Digital Downloads – yes or no?

In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!

Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.

I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control? 

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This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!

Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!

Ephesus - copywright Red Door - copywright Stormy Lighthouse - copywright Tree of Life - Venice Cathedral - copywrightBoots and Flowers - copywright ETSY Castle interior - - Split - copywright ETSY Red barn n geese - copywright Masks - Venice - copywright Patriotic Space Needle - copywright Street Carnival Masks - Venice - copywright

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Horizons aren’t always flat

They said the earth was flat… until they explored it.  They said that man would never walk on the moon… until one day they did. If it weren’t for people dreaming BIG an taking chances, we would still be sitting in the dark with flickering candles eating dried out food with no or little seasoning.

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Why should we sit on the sidelines and let others do the cool creative stuff? The Pacific Northwest is knows for entrepreneurialism and those who push the envelope in artistic creativity. Artist like Chihully and Gary Larson started small and kept pushing their craft until they were recognized nationally. They took their passion to a whole new level and became successes in their own eyes and in the art field.

The daily plan we make for ourselves is not always a flat, easily attained one, but if crafted and executed with diligence, it will one day lead us to a success – our footprint in the sand of life.

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Octopus footprint

If you are in Everett this month – stop on by “We Do Art” for Art Walk or to introduce yourself to a few new Pacific Northwest Artists! See more information below.

Happy weekend!

~Angie

Our Monthly Artist Reception
We Do Art
March 15th
Saturday 4pm ~ 7pm
5612 Evergreen Way, Everett
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Guinnes
Presented by:
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way, Everett
Come Join the Fun
www.wedoart.net
Event Sponsors
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way
Artist Reception
Celebrating our Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
We Do Art cordially invites you to attend our monthly event:
Saturday, March 15th
Between 4 pm ~ 7 pm
We Do Art’s Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
I am an Artist – Photographer currently living in the Pacific Northwest. My three biggest passions are family, photography, and traveling. Growing up in a military family, I have lived in and traveled throughout the United States; as well as various destinations in North America, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.Photography: My passion for photography started in a traditional fashion with a 35 mm camera & dark room training while in Junior High. Over the years I have practiced capturing time thru the lens using the play of light, color, shapes, & uncommon angles as some of my main focal points. Since the summer of 2004, I have been successfully selling & exhibiting thru Art Shows, various retail environments, and Stock Photography sites. My hope is to share “Scenic Experiences” from around the world with my audiences thru my photographs. Perhaps I can help you relive a memory, or help inspire you to see something new.

Wanna-B-RockStar
Creations: Handcrafted Wine Charms, Zipper Pulls, Fan Pulls, and Neck Bling. All items made with a combination of high quality beads, semi-precious stones, nickel free charms, and founded/re-purposed items. Customizing and selling fun “Bling on a Ring” since 2008.

Locally you may purchase my art at:
We Do Art
5612 Evergreen Way
Everett

During the Artist’s Reception
The White Buffalo Saloon will be offering
Corn Beef & Cabbage, Red Potatoes & a Pint of Guinness for $7
Thank you for your continued support in helping local artists & small businesses.
We Appreciate You!
About Us

We Do Art is a contemporary Art Gallery  featuring 27 local Artists & Fine Craftspeople.

Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday

11 am~6 pm
Our Gallery has additional space available for classes & meetings  catered by the best pizza place in town:  The White Buffalo Saloon
If you would like to become a member of      We Do Art, please contact Beth Glass @     425-238-2585 or

 

$5 towards a large pizza at The White Buffalo Saloon Spend $20 or more in our gallery and receive a coupon for the best pizza around!

Letting the internet do it’s job!

First of all Happy June 1st everyone!! Can you believe we have crossed the 6th month mark today? We’ve seen a lot of changes this year. Artist friends of mine have been busy creating some fantastic pieces. Small businesses are coming to life again. And the internet is buzzing with changes in the social media area, as well as retail sites.

Anyone loving Pintrest as much as I do?? I really enjoy how visual that site is. It’s simple, straight forward, and it works form someone like me who wants to “pin in & leave it”.

 

Speaking of visual, here’s my newest images on iStock — you may recognize the Bear from the Olympic Game Farm! I’m letting the internet work for me & my photography these days:

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414705

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414642

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414628

 

Now your turn:

I’d love to hear about your new adventures. Drop a comment and include some links to your internet site &/or Social Media posts.

 

~Angie

Halloween memories…

I can remember my first exposure to the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It was in Kindergarten. I had a little yellow poem book that hosted excerpts from famous poets. How was I to know at this tender age of 5 that he was one of the most celebrated poets of the century? It seemed that from that young year on thru secondary schooling, the current English teacher would recite a poem of his around Halloween. Such macabre and fascination of the dark side of human nature echoed thru my brain as “heads were down & eyes were closed”… Remember this:

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’ ”

Taken from The Raven, first published in 1845

I still get shivers! There’s something to letting one’s imagination fill int eh blanks vs. letting the movie makers do it for me.  What are some of your early childhood memories of Halloween?

 

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Here are a few new Halloween items for sale on my Etsy site that won’t promote tooth decay, but will promote support of local artists & their imagination Enjoy! And as always, thanks for your patronage!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81844033/pirate-treats-zipper-pull

http://www.etsy.com/listing/83741385/special-price-friendly-spider-skull

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82033111/spooky-cat-zipper-pulls

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81243425/good-luck-dragon-necklace

http://www.etsy.com/listing/83380060/special-price-spooky-ghost-necklace

Skull Mood Bead - Zipper Pull