Monday, November 26, 2012

Ah.. the holidays...

If you are like me you are starting the process of making your holiday list and checking it twice...

I highly recommend supporting one of the many artists (myself included) found on Etsy or Fine Art America.
The Tree of Life Painting
Copyright 2012 Addie Hirschten
Original Available on Etsy

On Etsy I sell original paintings.  Most of these are oil on gallery edge wrapped canvas wired to hang.  Esty sellers are required to sell either vintage products or hand-made pieces.  It is an excellent place to purchase high-quality arts and crafts items.

The Cliffs at La Jolla California
Copyright 2012 Addie Hirschten
Prints Available on Fine Art America
On Fine Art America you can have prints of mine or other artist's work created.  You can pick which size you want and even have it framed.  I personally like the quality of the "canvas prints" they create.  Except for the bumpy texture I found it difficult to tell the difference between their canvas prints and the originals.  A very diverse range of styles of artists can be found on Fine Art America.

While we are talking about selling I want to go on record as saying that I don't create paintings in order to sell them, that is just a nice by product.  I create art in order to share a message of the abundance of beauty in our world.  (Sometimes I create art in order to convince myself of this more than anything else... but that is another story.)  I used to feel that selling artwork was rather like whoring out a sacred object.  I then went through a period of burning my work after it was created in order to prove that the purpose of it wasn't to come up with an end product.  But that seems overly destructive to me now.  Why should artists not share their work with others and be supported just as they would from any other job flipping burgers?  I love supporting fellow artists to encourage them to continue creating.  For a lot of artists positive feedback is essential to their work because the purpose of their art is to communicate a message.  If an artist hasn't reached anyone and felt that divine echo of understanding they oftentimes fall into despair.  Therefore it is my mission this holiday season to support as many artists as I can with my gift giving purchases and I encourage you to do the same.

I am so thankful for my collectors- thank you friends!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much- it is one of those topics that eats at so many artists and brings them down and I want so very much for us all to be up. :)


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