I’ve been working in the background here to see if WordPress is really as great as I keep hearing (and seeing!).
My regular website is a free one from sitekreator, and while I like it OK, I want to find something more streamlined, easy to update and to have my website name instead of ‘whatever.janaelehto.com’ (and this one will eventually get me there)…
Soon, it will all get rolled over to this website, but you just found me here as I’m working through the glitches. I’ve added the links to the side in case you want to go to my old website and blog. Oh, and I’m on facebook, too, so like my page if you’re interested in updates!
So far, I’ve been able to import all my old posts from blogger over here, so it’s coming along.
The previous post about art websites required me to go to those sites to grab the link and post here. I found that one of the websites I was going to include didn’t have my art. Oops. I guess I decided not to use them, but it’s a website that may be useful to others and I think the community there is awesome of you take part.
I’ve listed three forums I browse for information and inspiration.
DeviantArt – I’m not sure what the demographic is for this site, but it might be younger than me. Just the name sounds like a high school and early college demographic. However, there are some useful reference photos that can be found here, as long as you read what the photography will allow in terms of copyright.
ScribbleTalk -I have a soft spot for this site since this was THE website that inspired me to return to art. It was totally by accident and only due to a username matching a google search. The site is full of talented artists, mostly colored pencil artists, but there are sections for charcoal, pastel and pen. It’s mainly a site for art made with a “drawing technique”.
Wetcanvas – I’ve saved my favorite for last. I tell everyone I know about this site. It’s for ALL artists and it’s large enough to accomodate everyone while still allowing you to get acquainted with other artists similar to you.
It’s a massive forum with subforums for each medium and each subject. It’s sort of like having cable, where you can choose which channels to watch…Here’s about HALF of what they have:
So, I browse the following forums:
and many many others.
The reference library on wetcanvas is a great resource as well. Artists add photos there for others to use in their art. You can find anything from countrysides to cityscapes and everything in between.
I know there are many many other websites out there, but these are the ones I’ve gone to the most.
It seems I’ve created profiles on most of the art websites, but there is one that has stood out among the others in terms of professionalism, pizazz (did I just use that word?), and user friend…li…ness…(I told you I’m not a writer, but you get my point, right?). I’ve listed three that I’ve used in the past/present…
Zazzle – I use zazzle to order my own magnets, since they seem reasonably priced. The magnets are hefty things, not just a magnetized business card. The kind you actually buy in stores nice. I don’t really sell anything there, so I can’t comment on any of those aspects, but I do offer notecards and magnets.
CafePress – one of the first sites I added my art, mainly for notecards, but I got too crazy with the other merchandise, so I added tshirts and some other items. Honestly, I can’t tell you what’s there right now. The website became too time consuming and confusing to me…too many choices muddled my mind. I think it’s easier now to navigate, but I haven’t taken the time to play around. I did sell a few things there, but I think mainly tshirts.
Fine Art America – one of my favorite places because of simplicity. It’s just a site to sell/buy prints, originals, and cards. Period. I have most of my art there (which isn’t saying a whole lot). It does not have any of my earlier pieces – either because I don’t have a high resolution image to upload, or because it didn’t make sense to put a portrait on there if I sell prints. To be honest, I’ve sold one thing, and it made my month! I mean, really, I’m an artist! I’m just another guppy in a sea of guppies and fish and…whales. Anytime someone takes time to look at my art (in a good way) makes my day.
EDIT: In order to create this post, I had to go to my websites to get the links. CafePress has updated quite a bit! I may have to add more stuff there, but I might take out those aprons…
Yes, prints have been available for a while…but since I recently sold a print from here, I thought I would update my blog with the links to the right. You can order a print, choose your own mat and frame, have it printed on a canvas, or just order cards.
Originals are most likely at the Saxapahaw Artists Gallery. Otherwise, please contact me if you are interested in an original…I take credit cards too!
One other place that you can visit and see my artwork is the Alamance County Studio Tour. I’ll post more details separately, but I will have my art at a fellow artist’s house October 15-16 2011. Click here for more information.
I’ve taken the plunge, applied and was juried into the Saxapahaw artists gallery. I brought my art to the gallery today. Saxapahaw is a small, but BEAUTIFUL town on the river. Mike and I first visited there years ago and always talk about how pretty the area is.
I attended a meeting last fall about a potential gallery space next to the post office. I came home so energized by everyone’s excitement, but it didn’t work out for me to be apart of it at that time. The people there seem genuinely supportive to have artists apart of the community. I hope the support continues since that is such a huge part in making the gallery a success!
Right now, the website is still in the works, but they do have a facebook page. I’ve pasted the link below, and a blurb about the patron membership.
Saxapahaw Art Center
Saxapahaw Art Center Membership is a passport to some of the hottest cultural offerings in Saxapahaw- from challenging art classes, to members-only events, after hours receptions and special performances. Meet friends, bring your family, and make art a part of your life.
It’s all here for you to discover !
Be the 1st to know
Members will receive The Art Center News- featuring the latest information about upcoming exhibitions, lectures, films and other special events (sign up on facebook today)
- Household/ Family ( $50/ household)
- Educator-Senior-Student ($20)
- Silver Patron ($100)
- Gold/ Platinum Patron ($250-$500)
YOU CAN SIGN UP TODAY ON SAXAPAHAW ARTISTS FACEBOOK PAGE- ACCEPTING PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL
I’ve joined an art guild – Alamance Artisans. It’s completely different than being a part of a co-op in that this is a group of artists, meeting regularly to share accomplishments, news, and anything else relating to art. A few times a year there is a festival or show specific to the guild, but other than that, there are no hours to work in a gallery…well…because there is none!
Their studio tour was in October, and while I decided not to sign up this year, I volunteered to take pictures of half the tour. This made me go out and enjoy the beautiful studios, taking pictures along the way. Quite a few artists that were apart of Art and Soul with me participated in the tour, so it was good to talk to them as well.
There are a few other events coming up that I will be apart of, one of which I will share in a day or so!
My art is on display at the Royal Bean until May 9th. (Click on the title to their website).
They are located across from Meredith College in Raleigh and down the street from both NCState and the state fairgrounds.
Here are a few other photos taken from my phone.