Interview With Greg Long, Professional Artist

Here is another artist interview that was originally posted in my ebay blog. As both an artist and art collector, I am a firm believer in supporting the arts and living artists.  I thought it would be fun to do a series of interviews with other self-representing artists in order to showcase their work and broaden awareness of original art by living artists. The artist interviewed here in this post is Greg Long, who goes by the ID gregs-palette on ebay.

Amy Solovay: Hi Greg! Thanks for being interviewed. To start us off, please give an example of one photo that most closely represents your personal style of work.

Greg Long’s Response:

Original Painting By Greg Long

Amy Solovay: Wow! That is such a gorgeous koi fish pond. LOVELY! Vibrant, beautiful colors. I love it!

Please briefly tell us about the art that you offer to the ebay community, and a bit about your creative process.

Greg Long: I usually offer studies that I am finished with, or sometimes older works that are cluttering up my studio. These are sold at studio discount prices and are typically no more than 50% of normal prices, sometimes auctions are even 25% of RRP starting.
I tend to work on a series of paintings until I find I cannot go any further with it, or I find something more interesting to me.

Amy Solovay: What sets your art apart from the other artists on ebay?

Greg Long: Most of my work is to quote Government officials “of artistic & cultural value” and would be more finished than many artists work. This is due to the fact that the ebay market tends to be bright and eye-catching works at a lower value, and selling through ebay would not be economical with paintings that can take 9 or 10 weeks.

Amy Solovay: Are there any artistic movements that you strongly identify with?

Greg Long: Probably the impressionist movement as the light is my main love.

Amy Solovay: Do you have any art appreciation or art collecting tips or tidbits that you’d like to share with us?

Greg Long: Art is more than a piece of furniture, it should be an investment.
Avoid cheap paintings and those that are ‘ordered to size’, most are sweat-shop paint-by-numbers hand painted ‘prints’. Search for artists with some background information, these will have a chance of being an investment. Artists with real-life awards are usually a safe bet, but there is a tendency for groups to form internet marketing bodies and award each other awards based on numbers of sales, this is not always a benchmark for an investment.

Amy Solovay: What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in the world of art?

Greg Long: An educated public/buyer I hope.

Amy Solovay: What do you like best about selling your art on ebay?

Greg Long: It is an ideal way for collectors to start a collection with reasonably priced art. My studies for example would not be available through a gallery since to operate profitably galleries need to sell more expensive works.

Amy Solovay: Any parting thoughts you’d like to share?

Greg Long: It is buyers of art that allow Artist’s to survive, but any art @ $1 isn’t much of an advert for the quality of the art. Investing in art means investing some money in it.

Amy Solovay: Thanks, Greg, for sharing your insights with us! I sincerely appreciate it.

Interview With Self Representing Artist Tim Kline (Moved From Ebay Blog)

I am so annoyed at ebay! There are numerous reasons why- I could write a thesis-length work on all the things about ebay that have been annoying me lately, but since I know you don’t really want to read all of that- for the sake of simplicity I will only post about one reason right now. Annoying thing #7,479: They changed ebay blog archives so that HTML code shows up as gobbeldygook, instead of appearing like a properly formatted blog post with pictures and formatting. UGGH! I find this quite annoying because I spent so much time on my ebay blog. I would not have done so if I thought that the posts were never going to actually be legible by anyone. And I wasn’t the only one who spent time on my blog either, because I did a whole series of interviews with fellow self-representing artists that I had intended to stay archived on my blog.

So, I just had an idea. I am going to move some of the more interesting posts over to this blog, where they will actually appear as normal posts instead of gobbeldygook. 🙂 Starting with the interview I did with Tim Kline. Now, before I re-post this interview I have to say a few words about Tim and his work. Shortly after I originally interviewed Tim, I purchased some of his work as a gift for my mother in law; the item I purchased was one of his garden stake wind chimes. I was completely thrilled with the piece that he sent me, and my mother in law loved it too! His work is amazing. If you think it looks good in the photos, just wait till you see it in person! Plus he ships quickly and shipping rates are extremely reasonable.

Also, since this interview was originally created for ebay blogs, some of Tim’s most important links were omitted from the interview. (Annoying thing # 7,480: ebay’s restrictive, nebulous, ever-changing and totally vague “community content policy”.) But you should definitely check these sites out if you have the time!

OK, so here’s the interview! 🙂

Interview With Tim Kline, Self Representing Artist

I have been doing a series of interviews with other self representing artists who sell their work on ebay. So far I’ve been interviewing painters, so I thought it was about time that I interviewed an artist working in 3-dimensional media. Today’s interview is with Tim Kline, who goes by the ebay ID timo43. You can visit his ebay store, tskDesign to view more of his incredible work.Amy Solovay: Tim, please show us one photo that most closely represents your personal style of work.Tim’s Response:Amy Solovay: Please briefly tell us about the art that you offer to the ebay community, and a bit about your creative process.Tim Kline: I make high quality creations you won’t find anywhere else. Inspired by
the beauty of the beach glass my youngest son collected on the local
beaches, I worked to perfect a method to produce my own ‘beach-type’
glass that I now uses extensively in my work. I also use local
driftwood, beach stones and pebbles, red cedar and other natural
materials. From small suncatchers to giant freestanding double wind
chimes, my work covers a wide design spectrum.
Amy Solovay: What sets your art apart from that of the other artists on ebay?Tim Kline: No one is doing anything close to what I am doing. I have never seen
anything like it on eBay, or in my extensive travels across Canada. I
have had reports from customers throughout the US, and Europe, that
they have never seen anything like it either. Having unique items that
can not be found elsewhere is a real advantage for selling on eBay.
Amy Solovay: Do you have any art appreciation or art collecting tips & tidbits that you’d like to share with us?

Tim Kline: Realize that unique art is worth a price. There is often a lot of time
and work that go into the physical creation of a work of art, and even
more that went into the dreaming up of the work. Artists frequently
undervalue their work, and this is a real problem for a place like
eBay, where many of them are self-representing, and decide on much too
low of a price. A genuine work of art that speaks to you will provide
many, many years of pleasure. Be happy to provide a fair price to the
person who invested some of their soul into the creation of that piece.

Amy Solovay: What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in the world of art?

Tim Kline: I think functional art is going to become increasingly appreciated. As
‘Boomers’ age and move to smaller living spaces, they will come to
enjoy filling these spaces with extraordinary works of art that don’t
just sit on the wall, but include their plates, their furniture, their
wind chimes. As I have often said, a wind chime does not have to just
make noise, it can also be a work of art. Same goes for much of what
you use on a daily basis– Having some of these functional art works
can truly add to one’s daily enjoyment of life.

Amy Solovay: What do you like best about selling your art on ebay?

Tim Kline: eBay has given me the opportunity to do what I most enjoy (create), and
make a living. For this, I am deeply appreciative. It has been
wonderful to meet so many nice people from all around the world, and to
hear what they have to say. A few have become very good friends.

Tim Kline: All that said, eBay has deteriorated over the past couple of years, I
find. There are a number of reasons for this– some within eBay’s
control, others outside of it. This saddens and concerns me. I hope the
trend does not continue, and things soon take a turn for the better.

Amy Solovay: Thanks so much for sharing your art and your insights with us, Tim! I really appreciate it!

New Art and New Paper Lace Web Site!

My latest artwork is taking a new and, I think, interesting direction. I haven’t stopped creating spin art- not at all! However, my spin art is something that I like to create outside, and lately the weather hasn’t been too cooperative. When it gets windy and cold (not that it’s that windy, or that cold, here in Santa Barbara), I tend to dream up new artistic ideas that don’t involve being outside.

So, I have a whole new body of work that does not include any spin art at all. I am really excited about it! I am not quite ready to post pictures of my new work yet, though. Don’t worry, I will! At this point I have submitted all the best pieces to a publisher for possible publication. So, I don’t want to spoil things by putting up pics yet. But soon enough I will have even more new work. I am overflowing with ideas for a whole new series, and I can’t wait to develop it further.

What I will do, however, is drop the hint that my new work incorporates paper lace. In fact, I am so excited about this new direction, that I created a whole new web site on the topic of paper lace. If all goes according to plan, the new site will feature interesting information about paper laces: artists who use paper lace in their artwork, information about the history and manufacture of commercial paper lace, info about antique valentines, postcards, religious cards, and other paper laces, and of course lots and lots of images of lovely paper laces.

In the process of researching paper lace, I also came across some information about papercuts and paper cutting. Needless to say, I am totally enthralled by papercuts. There are some truly amazing artists out there creating them. So, the paper laces site will hopefully feature some artists who are creating papercuts, too. Maybe I will even give paper cutting a try- I already have some ideas for it. Lots of good stuff to look forward to! 🙂

Thanking Teachers / Making Art History, One Small Step at a Time

A few days ago, I got an email that made me smile. It was an email from an 8th grader, who complimented my art and then asked permission to write about my artwork in his research paper. Apparently he had been given an assignment to research a contemporary artist. He included a list of questions for me to answer in the email.

I would really like to thank his teacher, and for that matter, all the teachers out there who are encouraging their students to learn about contemporary art and artists. Art history certainly didn’t come to an end when Pablo Picasso passed away!

Reminds me, how awhile back I received an email from a school teacher who asked if he could show my art to his class. Of course, I granted permission. Then I joked to my husband, “If only I could figure out how to get every junior high and high school teacher to show my art to their students! I’d be famous.” Hahahahahahahahaha!!

The truth is that art impacts lives. I remember being significantly inspired by the art I viewed in my childhood. I have teachers to thank for that, of course, as well as my mother, who had lots of original art hanging in our home. The art we had at home was especially important to me because it was created by members of our family. However, I was greatly influenced by all the art in my life- the art at home, the art in museums that my teachers took me to see, the art I found in library books…etc…etc…etc…I definitely think it’s important for kids to learn about art, and learn to appreciate it.

Gorgeous Paper Lace Wedding Invitations

Pretty paper just thrills me! As an artist I enjoy working with and learning about papers of all kinds. Well, lately I’ve been fascinated by paper lace– how to make it, different examples of it that others have made, crafts to make with it, plus vintage and antique examples of paper lace too.

Well, as I research the topic of paper lace, I’m finding that paper lace is typically used in things like Valentines, greeting cards, and wedding invitations– not to mention objects to be used at weddings and occasions, like for example paper lace doilies are often used to set the table at weddings or Valentine’s Day parties. So, I started looking online for various examples of paper lace wedding invitations and WOW some of them are pretty incredible! Just amazing. So I created a page at paperlaces.com that is dedicated to lace wedding invitations.

Wish I’d known about them when I was getting married…our invitations were really pretty, don’t get me wrong, but they were not that elaborate. (Oh well!) If any bride were to ask me which wedding invitations are the prettiest and most romantic I would definitely tell her to get paper lace invitations!

Click here to See Some Exquisite White Lace Wedding Invitations!

Happy New Year Everyone!

In 2007, I want to…

Create more…

Experience more…

Do more…

See More…

Inspire others…

Find more inspiration…

Be a better friend…

Renew my commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to encourage others to do the same!

And of course, to blog more! 🙂

Art Blog Consolidation

If you found your way here somehow and are actually reading this, I’d like to say “Hello!” and “Welcome!” 🙂 Thank you very much for visiting. I appreciate your interest in my art blog.

I have a lot of work to do on this blog before it will look the way I want it to look! I should post “under construction” signs, or something, for the time being. This is a brand new blog, although I am not new to the blogosphere or to blogging. I have soooo many blogs, yet here I am starting another one.

I recently made the decision to consolidate my blogging efforts. I envision that this blog is going to eventually become the home page of my web site, and it will also be where I devote the majority of my blogging energy. However, I don’t think I will entirely give up on my other blogs either. I enjoy all the things that my various other blogging sites have to offer- livejournal with its communities (not to mention my wonderful friends list there), my ebay blog, my blogger blog…etc. I have put a lot of effort into all of them and there are things about each one of those blogs that I enjoy. So, while I will not be abandoning them completely, I do need to focus more on my actual work and less on blogging about my work- if that makes sense.

If you’ve read this far and you want to know more, please do take a look at my other blogs which have more info thus far than this one does:

My art blog at blogger
My art blog at ebay
My personal blog at livejournal (although most of the public entries are art related; go figure)
My myspace, which doesn’t have much of interest at the moment either