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Emails on FineArtAmerica groups

September 29th, 2017

Emails on FineArtAmerica groups

I'm sorry if I don't respond to the emails from groups as I only do that because I can't access them, I've had this problem for a while and they just say the page is lost or is not responding when it does appear it takes sometime for the details of the email to appear if they do at all and I have problems with the links from these emails to the groups page and discussions, so no I'm not being ignorant or lazy I just can't access them...sorry
Photo is of a lovely country cottage garden on Deeside in Scotland that I recently uploaded

Pages visited on discussion boards

September 29th, 2017

Pages visited on discussion boards

When I visit any discussion board, I always click on the like button of that work when I make a comment and if it's really exceptional and I want to look it up again I click the favour button, I don't put L V or F because I don't like that put on my pages so I don't put those indications on anyone else's pages, really the reason is if you comment that should be in your mind an automatic click on the like button, you might as well not comment if you do not click the like button, if you are commenting and are doing it because you feel you have to but don't really like the work, please don't comment what's the point, I don't really like the falseness of a lack of genuine feeling in comments on my work. I never comment on work I don't really like or they haven't bothered to straighten their picture or crop it properly or the HDR effects have blinded the picture of natural tones and shadows HDR works on some pictures that's ok but sometimes it ruins a picture an artist should see when that happens and have a rethink about the picture, it may need only slight shadow and light with colour adjustments, I don't like and comment on pictures that have no colour adjustments when they obviously need it as this is a buyers market and the buyer will see the lack of professionalism in a work. I never comment ever or are inclined to be pressurised to comment on someones work. When Someone favour's a picture of my work it automatically comes in my picture activity list so really you don't need to put a F in comments, when you pin it or Facebook twitter g+ yes indicate that. I'd rather you didn't put my work on there unless its already been put on those sites by me and youve seen it there, as I don't do this that's why you don't see the symbol of those SM sites in my comments, it takes too much time and causes crashes on my device when I try to do this. If I want my work on social media I like to chose what goes on there, because of this I respect other people's work and don't fling it around the Internet it may come back on me through spam reports and copying which has happened so I don't want to take that chance again, in all due respects I have good reasons not to use them in this way, so I just make genuine comments with no pressure clicking the like every time even clicking the like if I have no comment I really want to make on a work that I like, some I favour if they are exceptional and sometimes without comment when I have no time to comment, you will know I've done that in your activity listings, they really need to have who has clicked on likes in that but your liking remains private maybe that's a good thing. I don't or remove myself from discussion boards that pressurise me to make a comment or click like on all the work there, being pressurised into making false comments on work you don't really like is really a breech of ones freedom of choice and not very good for the buyers to see praise for obvious badly done work. Sometimes I don't comment on a subject that I don't like even if the work is good, that too should be your choice and not to be made to like a subject you don't like or even hate. I was on a board before FAA had new rules on these discussion boards that told me off for missing someone out and that they would remove me if I didn't comment on that work, they didn't have to remove me I immediately removed myself, I was disgusted by that it was like being told off at school and to be made to like something that made me cringe no way was I going to do that...I just hope FAA are not creeping back to those low standards I have seen someone say on some boards to click like on all the works, I think those boards should rephrase that to click on like on all the works that you like :) The Autumn picture of the Lakes above is on some discussion boards and I thank you for all the genuine comments made

Facebook, security and watermarks

September 29th, 2017

Facebook, security and watermarks

As stated in my last blog, Watermarks, this also applies to Facebook pages that I promote artists and their work, there is an alert on Facebook pages when someone downloads a picture and they have to get permission off the holder of the works, but on Facebook that doesn't always apply some items do slip through the net on there. Watermarks on the works will inhibit viewers with stealing the work in mind, also there is a limit of the amount I can promote on my Facebook pages as it does tend to crash when too many different people's photos are passed on as they do have considerable high resolutions, that's probably the basic cause of the problem. There is also a closed door on security, which is good, too many cross references though from twitter to other social sites causes chaos on Facebook's security and it does tend to cut out or crash. I'd rather just drop something in there now and then from here rather than from someone else's Facebook pages or twitter, my FB page address is here below for you to view if I have put any works on there, some of my work is on there too and other info about me as an artist.

Activity Centre and Prices

September 29th, 2017

Activity Centre and Prices

Continued from other blog on discussions: Why do we have to put up with all the work people we've been in contact with, their promotion of others in the activity forum on our profile page when the same face appears a trillion times promoting someone else's work it drives me bonkers to see it and hey, hell! how do I get rid of that blinking face on my activity centre...I ended up deleting all the faves I had of one particular person that calmed it down a bit but didn't get rid of it, I found more interesting stuff came through after that, these people that multiple promote not just their own and other people's work too much fill my activity far too much blocking out artists that I want to see..the only way to get shut of these artists that have trillions of stuff on my activity is to delete my comments on their pictures of which is impossible..it's ridiculous that we have to see our fav artist own personal favourites there is no need for that at all..we want clients really to see our work not other artists, I certainly won't buy art on here no chance of that no matter how much I like it, can't even afford to buy my own work as they're not that cheap even without my charges especially the greeting cards the basic charge is ridiculous adding my own charge makes them so much dearer...the new cushions are the only sundries items that are reasonable in price, but the artists profits are meagre to say the least, why don't they do packs of 5 in the greeting cards as the 10 packs are too much of one design, mixed packs would be even better..my family wondered why I didn't send my own greeting card this Xmas from FineArtAmerica as they look sensational I replied I couldn't afford such prices for Xmas cards it would have come up to about �100 or more for everyone even without my charges, others have said they would have bought my cards over and over but the charges were terrible and I keep my charges to a minimal I got $1.50 for my last card sale, I will have to bring them down further to $1.00 for a single card which is only 50pence in English money...FineArtAmerica charge too much for their services for cards giclee prints or not, the buying in bulk cheaper prices should be available for cards and mixed cards should be available I could go on...end of blog :) picture is one of my most viewed New Year Greeting used as a greeting card

Discussions and threads

September 29th, 2017

Discussions and threads

I've written this out on a discussion board about "Do you find long Discussion threads a Turn Off?"...this was my answer I then decided to copy paste and blog it as its all true and it did happen to me and this is how I feel as a human being come artist not as a clone that follows the crowd:

Yes is my answer as I can't stand a discussion that goes on forever and ever amen lol, most come to no reasonable conclusion, as for promoting art work discussions I can't stand big skips, they always crash on me, and those discussions you can't access through reply drive me spare as they don't really have it set up properly especially if you can't find the group they run on their page under groups, I don't like people plugging their health probs with their pictures on a thread to get people interested in their pictures it's an art forum not a health manual, can't stand looking at everyone's pictures on a thread got no time for that I need my time to see to my own stuff, I don't see the point of promoting other people's work I don't even know, I need my resources to plug myself in out there. you live and learn I promoted someone's work that turned out to be fake, that was such an embarrassment to me I was gobsmacked when it was reported that a so called photographer was using stock works on file that I was retweeting and voting for in contests, I like to be reserved really as an artist and that's how I am, if I promote or comment they have to really impress me and I need to trust that the work is theirs, also pin interest is a site were people copy our work, not purchase it, I refuse to put anyone else's work on there as I was told by them that it ws reported that work I promoted had been copied, also I won't promote work that has nudity in its galleries even tho the work ive promoted is a piece that is not nudity from these galleries as my wi fi and browser was blocked because someone reported nudity in my links...I had a fine old time sorting that one out, ironic as I don't and won't do any thing like that in any way in my art, I had to write to head office here about it to get it sorted. I find in public exposure and promotions to SM sites the innocent always get smacked in the face and the guilty go on smiling and getting away with it..end of discussion I've just had a rant, got it off my chest lol

To add to this why do we have to put up with all the work people we've been in contact with their promotion of others in the activity forum on our profile page when the same face appears a trillion times promoting someone else's work it drives me bonkers to see it and hey hell! how do I get rid of that blinking face on my activity centre?...This is another discussion blog on this subject also discussed will be on.FineArtAmerica charge too much for their services for cards giclee prints or not, the buying in bulk cheaper prices should be available for cards and mixed cards should be available I could go on...end of blog :) picture is one of my most viewed New Year Greetings used as cards

Watermark

September 29th, 2017

Watermark

I have put some people's work on my pin interest boards, in help with promotions of work that I truly like, I will not accept any now that don't have FineArtAmerica watermark, somehow we are advised on here that to have the watermark inhibits sales, I completely disagree with that as it protects our work from copying but does inhibit viewers who want to copy your work and print it themselves, or claim it as their own work, this is what is happening on pin interest as downloading of pictures is allowed on the site, so to protect myself I will not put any work on my boards that do not have a watermark and if the copying is done it won't come back to me as the originator of that pin, there are some that I have already pinned on the board without the watermarks they can stay unless I think there is a threat to copying of their work then I will remove them, if we state very clearly in our profile about the watermarks not appearing in final print it won't inhibit genuine sales at all and protects us from illegal copying, FineArtAmerica also state this, but they do need to put that statement in a better and bigger format, my overall advice to all artists on FineArtAmerica is that they should put the watermark on all their work and I do think that the company should make it a compulsory procedure. I have discovered since writing this that downloads are automatically reduced in resolutions to protect the artists as FineArtAmerica is not a download site like some others, but that does not stop the copying, they still do it as most want the image as screen savers for their phones as that doesn't require large formats, there has also been a bit of a scandal over some people setting themselves up in business with these illegal downloads claiming them as their site pictures...so be careful when placing your work on pin interest and make sure your name is attached to the work, don't use alias user names as these are not legal when making a claim over someone stealing your work on the internet and using it for themselves or their business

Twitter

September 29th, 2017

Twitter

I just connect with my everyday connections on twitter and celebrity friends, their followers like to follow me, especially when they like my tweets. I don't bombard them with my art, they just happen to see it on their travels as they view my page, I make sure it's only my art tweeted to my page not to any other page as it gets mistaken as the wrong artists works, that has happened to me and its a pain. I only tweet to my page other artists that I know and who don't have nudity in their galleries as this causes a ban to appear in my Twitter through some search engines. I talk about everyday items and mostly general conversation, I use humour and wit at times and be generally me, making sure no one will class me as a spammer, being me connecting with family and friends and people I want to connect with not who I'm told to connect with...I've got more followers than I expected, I talk about topics and make a comment on my fav celebrities quotes, it just comes out I'm a natural writer and I enjoy that and do it when I want to not when I'm pressured into it this works as people are generally sceptical and don't like anyone who plugs themselves in to a continuously live socket that won't switch off,
my twitter page access in tab above, picture is of Marianne Faithful used as a music CD or tape design called Summer Nights I designed for myself with choices of music for summer nights including Marianne Faithful

Groups blanking out

September 29th, 2017

Groups blanking out

To Administrator's of the various groups I'm in, If I'm not placing pictures regular in your groups or not making many or no comments or joining some discussion boards it's because they are blanking out on me, or timing out, or saying page won't respond and we will refresh asking me to sign in again, or blanking out altogether and returning to my home page, it's an ongoing problem and some pages are worst that others. So I've not neglected all the groups I'm in I just can't access them. Could it be the high resolutions of pictures in groups or the security on my device detects multiple links so shuts down, or both.
Picture above is a view of one of my lighthouse pictures from my visit to Scotland on the Galloway coast

Smaller Resolutions

September 29th, 2017

Smaller Resolutions

Sometimes my work is in smaller resolutions, I indicate this in descriptions most times, this does not mean that all my work is in smaller formats, it's just a few here and there so don't presume my work is all in that format, smaller formats are great in greeting cards and smaller prints and some smaller sizes in accessories, so really it's best to purchase them if you like a print in the greeting cards as the greeting cards are of good quality giclee prints and can be framed..smaller prints also look great as miniatures as well as a unique greeting, the picture above is a watercolour of my daughter that is in a lower format and is in great quality in a print that fits its size

Wi fi down

October 2nd, 2016

Administrator's of groups, If I'm not responding to groups or adding work to them or involved in discussions, it's because my wi fi is down, so bear with me until I install a new one...this one works now but pops off without warning I've had a lot of trouble today with it so it's very trying. I will let you all know when it's fixed..Thankyou

 

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