On Pinterest, the image is the beginning, middle and end of the story, so the quality of images in your Pinterest stream is likely better than anywhere on the Internet. But there is a problem with this visual feast: The Pinterest interface is best-suited to accommodate vertical images. Those of us whose work is primarily horizontal are running into “tiny image syndrome”.
The solution? Crop your images. Use a large, attractive vertical slice to compete for a share of the screen, then link that slice to your full-size horizontal image. Pinterest artists are just starting to catch on to “mega-cropping”, but I predict we’ll soon see an explosion of vertical slices.
Here’s how I have my Cropped for Pinterest board set up:
Since Pinterest doesn’t allow redirects or tiny urls, clicking on the slice sets up a three-click sequence to access the uncropped image. However, you can include a one-click, direct link in the caption below the image. Now you’re cooking!
If you are an artist interested in selling art online, I’ve written a new eBook that will help get your marketing efforts on solid ground. It’s not a how-to book, but rather a what-to-do book.
It’s short: 40 pages of easy to understand information, concisely written, on what to do, what it means and how it works.
My 7 Keys to Selling ART Online is:
- an indispensable tool for artists who are new to online marketing.
- a no-nonsense road-map for skilled web professionals looking to supercharge their online efforts.
Within minutes (literally!) you’ll know what needs to be done and how you need to proceed. You’ll understand how your website, blog, mailing list, backlinks and social media all work together to build a strong sales and marketing presence.
Here’s the deal: it’s free. Download it here or click on the button below. I hope you find it useful and welcome your feedback. You may send it to every artist, fine art photographer, jeweler, sculptor and gallery owner who needs to read it. You may tweet it, email it, link to it here and even post it on your own site or blog. Cheers!
Although there are literally thousands of images of this architectural icon, the Sydney Opera House ultimately proved irresistible — I had to create my own! The finished piece evolved from multiple layers of fractals and color, all sandwiched together digitally to form the finished work you see here.
I am forever trying to convey how marvelously detailed fractals are. Low-res images simply don’t get it across. Here’s an idea: video! I can bring sections of the art very close and skim along the surface.
Cool, yes? As always, beautiful reproductions are available for your home, office, family and friends on museum-quality fine art paper and stretched canvas, framed or unframed. Click here to buy.
Nothing says “Wow!” like giving twelve pieces of stunning art to twelve of your closest friends. Yes you can!
This season’s selection is COBALT COLOSSUS. It is an endlessly interlocking assemblage of fractals crafted into one monolithic image. The result is warm, powerful and sensual.
Lovingly sized and framed for maximum impact and enjoyment
As shown —
Finished size: 42.8″ x 29.3″
Print on Somerset Velvet Fine Art Paper: 32.0″ x 18.0″
Frame: Gold Distressed, 2.13″ width
Top Mat: Cabernet, Width: Top 3″, Bottom 3.5″, Sides 3″, conservation suede
Middle Mat: Porcelain, acid free paper
Glazing: Non-glare Acrylic
Normally ships in 6-8 business days
All 13 Pieces — Under $12,000
The finished, framed COBALT COLOSSUS 12-Pack + 1 is priced at $11,172.60 plus shipping. Contact me to help you arrange delivery directly to the doors of your loved ones and special friends (surprise!). Or — if your sleigh is big enough — I can ship some, most, or all of the art to your house for personal delivery. And yes, the 13th piece is free, with my compliments.
Rolling Art! I’m writing today from my “Is this cool or what?” department. After more than 50 years, Mercedes-Benz will once again produce a gullwing sports car. Have a look:
Nice, yes? Their mid-1950s 300 SL is counted among the world’s most highly-rated and sought-after automobiles, even being voted “Sports Car of the Century” in 1999. Today, the 1955 300 SL Gullwing Coupe (below) can bring nearly $750,000 at auction.
Does the new SLS measure up? Comparing the two models is both unfair and unavoidable, but from everything I’ve seen I say “absolutely!” Advance reviews are somewhat mixed:
About $200,000 IF you know someone who knows someone. Available in Europe next year; as yet no official on-sale date for North America. Gorgeous!
The only car on the road that will blow the doors off itself
So how did Mercedes get a gullwing design approved in the US? Exploding bolts! Should the car overturn, pyrotechnic hinges will blow and passengers can escape.