Reader’s Showcase | Olga Gouskova | Women of the Imagination

My name is Olga Gouskova. I have been a professional contemporary fine artist and painter since 1998.

I was born in Moscow, Russia. But I spent my childhood and youth in Belarus between Vileyka and Minsk.

In 1996 I immigrated to Belgium. Today I live, love and work in Bruges.

Orla Gouskova

Eden

I create in a variety of media and techniques – often mix drawing with painting. In my female portraits you can clearly recognize the representation of a person. Yet, this is not the main motive of the painting. The portrait merely serves as reason to make the painting. It is the imagery concept. My paintings greatly appeal to the beholders. Conscientiously and with a great sense for beauty I portray my models. The resulting portrait is not an exact copy of reality, but instead a visual impression of it. By including things like a flower or a butterfly or putting a lace on the model’s eyes I try to add an unusual or artificial character to my portraits. I learn about myself depicting images from my imagination. I don’t expect to find answers, rather look for questions. The choice of colors stimulates energy, emotions and appetite for life.

Orla Gouskova

Lost

My work reflects my own story – a theatre where one is an actor and a viewer at the same time. It is possible to find there everything: beauty and grotesque, silliness and seriousness, happiness and nostalgia, the antique and the modern…

Orla Gouskova

Pansies

With my paintings I participated in different solo shows and group exhibitions in Belgium, UK and Netherlands.

My artworks can be found in private collections in Belgium, UK, USA , United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus.

My goal is to continue to create beautiful works of art fueled by passion and imagination. I’d like to further expand my paintings into art collectors and art lovers, museums and galleries.

Orla Gouskova

Thinking of You

Find out more about Olga and her work here.

Interview on momardi

www.olga-gouskova.be

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The Best Website to Sell Art Online – The Truth

There is one question that I get asked on a regular, pretty much daily basis by artists venturing into the world of selling art online. I get asked so regularly that I thought a post addressing the issue would be a good idea.

The question is “What are the best websites to sell art?”

And the answer? It’s surprisingly simple. The answer is “your own website”

The best website to sell art online is…  your own!

Sadly there are no magic websites that will do all the work for you. That you can just upload your images to and then forget about and wait for the money to roll in. Wherever you put your work for sale you will need to promote it to get visitors to view and buy it.

And why put your time and energy into promoting someone elses site? Why not spend it on promoting your own website and domain name?

Etsy, Facebook, Zazzle, Redbubble etc all offer a brilliant service but it’s best not to rely on them exclusively for your online sales.  What if they collapse, close or change their terms of service in  way you don’t like and you want to move? What happens to all the hours you have spent getting links and promotion to your shopfront? All gone in the click of a mouse…

Rent your property or own your own home?

If you own your own domain name and website you are in control.

You can then point visitors from there to your Etsy or Redbubble shop if you want but all your promotional efforts take visitors to YOUR domain name and website first, so you can easily swap shop providers should you wish to without losing all your visitors.

I love the metaphor that it’s like the difference between renting or buying a house. You dont want to spend loads of energy and money fitting a swanky new kitchen in your rented pad only to be turfed out by the landlord next month, but any improvements made to your bought house are an investment for the future.

Still not convinced? Here are some more good reasons why your own website is the best plan for selling art online.

7 good reasons for setting up your own website

You will look more professional

You can control the way the site looks rather than being reliant on a parent shop sites generic style.

You can create your own brand

The design of your website can fit in with the style and branding of your work – again making you look more professional and giving your work a coherent showcase

You can control your own domain name

Registering and using your own domain name {ie www.yourname.com} looks great, helps with search engine results and allows you to have a proper associated email address too. No more shoddy looking hotmail addresses. And your domain name is yours to keep, so you always get the traffic directed there.

You can stand out in the crowd

Its very easy to get lost in amongst the bazillions of users on the large selling sites. You own website allows you to be able to stand out in the crowd and be easily found by search engines.

You won’t have to pay commission

Anything you sell on your own site is commission free. Hooray. [Although you may have to pay a small transaction fee to Paypal].

You have freedom

You can stop or change to another selling site easily with no problems. You won’t lose your client list or the advantage of all the promotion you have done as it will all still point to your personal website. Just change the links to your new shopfront and away you go!

Endless possibilities…

There are no constraints on what you do with your own site. You can make it your own little corner of the web. Every bit of promotion is an investment for the future. You can build your own domain and art career step by step…

if you are serious about selling artwork online or setting up a creative business then the best website to sell your art is most definitely your own… Setting it up is a crucial step that will pay dividends in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reader’s Showcase | Harriete Estel Berman | Intriguing Post Consumer Recycled Art

Harriete Estel Berman uses post consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and sculpture with social commentary.

Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women, the influence of advertising and commentary about our consumer society. Recent work includes a bell curve 15′ feet tall and 28′ feet as a commentary about the impact of standardized testing.

Judaica by Harriete focus on the concept of Tikkum Olam “repair the world” with the use of recycled tin cans.

This Seder plate was designed for the invitational exhibition titled Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. San Francisco, CA

Berman’s work has shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of 13 museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Harriete says…

All of my work uses  post consumer recycled materials for the past 24 years (starting way before the current rage for recycled materials.) At the time I started it was actually embarrassing to be working with trash. Now this movement has considerable momentum.”

“My primary material is recycled tin cans to make jewelry, sculpture, installations and Judaica. 

The Recycle Fushia Bracelet above is from a premium quality shampoo that came in a brilliant colored plastic bottle. The black is take out trays.

“Recently I have been expanding into using pencils and post consumer plastic waste.   

Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin is a gigantic bell curve 28' wide and 15' tall about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

Womanizer, Kitchen Queen 1982 - Blender body and lid are a painted copper construction. Carefully constructed using sheet metal these appliances are not found objects. Ballerina inside the transparent plastic blender container pirouettes in conjunction with the music by wind-up mechanism.

You can find out more about Harriete and her work on her website: http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info

A Flickr Set detailing the design and fabrication of Harriete’s amazing Seder Plate

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The Road To Success – Are You On It?

A little while back I wrote about the difficulty of learning a new skill and how you would have to navigate what Seth Godin calls “The Dip”. The bit of your journey where the initial optimism and excitement of what you are trying to learn wears off and you are faced with the steep and harsh climb up the cliff face of learning towards mastery. This is the bit thats unforgiving and just not that much fun. You have to dig deep and pull through it to get to the other side.

At the moment I am struggling to learn THE most difficult art related skill I have ever faced. Therefore I wanted to share with you the following WONDERFUL image which beautifully illustrates the struggle we all face when trying to learn new skills or improve our current ones.

I don’t know the artist of this image or when it dates from. I found it on the wall of a tattooists in Louisiana. Thats all I know, but a picture speaks a thousand words.

If you are struggling with your own journey, take a look and share it. Hopefully it will help you find your own path…

 Please click the blurry image below to see it in all it’s full size glory…

The Road To Success Selling Art Online

The Road To Success

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