Monday, December 30, 2013

Annual Review: 2013: Flickr, Blogger, Facebook, and other sites

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Introduction


The year was a general success despite a slump from October to the end of December.

I enjoyed painting trips to Egypt, Uruguay, New York, Minas Gerais, and exploring further Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. I spent a few days working in freezing London too.




  Luxor- the Winter Palace from Hotel Susanna, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm




In Uruguay, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm





A Chinese restaurant in New York, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm





Boa Esperança, the central square, oil on card, 14 x 14 cm





Mafra, simple houses, oil on card, 14 x 14 cm





Sao Francisca de Paula- road out of town, oil on card, 12.5 x 18 cm





All the trips were too short, and I shall try to extend them in future. It is necessary to have a few days simply to acclimatise to a certain place, to settle in, and relax.

I sold reasonably well, with sales at the Royal Academies in London and Scotland, and at Dubai Art Fair, and to various private buyers.

I used various sites to show work:


Flickr

Flickr messed up their site with an ugly and frustrating redesign.

However, I  continued to use it, partly out of habit, partly because I have already invested quite a deal of time in putting work there, so that it is really a complete catalogue of my work, and because I could not find a better alternative. I usually show pictures in about ten groups. I have 721 followers, up from 612 last year.



Blogger

The number of followers increased only a little from 70 to 78.



Facebook

This site again prove to be good for feedback, contacts and sales. Please feel free to add me as a contact there if you wish.



Deviantart

I stopped regularly using this site as it is really just for teenagers to exchange pornographic  manga cartoons and kitsch. I have 55 "watchers" up from 51.




ArtStack

This site is elegantly organised and a pleasure to use. I sporadically loaded pictures, and these were stacked 77 times. I shall use it more.



Plans

I am going to Salvador, Bahia in January, and to Morocco in March. I wish to do a further trip in late July, but I haven`t decided where.



Thanks

Many thanks to everyone who helped me in 2013: buyers, followers, family and friends.

There are a good number of people online who have been supportive, but whom I have never met. I found their comments useful and encouraging. 

Happy New year to you all.

 

Carnations 5, oil on card, 9 x 10.5 cm    SOLD





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