Social Media

Crazy to think what we did with our time and energy before the days of social media. It all started with Facebook for me, then there was a progressive downward spiral after that, especially in the last few months when I retired my dear old beloved Blackberry and joined the blackhole that is the iPhone. OMG Apps. I have an app for everything. Everything. And I love it, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

As time sucking as all these social media apps are, they’ve also been a great form of (free!!!) advertising of my artwork. I really don’t know where I’d be without them. Lately, I’ve been getting contacted more and more by people who came across my work from one of the many social media platforms I subscribe to, be it Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or recently Meetup.

Meetup is a really cool concept. You join groups in your area based on interests, so that you can connect with like-minded individuals. One of my favorite ones is Arts and Culture Junkies of Ottawa. While I haven’t actually had a chance to attend any Meetups yet, it’s been nice to be notified of upcoming events in my area that may interest me. And it’s also been great for discovering other artists in my area.

This particular piece is a commissioned piece for a client who came across my work via Meetup. He liked the painting I did for my brother and his girlfriend, and asked for a similar one, but slightly smaller in size. Here’s the original below.

The original painting that I did for my brother and his girlfriend
The original painting that I did for my brother and his girlfriend

I happened to be visiting my family in London around this time, so I dropped by my brother’s place and borrowed his painting and got to work on the new one.

Started with the background
Started with the background

Then added some circles and globs of paint here and there, and before I knew it, the painting was done! (It took a little longer than appears on here, but I forgot to take more pictures along the way. Oops.) And the final painting:

Then added some circles
18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here’s the finished piece displayed in the client’s home.

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And another view.

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I’m pretty flattered that he chose to put it in his living room 🙂

Do you use social media as a form of advertising? If so, what do you find to be the most beneficial? I find Facebook to work the best for me, but that’s also likely because I actually use it. I’m still very new to Twitter and Instagram and usually forget that I even have them. 

If you don’t already, then follow me on Facebook here

Next post coming up has a new time-lapse video 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about it! Come back soon! 

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2 thoughts on “Social Media

  • September 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm
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    I think this painting is amazing! Does it have a title? And what inspired you?

    I agree with your take on social media. Though I have to say, it’s very hard to keep up sometimes with all the stuff happening with it. I love following people’s blogs, but it’s very hard for me to always comment on everything while maintaining my own stuff.

    Glad to hear it’s helping with selling your artwork! Looking forward to more posts/work.

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    • September 29, 2013 at 7:38 am
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      This painting doesn’t really have a fancy story behind it unfortunately. I painted the original one for my brother and his girlfriend. They basically told me they wanted something abstract with different textures and shapes, and a color scheme that would go well with their bedroom. So this is what I came up with. Then this one is a replication of that one, only smaller, requested by the client.

      I agree with you about it being hard to keep up with social media. There are so many amazing artists who I love to follow but there’s never enough time.

      Thanks for finding the time to stop by here and comment. Glad all is going well with your work too.

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