December 17th, 2022
I Just Joined Fine Art America / Pixels Now What Do I Do
OK – you have some great photographs or you have been painting and have a bit of an inventory that can make you some money.
So you joined FAA and you are ready to sell your original paintings and/or prints of your photographs and/or paintings and great products featuring your images.
Great move on your part, FAA is the perfect place to do all that, but how do you get started?
You could just start posting your images and filling in the info required and hit the submit button – There, that was easy, now just wait for the sales to roll in. Right?
Not quite that easy - Although some members do just that and actually make some sales. If that is what your intent is you can stop reading and go for it.
If you are serious and want to have the best chance at success then let’s do it the right way.
1. Profile Image
Uploading a profile image is very important for your success. You can use any image you want. (G Rated Only). Some members think the wackier the image the more attention it will get. That is entirely up to you.
My feeling is post an image that will instill confidence in your potential customers. A nice portrait of yourself is a good choice (close up) not so far away that you cannot be seen.
One of your best paintings or photographs can also be a fine choice – but do pick an image and complete your Profile Image. If you do not place a profile image you will not be found on FAA/Pixels.
2. Enter Your Biography
I would suggest before you go any further you should enter your Biography. Here is where you tell your story.
Author Martin Stellar said.
Even if your story is in itself not all that unique or remarkable, you need to tell it and I'm about to explain why. This is important: Don't think for one moment that your story isn't important or remarkable enough. Your story is important. It is remarkable.
Not because of what that story is, but – and this is the crux of the whole idea – because your story makes you more human. Telling your story makes it easier for people to identify with you. You become more relatable to others when you have a story, any story (as long as it's true of course). People will be more endeared to you; people will like you more because of your story.
And that is the great importance of it all: People need to know, like and trust before they decide to buy something. Your story largely takes care of that liking part. Trust me. Even if you feel that your story isn't spectacular or doesn't matter. It's your story.
It matters. It helps people like you more; it helps build trust and engagement. Your story helps you sell your art.
Tell your story.
Just a few things that should not be in your story. Do not say things like.
“I am an amateur”. “Please buy my images, I need the money”. “I just purchased a camera and started shooting”. “Last week I bought my first canvas and found I love to paint”.
If any of these things are true – you don’t need to lie – Just don’t add them to your Biography.
3. Default Settings
Now is a great time to fill in all your markups – this is the amount of profit you get for each sale.
Go to Settings and then GENERAL click on the DEFAULT SETTINGS. Take your time and fill in all your markups. When you are finished do not forget to click the SAVE CHANGES button.
If there are items you do not wish to sell - just leave the mark-up blank - no -0 no - dash - just blank.
Now when you upload images all your markups will automatically fill with the amounts you selected in the DEFAULT SETTINGS.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE?
That is entirely up to you – no one can tell you what to charge for your work. If you’re unsure you can search the site and see what other artist are charging for their work.
4. Create Your First Product
You’re ready to upload your first image
Make sure your presentation is impeccable. When your artwork is poorly photographed, it says you don't value it. Take a look at your photos or scans and be honest with yourself about this. Is your work treated and shown as if it has great value? Give your work the treatment and presentation it deserves.
Just above your profile image - Click Upload Image.
TITLE – Give it a short but descriptive title – “A Beautiful Scene” will not tell perceptive buyers that your image is actually a Butterfly on wildflowers in Central Park.
KEYWORDS – Very important – you can use up to 500 characters, use them all if you can. Note: they must relate to the image. Do not use words or phrases that have nothing to do with the image you are uploading.
DESCRIPTION - Just like your biography when you're uploading art into your gallery, use the "Description" field to tell the story behind the art. Google loves a good story and that can help you in searches. Tell what it is, where it is, why you painted it or photographed it.
Pick your Artwork Category and fill in your medium,
Now scroll down and adjust your image on the products you wish to sell. Taking a few moments now to adjust the images will let your potential buyers see them in the best viewpoint.
Don’t forget to hit the SUBMIT button when you are done.
Now you have your first image posted, Very little will happen until you have at least 10 images posted. 100, 200 or 1000 is even better.
Once you get started on any POD site - It is up to you to drive customers to your work. The site will advertise the general site but it is not their job to drive customers to your specific work - that is your job. Use social media, blogs, business cards, art shows, anything that will drive folks to see your work on your sales page.
5. Getting Paid
You followed all the suggestions above and you’re ready for your 1st sale but you need to do the following to get paid your markup.
Go to Settings and then Accounting open Payment Information and enter your PayPal email address. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set one up for free by visiting http://paypal.com.
If you live in the USA before leaving Accounting open Tax Information and fill out all the information.
Remember – you won’t get paid until you complete this section.
Take a tour of Settings open all the links and take your time reading all the great things you can do with your new membership. There is a wealth of information at your fingertips.
If you still have questions go to the Main Discussion board and open the “Sticky” posts. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage because there is a great deal of helpful information there.
Still have questions? Post your question on the main discussion board – There are a lot of friendly and knowledgeable members ready to assist.
Note: do not post private information on the discussion board it is a public forum.
Still scratching your head about an unanswered question? Get to the bottom of any page and open the Contact Us button.
Customer Service (For Orders Only)
Technical Support is for members with technical questions about using the site.
Good Luck and Enjoy
July 29th, 2022
HOW BIG IS TOO BIG and how small is too small
When it comes to Fine Art America / Pixels we all know that 25 MB is the largest an image should be to upload.
If your image is over 25 MB there is normally not a problem lowering your megabytes in an image editor such as Photoshop, but, what if your image is too small.
An image that is too small is the biggest problem most new artists have, and yes, I said artists – because most photographers know the importance of the megapixel as it relates to the megabyte. That is why it is the photographer that normally has the opposite issue of having an image over 25 MB.
OK – the sign said under 25 MB – so my images are way under that – what’s the problem?
Being under 25 MB is no problem at all – but having a small image is a big problem…
Let me explain:
Pixels is what is important when you want to print your image on a big canvas, paper, metal, tapestry, shower curtain, etc.
You can have an image that is 4000 Pixels x 6000 Pixels and that image can be 4 MB or it can be 25 MB.
No problem they are both going to print just fine up to a 60” image.
The problem comes when your image is small like 600 Pixels x 800 Pixels – Now, the bigger the product or print the blurrier and pixelated the image will be. The biggest image that can be produced is a 6” x 8” image. Not even worthwhile uploading to any POD site.
I’m not saying you need an 8000 or 9000 pixel image to upload to FAA – but guess what? That would be ideal.. A Duvet Cover Template is 8640 pixels x 8640 pixels for the perfect image.
Most of my images are 6000 x 4000 and that covers most products including up to a 60” print.
What size should you upload? I always say The Bigger The Better as long as it is under 25 MB.
NOTE: Your images should come out of your Cameras, Phones or Scanners as the largest size - you should never enlarge an image with your image editor.
Make sure your presentation is impeccable. When your artwork is poorly photographed / scanned, it says you don't value it. Take a look at your photos or scans and be honest with yourself about this. Is your work treated and shown as if it has great value? Give your work the treatment and presentation it deserves.
May 6th, 2020
One of my best selling pieces – Why? Because so many folks love Jimi Hendrix.
I took this photo in New York and then placed the Psychedelic mood in the background.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage. On songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile," his instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties – you can hear the riots in the streets and napalm bombs dropping in his "Star-Spangled Banner."
His playing was effortless.
There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it feels like it's all flowing through him.
The most beautiful song of the Jimi Hendrix canon is "Little Wing." It's just this gorgeous song that, as a guitar player, you can study your whole life and not get down, never get inside it the way that he does. He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don't appear in any music book. His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil.
There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn't really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he took what was to become Seventies funk and put it through a Marshall stack, in a way that nobody's done since.
It's impossible to think of what Jimi would be doing now; he seemed like a pretty mercurial character. Would he be an elder statesman of rock? Would he be Sir Jimi Hendrix? Or would he be doing some residency off the Vegas Strip?
The good news is his legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time. By Tom Morello
Rolling Stone DECEMBER 18, 2015
July 25th, 2019
"Blackbird" is a song by the Beatles, but performed as a solo effort by Paul McCartney, from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as "the White Album"). The song was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon and McCartney. McCartney has stated that the lyrics of the song were inspired by the unfortunate state of race relations in the United States in the 1960s.
In May 2002, following a show in Dallas, Texas, McCartney discussed the song with KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, saying:
I had been doing some [poetry readings] in the last year or so because I've got a poetry book out called Blackbird Singing, and when I would read "Blackbird", I would always try and think of some explanation to tell the people. So, I was doing explanations, and I actually just remembered why I'd written "Blackbird", you know, that I'd been, I was in Scotland playing on my guitar, and I remembered this whole idea of "you were only waiting for this moment to arise" was about, you know, the black people's struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It's not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it's a bit more symbolic.
Before his acoustic guitar set during the same US tour, McCartney explained that "bird" is British slang for girl, making "blackbird" a synonym for "black girl".
April 15th, 2019
A timeless 1927 classic prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.
Brought to life with vintage style art from David Dehner in a book entitled Desiderata "Desired Things".
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Wonderful Inspirational words to live by. A motivational book of comforting words and inspirational images will take you to a place of inner peace.
April 15th, 2019
Dancing Waters is a great coffee table book. Take a walk though a scenic forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania and view the calming, dancing waters as they flow over ancient rock formations and down thunderous falls. These images were captured in picturesque Ricketts Glen State Park, home to more than twenty waterfalls and beautiful Lake Jean.