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Art and the Internet: The Great Equalizer
I just had a nice chat with Hadyn Shaughnessy, who covers digital culture for the Irish Times. We were talking about how the advent of broadband in general and EBSQ in particular has helped change the landscape of the art world. I know that companies like ours help artists connect with each other in a way that wasn't possible as recently as a decade ago, and I know for me personally that it's been a pleasure getting out of the vacuum of creating art entirely on my own to being immersed in this creative community. Between that and mining the collective wisdom offered in our forums about selling, shipping, media, and philosopy, it's made a huge difference to me and my ability to sell my work for the prices I want to sell at and actually making a living at this. You don't have to live in New York or San Francisco any more to have an successful art career. And to me, that's simply amazing. 

Inistiogue Bridge by Jenny Doss

Inistiogue Bridge by Jenny Doss

And so I throw the question out to you: how has EBSQ changed life for you as a working artist?</font>

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angiereedgarner From: angiereedgarner Date: January 11th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

1) My EBSQ portfolio was my first web presence-- the first net place people could go to see an entire body of work of mine! I had extremely limited computer skills and EBSQ got me online. It is still extremely easy to find me online via EBSQ. I've seen this work for other artists too, of all ages. If you are to the point that you can write an email, EBSQ can help you figure out how to do the rest.

2) EBSQ has helped me understand the art market better. What most people like, what most people want, why one painting sells instantly and others are with me for years, even when as best I can tell they are of equal quality. Knowledge is power!

3) EBSQ has helped me build net skills to find collectors for my works-- collectors and works that aren't in the mainstream, aren't reached by more traditional art venues! I don't have to compromise my content because the internet is BIG. There ARE people out there who love what I do. EBSQ has helped me find them.

:D <------ Happy EBSQ member!

tagscats From: tagscats Date: January 11th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

art and the internet & EBSQ

ummm, yeah, what Angie said!!! I first discovered EBSQ when I was looking to possibly sell some art on Ebay, joined up, and it's been so incredibly helpful to me in so many ways! It's also so great to talk to artists all over the country, heck, the world, and get tips and pointers not just about selling and marketing but technique and critiques and just amazing support. The monthly shows also stretch my thinking and I've tackled some subject matter through those that I don't think I normally would have done, and that keeps my artwork interesting and challenging.

And, EBSQ is always looking for ways to help to promote its artists, and I'm grateful for that exposure. I'm proud to be part of this art community.
kris_jean From: kris_jean Date: January 11th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
EBSQ has:

1)Brought a more professional edge to my work and in how I present it. With the message boards (forum) I learned many tricks of the trade, I would have floundered for (for many many years to come)

2)Helped me on the realization of becoming an artist instead of a hobby-ist. It brought a single focus/interst to my life instead of the willy nilly way I aproached everything. It was great to know I wasn't alone in the strugle.

3)It stretches me to do better each time I put paint to canvas. With the ever changing shows/themes.

4)I've made many lifelong art friends. Where I live (a small town near Fort Worth) there is not a large art scene.........at all. I now have people I can bounce ideas off of. THIS IS HUGE! For some one who's previous art conversations (with others) included things like "it's blue", "yah I like it"

5)Exposed my artwork the world. Before some can learn my name or search it on the internet - they have to learn it from somewhere :D

I would be lost with my EBSQ
diana_potts_art From: diana_potts_art Date: January 12th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this question. Ditto on the answers above. It's very simple. The art world is not so intimidating for me because of EBSQ. I live close to New York and it has always seemed impossible to connect with the art world there although it has happened in spurts and sputs. Ebsq has turned into the coffee shop to talk shop in that I never got to do in New York. Don't get me wrong, I would still love to be shown in New York. But EBSQ makes the whole art experience more friendly. And being taught art as I was taught it originally was for freedom of expression not anything else.

In one sentence, EBSQ has made life much more comfortable. I can do my art freely. This gives me emotional freedom because of being connected to a community.

Diana
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Irish Times article

I'm really impressed by what you've managed to achieve. I spoke to an Irish Artist about EBSQ directly after speaking with Amie and his reaction was: Wow.Impressive.

I'll come back to this subject again so please keep your comments coming.
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