame-less, floating on the wall as a canvas or metal print.

Matching your room colors to a landscape photograph
Matching your room colors to a landscape photograph

Metal prints in particular are very modern and have an amazing 3D quality if lit properly as the light enters the print and then is reflected back from the metalic backing. The results are very striking with highly saturated colors that pop. Metal prints are best when paired with a saturated type of image.

Amazing artwork for your home!
Amazing artwork for your home!

The colorful fall foliage watercolor by Edward M. Fielding shown above brings a needed splash of color to this other wise monochromatic decor of whites and off whites.  The whole room comes alive with this new focal point which creates a window to nature whether you are in the middle of a city or simply in a room that could use another window.

The easiest mistake to make is buying an image that is too small for the space.  Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold.  Few people ever say they should have purchased a smaller image.

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Fall foliage photography taken around New Hampshire, Vermont and New England by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding and is available in all sizes from greeting card to sofa sized prints – framed, canvas, metal, wood and more available at http://www.edwardfielding.com

Getting that modern farmhouse style!

Old Red Vintage Tractors Prince Edward Island Framed Print
Old Farmhouse in Vermont
Old Farmhouse in Vermont by Edward M. Fielding with barnwood frame and off white mat – customize your print here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-colonial-farm-house-vermont-edward-fielding.html
10 elements of Farmhouse Style
10 elements of Farmhouse Style

The modern farmhouse style is hot right now! Livable, casual, friendly and with roots in the good soil, family and good home cooking, the look of the fresh modern farmhouse decor is here to stay. Born from the front porches and welcoming parlors of the classic old time farmhouses, which were actually on a farm, modern farmhouse looks can be had in large modern homes with the right elements.

The key is to bring in some detail, some rustic character and charm to our often cold, large white wall houses and apartments. A bit of history, a bit of worn surfaces and some key art elements calling back the good old days of simpler charms like a tall glass of iced tea on the front porch after a simmering hot day of chores on the back forty.

Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding – Shown as canvas print with black frame – customize yours at:   https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-ford-tractor-colored-pencil-edward-fielding.html
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Farmhouse Living – Rustic furnishings with plenty of hand-crafted and well worn elements as well as carefully curated pieces and artwork can bring charm and warm to the modern farmhouse style.

 

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Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room – Artwork can be both smart and modern while at the same time echoing the past like in this piece by Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vintage-tractor-pop-art-edward-fielding.html

Some modern farm house decor essentials:

  • planked wood floors
  • simple, sensible styling
  • glass front cabinets
  • aprons
  • barn beam anything
  • galvanized metals
  • wire baskets
  • grain sacks
  • wooden spoons
  • painted wood floors
  • open shelves
  • plate racks
  • large glass jars
  • artwork featuring barns, tractors, simple pleasures

Nothing says modern farmhouse style more than a black and white photograph of farm fresh eggs in a vintage wire egg gathering basket in a barnwood frame like this one.

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Farm fresh eggs art print – more farm fresh images and photographs here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm+fresh

Books:

Opening A Touch of Farmhouse Charm is like taking a breath of fresh, clean country air. With the turn of each page, Liz Fourez leads you on a tour through her family’s house, restored to its 1940s rustic farm style, and teaches you how to make each handmade decoration yourself. The projects require minimal effort, yet add instant charm to any room. With your blue jeans on and a few of the most basic supplies in hand, you’ll be on your way to your dream home in no time.

You’ll learn how to make a custom wood Family Name Sign for your living room, a Wooden Boot Tray on Casters for the entryway, a Ruffled Stool Slipcover for the kitchen and a Rustic Wooden Frame for the bedroom, plus decorations for the office, bathroom, kids’ bedroom and playroom. Farmhouse style is about cultivating a connection among family, home and nature; A Touch of Farmhouse Charm helps you bring the warmth and beauty of simpler times to your modern life naturally.

In the third installment of their successful farmhouse-style series, designer Terry John Woods and photographer Kindra Clineff profile farmhouses in the Northeast that blend traditional and modern elements in new and interesting ways. Fans of Woods’s previous books will be delighted with the breadth of farmhouses profiled and the variety of locales, from Vermont to Maine to New Hampshire. Known for celebrating imperfections, Woods designs with intention, and his homes are places filled with warmth, texture, and light. He takes an honest approach to his subject, offering simple but beautiful ideas that will transform the home. Pairing the clean lines and industrial feel of modern design with the rustic, hand-forged, and natural elements of more traditional design allows Woods to explore contrast and space in a way that has never been seen before.


Come along on the hunt to coveted country sources and the best secret antiquing spots, and learn how to create country farmhouse style in your city dwelling. Author Kim Leggett is the creator of City Farmhouse, an interior design business, pop-up antiquing fairs, and vintage store. She is also a legendary “picker” and favorite designer to celebrity clients (and country-style mavens) including Meg Ryan, Ralph Lauren, Sheryl Crow, and Philip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. In City Farmhouse Style, Leggett offers great style advice, breaking down the design vocabulary that makes for fresh country style (no matter the setting).

The popularity of farmhouse style has designers, home­owners, and fans in search of inspiration to create this look in all its rural glory. City Farmhouse Style is the first design book of its kind to focus entirely on transforming urban interiors with unfussy, welcoming, country-style decor.

Mid-Century Modern Design

As Dogford Studios makes its slow move to the new location on Anderson Pond, we’ll be considering some design clues from the contemporary design elements of the building. Mid-century modern furniture will fit in nicely to fill out the decor.

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Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.

The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.

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The husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames created a lot of the iconic furniture of the mid-century modern era that exists even today in official and reproduction versions.

The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman are furnishings made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. They are officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) and were released in 1956 after years of development by designers.

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Discover gorgeous Mid century modern fine art prints. Fast and reliable shipping. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Bold graphic, abstract fine art black and white photography and more.

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Want to sell your artwork online? Do some math first

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I had to chuckle when a new artist on Pixels and Fine Art America was complaining about their lack of sales on the forum recently.  They couldn’t understand why they hadn’t made a sale yet despite having over 1,000+ views.

Really?  1,000 views and they expect the sales to come flooding in?  Think about how many people walk by an artwork at a gallery or even at a mall store window before something sells.

And that’s real people.  People in a retail environment.  People with a wallet in their pocket or cash in their purse.  People who are already in the mood to do a little shopping.

What is a 1,000 views on the Internet?  Most likely its bots.  Little software robots that index the internet every day.  They come to a page, scan the contents and report back to the search engine from which they came.  They are not buyers.  Bots are most likely 99% of the traffic that an internet page receives and bots are not buyers.

Then there are the lookers, tire kickers and browsers.  People looking for free clip art, people looking for free screen savers, people who are just curious, people who are simply at work – bored and playing around.  And perhaps a few are serious buyers.

So out of that 1,000 views, how many are valid potential buyers?  Perhaps three?

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Now take that three and consider the competition.  Pixels and Fine Art America says they have upwards of 125,000 living artists who use their site to offer their artwork for sale.  125K artists who are uploading something like 6,000 new images on a daily basis.

So this is the kicker from this artist who can’t believe they haven’t sold anything yet.

“Granted, I only have 8-9 drawings posted” and only joined in 2016 and has zero followers.  In other words hasn’t done much at all.

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POD means Print On Demand not ATM

Uploading images to a POD site and “offering” work is not the same as marketing, promoting and selling your artwork.  POD sites are not ATM machines.  They don’t spit out money without putting in some effort.

Despite what you might have heard, art does not sell itself.  It needs to be seen and it needs to be seen by a lot of people before the right buyer reaches into their pocket and parts with their hard-earned money to purchase said artwork.

Do you have any idea how many buyers there are in the world wanting to purchase your artwork?  Does it appeal to hundreds? Thousands? Millions? A few? Just one? No one?

Some of the work I offer in my portfolio of nearly 5,000 pieces of photography and artwork has never sold – perhaps yet or perhaps never.  Some have sold a few times and a few have sold nearly fifty times.  Some sold in as little as three days, others took three years to find a buyer.

Some have less than 100 views and have sold.  Other have thousands of views and haven’t sold once.

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What does it take to sell artwork on Pixels and Fine Art America and other Print On Demand or POD websites?

There really is not secret formula to selling artwork on POD sites.  Good work, that is in demand, lots of it plus marketing, promotion and time for people to find it is the secret.

  • Professional, top quality work
  • Unique work that sets you apart from the pack
  • Work that fits the audience of the website
  • Lots of inventory to choose from
  • Promotion
  • Social Media activity
  • Marketing
  • Good titles, keywording, descriptions
  • Time for the work to be found by search engines and potential buyers.

 

 

 

New! Vintage Beach House Decor

Custom frame vintage sea life decor
Custom frame vintage sea life decor

Introducing a new collection of vintage nautical sea life prints with sea shells, tall ships, crabs, sea horses and more.  Each design can be ordered frame and matted from our collection of hundreds of papers, mats and frames from rustic cottage to chic modern designs.

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Custom beach house decor

These nautical designs can be ordered as prints, framed wall art, canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints as well as rolled in a tube for framing locally or in your existing frames.  Products such as tote bags and throw pillows are also available.
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You can see the entire collection of “Art for the Beach House” including framed artwork, photographs, drawings, images as well as vintage artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/art+for+the+beach+house

Vintage Octopus Illustration
Vintage Octopus Illustration

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Five reasons people give away their art

Back in the day I was the Director of Market Research at BYTE magazine.  My job was to prove the value of our readership for the ad sales staff.  I used to cringe when the young, inexperienced sales people used to come back to the publisher with some truly awful deals that would basically be giving away ad space.  Any fool can give things away for less than their value.   A seasoned professional or informed amateur recognizes the value of their work and the market needs.

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The Line Up – call in the usual suspects – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/the-line-up-edward-fielding.html

Why do people give away their photographs and art?

The global art market achieved total sales of $63.8 billion in 2015.  People want to buy art and photography for their home and office.  They need to purchase art and photography for commercial purposes such as advertising, web pages, brochures, magazines, books, etc yet some people continue to give away their artwork and photographs or seriously undervalue their work.

Why is this?  I can think of five reasons:

Ignorance – They don’t understand the value of images in today’s marketplace and don’t realize the value of what they have. I recently sold an image for $360 profit a friend gave me. He didn’t understand the value of the image he had and I offered to sell it for him.  Images have value in the fine art market and commercial market.  It is just a matter of realizing it.

Exposure – Photographers and artists are often under the impression that giving away their images will somehow lead to future sales or recognition. The problem is that millions of images are given away every day on social media and there isn’t enough “exposure” to go around. What’s the value of this exposure? Perhaps 1 cent in today’s market. People value what they pay for – no one brags about art they got for free. And no one who has gotten something for free is going to pay for it the next time. They’ll just look for another free source the next time. And the value of someone looking for freebies as a “collector” is worthless. You want to cultivate a follow of people who value what you are offering, not people looking for freebies.

They are amateurs or hobbyists – The amateur or hobbyist is not looking to make a living on their photography or artwork.  They simply enjoy producing images for fun and are happy enough for others to look at their images.  They don’t want to the pressure of having to ask for money and would rather just give away their images.  They live for likes and shares.   The problem with this mindset is that it brings down the over all market and prevents the amateur or hobbyist from ever becoming a professional.  After being conditioned with instant success from likes and shares of their freebies, they are unprepared with standing up for the true value of their work and asking for money for their time, skill and effort.  The advanced amateur or hobbyist is setting themselves up for being asked to shoot weddings, soccer games, portraits for free.

They want to build up a portfolio – This might be the best reason to actually giving away services for free.  If you need to create a portfolio and need access to models or locations or maybe even a good project idea.  But there is no reason to give your time and effort for nothing.  Barter and exchange services instead.  Trade headshots for modeling time.  Create a video for a local business in exchange to some free time at the gym or on the massage table.  Don’t work for free, instead exchange one valuable service for another.

They don’t know how easy it is to take their goods to market – Some artists and photographers simple don’t know how easy it is to participate in the art and photography markets.  In the old days perhaps the only way to sell your art and photography was to take your portfolio around to galleries or sell directly to the public.  But with the Internet there are countless markets amateurs and professional photographers and artists can participate .  Stock agencies cater to professional image buyers and online galleries and print on demand sites sell directly to the public.  I explain how to sell via POD sites in these blog posts:

How to Succeed in Fine Art Photography

How to Succeed in Fine Art Photography with Brooke Shaden plus further reading.

“Anyone can become a fine art photographer, but not everyone can become a gallery-represented artist.”

Talent alone will not bring you recognition as a fine art photographer. For that, you need exposure to collectors and museums. Galleries can give you that exposure, but first you need an effective marketing plan to reach the galleries. You will find that plan in From Photographer to Gallery Artist.

Author Kara Lane conducted hundreds of hours of research, and contacted over sixty galleries, to find the best strategies for getting your fine art photography into galleries. Now she is sharing the secrets she discovered with you.

In this complete guide to finding gallery representation, you will learn:

  • The criteria galleries use to evaluate fine art photography
  • Three primary resources for identifying the best galleries for you
  • The tools you need to showcase your images and experience
  • Six major marketing strategies for attracting gallery representation
  • Key issues to discuss with galleries before agreeing to representation
  • How eight famous fine art photographers achieved their success
  • Self-assessment questions to help clarify what you want from your life and art
  • Lists of recommended portfolio review events, art fairs, juried shows and competitions, art magazines and blogs, artist websites, and other resources to help you become a gallery-represented fine art photographer
  • With your talent, effort, and persistence…and the research and marketing strategies in From Photographer to Gallery Artist…you can achieve gallery representation!

Did you know? Fine Art Photography – Known also as “photographic art“, “artistic photography” and so on, the term “fine art photography” has no universally agreed meaning or definition: rather, it refers to an imprecise category of photographs, created in accordance with the creative vision of the cameraman.

“Fine art is about an idea, a message, or an emotion. The artist has something that they want to have conveyed in their work.

That idea or message may be something small, a single word such as abandon, or it may be a whole statement, like exploring the way the moon affects the tides. It is a start. It is like a hypothesis.”


In recent years as the field of photography has exploded, many photographers consider selling their work to make a profit and to help defray the high costs of equipment. But, many photographers don’t have the business and marketing knowledge required to successfully sell fine art photographs; and many of those who have tried have been met with disappointment. Until now, little information of value has been available.

In Marketing Fine Art Photography, Alain Briot offers practical, up-to-date and field-tested marketing techniques from the viewpoint of a fine art landscape photographer who earns a living from the sale of his fine art prints.

Briot teaches that by taking control of the selling process, you can increase your profits and, ultimately, direct your own destiny. Briot’s approach is based on offering quality not quantity; and offering something unique, rather than something that is mass-produced. Though directed toward selling fine art, this method can be applied to other products.

After a series of trials and errors, Briot devised a marketing system that allowed him to get out of debt, pay for a state-of-the-art studio, and purchase his first home, all from the sale of his photography. Briot has taught fine art photography marketing to numerous students in seminars, through one-on-one consulting, and through his Marketing Mastery tutorial DVD.

Topics include:

Defining fine art photography
Wholesale, retail, and consignment
Knowing your customer
Where to sell and how to price fine art
Fundamentals of marketing and salesmanship
Profitability and honesty in business
Packing and shipping fine art
Common marketing mistakes
The unique selling proposition (USP)

New Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Prints

New Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Prints by Edward Fielding on Zatista

 

The online gallery, Zatista handles a number of limited edition series of photographs by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  These are signed and numbered prints limited to 100 copies or less of each image in the size described.  The prints are shipped directly from the artist in a mailing tube and include a certificate of authenticity.

As a collector who wants something more special than an open edition reproduction, these prints will satisfy the desire to own something of limited quantity.

New Releases

The following prints by Edward FIelding have recently been release from Zatista.  Each is a gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 2″ border for framing.

Silver Spoonful
Silver Spoonful
Silver Spoonful Black and White
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 21″ with 2 inch boarder
A Woman Scorn
A Woman Scorn
Woman Scorn
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 21″ with 2 inch boarder
Cardboard Divide
Cardboard Divide
CARDBOARD DIVIDE GRID SERIES
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 21″ with 2 inch boarder
Tornado
Tornado
CAPE TRYON VORTEX BLACK AND WHITE
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 21″ with 2 inch boarder
Early battery cells
Early battery cells
BATTERY CELLS GRID SERIES
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 21″ with 2 inch boarder
Old Train Bridge
Old Train Bridge
OLD TRAIN BRIDGE, BATH NH
by Edward Fielding
$450.00
Edition: 100
Size: 17″ x 23″ with 2 inch boarder

About Zatista

Every single day we’re hard at work building a company that provides you with the absolute best possible art buying experience out there. We believe buying original art should be exciting, fun, and incredibly easy. The art we present to you is from hand selected artists and galleries, affordable, and always of the highest quality.

You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to buy or understand art

Have you ever walked into an art gallery and felt like you didn’t belong there? Ever felt like art is only for the rich and famous? It’s all nonsense, so don’t believe the hype. 99% of us aren’t “art collectors”, but we know what we like when we see it. Buying art should cause smiles and immense joy, never anxiety. We believe so much in this philosophy that we back each and every purchase on Zatista 100%. If you are not completely satisfied with the work you bought, let us know and we’ll take it back. No questions asked. Its that simple.

Selling Artwork – Plan Ahead

Selling Artwork – Christmas 2017 Art Selling Season Starts Now

Sell More Artwork By Planning Ahead – One of my families favorite Christmas season movies is “Elf” and there is a scene at the end where Santa tells the elves “congratulations for a great Christmas”.  They all cheer and then get back to work on next year’s Christmas!  No rest for the weary at the North Pole.

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A friend of mine is a product designer for the electronics industry.  Early January he is always crushed with business producing mock ups for the February trade shows.

All across the toy industry, designers are finalizing their designs for next year’s toys which will be manufactured all summer.  Cooking magazine art directors are putting the final touches on their Halloween photoshoots right now.  Book publishers are meeting with Christmas themed book writers in late winter.

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The point is that the Christmas selling season starts now – not in December 2017.

Missed Out On The Christmas Buying Spree? What Are You Going To Do About It

Ok, many of you are not experiencing a jump in sales this Christmas season and perhaps are discouraged by hearing about other artists enjoying increased sales this season. Let’s face it the moment after you congratulate someone on a sale, the first thought is what do they have that I ain’t got?

So what are you going to do about it to build your business up to be ready to take advantage of more sales next Holiday season? Are you just going to droop your head down and say whoa is me? Or are you going to make a plan? How about a real business plan? For many of us this is a business, its time to start acting as such.

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1.  Are you going to analysis your offerings and offer more of what people want to buy and less of what only you like?

2.  Are you going to increase your social networking efforts?
3.  Are you going to get an artist website and blog?
4.  Are you going to increase the number of markets you participate in?
5.  Are you going to improve your skills and offer better work?
6.  Create more places where people can buy your work?
7.  Communicate with potential buyers?
8.  Stop spending valuable time commiserating with others who are not selling?
9. Stop blaming your lack of sales on things like the economy, or slow networks, or Amazon, or the world that is conspiring against you?
10. Are you going to DO SOMETHING about it?

How about it? Anyone got any action plans for 2017? You better because your competition does and they  working hard to create great art and marketing for the upcoming Christmas season that starts today.

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Pugs Book by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

 

About the Author

Artist Edward M. Fielding is a successful artist/designer/photographer on Fine Art America, Pixels and other POD sites as well as an International stock image supplier whose work has been featured in magazines and on book covers around the globe.  His whimsical books of dog photos can be found on Amazon.com.

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