Roll-up, Roll-up, (My) Instacanv.as Gallery is now Open
Helloooooo to you all, hope you are well and are on target (for whatever it may be -seriously, I’m curious now, what are you all up to these days? Leave a comment below and let’s have a conversation ). If you all are asking about moi, these past few weeks I’ve been busy spending time with my family/friends (and Megan), writing, resting and snapping away taking pictures and editing them to my hearts’ content and then sharing them on instagram and here (when I have the time to do so). This has fuelled my creative drive somewhat and other than the odd spurts of dizzy spells (which forces me away from my laptop and any long-burst of writing) I have been feeling rather positive about what is in store for me. Getting back to my art and photography has become a blessing in disguise (as had my writing last year); being able to visualise and bring together images and create imagery which people appreciates’ has been extremely satisfying -as well as it has reminded me how much I missed just doing arty stuff. So, this is me -in addition to my writing; I will be designing visual artworks when I cannot write anymore due to my dizzy-spells; hopefully my art will spur on my writing and vice-versa.
Anyhoo, the other thing I’ve been up to since last week was: I’ve been made aware of a new online gallery, Instacanv.as; so naturally I took a peek and found out that I can request a gallery space and possibly sell a print or two whilst being my creative-self –naturally I thought ‘great‘ and I requested a space. Here’s the good –well, fabulous news, yesterday my gallery was available for a grand opening *snip, snip, snip -the ribbon has been cut* (I want to thank everyone who requested it to be opened sooner rather than later ~ really appreciate your enthusiasm and also chuffed to bits that you all like the creativity which comes from within). I’m really excited about this endeavour and wanted to share this with you as soon as I was able to sit in front of my laptop (without being woozy); so, there you have it, my very first online gallery space (outside my blog) –and the best part is: if you want to own an original yikici Instagram print on a canvas (sizes available: 12”x12 , 16”x16” , 20”x20”), then you can. *cheers* I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the artworks below and the future ones I’ll no doubt create. For now, most of the photo’s I take are on my iPhone4 (and edit using Snapseed, PicBoost, PicFrame, 360, ColourSplash, OutColour 2, picfix and Instagram); but I do have plans to take things further and get myself a digital SLR camera and begin to experiment with that and Photoshop, so watch this space.
Before I dash off into the sunset (the sun is surprisingly out right now despite the torrential downpours we’ve been having all afternoon); I wanted ask you your sincerest opinions… Since I began studying Fine Art, my art teacher encouraged us not to sign our paintings/artworks –saying that it spoils the visuals and also states that an artists’ style should speak through its’ brushstrokes’ and content, not through words; I thought it was a worthy argument, therefore I adopted that mantra right up until the digital-age was born…and now I’m torn. There’s always that fear that someone may use your artwork without giving you any credit and so all these Copyright and Creative Commons Licence came about to protect the artist, sounds fair; but still one is unable to stop these thieves and hence things like watermarks become something to consider –which I did and began using iWatermark for all the images I displayed through Instagram and my blog. No issues to worry about I hear you all say, well…now that the artworks I’ve created for Instagram is up for sale on Instacanv.as, I am becoming aware of how distracting the watermarks I’ve placed on each piece is and hence I wonder if I should make them smaller or even consider removing them completely? I mean even the smallest canvas (12”x12”) is a decent size; the watermark will naturally take up a considerate amount of space. This could make the image unsightly and off-putting to any potential buyers, this is why I want to ask you what your honest opinions are on watermarks found on prints, would it put you off or would you prefer to have the artists/photographers’ details on the print?
There, that’s my question to you and also, what do you do to help your creative juices –when does your muse find you –how do you engage with it –and does it ever scare you? (Mine comes in a concoction of weird, wonderful and bizarre dreams –oh and also real-life observations; I will elaborate one day in a post if you really REALLY insist. ) Ever the curious, this is yikici signing out. Stay positive as always and keep that sunshine-smile-a-glowing.
I leave you with the selection of photo’s you can find on my Instacanv.as gallery (should you want to go to the gallery directly, please click here):
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About the author: Creative from the word go, an artist at heart – writer, poet, photographer, blogger... I am currently working on my first novel Becoming – Mystical Realisations and I have also started some research for my novella (currently does not have a title). Read more from this author