J Is For Joker

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Digital computer painting created in Photoshop CC – All Rights Reserved: TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia.

You can see some of my art products here:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/sweetsexycurves

Also offering a special:  Deck out your device with 15% off smartphone cases & laptop skins. Use code DEVICE15.

My Art Facebook is here:  https://www.facebook.com/Trinton.TrinityHawk

Come have a look and like my page.  Let me know you have been there and leave me a comment.  I handle everything personally and will be happy to comment back to you.

I maybe setting up an Etsy and/or Ebay site soon, I let you know when this occurs.

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Astrology Throw Pillows Coming Your Way!!!

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As I stated in one of the previous posts I have a lot of new things in the works.  One of them is an online store where I can sell my art work as everyday products, such as: Throw Pillows, Clocks, Shower Curtains, Etc.

Some of the designs are Astrology Pillows – Prints – Shower Curtains – Phone Cases/skins – Lap top skins – Ipad cases/skins – Clocks and more at my store: http://society6.com/TrintonGarrett Aries, Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus, and Gemini at this time more to come.

I am working on Leo now, so Leo will be posted sometime today or tomorrow.  If you would like to have another astrology sign posted soon send me a message and let me know and I get to it as quickly as I can.  First come first serve.  But all of them WILL be posted eventually.

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Below are just a couple more examples of what is available:  “Fuzzy Wuzzy Vamp Hoddie (all products here in this blog are also available as other products), and a Tardis starry night clock.

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Been Working Hard

Been working hard and planning for a new grand-baby who will be arriving in July.

I am looking into trying to figure out how to get some of my designs excepted and promoted by a fabric company but so far haven’t had any luck. If any of my readers know how to go about this please send me an email – trinton@trinityhawkphotography.com

I am also now selling some of my designs on Society6.com:  http://society6.com/TrintonGarrett  – You can get my designs as cell phone cases, throw pillows, shower curtains and more!!!! Come on over and check it all out!

I am a new member and partner with an art origination here in Buffalo, The University Heights Arts Association: UHHA – they are an arts origination that help connect business, community and local artist together.  If you are a local artist in Buffalo, NY area or surrounding area – please feel free to contact me and I give you details on how you can get involved!

uhaaPlease, free to check out my Society6.com:  http://society6.com/TrintonGarrett site or any of the updates on my main site: www.trinityhawkphotography.com  Or even come on over to our FB page and check us out and like us:  https://www.facebook.com/Trinton.TrinityHawk?ref=hl

Lots of changes:

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Lots of changes have been taking place already this new year, 2014: Biggest change is I am moving out of the studio space I have occupied for more then two years. Main (ST)udios is changing as well and renovating into a space I feel won’t fit my needs, so I am moving out. Right now I will be working mainly out of my home while much of my finished art will be stored in a storage unit and sold on a website I am working on and Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrinityHawksMinishop.

I have a new Assistant – she is young and a very intelligent lady who is very much a go getter. We both are looking forward to once this move is finished, getting down to the business of creating art. I am going to teach her how to create art on the computer, my families traditional bead work, and I have already said I am going to put her to work on organizing my receipts and paperwork – to which she actually was excited about. – go figure – LOL

My Heart daughter has gone into the hospital today, 1/8/2014 to have her daughter. We are all very excited about this addition! Plus, my biological daughter found out she was expecting at Thanksgiving, gave us yet one more thing to count as a blessing. She is due in July, would be wonderful if she had my grandbug on our wedding anniversary (which happens to be my mother’s birthday) July 11th.

Our family has several birthdays in July, so if this little one wants its’ own birthday, s/he has some work to do to miss hitting a birthday *chuckle*. week12

Back to the fact that I am leaving my studio behind, part of what made this decision for me is the fact that I have been reinstated for SSI (supplementary Social Security). The government acknowledged once again that I am disabled due to my Fibro, RA, debilitating Cupual Tunnel, and back issues. However, I only get SSI not full disability because I am self employed have been for numbers of years and do not have enough “credits”. These are credits they mark down on your record for how long you have worked apparently, and according to their “records” I haven’t worked enough hours in my life to qualify for full disability.

However, I have worked in some fashion or another since I was 11/12 years old. The thing is to prove this fact is not one that is easy to do, and in my case at 46 years of age, is nearly impossible. As my wife and I have learned the Government does not keep very good records, they lose records regularly, and one MUST read what is sent you not just take for granted they will know what is going on. We received paperwork recently that said I was addicted to Vicodin, she hadn’t worked at all in June of 2013, and that I reside in a subsidized housing (um no I don’t).

So, with all this going on and needing to constantly be on the alert and keep the paperwork trail correct for the government we have decided it would be best if I go part time and retire part time. We will see how this plan works out..as we all know I am a work freak and do not sit still very well.

feelpeace In the center of all this I am continuing my meditation and trying to find my peaceful center. For I know to find the peace is to find that place where everything will fall into place. I also know that the perfect diamond in all its’ beauty and uniqueness is created from Charcoal under stress and pressure other wise it only remains dark, black charcoal.

I will keep you updated on how the changes are coming along – until that time here is one of my new pieces:

"Flight of The Butterflies"

“Flight of The Butterflies”

I hope you like it. Feel free to lave comments and thoughts.

Peace and Happiness to one and all – blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

Illustration vs. Fine Art

Greetings My Blog Readers and Followers:

I once again apologize for such a long pause between posts. I have had one electronic issue after another this past few months, two hard drives crashed, a lap top crashed etc.  I have felt like I am in the middle of a electronic apocalypse.  Instead of my electronics taking over they have refused to work for me to the point of crashing, right down to the point of refusing to turn on and losing all my art work and data.  My electronics are killing me slowly by killing my data right in front of me.   Thank goodness that I have a client I work for writing and posting fashion blogs, www.fashionmania.com, because she came to my rescue this weekend. 

 

The topic I wanted to write about is one a fellow artist and I have been discussing and debating about and that is what is the difference between Illustration and Fine art.  This is a debate that has been going on for years in the art world.  Some of the definitions I found on the internet are:

The distinction lies in the fact that art is the idea (brought to life) while an illustration is a depiction (or explanation) of an idea.

In modern illustration the intent is most often the selling of a product.  When something noble is put to ignoble ends, there is a deterioration of value.

According to Illustrator Robert Weaver who once stated;

Until the illustrator enjoys complete independence from outside pressure and direction, complete responsibility for his own work, and complete freedom to to do whatever he deems fit– all necessaries in the making of art– then illustration cannot be art but only a branch of advertising.

As many different styles of art there is such a fine line between these two styles, according to my art class an Illustration is an aspect of the imagination that subordinates itself to a story or concept in order to realize a visual equivalent of the verbal idea. Illustration is description executed in a graphic manner rather then literal mode.  Whereas artists and illustrators commonly work from the same stock of ideas, they both work from imagination, yet the artist use imagination in its purer sense; – not to describe visually what can be described verbally within a story, but to compose with a more essentially pictorial logic, thinking through images not words.

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To me illustration art is more pictorial drawings, and fine art is more imagination centered, from the artist imagination for the viewer’s imagination. This is not to say that fine art does not have a specific meaning or came from a muse, but when viewed the viewer can walk away with their own emotions embedded within the art work not just the specific meaning that is story derived.  Take some of the Fine Art Greats;  Van Gogh – his works were taken from the world around him but also from within his own head. He saw that world around him,  took it in, “twisted it around” before allowing it to flow out to his canvas.  Yet, each of us view his work and are moved by our own world of emotions, which we embed into his world painted there on the canvas.

Yet,  a great Illustrator like Boris V. takes his paintings/drawings from models and stories that is given to him, such as a,  story board music album, books, etc. and places it into picture.   This is not to say that either Van Gogh or Boris V. are better at being an artist then the other, they are different styles of art.  One moves moves the viewer emotions and the imagination of the inner being, while the other stirs excitement and the imagination of the story.

starrynight When you look at Starry night you see a small town under a swirling sky and a bright starry sky in the presence of a looming dark mountain, with out Van Gogh’s title “Starry Night”, however, the viewer may of come up with other ideas of this pictures such as stormy night, due to the swirling paint strokes of white and the stream of smoke coming from the chimneys.  There is no back story, no story line, just visual imagination which leaves the viewer to feel the emotion within the painting and develop a story deeper within the painting.

 

magicring While Boris V. Painting “Magic Ring” could be titled by a laymen, by simply looking at the painting/photograph.  The model is holding up her hand and pointing her fisted hand out to a flying dragon and magical force is emitting from either her fist or a ring she is wearing.   So, the painting itself is centered around this one force, this one item which is the center of the story line, which in the long run is the center of the illustration.  You can learn more about Boris V.

What do I think?  I think there is no real difference, I think that line between Illustration and Fine art is a romantic illusion.  This line between Illustrator and fine art has nothing to do with the talent of the artist, or the quality of the work, or its morality, or its intelligence, or even the style of art.  It is far too easy to identify examples of illustration that are superior to “fine” art in each of these categories, just as it is easy to identify examples of fine art that are superior to illustration.  It hardly takes any effort to puncture any of the theories that have been put out there about these two works, or the categorical distinctions between the two types of work.

The art world creates this illusion due to the class and economic status of the artist, the art world is made up of networking, who knows who, and who can afford what.  Fine Art Artist get noticed by those who are able to travel more often, pay submission fees to get into more art shows, belong to more art committees, art networks, etc.    Illustrators are those who work in the field that take commissions, produce prints, etc. – in a sense mass produce as much as possible.

Take for example;  For the first 30,000 years of art, artists were able to earn a decent living working for kings, priests, pharaohs and popes.  Art was commissioned for temple walls and public spaces.  It adorned palaces and royal tombs and the homes of aristocrats.  Then kings began to disappear from the earth.  Popes stopped commissioning new art.  They were replaced by a new commercial class, fueled by the birth of capitalism and the invention of the corporation.  This class became the new patrons of arts. It’s important to emphasize here that although art buyers and subject matter changed, the quality of the work did not.

Artists adapting to the new business realities yet they found two paths:

The first was to produce what we now call “fine” or “gallery” art for the private class and corporate art collections.

The second path opened as a result of the newly invented printing press: rather than selling a picture to a wealthy patron,  artists could now make multiple copies of a picture and sell them for smaller amounts to larger numbers of (less-wealthy) purchasers.

Looking at it this way, Illustration could be considered any artwork that is mass produced or which uses technology to create it, because I assure you if this option had existed during the golden age of Greece or the early Italian Renaissance, the greatest artists would have taken full advantage of it.  In fact, when the invention of etching first emerged, some of the greatest artists, such as Durer and Rembrandt, quickly embraced it, and Rembrandt turned to etching as away to sell multiple copies of a single image to Dutch Merchants. In this sense, this would make Rembrandt an Illustrator as well as a Fine Artist, No?

Perhaps the real definition between the two arts is Illustration Art generally reaches a broader audience while selling for lower price, and Fine Art reaches a smaller audience while selling for a much higher price?

I have always considered myself a Fine Art Artist – but during my discussion with my fellow artist he defined me as an Illustrator – once again that fine line waving back and forth…

What is your thoughts on the differences of these two arts?  Those who have seen my art, which would you title it?

Please come check it out!

I have been busy with a back injury but also with two sites that will hopefully make some money in around about way of getting my art noticed.  AS my blog is not getting even a single donation (there is a donation button to the right).  I also sell ad space for $5 a spot that includes the ad being created for you.

But, until then =  Please feel free to click the link (s) and cruise my art sites I am working on to show of my variety of art work.  Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or two.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/trinitysdesignsphotos/sets

http://www.artwanted.com/trinityhawk

http://trinityhawkphotography.crevado.com/

Unscheduled Absence & Some Truth Telling:

Unscheduled Absence & Some Truth Telling:

I want to apologize for being missing in action for so long – I have been dealing with some medical issues and some family issues which have kept me from posting.  

I have been working on a few art pieces and a few filters when I have been able – those long sleepless nights – while sitting letting my mind go over issues, worries (which I know worries only borrow trouble) and trying to calm the pain which has decided to rack my body the past few weeks. 

When I am overwhelmed with so much I sometimes forget where to turn and start to spiral downwards. Today, this morning as I was doing my “make the bed – sit down and breath, let the pain subside – vacuum one room – sit down and breath, and let the pain subside etc..on and on –  It came to me that my ancestors did this when they were hurt many years ago.  Yet, they added one more step that I have forgotten to add in my daily routine – to help my recharging and healing.

Reach out to the great power – study what my greater power would do in a time like this (or have me do).  Find time to be spiritual.

What do Buddha’s teachings say about great times of pain and suffering?   He teach us that during great times of suffering we are working our way towards ending that suffering or we can wallow in the suffering.  There are 8 steps in ending the suffering.

1. Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha–with wisdom and compassion.

I myself, must admit I am having some problems with this first step, more so then I have in a long time. I am really struggling with looking at the world through Buddha’s eyes with Wisdom and Compassion.  I see the world full of Hatred and Greed.  Human’s that are Greedy, Ugly Individualistic Beings.

2. Right Thought. We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good, strong characters.

Due to struggling with 1.  – 2. is also a struggle. I am generally a very positive thinker, very passive and straight forward person.  Think of what you want your outcome to be and work towards it.   Yet, do to my struggling with the first step in this focus –  this 2. step has started to faultier and I am losing my hope and dreams in all my passion in life.

3. Right Speech. By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.

*smile* – I do this still but it is, in all honesty, a mask.  But, a well practiced mask.

4. Right Conduct. No matter what we say, others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves.

This is not a problem generally – even now.  I try really hard not to criticize others.  For I feel their decisions and path are their choosing, not mine.    Even if I am feeling as I am now, and I feel a remark near the front of my mouth, I bite my tongue and say not what my mind says. For it is not my place, I have had to many people criticize me be it their place or not.

5. Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, “Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy.”

*chuckle* – will this by any means is not a problem.  I am not working and that which I have chosen for a job seems to be the butt of everyone’s joke.

6. Right Effort. A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and having good will toward others. This also means not wasting effort on things that harm ourselves and others.

I have tried to live this step for awhile now – giving and giving and giving and this is what lead me back to step one feeling the way I do.   I am drained!  I like to give and see the joy of those who truly appreciate it.  Yet, even they do not truly know how to give back in kind so that my energy is not depleted.  My family suffers finical, physically because everyone EXPECTS  good old T to do it for free!  To be the good ol boy!  Even those who do not know me all that well.  Those who say they are my friends and get all up in airs when “others” do the exact same thing.  Then they will turn around and ask for “favors”, for “help”  all out of the name of “friendship”.  Yet if I did such a thing I would be expected to pay for the service or they wouldn’t have the time.   So, perhaps I haven’t learned what “The Right Effort” is yet?

7. Right Mindfulness. This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds.

I suppose I am learning this all over again.  I thought I knew what this was and practiced it.  But looking over the upper numbers in these lessons – perhaps I do not.

8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.

I use to be able to do this, my mind is wild these days.  I feel like scratching my brain out of my head at times just to get it to quite down.   I do not sleep and I barely eat.  Even when I am asleep my mind is continually going.  I need some quite time…  This is another reason why I have not done much creation, much art. 

I am working on being back in sync mentally, physically and spiritually – but until then my posts may be a bit scarce – I will post as I can. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INFRINGEMENT 2013 FESTIVAL OPENING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Main (ST)udios To Host Infringement 2013 Festival Opening Reception

July 26, 2013 6 -9pm!

Buffalo, NY 14203 – July 26, 2013 –   Buffalo Infringement Festival Annual art show is once again being kicked off from July 25 through August 4, and Main (ST)udios will be hosting the exhibit from July 18, for any who would like a sneak peek, through August 4th.  There will be an opening reception on July 26th from 6-9 pm open free to all the public!

Buffalo Infringement Festival 2013 and Main (ST)udios opening reception will be open to the public free of charge.  There will be everything from 2d art to Infringing on Fashion show which will show the different aspect of fashion art. There will also be refreshments and the local artist will be on hand to greet visitors and answer any questions.

For more information please feel to contact Main (ST)udios Gallery/Artists’ manager Erica Eichelkraut at:  (716) 866-6603 or info@mainstudiosbuffalo.com  You can also find more information here: http://mainstudiosbuffalo.com/ or http://infringebuffalo.org/

Reblogging Marketing Artist Marketing Tips Dot Com

I belong to several newsletters and blog sites and this week I am going through http://www.artistmarketingtips.com/ and re-reading their series of newsletters about artist profiles and how to market your artwork online.  I will re-blog their work and make sure to credit their site through out the blog. That way those who would like to check out their website and newsletter may.

 

Week 1: Building An Online Portfolio

Building An  Online Portfolio

      The best place to start with this series is to talk about

building an online portfolio

      . Every artist/photographer that wants to market their artwork, needs to start with a good online presence – and why not? Portfolio websites are easy to setup and so inexpensive, there is no excuse for not having one!
    Your online portfolio displays your artwork to the world. It also allows others to contact you and gives buyers the chance to purchase your artwork.

What Is Your Purpose for Being Online?

    The first question you must ask yourself is, why do you want to be online? The answer to this question will help you determine what type of online portfolio you look for. There are typically three responses to this question: Sell my artwork, display my artwork or participate in an artist community. Some artists want to have all three. Once you have defined your online purpose, you should look to create an online portfolio that will accomplish your goals.

Two Types of Online Portfolios

      All artist websites basically boil down to two types…1) Artist Community Websites and 2) Custom Artist Websites. Here is a brief description of each:

1) Artist Community Websites

      allow the artist to upload his/her artwork into a online portfolio at little or no cost. Normally these community websites have hundreds (or thousands) of artist members, who display their artwork together and interact with each other. Art community advantages include: Low/No setup cost, high amount of traffic, rich set of features, built in e-commerce shopping cart, artwork feedback, the ability to interact with other artists and much more. Each website has it’s own list of features/benefits. Pick the website that aligns with your goals and has the features you are looking for.

ArtWanted.com

      is an example of an art community website.

2) Custom Artist Websites

      are unique and custom built for the artist. Normally these websites have their own ‘dot-com’ web address (ie http://www.ArtistName.com) to make them more personal and easier to remember. Custom websites are good for artists, because you have full control over the exact look and feel of the site and they will only contain YOUR artwork. However, custom websites are normally more expensive to build/maintain, web programming knowledge is required to keep the site updated and they usually get far less traffic than a community portfolio. Some artists drop their art community website, once they have a personal site. This is a big mistake! You should still upload some of your artwork to one or more art community websites. Then use your community website to gain exposure and point visitors back to your official website.

TIP:

    Get the best of both worlds. Register your own dot-com website address (for under $10/year) and then point it to your community portfolio website.

How Many Websites Should You Have?

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      This is a common question we get asked by artists.

The answer is…

      you should have as many portfolio websites as you have the time to maintain. For some artists, this may only be one website. For other artists with more time on their hands, posting your artwork on multiple websites will always increase your exposure and potential buyers.
    For example, if you wanted to advertise a new product on TV, wouldn’t you rather advertise on three TV stations, instead of just one? Marketing your artwork is no different. The more places you can post your artwork, the better!

What Should Your Online Website Contain?

    Every portfolio website is different, but there are several things that all artist websites should have. Here is a quick list..

  • Your Artwork – This is a no brainer. You are an artist, so you better show off your art (or photography) on your website. Your website should showcase your BEST artwork. Remember, your online portfolio is not a collection of everything you have ever doodled which dates back to elementary school. It’s a place to show off how talented you are, so make your pieces count! If you have a lot of art on your site, break your artwork into categories, so your website visitors can see the many styles/subjects you have made.
  • Artist Bio – If people are interested in your artwork, then they will want to know a bit more about you. You need a spot on your website to toot your horn. Talk about your schooling, your experience, past clients you have worked with, your philosophy, hobbies/interests and anything else that will help someone get to know your better. You should also use this area to promote any galleries or exhibits you may be featured in.
  • Contact Information – What’s the point in having a website, if people can’t contact you? At the bare minimum you should allow people to e-mail you from your site, but if you are interested in selling your artwork, you should include additional contact information, such as your phone number or mailing address.
  • Fresh Content – If you went to a clothing store every month for 4 months, and it never had anything new, would you come back on the 5th month? Probably not. The same concept applies to websites. You need to continue to post new artwork and new content on your website to keep your visitors coming back for more. Even if you don’t have any new artwork, at least have a blog/journal that your fans can read and see what you are up to. If your website gets stale, you can kiss your fans good-bye.
  • Other Ideas – Here are just a few additional ideas to get your brain going. Let your visitors sign-up for your newsletter. Post tutorials or step-by-step photos on how you have created a recent piece. Offer advise to new artists. Create a blog, so people can see what you are up to. Encourage visitors to bookmark or share your website with others. Post links to other websites that contain your work. Feature specific artwork or products that are new or on sale. Over the next few weeks, we will be talking about some of these ideas more in-depth, so you can see the power of marketing.

Promote Your Website Everywhere!

    We will be talking about this topic multiple times throughout this course. What’s the point of a great website, it no one knows about it? You should advertise your portfolio website anywhere and everywhere. Make sure it’s listed in your e-mail signature. Tell your friends and family about it. Print your website address on your business cards and all other marketing materials. Talk about your website on your social media website (ie Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.) Print personalized products (t-shirt/hats/mugs) that advertise your website address. Mention your website on your voice mail message. Bottom line, you want to drive everyone to your website, because this is where they can see and purchase your artwork.

Track Your Website Statistics

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      Once you have a website, it’s important to make sure you have some kind of statistics tracking enabled. How many people are visiting your site. What artwork did they like? How long did they stay on your site? Did your gallery showing increase visitors to your website? Did your last e-mail newsletter bring in new traffic? Are people browsing and not buying? All these questions and more can be answered by having the proper statistics tracking for your website. You can then use this information to give your art fans what they want.
      Most community websites have basic statistics tracking enabled for your online portfolio. Some websites offer very detailed reports of your website traffic. If you own your own website, then you will need to install some type of web analytics program to track your website activity. You could spend thousands of dollars a month for an excellent statistics engine, but lets not go there now. Google offers a free statistics engine for your site called

Google Analytics

      that is actually quite powerful. For more information, visit:

http://www.google.com/analytics/

Homework

      Yep, that’s right, you WILL have homework in this course. What’s the point in learning how to market your artwork, if you don’t put any plans into action? Don’t worry, your homework will be light and will leave you plenty of time to use your right-side of your brain to create new artwork. This week’s homework is:
  1. Write down your purpose for being online and the goals you would like to accomplish.
  2. If you don’t already have an online website, get one! If you already have one, review what you have and see what you can do to improve it.
  3. Update your website this week with at least one new image or one new blog post.
  4. Add your website URL (link) to your e-mail signature.
  5. Review your website statistics (if you have them) and see what images/sections are the most popular.

I Have Been WonderGhosted!

I hung out with a friend, another artist, for awhile this afternoon.  We ran a few errands, I showed him my studio and he tried on my black feathered wings (that I have at my studio).  That is when the real fun began.  What do you think is going to happen when two deep thinking artist get together?  LOL Light hearted art of course!!