Paint On Canvas…
What image does ‘art’ conger up in your mind? If you’ve ever been to the National Art Gallery you’ll have seen a great many paintings from small to extremely large. However, if you’ve ever been to Tate Modern you’ll have seen something completely different. Art really isn’t just about paint on canvas, it’s much more than that. Of course, we can debate good and bad art until the cows come home but what it all boils down to is ‘do I like it’?
Who’s The Artist?
I can tell you straight away that it isn’t me! If I try to draw stick men I can guarantee they won’t look right. Thankfully we all have our own talents (art isn’t mine) so we can all be grateful for something. I may not be able to produce anything that even resembles art but I do know what I like and I am a collector of art in its many forms. I will buy anything from paintings on canvas through to photos, jewellery, carvings, sculptures, needlework…. You get the picture (no pun intended), I like art! Not just any art of course, it has to be something that I like. That may sound obvious but we all like different things. Surely, that variety is what makes the hunt for a good piece of art so exciting? Who is the artist then? Well, I believe that it is the photographer, the jewellery maker, the crafter, the potter… It’s not just about the paint on canvas but without the paint on canvas the art world would’t be complete!
How Do You Find Your Art?
There are many places to find art and in Lincolnshire we are blessed with some fantastic galleries and shops. Social media provides a good platform for art shopping too of course. I’ve found some fantastic pieces of art and, because it’s on social media I’ve also been able to chat to the artist too. Not every conversation ends in a sale but that doesn’t matter. The conversations help to build a following, the followers have friends, the friends have friends and family… If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, someone somewhere is going to like what the artist is doing and that can lead to sales and commissions.
Are You An Artist And Would You Like To Get Involved?
If you’re a Twitter user you’ll be familiar with the various ‘hashtag hours’ which involves everyone on the planet interacting about one subject in a frenzy of tweets and conversations. Choose a subject and there will probably be a dedicated hour to it! They are fantastic platforms for networking and getting messages seen but they can be very hectic and difficult to follow. By the time you have seen a post, reacted to it and asked a question you could have missed 30 or 40 other posts.
I want to change that ‘frenzy’ if I can. My plan is to have a dedicated hour using the #LincsConnect hashtag on Twitter with Lincolnshire artists of all genres posting their pictures, messages, links and special offers. The beauty of the hashtag is that anyone can search it at any time so if the #LincsConnect #ArtAndCraft hour is on Monday from 12.00pm – 1.00pm you can still search through it on Wednesday or Sunday of the same week, a different week or even a different month. Once the tweet is there, it stays there until the author takes it down. My challenge after that is to be able to transfer the idea onto Facebook so that those artists/crafters who don’t use Twitter can still make use of the idea.
If you’re interested please do get in touch by email so that I can get everything coordinated. You can email me at email@example.com
Lets set a start date:
Monday 7 September from 12.00pm – 1.00pm
How Will It Work?
Here’s the deal:
It will rely on the artists and crafters to post their messages, links, pictures and special offers which MUST include the hashtag #LincsConnect
The hashtag #LincsConnect will automatically post your message to the file for everyone to see. However, assume no one will be looking for you on the hashtag until YOU tell them to have a look!
Post your messages with the hashtag and tag in your friends. Ask them to help spread the message by telling their friends. This cascade of conversation can quickly get the hashtag seen and used locally which will mean your posts will be seen by more and more people.
Don’t worry that you aren’t available during the #ArtsAndCrafts hour because you can schedule your messages in advance to make sure that they hit the hashtag at the right time.
Here’s the crucial bit: You ‘must’ search the hashtag during the week to look at the posts and do your free networking. Be prepared to get into conversations, say something positive, share other peoples posts… The more you share for others, the more likely they are to share for you.
What’s In It For You?
The posts will be on twitter but I will also do a weekly arts blog. I’ll search the hashtag to see who has been interacting with others and as a ‘thank you’ I’ll highlight the posts in the blog. I’ll also include links to your websites and social media pages.
What’s In It For Me?
I’ll create paid advertising slots, paid blog links and paid features. The whole process will be time consuming for me so I will need to have some form of recompense for my work. Will it make me a fortune? No! Will it pay my bills? Probably not! I always enjoy helping others though and if I can manage to produce a small income from my efforts, all the better.
Dave recently joined me on Twitter and ‘Oh Boy’! he has some stunning pictures for sale. In this day and age where photos are easy to take with our digital mobile phones and editing platforms it’s such a joy to see some truly stunning pictures of nature at its best. This is just one picture of many that Dave has taken and is offering for sale so if you like what you see you should definitely get in touch.
Mel creates some truly remarkable artwork including bespoke commissions like the one you can see above. I’ve been quietly following Mel on Twitter and can honestly say that her artwork really needs to be seen (and purchased of course).
Arts and crafts go hand in hand and I’m sure you’ll agree that this hand made key ring really is delightful. You’ll find much more on Ellies Etsy shop page so why not pop over (click on the picture above) to discover more. I certainly don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
If you would like to place an advert on the Lincs Connect blogs please do get in touch. Bloggers can also have links to their blogs here too. Get in touch today if you would like to feature here by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC Marc Jones is looking for young people to join the Lincolnshire Commission. It’s an opportunity for young people to help the police better understand their concerns and thoughts.
See You Soon
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