Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday!


I posted this painting on Facebook recently and it got good reviews. That's one of the cool things about social media, your "friends" can serve as your own marketing survey. While it can be said that people in these situations are always just being nice, I still make note when I get more than just a couple thumbs up.  I like to know what kind of painting seems to "strike a chord".. just for future reference.

Recently one of my friends told me that she doesn't approve of uploading art onto Facebook because of copyright issues. Hmmm, lots of very good artists do not seem to share her concern. What do you think? Do you like or loathe "social media"?

(Top photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Refuge, oil on 5 x 7 gessoed hardboard
(Bottom photo) "Good Reviews"



20 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Beautiful ... has a watercolor look to it. The colors are very appealing.

I think "social media" is a good thing. Did she not want you to post on your work on your web-site or blog either? Maybe its just me ...

Celeste Bergin said...

Hi Nancy,
Her concern is that Facebook "owns the rights" to your photos...at least that's what she wrote. I've have not investigated this...& when you see people like Richard Schmid and Jeremy Lipking etcetera etcetera uploading their art, somehow it makes it seem "not a problem".

Anthony Duce said...

I think the paintings great.
I wonder if having the art being viewed is more important to most artists.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

As artists we have to get our work seen by as many people as possible. If we are continually worrying about copyright issues then all online communication is suspect.
I think it's wonderful that we live in an age where we can make friends across the world and share knowledge and experience so easily.
The painting is great - I don't think your friends are just being 'nice'!

Marie Theron said...

I love the painting of water. The textures are very effective especially the grass. Cute of you to "preserve" the Facebook page! I often wish that some of my nice reviews were rather on my blog comments where it was more permanent!

AutumnLeaves said...

Those blues so well capture that still chilly air of early spring. Love the bright greens that signal the start of the new growing season too. Awesome piece, Celeste! I took myself off of Facebook a few months back. Sometimes I get a bit peeved when I seem some of the comments to my daughters so I figured it was best just not to see. Plus, when I was job hunting, it wasn't the best place to be seen. I did, however, have old art pieces posted on there...

graziano tessarolo said...

Ha avuto successo perchè lo merita. E'bello.
Ciao Graziano

Susan Roux said...

Social media? I think there's a lot to be said for it. People all over the world recognize our work and see us as artists. I don't know of an easier way to become known, no matter what your level of experience.

We're still learning what it can do for us. I have a friend who feels the same way. It's a strange fear. In the meantime while we're all getting to know each other, she's left in the dark, unknown.

By the way, you should know I wasn't just being "nice".

carolking said...

What a beautiful painting. I would like it a bazillion times on facebook.

But...personally, I am not a fan of social media. I'm too paranoid to put out into the universe any information about me.

Casey Klahn said...

The thing I hate most @ social media is the time it takes away. OTOH, my strongest reason for being on social media is that my masters (hero artists that I admire) wrote letters and they became critical to their legacy. Van Gogh, Degas, etc.

I do get a different perspective on my art via other's responses. Especially other artists, but also from patrons. I think the artist who misses this experience will need to find it elsewhere, such as at art fairs.

Yes, there is a lot of back slapping, but after a while there are ways to filter, and it helps me to learn @ this to try and make my own outgoing comments better.

Copyright? I am well aware that my images are being vacuumed up in a certain foreign country whose name begins with a "Ch" and ends with an "ina." I also know that the market for original, made by you, art is a small and rare pool.

The internet is the mode of the day for getting your art out there, and it is replacing the old ways.

L.W.Roth, said...

First: your painting is lovely. Lots of people would like it.
Second: If I was a forger I wouldn't be forging art that was posted on Facebook. I'd be copying an artist with a world-wide reputation who has definitive historic value--Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso-- someone who's dead and whose work has become limited and priceless. Your friend is kidding herself.

Jane said...

This is a great painting, has a good feeling .. It is true that Facebook owns the right to your photos, but maybe Anthony is right...and anyway, it IS important for an artist to show his/her art.

Montse said...

Paisaje muy bonito. Me parece precioso el primer plano. La gama de los azules resalta el conjunto de la obra.

Very nice lanscape. I think it is beautiful in the foreground. The range of blue highlights the whole work.

geraldo roberto da silva said...

Fantastic!

Jani Lori said...

Who knows what FB will do with all the photos it has it it's database in the future. With all there is to worry about in this world, I would think someone lifting a painting image from FB or any other social media is a small concern...and the painting is very appealing.

Art with Liz said...

This is superb Celeste, but then your work generally is terrific!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I have read that photos posted on FB can be used by FB. And I've had one photo snitched off my blog--there's always a chance.

I can imagine that people would copy your paintings because they're some of the best. I've read that your best protection is to keep the photos small. Your good reviews are well-deserved.

billspaintingmn said...

Celeste! I like this painting! It has a spring freshness. Also reminds me of a stained glass window. The colors are light & rich.


Social media is new to me, So I'm still getting an understanding of it. It's fun to see what Artists are painting. Also, the info I get
gives me ideas for new paintings.

Here, I get to enjoy art and some
inspiration!
I believe art is created by the artist, but belongs to the people.
It's a good thing. People need art
and art needs people!

GretaMichelle Joachim said...

This is a really nice piece of work Celeste. I wish I could share your experiences with social networking though. It seems that when I post work there are no comments. Makes me wonder if it's bad and everyone is too polite to say.

debra morris said...

Lovely!