11.10.2017

New Painting Just Created!


BUTTERFLY FLORAL

18 x 24" Original Acrylic Painting on Watercolor Paper
by Karen Fields

Click here for link: Just listed in my Etsy Shop!

Thank you for visiting my blog.   ~Karen

10.13.2017

Why Do I Paint?

I started this blog because I started to paint!

My background is in graphic design and illustration, for many years!

The idea of writing a blog post as an artist is not an easy task but I wanted to challenge myself to do something that got me into a different space. I am a life long learner after all.

If I were to keep my paintings to myself it wouldn't be fair to people who wanted to know how to become an artist. As an artist I try to inspire others.

I want to inspire and to help grow something new in someone's life.



I PAINT BECAUSE... I wanted to learn how to paint! I like working with my hands and creating something very new and unique. My ideas are always kind of based on what I want to see in the market place.

So I taught myself how to work with color and design of the painting. I experimented with materials.

I have spent hundreds of hours researching other painters, styles, business models, techniques, and social media ideas.

I PAINT BECAUSE...I wanted to work from home on my own. I needed to be in control of my art.

I PAINT BECAUSE... I feel good doing it. I can get out of my head space and become so focused on the painting that it takes me away from other things that are difficult in life.

I PAINT BECAUSE... I can help other businesses to create products and income. So, I license my art to large manufacturers and greeting card companies.

I researched how to do all of this in very simple ways on my own. But I did read a lot of articles from other artists who also license their work. I searched out companies that wanted to license my art and I work very hard to continually provide them with beautiful designs for their products. Art is always needed in the market place all over the world.

I am always working on expanding my ability to make the most of each piece of art.

I create an original painting, I photograph the painting, create a digital hi res file, lo res file, and then I sell the original, and gain licensing for that image as well so that it can bring me royalties on a regular basis.

Don't be afraid to start painting. It will heal your soul and feed your spirit!   ~ Karen


10.11.2017

New Painting Just Finished!


LOVE BIRDS
 by Karen Fields

$125
Shipping included in US
Original mixed medium painting on watercolor paper
18 x 24"

Just listed in my ETSY Shop



10.07.2017

New Painting Just Listed in My Shop!


New Painting!

FLOWER TREE 2
by Karen Fields

$125
18 x 24" Acrylic Mixed Medium Painting on Watercolor Paper

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Height: 24 Inches
  • Width: 18 Inches
  • Materials: Watercolor paper, acrylic, mixed medium
  • 1/2" white border around the artwork

    Shipping: 

    Art will be carefully rolled in a strong mailing tube via FedEX to the US only.
    Shipping cost is included.
  • Only ships within United States.


10.04.2017

New Paintings Today!


Bohemian Birds and Flowers Original 18 x 24 
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
$150 including shipping



Flower Tree Original Painting
Acrylic and Waxed Pastel 18 x 24 on Watercolor Paper
$125 including shipping

10.02.2017

New Paintings Just Posted in My Etsy Shop!

I have been creating new bold and beautiful paintings on large 18 x 24" watercolor paper for the last 5 months now.

This week there will be many paintings available for purchase as I continue to post them in my Etsy shop. Click on each painting to take you to the listing.

There will be many more listed this week but to start with I have these 4 paintings to show you.

Each of these paintings is $125 with shipping included in the US.

They are each 18 x 24" on heavy watercolor paper created with acrylic paints and some mixed media.

Thank you for visiting here and I welcome you to my Etsy shop today.   ~Karen








9.30.2017

How to Make a Living Licensing Your Art



1. MAKE THE DECISION to create an art licensing business 

In order to earn money from creating your own artwork you must first make the decision to create a successful business and put in the hard work.

You need to act on your inspiration, put it into usable form and then find a way to bring it to market.

Dedicated licensed artists work more than 12 hours a day.

Hard work means:

- Wake up with the intention of working hard by focusing only on your art.
- Have your supplies set up for the day.
- Know what you are going to work on the day before.
- Put in a full day of creating.
- Being proactive.
- Creating high quality designs.

Creating a successful business means:

- Knowing exactly how you will make money consistently with your art.
- Know how to streamline your process.
- Learn how to organize your art production.
- Know exactly who you will be making your art for.
- Connecting with the buyers and agents who will work with you or represent your work.




2. KNOW HOW you will run your business

- Have a focused schedule on what you are creating and for whom.
- Find 5 manufacturers or licensing partners excited to work with you and licensing your art.
- Consistently create art at a prolific level.
- Consistently send art to your manufacturers or licensing partners for review.
- Make your time in the studio count.
- Know that your art must be attractive on products to sell them.
- Have an online art website for your buyer to see your newest work.

Focus:
- Do only one thing at a time.
- Know why you are doing it.
- Be purposeful in your task.
- Be mindful of the need for your art to be out in the world.
- Be positive. Your art needs to be out in the world.

Finding your partners:

- First discover what market channel you want your art to sell into.
- Then find out what licensees sell similar products into that same channel. 
- Get in front of the art director or creative director at that company.
- Research manufacturers in your local stores by looking at labels and then send them an email.
- Find out what their art needs are. They need art! All the time!
- Send a small jpg sampling email of your art so they can see your style. 
- Be professional. Be upbeat. Be helpful to them by being very acomodating.
- Once you have some contacts, keep in touch with them to let them know you are accountable.
- Follow art submission instructions.




3. MAKE ART:

- You need to think in 'product format'.
- Look for insight into how your art will stand out from others.
- Be aware of the resolution, format, size, shape you want your final art to be.
- Know the themes that you want to work on.
- Make sets of themed art. 2 or 4 possibly.
- Experiment during your art-making. Be new with your ideas.
- Create digitally or with your paintbrush. Anything is possible.
- Know your color wheel. 
- Make compelling compositions.
- Know if your art needs to allow space for type above your work. [greeting cards]
- Keep your art files on a separate hard drive, back-up system.

Be prolific:
- Make great beautiful art that sells on products.
- Start a new piece of art every day.
- Be true to your style.
- Create sets of art for best selling ability.
- Make your art stand out by being unique.
- Become your art buyer's first go to artist for your art subject.
- Make a LOT of art. That's the key.
- Make art that you can send once a week to your customer to review.

Send art:
- Send your lo res art sets out to your buyers to review several times per month.
- Mock up your art to show its use in the marketplace. ie: dinnerware, textiles, fashion.
- Be in the flow by staying market current with what you send out.
- Keep your email short and simple with your art attached.
- Art expires. Trends move on. Send new ideas always. Refresh your portfolio regularly.

~ Karen