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Your Questions About How To Discover New Artists

Mark asks…

How can I find a gallery or shop that will sell my paintings in Jacksonville Florida?

I need to find some kind of shop or gallery that accepts new artists in Jacksonville fl. I do original acrylic paintings on canvas and have sold many privately but I need a bigger outlet. People seem to like what I do. Mostly abstract and surrealism.

New Niche Finder answers:

You can sell them at the flea market and may be discovered while out there. There is one on Ramona ave. Which is off of lanes ave. And there is also one off of pecan park road.it’s not a galley but it is a place to start GOOD LUCK!

Lizzie asks…

How do you find your artistic inspiration?

For those of you who are artists and authors, how do you find your inspiration and drive? What keeps your ideas coming and flowing, and what motivates you to bring them to completion?

And finally, do you have any tips to re-motivate and re-inspire a rather disillusioned artist/author I know? Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

What a wonderful question. I know this is true because I drift in and out of disillusionment and inspiration on nearly a daily basis. I think after all these years I have discovered what works for me and apparently, from reading about the struggles of others with similar difficulties works for them as well. Ready? Wait for it! It’s the WORK! Yes that’s right, it’s the work. It is not some muse which guides me here and there within my artistic self and then abandons me. It is the understanding that if I do the work within my own heart and soul, and head and actually produce product based upon that effort, then whatever I am artistically gets seen by me and others thereby my art is produced. And often when I am so blocked by all those named and unnamed things which I consider to be in my way, and they number in the thousands, which can stop me writing, or photographing or doing whatever it is I can do artistically at that moment, I know that If I just DO IT, write word upon word, nonsensically if necessary, or photograph a bug, or a flower or whatever, anything, my ability will all of a sudden reemerge. I know HOW to take pictures. I KNOW how to write. When I feel blocked and unable to create I have a thousand excuses why I can not create. I can set a thousand barriers in front of me to disallow progress. And I have gone years using those impediments as excuse. But the truth is that no one cares if I write or take pictures. I mean they say they do but in the scheme of things, in comparison to world hunger, war, planetary defilement, my artistic output is of little import. It is only in the RESULT of whatever art I can actually produce that people can find something to feel about my work. I can talk about my art. I can boast about it and promise it and lament its incompleteness. But only if I actually produce something can it be called art. And even then it may be bad art and I may find eventually and sooner rather then later that I suck as an artist. But if I don’t produce something, anything, if I only remain one of those who TALKS art, well then I am just another sap who let the barriers and blockages get in the way of that which I must do to be an artist. Actually make art. So with all that said, my suggestion to you is just do the work. Put word to paper, pen to ink, brush to canvas. Eventually the blocks will fall and the breaks will unsieze. If you are really an artist, your art will get you going again. Good luck.

Mary asks…

Why are some artist so deep in describing other artistic work?

e.g. ”Philippe is viewing the world with a slightly dark appearance but gentle look .Some of his pictures in are in low light, as we have her life. An invitation to go further, to discover more.”

While all i am seeing is a cool picture that speaks for itself.Where do they get all these deep thoughts from? Maybe this is a bad example. But are they trying to be deep or something?
I am not bashing these kind of people down i am just trying to understand it. I really want to know. I feel its driving me crazy lol.

Thank you. :)

New Niche Finder answers:

Well where all these terms and mystical descriptions come from is how these art pieces touches each of us creative leaning types. We are often very abstract and gain meaning from simple strokes and color variations so when we see a painting for example that may appear as simple brush strokes on a white canvas to most people, we may see it as “repressed angst” or some out there explanation. For the more left brain, detail oriented type, an artist’s skill and craft, or subject may be more of an interest rather than how the negative space and shadows affect the mood of a photograph. We tend to see the whole through shapes and colors more than the content we are looking at. This is just my opinion though and not all artists may view things in the same way.

I have to say though, I got a chuckle from reading “an invitation to go further, to discover more”. I can totally relate to that and envision a curator or professor saying that. Priceless.

Sharon asks…

What is the significance of authorial intent for you?

You partake of a work of art, and it speaks to you. You derive meaning that is based on the work, but also on your experiences.

They you study the creator of that work, and discover that the creator had a very different intent. Maybe they thought they were saying something completely opposite what you got out of it?

Have you ever been in a situation like this? Does authorial intent chafe at you? Or do you find it essential to aid in understanding the work?

Or, does none of it matter, really. What’s important is if you enjoy it, not if you think about it?

New Niche Finder answers:

When I was in high school, I read Upton Sinclair’s, “The Jungle.” By the end of the book, the hero, Jurgis Rudkus, has lost everything of value to him including his wife, child and home. The poor man is really down on his luck when he is taken in by a Socialist hotel keeper, who gives him employment At the end of the book, the poor man is seen as being an enthusiastic Socialist.

I took the final turn of events in the hero’s life as the ultimate degradation. The poor man was so beaten down that he accepted the false god of Socialism, rejecting the values that he had learned on the farm in Lithuania when he was a boy.

It wasn’t until we discussed the book in class that I realized that Upton Sinclair was writing a pro-Socialist tract. I wasn’t in the least bit embarrassed at my analysis of the situation, because Sinclair had put the man on a downhill skid. His conversion was not the conversion of a man at the top of his game. No, Jurgis Rudkus was a totally disillusioned, beaten man at the end of the novel. I viewed his conversion to Socialism as being a parallel degradation to that of his late wife’s cousin, Marija Bernczynskas, who was working in a brothel by the end of the novel. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jungle/characters.html

At the end of a rousing discussion, my teacher told both sides of the argument that they were right. He told us that in a course on Advanced Literary Criticism that he had taken in college, he had been introduced to the concept of the Intentional Fallacy.

Intentional fallacy, in literary criticism, addresses the assumption that the meaning intended by the author of a literary work is of primary importance. By characterizing this assumption as a “fallacy,” a critic suggests that the author’s intention is not important. The term is an important principle of New Criticism and was first used by W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley in their essay “The Intentional Fallacy” (1946 rev. 1954): “the design or intention of the author is neither available nor desirable as a standard for judging the success of a work of literary art.” The phrase “intentional fallacy” is somewhat ambiguous, but it means “a fallacy about intent” and not “a fallacy committed on purpose.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_fallacy

My teacher suggested that we should view how well the author achieved or didn’t achieve his stated purpose, which in Sinclair’s case was a conversion of the reader to Socialism. He also suggested that what the author thought that he wanted to write, the painter to paint, etc. Is not the only yardstick for measuring a work, since creativity comes from the subconscious. Having composed music and having written fiction that was published, I can tell you that my teacher was right. The creative brain is using its right side, a side ignored by the rational mind.

So, it is entirely possible that a creative type could set out to create a work of art for one reason, but the end result would suggest to the reader/viewer, etc. What the creator really thought in his heart of hearts, a thing perhaps unknown to the artist.

Jenny asks…

How would i go about being a freelance 3D artist?

Any help? ive already discovered that what i am creating does not need a college degree, and that i should go freelance. Any suggestions or advice or anything on how to do that??

New Niche Finder answers:

Then you have to figure out how you are going to keep alive and buy supplies until you convince people to hire you or buy your products. Most 3D “artists” which are sculptors who are independent took some kind of training and then took jobs that kept them alive while they worked on examples that represented their style. Ideally this job doesn’t take so much energy to leave the person too tired to sculpt. A good plan would be to work for a company that did sculpting on the job – like Ron Mueck doing special effects work or working for a display company.
Once you have products (works) to show, you make the rounds of galleries to get one (or more) to accept your work and show it to the public to buy.

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