Posted on March 7th, 2011 No comments
Art collectors from around the world spend millions of dollars each year to get their hands on original art. They may buy a piece for their private collection or arrange to buy or sell a piece for a museum or other public display. No matter what you are looking for in a work of art, chances are it's available from somewhere – for a price.
The key, however, is finding the art that you want. You can sign up notifications from the auction houses, scour EBay, and spend time at estate sales trying to find the one piece of original art that will set your collection over the top. However, you may have better luck with using an art broker and you'll save a lot of time and energy, too.
Some of the most sought after pieces aren't only the grand masters that you would think of, such those by Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol, although, they are available, too. The art that is in very high demand today are many of the modern and contemporary artists of the past 150 years. Original art from the likes of Norman Rockwell, Peter Max, and Romero Britto are quite in demand and some of their works are quite rare. Peter Max, for example, is one of America's most popular living artists, and his work is found in the private art collections of five United States presidents. He redesigned the NBC peacock and was the Official Artist for the 1994 World Cup. Peter Max original art can be found in museums around the world, but there are many pieces up for private sale, too.
Romero Britto is an artist who's easily identified because of his use of bright colors and composition qualities of cubism. Much different from Peter Max, but almost as popular, these works grace the walls of many museums and private homes around the world. His work in the art world has been the inspiration for other artists and continues to grow in value with each passing year.
An art broker is certainly your best bet for finding some of the rarer pieces. You can even use one of the online brokers to find original art. It's a huge industry because of the high demand and brokers must now keep their prices very competitive. However, you must ensure that you use only a reputable broker. Some have been in business for decades and those are the online art brokers that you should consider. A certificate of authenticity should accompany any original art.
In closing, if you're looking for a new piece of art to add to your collection, consider contacting one of the online art brokers. You may pay less for their services and some off you the option of a "best offer" instead of the retail price. In many cases, you could save thousands of dollars for a Peter Max or Andy Warhol piece that you couldn't even find for sale in a traditional gallery.
Posted on January 3rd, 2011 No comments
Beware…here are 10 common mistakes I have seen new artists make over and over again.
THE TEN MOST COMMON MISTAKES A NEW ARTIST MAKES
1) THEY DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHO THE AUDIENCE IS THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO REACH.Can you identify your target market? Do you know their age group? Are they primarily male or female? What artists do they listen to and support? What image should you project to reach this audience?
2) THEY MISS THEIR "ONLY" CHANCE TO MAKE A GREAT "FIRST IMPRESSION". You only get one chance to make a first impression so the one you do make has got it make it count! Don't be impulsive of releasing you're recording, sending it in for evaluation or posting it on the social sites before it is ready.
3) THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO "PULL IT OFF" LIVE. You need to play out live as much as possible – but only when you are truly ready to do so. Nothing will hurt you more than to create excitement in your recordings and then fall on your face in front of expectant fans live.
4) THEY RELY TO HEAVILY ON THE OPINIONS THOSE AROUND THEM. I can't tell you the number of times I have been in preproduction with a band or artist who was trying to make a case for a song to be included on a CD because their aunt, uncle or next door neighbor thought it was a hit. Be especially careful not to make critical decisions based only on comments from adoring friends and family. Undoubtedly they are biased and will have a vested stake in your success.
5) THEY TRY TO LAUNCH WITH TO MANY SONGS. Even thought it's tempting, never give away all of your material at one time. You will be doing extremely well if you perfect three or four songs first. Always lead with your best material but make sure that your direction is cohesive.
6) THEY TRY TO BE COOL AND WRITE OBSCURE LYRICS OR WANDER TO FAR AWAY FROM ACCEPTED SONG STRUCTURE. It used to be very hip to write lyrics that people had to try and figure out by debating them amongst each other but unless you are a "druggie" band or writer re-incarnated from the 70's, it is much better to write you songs in the first person and try as much as possible to pack them with emotion and experiences others have felt and can relate to as well. Also, don't think it's cool to wait forever to get to the chorus or try a one-minute intro or guitar solo. Study pop structure and learn it. You can learn more about this issue at www.musicproshollywood.com.musicproshollywood.com
7) THEY JUMP IN TO SELF-RECORDING THEIR MUSIC WITHOUT ANY RECORDING EXPERIENCE. Obviously, the best option if you can afford it is to use an experienced recording engineer to record and mix your music. This may not be possible and today it is so tempting to make tracks on computers and bang them into a sequencer or hard drive system, put on a vocal, do a quick mix and call it a master. In order for your recordings to be competitive against the big artists that do have the great sounding tracks.
8) THEY RELEASE VIDEOS OF THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY ARE READY. Again, because the net offers such quick access to social sites, you may be tempted to start posting videos of rehearsals and performances before they are ready to be seen. You must make certain that what you are putting up is doing you justice. Remember, every time you post something or send it to someone you are inviting yourself to be judged.
9) THEY ARE TO ANXIOUS TO SIGN "ANY" CONTRACT. If you sign an agreement too early with a local manager, agent or your bass player's father, you will pay dearly for it later when you need to get out of it in order to sign with real professionals who have the experience, contacts and leverage to make it happen for you. This is not to say that someone with little experience cannot work hard and get you to the top, but to make it as a world-class artist, it will happen faster with a professional team behind you.
10) THEY ARE IN A HURRY TO SIGN WITH A MAJOR. The decision to submit your material to a major is a tempting one and the tendency of many artists is to care more about chasing and getting the "deal" than the financial ramifications of what the deal means in the future after they've signed it. Most artists don't realize the facts until too late,Be smart and polish your "diamond" first, it might be priceless!
Posted on October 21st, 2010 No comments
Awards are supposed to be prestigious and much-sought after, no matter what field one is in. In music, awards serve as the validation for an artist’s talent. More than a hit song or a best selling album, an award proves that an artist (or just about anyone involved in the production of the music) has got what it takes to last in the business. Regardless if it has something to do with local talent, writing lyrics, creating music-awards are obviously important. But one award in the music industry is considered both a blessing and a curse: the Grammy Best New Artist Award. This category in the most prestigious award in the business is for artists (solo singers, groups, or bands) who attained public recognition for a particular year. The award cites general achievement-the talent of the artists and the quality of the music and the lyrics of their songs, among others. So whether an artist excels in one of these areas (music, talent, lyrics) or an artist excels generally, this category recognizes them.
Yet, in the history of this category, not all winners ended up being successful in the business, despite the fact that the winners of this category are arguably talented and exemplary. In fact, a quick look at the list of winners in this category would reveal that most of them are better than some of the popular artists today. While their local talent may be subjected to criticism, their music and their lyrics were impeccably created, and the production value of their albums almost always amazing.
Lauryn Hill, for instance, became a famed artist because of her first-and only-album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won the Grammy Best New Artist Award. A former member of The Fugees, her songs and lyrics are marked with unbelievable quality. Note, for example the lyrics of her most famed hit as a solo artist, “Doo Wop (That Thing)”: “Talking out your neck sayin’ you’re a Christian / A Muslim sleeping with the gin / Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in / Who you gon’ tell when the repercussions spin.” Although, she never followed her much acclaimed album, Hill’s songs and lyrics are still remembered until today.
On the other hand, Milli Vanilli is perhaps a textbook case of artists who experienced the curse of this award. To be fair, their songs and lyrics did show sparks of brilliance. The lyrics of their song “Blame It On The Rain” used simple metaphors in more unconventional but acceptable ways. Of course, their failure later on was probably caused by the fact that the two fronts of the group did not do the actual singing.
But not everyone received the awards experienced this curse. The artist who won the award after Milli Vanilli became the third best selling female artist of all time-no other than Mariah Carey. The recent recipients of the award were more privileged too, since most of them are currently having spectacular careers-Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Alicia Keyes, Carrie Underwood. These artists have great sounds and artistic lyrics for their songs. This goes to show that while an award may be important, talent (not to mention great lyrics and music) is what matters to the listening public.
Posted on October 3rd, 2010 No comments
Copyright for Artists was written by an attorney and jeweler. It is over 30 pages long. It contains specific illustrations, graphs, links, resources and information for artists about how to protect their arts and crafts.
Copyright for Artists: Quick and Easy Copyright Protection