art marketing research

Greetings to all you yapping visitors who comment and converse, those of you who roam in and out every so often, and the silent lurkers too. I appreciate all of you making the effort to surf into mi casa whenever you take a fancy to do so.  I have a favor to ask those of you who enjoy my efforts at visual arts.  Need to make some choices and decisions about pieces for printing. Am hoping a few of you will provide some information regarding what really engages you–what you really like enough that you might seriously consider one for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  So–if you explore the links to my energy-scapes or to shutterbug junkie and see something you consider appealing, please leave a comment here referencing the title.   It’s easy for me to pick what I like best–but that does not mean others will also like it. So–I’m trying to get some sense of what appeals to a random sampling of folks.  If anyone has a better notion about how to do a little market research of this sort, please don’t hesitate to educate moi.  Wish I could really serve everyone Kokot’s Spicey Chocolate Soup in return. Merci, gracias, thank you.


  1. blissbait said,

    November 2, 2009 at 1:44 am

    without using thought
    i’d pick what moves you deepest
    it represents you

    You seriously can’t f*%k this up! I say start with a couple or three that if Your house were on fire and You could only keep three of Your paintings/photos to show someone, which would they be? Then as those start to sell, add more and more. Everything will appeal to different people. It’s not a finite decision.

    Says this portion of the peanut gallery for whatever it’s worth!

    Cheers, Bon Voyage, Namaste, and thanks for being yet another person who’s inspiring me to get my s&$t together! 🙂

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      LOL–so Bliss, how is your s(*& coming along in the ‘together’ department? You’re right that different things appeal to different people. But I’m trying to get a sense of which appeal to the most for starters—all for the practical purpose of figuring out what to invest in printed reproductions for marketing. Everyone who has replied has given me some information to consider–and it’s all good. What is also ‘telling’ are the pieces folks cite as their favorits–helps me to know what is working for them–and perhaps for ‘silent’ others also.
      How’s your art coming along? You do any ‘hard copy’ pieces lately? Hmm? do it, do it! you know you want to!!!!

  2. The Juicer said,

    November 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Hello there…this space looks different! What other changes have I missed since I’ve been away? Lesson learnt 🙂

    You’ve posed this question to a ‘Focus Group’, one involved with your work and I believe one that is honest and well meaning. I think it’s a brilliant way to go about doing some market research.
    I checked out both your photographs and paintings, and I am moved by ‘Cool Dawning’, ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Swallows Wing’. Stirred and shaken they come, and take on their flights of fancy. Good work, and if I may say, well done!:)

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Big Apple photographer. Juice, thanks so much for your input. Yes, it is rather a focus group–and a diverse one too–I hope to serve as a sort of real ‘random’ sampling of tastes. “Stirred and shaken”–ha, that’s great!!! Much appreciate your feedback, Juicer. What’s new in your juice?

      • The Juicer said,

        November 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm

        I am divulging stories from my recent travels to SF and Hawaii…2 posts up and more to come on the weekend!
        How have you been friend? Missed being here. But was away. And so glad to be back!!:)

      • November 4, 2009 at 6:48 pm

        SF and Hawaii?!!! Oh Jucier! Jucier! I am so there to your casa asap! I adore parts of SF–never been to Hawaii–but I hear it’s DIVINE.
        I’ve been ‘away’ from blogland a lot too–sooo it goes.
        I hope your stories are illustrated by your photos. Oh yeah. Good times?????

      • The Juicer said,

        November 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm

        Oh yea..good times..(i hope this reply doesn’t sit on the top of the thread and confuse the hell out of ya :D)

        And now back to the grind:)
        Take care you, and don’t stay away too long!

  3. kseverny said,

    November 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    i’m adding shutterbug junkie to my blogroll

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

      Kokot! Hi. Thank you. I will try to add more photos to Shutterbug junkie soon. Any preferences? Nature? People?

  4. November 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Hello, 47… How’s it been going with you? Maybe this post would be better off in another section, perhaps. My attempts to delve into the mystery of “what sells” artistically has not been too successful. If it were, I would have long since quit my oh so fun day job at the Art School. LOL! Why am I laughing?

    Art I created “to sell” didn’t, or hasn’t yet. And art I made for myself, out of love (because that’s what will eventually sell…) sometimes has, and sometimes hasn’t…

    But I have noticed, if this helps, that a wide range of art styles, do, sooner or later, seem to find someone who likes them. My sister keeps telling me to go back to very colorful. I’m just not in that place. I’m in my “taupe” period! hahaha

    All of your pieces seem “printable” to me. I personally like Conception and Nirvana. But that’s a personal thing – wide palette sort of preference, brown period or not! LOL!

    Oh yeah, Below Above, too.

    And I have nothing against limited palettes. Don’t get me wrong.

    Blah blah blah. Enough out of me.

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

      For a taupe kinda guy at the moment, Haiku dude, you sure do pick the colorful pieces. MMMMM. Perhaps your sister has point regarding your work? Move into the richess of colors???
      Interesting that you think all the pieces are worth printing. Now, how about sixe? 8 x 10? 11 xx 14? small enough to be reasonably priced and yet still large enough for appreciating detail work?
      Thank You!

  5. bindo said,

    October 31, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The way I see it, and it is only my humble opinion, put in what rocks your boat…Everyone else?
    Well, they’re just everyone else.
    But I get it

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm

      What rocks my boat—LOL! Well, bindo, much ‘rocks’ my boat. The practical point is what ‘rocks’ anyone else’s. Hmm. What rocks YOUR boat? eh, dark poet?

  6. Deva said,

    October 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

    My favorite still is Whitewater Rising… and Nirvana. I like the “buddhist-feeling” in Nirvana. It’s relaxing and interesting at the same time. You want to look at it, explore it, and the colors are very clam and “silent”.

    Whitewater Rising I love because of the colors, but mostly because it is nature as I love it. The mountains rising from the sea, just like in my favorite place in the whole world. There’s this beach where the view looks like that. There’s never anybody there, so I sit forever and ever and just listen to the waves and look at the beautiful view. I never get to go there anymore, but you image takes me back there..

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm

      Oh Deva, your beach interests me very much. It sounds like a magical place that few are blessed to enjoy. I hope you do get to visit it in the near future. Merci for your thoughts.

  7. October 29, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Cool Dawning – is my favourite out of your paintings.

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you, Gabrielle. It does seem to catch a lot of attention from a variety of folks. I’m glad of it.

  8. October 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

    at first I didn’t know where you photos were, I thought it was some mysterious thing that everyone else knew about. but I found them! I love the nature one’s the best, stark and beautiful, leaves, rocks, and water. ‘roadtrip oasis’ is amazing. the elements come together nicely.
    you and y both have that ability to capture people in moments of authenticity – in their own environment.

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm

      Awww, Otto. Merci merci merci, for your comments. Moments captured–yes–and they’re all so fleeting. I’m glad you enjoy the nature images so much. I find them so difficult to catch and so rewarding when they surprise via the film and camera. Happy giggles to you.

  9. Lynn said,

    October 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oh and Swallows Wing was fantastic, looked like wet feathers to me. My least fav was one that had trouble finding again that happend to be painted in grayscale, but I have a weakness for color. After re examining them I see that we can add Abstract Impressionism or Surrealim to your mix of styles. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to participate.

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm

      O I have a weakness for color also. Swallow’s Wing–and the others like it are amony my favorites.
      I am wondering if the ‘grayscale’ piece you’re referring to is the Spirit Road from Wounded Knee. That is all in gray.
      Merci for all your insights, Lynn.

  10. Lynn said,

    October 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Regarding Market Research
    Okay, I enjoyed this post a lot. an opportunity to give my honest opinion as a self proclaimed art enthusiast! 🙂

    I began with Energy-Scapes:
    First of all, I can see you have real artistic talent. For the msot part, I love your continuing color scheme. It relates to me as beach cottage-y or sleepy beach town, could be caribbean-ish or even urban miami.

    My most fav was Below Above because it seems you’ve managed to combine the technique of pointillism (very nice when painting shading) with some classic impressionistic techniques as I see motion with definitive brush strokes… So it looks like your style could be called imclassionistic! (purely my term) I also enjoyed Perception, Nirvana and Tree of Light (but I couldn’t find it the latter when I went back)

    Hope this helps your research.

    • November 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much Lynn for all your feedback. Much appreciate your comments. Grins.

  11. lesliepaints said,

    October 27, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Swallow’s Wing. Why? The idea of depth and soaring. Probably because the color is so very vibrant and the repeated shapes of the bird and wing. Tree of the World because it literally moves and swirls. White Water Rising because of the title and shapes bring to mind a myriad of thought. Don’t know about market research. It does seem like bloggers hit my artwork that is more creative and a little quirky more frequently than they hit the nicely rendered more realistic pieces.

    • October 27, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      Leslie, much appreciate your choices and reasons–espeically in regard to Swallow’s Wing because there are several other pieces like it that have not yet been scanned. The appeal of ‘unique’ makes sense in regard to folks who are surrounded by ‘reality’ and needing something else. Merci for your thoughts and perceptions.

  12. ichabod said,

    October 27, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Hi 47whitebuffalo;

    I think your other art is great too! Wasn’t trying to say one was better than the other, but after reading this post, a few images you had captured kind of stuck out in my mind is all. 🙂

    • October 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      LOL–I’m not worried about anyone enjoying one over the other–just tryingt to get a sense of what is ”appealing” and what is not and perhaps “why”. Grins.

  13. ichabod said,

    October 27, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Hi 47whitebuffalo;

    I’ll take a look in a few days, but I am personally impressed with your photographic skills, there have been a number of them that you have shown here since I started visiting, and they are unique and poignant.

    Just thought I’d throw in my two cents for whatever its worth 🙂

    • October 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Ichabod–your two cents are much appreciated. Photography sometimes seems so much like what Leslie calls ‘happy accidents’ of time and place. Toss more pennies any time you’re so inclined. Thank you.

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