I have been humming and hawing at the promptings from Facebook and Instagram to further promote my art, and put a call to action on my page. I don’t have a web store, so what would I promote? Of course, I’m a developer as well as an artist. Why don’t I have a web store? I have been feeling like it’s a difficult thing to do, for some reason. I actually signed with Society6 a while ago. I uploaded a few pictures, and the site complained that they were too small. I didn’t bother figuring out why, because I figured I had to figure out how to promote first. And so I find myself with promotional options, but nothing to promote – a cycle of can’t, preventing me from moving forward.
I was excited about the most recent paintings I finished – I got some stickers and magnets printed, and even some new business cards. I updated my website with new pictures, a new artist statement, and figured I should add a link to my Society6. Of course, I’d need to put some more art up on there. I got out my trusty DSLR, which I’ve had for ages, took some fresh photos, and uploaded them right away. Again I was greeted with a message about how small my images were. I was dismayed, although I shouldn’t have been. I stopped paying attention to camera tech, and while I wasn’t looking, the 8-12 range of megapixels turned into 20-30. Turns out my phone was taking better pictures than my camera.
Off I went to Downtown Camera – they were super helpful, and showed me many of the new features available on cameras these days. Even though the one I got is at the low end of the DSLR spectrum (Nikon D5300), it’s giving me thousands more pixels than I was getting with my old Canon Rebel XT. I always remember the old adage: “A poor workman blames his tools”, but there’s something to be said for having quality tools. Now I’m finally ready to build myself a web store.