Getting Publicity

In order to be a successful artist, you need to sell your art.  In order to sell your art, people have to know about you and it.  To that end, I’ve been entering contests in order to gain more followers and collectors of our art.

One contest I recently entered was to be one of 36 featured artists with ArtsyShark, and–while we weren’t chosen–we were asked to submit one of our favorite photos for an upcoming newsletter that would showcase a few other photographers.  It was a little disappointing not to be selected as a featured artist, but I didn’t bum for too long, because it was still exciting to be asked to participate in this newsletter.  Our artwork would still be seen by lots of people (ArtsyShark reaches thousands every week), which is the reason I entered the contest in the first place.

The newsletter just got published (you can find it here), and I have to say that I’m honored that our stuff was considered good enough to be included among the other artists that appear in it.  We were only allowed to submit one photo to be featured, and that proved very hard to choose, but I finally settled on the piece I call Light’s Shadow:

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This wonderful opportunity is just another in a long list of ways to get our brand and art out there to the public.  I have my own work up on a site called ViewBug–it’s a great site with lots of other photographers, so it’s an opportunity to see what people are doing–and have begun an account at another art site.  We’ve also got our Greek pictures up at two restaurants in the Bay area, and we’re coming on the tail end of our solo exhibit at the main branch of the Alameda Public Library.  In researching how to have a successful art career, I’ve learned that your stuff needs to be seen about seven times by someone before s/he will contemplate buying your art.  So, these steps are all part of gaining visibility.

So please check out the newsletter and see what other art is there.  If you want to see more of a person’s photography, you simply follow the link attached to his/her name.  And, if you want some marketing advice on your own career, check out ArtsyShark (if you haven’t already).  I’ve found their articles to be very useful.

And who knows . . . maybe you’ll see either Craig or me listed as a feature artist someday.

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Branching out

Hello everyone, Craig here. Sorry again for the late post. Today I want to talk about branching out. As most of you know, my wife Alyx and I have a website where we sell our photography and Illustration prints (www.masartwork.com). Although I have a small share of photographs myself, the majority of the photography is my wife’s. Because of this, and other factors, I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new website focusing more on my stippling images as well as portrait commissions. This new site will still be under our M•A•S Artwork branded umbrella.

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The new website isn’t up and running yet, but I’m shooting for a launch in the next couple months. This site will have a place where you can buy prints of my stipple pieces, along with some of my colored pencil portraits, and black and white images. The big difference will be that you can also commission a personal work of art there, in any of the three styles. I will have a page explaining the pricing for the different medium, and also a page with suggestions and tips on how to choose or to take photos that will result in the best artwork.

So, look for that soon, and in the mean time visit our current site where you can purchase prints of some wonderful photography and my one of a kind hand-drawn stipple artwork. www.masartwork.com

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you soon.

Craig Smith
M•A•S Artwork