The 10 most expensive paintings ever sold. (Adjusted for inflation)

10.The Scream –  Edvard Munch 1895

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Adjusted price (in millions) $124.2
Original price (in millions) $119.9
Sale date May 2, 2012

9. Garçon à la pipe Pablo Picasso 1905

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Adjusted price (in millions) $131.1
Original price (in millions) $104.2
Sale date May 4, 2004

8. Bal du moulin de la Galette –  Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1876

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Adjusted price (in millions) $143.9
Original price (in millions) $78.1
Sale date  May 17, 1990

7. Three Studies of Lucian Freud Francis Bacon 1969

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Adjusted price (in millions)$145.0
Original price (in millions) $142.4
Sale date  November 12, 2013

6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet  Vincent van Gogh 1890

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Adjusted price (in millions)$152.0
Original price (in millions) $82.5
Sale date  May 15, 1990

5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Gustav Klimt 1907

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Adjusted price (in millions)$158.4
Original price (in millions)$135
Sale date June 18, 2006

4. Le Rêve Pablo Picasso 1932

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Adjusted price (in millions)$158.5
Original price (in millions) $155
Sale date  March 26, 2013

3. Woman III Willem de Kooning 1953

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Adjusted price (in millions)$162.4
Original price (in millions) $137.5
Sale date November 18, 2006

2. No. 5, 1948 Jackson Pollock 1948

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Adjusted price (in millions)$165.4
Original price (in millions)$140
Sale date  November 2, 2006

1. The Card Players Card Players – Paul Cézanne 1892/93Card_Players-Paul_Cezanne

Adjusted price (in millions) $274
Original price (in millions) $259 (*estimated*)
Sale date  April 2011





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art and Literature Quiz

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1)Which 1851 novel was first published in Britain under the title The Whale?





2)Which painter is associated with the Stour valley on the Essex/Suffolk border?





3)Who painted a number of paintings of water lilies in his garden at Giverney?





4)During the reign of which King of England was Hans Holbein the Younger a prominent painter?





5)Which action painter was nicknamed “Jack the Dripper”?





6)In Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers, what was Mr Pickwick’s first name?





7)Christen Købke and Vilhelm Hammershøi are leading 19th-century figures in which country’s art?





8)Which Rembrandt painting should more properly be called The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch?





9)Which artistic movement was founded by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso?





10)Which artist is best-known for wrapping objects, most notably buildings, in plastic?







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Getting exposure for your art online – (part 2 – Twitter)

For part 1 click here.

Whilst my primary method of showcasing my art is Facebook – I am also a keen Twitter user.

With around 300 million users globally Twitter cannot be ignored in the event that you are an artist who wants to get their artwork noticed.

Here is a handy guide on how to set up and improve your twitter account.

Be Follow-worthy.

You can increase your number of followers by becoming more follow-worthy, increasing your visibility, and using a few proven strategies that will get that number of followers up.

Work on your profile. Make sure your profile is complete with an avatar that shows your face (or artwork) and a solid bio. It’s very important that people know who you are and what you’re interested in.

The simplest and most personal way to go for an avatar is a photograph of your face looking straight into the lens (alternatively use a piece of your artwork). Avoid any photos taken at strange angles or having anything else cluttering up the photo. If you can crop it into a square, but don’t shrink it down. You still want people to be able to click on it to see the large version of it.

Most potential followers will read your Twitter bio before deciding whether or not to follow you. By having a  good written bio can help you get much more followers than a poorly written bio.

Be Interesting

By composing interesting, funny or thought-provoking tweets. Most people will glance at your most recent tweets to see if you’re worth following or not. It stands to reason that the better your tweets are, that the more followers you’ll gain.

Add variety to your page. Try to make sure you’re tweeting on a variety of subjects and not just your personal thoughts or what you’re doing at the moment. Talk about your hobbies and interests, share a piece of insightful advice, or post a photo of something cool to switch it up.

Be interesting, transparent and provocative. Share intimate news about your life. If you can spin a good story, you might get readers addicted to the daily dramas of your everyday life.

Post interesting links. Find the man bites dog story. Search the web voraciously for a nugget you can spin into a good tweet. Guy Kawasaki, who has over 100,000 followers, goes as far as paying employees to find buzzworthy stories for him to tweet. There are many websites you can scour for prime Tweeting material.

Post multimedia. Switching things up with pictures, videos and even sound clips here and there can make your posts more fun to follow.

Try to tweet often, at the right times of day. Nobody wants to follow someone who never tweets, therefore it’s important to remain consistently active on twitter. You should have a minimum of one post per day and ideally two posts per day to maximize your visibility in the Twitterverse.

It’s also important that you post your tweets at a time of day or night when the most people are active. No one will see your tweet or have the opportunity to follow you if you’re always posting when they’re asleep. The best times to tweet are before people go to work in the morning (pre-9am) and after they finish in the evening (around 6pm).

Make sure to take your time zone into account though. Most twitter users live in the US, so you will need to tailor your tweeting times to either East coast or West coast schedules if you are looking to maximise followers – if you live outside of this area or wish to target a specific demographic – then use their specific time zones.

It is also very important not to swamp your existing followers with too many tweets at once, as this can fill up their news feeds and will come across as spammy. This might make people unfollow you.

Using Hashtags

Using hashtags is a great way to connect to people with similar interests and to increase the visibility of your tweets.

You can add hashtags to your tweets and also create tweets based on hashtags that are popular on Twitter at the time you post (trending hashtags will be shown on the side of your twitter page). This will ensure your tweets gain maximum exposure.

Like all things on Twitter, hashtags should be used in moderation. Just pick one or two relevant or amusing hashtags which add to the quality of your tweet. Try not to add hashtags onto words that appeared in the rest of your tweet, or include them just for the sake of it.

Follow everyone who follows you. It might seem counter-intuitive to do this when you’re focused on gaining followers, but it’s a good practice because people who notice that you didn’t follow them back might unfollow you. Like other social media sites, Twitter is a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” type of environment.

Also, when you follow back, some people might respond to you publicly, which will give you some added exposure to their followers.
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep up with that many people, you’re right. Once you’re following over 100 people, it’ll be pretty much impossible to read all their updates. You’ll become more selective in who/what you read.
Direct people to your Twitter account. You can direct more people to your Twitter account by putting “Follow me on Twitter” links on your blog, e-mail, other social networking outlets, and across the web.
That way, people who are already interested in what you’re doing can easily find your Twitter Profile and follow you.

Using graphics, such as a button or counter can also be more effective at catching attention and getting you more followers.

Try to get celebrities or famous people to follow you on Twitter. That will increase the chance that they will tweet at you or retweet one of your tweets, increasing the visibility of your Twitter account.

You can get a celebrity’s attention on Twitter by sending them an @message. An @message is a direct message which you can send to anyone, whether you’re following them or not.

Choose a celebrity (or at least someone with a ton of followers) to send an @message to. This message will appear on your profile page, so anyone who comes to scope you out will see who you’ve tweeted.
If you’re really lucky, the celebrity will reply to your message, retweet it, or maybe even follow you back. This will make your tweet visible to thousands or even millions of people, and undoubtedly gain you followers.

Although this doesn’t happen that often, it’s worth sending a direct message or two everyday on the off-chance that it’s gets retweeted. Remember, the funnier or more original the tweet is, the better the odds of the celebrity paying attention to it!

Follow people with similar interests, then follow their followers. This sounds kind of complicated, but it’s really not. Just look for users with similar interests to your own, but who have way more followers. Then all you need to do is follow that user and their followers.

For example, if you’re a tarot fanatic, find another tarot fanatic who has many followers, then follow those followers. If it’s clear from your bio and your tweets that you’re a tarot enthusiast, they’re more likely to follow you.

Be cautious though; following too many people may draw potential followers away.

Ask people to retweet you. Being retweeted pushes your exposure to the edges of your Twitter network. Simply adding “Please retweet” or “Please RT” to the end of some of your posts here and there (not all the time) can remind your followers that you want them to spread the word for you. Occasionally posting a link to an article on How to Retweet will also help your followers help you.
Repeat your most popular tweets. Do a search for your Twitter name and observe which of your updates get the most replies and retweets. Then repeat those updates a few times roughly 8-12 hours apart.

You’ll reach more people this way because you’re more likely to catch the attention of people who missed your updates the first time around. People “tune in” to Twitter at various times during the day (and night).
If you get complaints about repeated tweets, you might want to ease off a little (or just delete the complainers!)

Regularly unfollow people who haven’t followed you back. This is especially important to avoid follow limits. The first limit you’ll probably hit is when you’ve followed 2,000 people. You won’t be able to follow any more until you have 2,000 followers.

When this happens, you’ll need to “clean-up” your list by unfollowing people who haven’t followed you back. Aim to unfollow people who don’t post that often, or whoose tweets you aren’t really interested in. Then you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

However, as the list of people you’re following grows, it will become more and more time-consuming to go through it and filter out the non-followers. Luckily, there are services like Twidium and FriendorFollow which can clean up your list for you.

Once your list is cleaned up, you’ll be able to follow a whole new selection of Twitter users, and – if you choose carefully – most of them should follow you back!

Follow people who autofollow. “Twitter celebrities” (Twitter users with huge numbers of following and followers) are also likely to follow you back automatically.

They’ll be following over a thousand or sometimes tens of thousands of people, but unlike spammers, they’ll have the same number of (or more) followers.

You’ll stumble upon such accounts during your Twitter travels (e.g. when they are retweeted by someone you’re following), but you can also do an Internet search for “most popular Twitter accounts” or “popular Tweeters”.

People who follow spammers are likely to be autofollowers. Wait until a spam follower follows you. Spam followers will have 1,000+ people they are following, but only 5 to 150 followers in return.

Follow everyone who follows the spam follower. Those are likely to be people who are following in return in order to boost their own follow count.

Use keywords to find followers. One good technique is to search for tweets with keywords related to your topics of interest.

Let’s say you’re a metalhead. Look for people who mention your favorite metal groups. Reply to their tweets and then follow them. Your response will show them that you have something in common, and make it more likely that they’ll follow you back.

Better yet, retweet them if the content is good. Not only are you forming connections with other Twitter users, but you’re also bringing good content to your followers.

The only advantage of buying in followers from sites that offer guaranteed followers is that your follower numbers will increase – for the most part these followers will just be fake accounts set up using bots to manage them. If you’re operating a personal account, stick to building followers the old-fashioned way. It’s easy to see when one of your friends buys fake followers, which can be kind of embarrassing if it comes out. Buying followers is more commonly employed by businesses and celebrities for whom it is important to display a large number of followers on Twitter. Politicians and popular musicians are often followed by a large number of fakes.

There are many risks to follower-buying. Many services don’t guarantee followers for an extended period of time, meaning you could have hundreds of thousands one week, and much fewer the next. Many follower-sellers are simple scams designed to get your credit card information or gather contact information spam your real followers.

Make an effort to Keep Your Followers on Twitter. People who actually keep up with the tweets of the people they follow will regularly re-evaluate who they follow and will unfollow whoever they feel is not worth following anymore.

Consider creating a different Twitter account. There’s the possibility that by making a concentrated effort to boost your follower numbers, your account might get suspended (for being a spammer). If your main Twitter account is very valuable to you (it’s your full name, a distinct brand, etc.) you might want to create a test account to use these techniques with.

Warnings

Twitter has systems that detect quick and massive follows and unfollows. If this system catches you, you may have your tweets removed from the Twitter search engine.

Do not unfollow people right after you follow them. Wait at least five days before you unfollow people who don’t follow back. If you do unfollow right away, you will most likely be reported as a spammer and your account will be suspended.

Do not send automatic direct messages as that may result in unfollows.

Connecting your Twitter account to your other social media accounts

Coming soon.

Getting exposure for your art online. (part 1 – Facebook)

I am both a website designer and SEO specialist and an artist – this gives me a  unique perspective on how to share my art online. I would like to share what I have learned with you.

Here is my artist page on Facebook . https://www.facebook.com/GarryWalkerArtist

So you’ve made some art and you want to tell the world – but don’t know how to get started. Here is a quick guide by myself on some of the top artist resources on the internet – both paid and free.

There is a lot of competition out there and the right strategy really does make the difference between remaining unseen on the net and opening up your artwork to millions of potential new fans.

I’ll start with the easy steps and get progressively more complex. If you have any questions regarding what I have written here – feel free to contact me on my facebook artists page – I try to get back to everyone individually assuming Im not too busy – if it takes me a day or so – please don’t get too worried.

Firstly you will need some art to showcase – although I will assume for the purposes of this article that you already have that ready.

Promoting your art via Facebook

Facebook has an incredible amount of traffic and is a great way of getting more exposure. A mistake that many people make when creating their online presence on facebook is that they use their own profile and not a business page – this means there is no differentiation between your private photos and your artwork. A much better way of doing this is by setting up a business page.

Not only does this allow you to have more than 5000 fans – it also opens up some interesting possibilities with the new Insights tab you will get showing you your fans ages / sexes and locations.

A facebook page can be set up here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages

Once set up you should make sure that you have a catchy cover and profile picture and have uploaded some of your art. Fill out as much as possible information for  your profile to sell yourself when people come visiting. Make sure to include links to all of your other social media sites so that people can find you elsewhere on the web.

The next stage is to invite all your friends – this can be done via the “Invite friends” button on your new page. Ask them to share it for you – if you have 100 friends who have 100 friends each – then your are potentially reaching 10,000 people.

Thirdly, start joining groups and other pages. Interact with the existing facebook art community. A great page to do this is:

https://www.facebook.com/ShareYourOriginalArtwork

There are hundreds of other artists on this page who you communicate with, get new ideas and new likes from. Remember it is rude just to post your link on someone elses page – take the time to introduce yourself and make some new friends. By communicating with others you really make your page come alive. Why not comment on other pages as your page – you can do this by changing your identity to your page – do this by using the Use facebook as facility found in the drop down on the top right corner.

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The key to getting your page noticed is producing regular material for it. I cannot stress this enough. If people don’t see changes or see regular updates in their news feed – they will not visit your page again. A great way to get extra likes is when friends of people who like your page – see them liking posts on your page – it gives you extra exposure as your page appears in their feeds.

Add some popular memes and funny photos which will encourage people to share – essentially get other people to do the hard work for you. Make sure you include a link to your website. Here is an example of what I mean – I have manaed to share this image over 400 times – which has brought me plenty of new visitors.

Paid Facebook Promotion

I have in the past and sometimes still do use facebook paid for promotion. It is a surefire way to get new likes. Depending on how targetted your advertising is will determine how much it will cost to get a like.

I cannot tell you what the cost will be to you – but my likes have cost me between 4 pence and 50 pence per like depending on how targetted i am being with my advertising campaign (the cheap likes are from all english speaking nations and then expensive ones are limited to within 20 to 30 miles of my studio.)

Wether or not you feel that this expenditure is worth the cost  really depends on if you are serious about selling online or just looking for some feedback on your art.

Once your page gets past 5000 fans it should start to gather it’s own momentum and you will probably notice regular new fans arriving.

 

Linking Facebook to your other social media accounts

You will soon begin to realise that managing several different social media accounts can almost turn into a job itself. There are ways that you can make life a little easier for yourself. By linking your facebook accounts to your other social media accounts you can post to multiple websites simultaniously. Below are some guides to linking social media accounts.

Twitter to Facebook / Facebook to Twitter

To be able to post from Facebook to Twitter and from Twitter to Facebook you will need to complete two steps.

To connect your Twitter account to a Facebook page:

If you have a Facebook Fan Page, or are the admin of one, you can post Tweets and Retweets from your Twitter account to your Facebook Page.

  1. Log in to the Twitter account you want to associate with your Facebook profile.
  2. Go to your Settings menu’s Apps tab.
  3. Click Connect to Facebook.
  4. If you are not already logged in to Facebook, then you will be prompted to enter your Facebook login credentials. Enter your credentials and click Log in to sign in to Facebook.
  5. You will then receive a prompt explaining that Twitter will receive certain information from your Facebook account. In order to continue, you must select “Okay.”
  6. You will then be prompted to select the privacy settings for who will see your Tweets and Retweets posted to your Facebook wall. It is set to friends by default.
  7. Click “Okay” to complete the process.
  8. Your Tweets and Retweets will now post to your profile Facebook wall and your username will be displayed there as well. @Replies will not be posted.
  9. If you have not already done so, visit your Apps settings and grant Twitter the “manage pages” permission for your Facebook profile.
  10. In your Apps settings, Select the page you’d like to connect to.

When prompted, click to allow permission to post to the selected Facebook page.

To connect your  Facebook page to a Twitter account:

Visit https://www.facebook.com/twitter/

Click the link on the relevant facebook page you wish to link to.

Enter your twitter details.

Authorise.

To connect Instagram to your Facebook page:

To connect to Facebook:

Go to your profile
Tap on iPhone in the top-right corner or on Android
Tap Share Settings
Tap Facebook and link using your Facebook login info
Once you’ve linked your account to Facebook, go back to your Share Settings and tap Facebook again
Tap Share to
Tap Ok when asked if Instagram can manage your Pages

 

How to connect your Pinterest Account to your Facebook page:

Whislt there is no direct way of doing this – there is a handy little app that you can use which will display your pinterest boards on your Facebook

https://apps.facebook.com/pinterestpagetab/

How to connect your Youtube account to  your Facebook Page:

Add the youtube app to your page. See here

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How to connect your WordPress Website to your Facebook Page:

To connect your blog to your social networks, go to Settings→Sharing in your blog’s Dashboard. You’ll see six types of social networking sites under the Publicize heading at the top of the screen: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, Path, and LinkedIn. To connect to any service, click the Connect button and follow the prompts.

Find out more here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

Facebook Badges

You can place facebook badges on your other websites to encourage visitors to your page. Click the link below to make your badge.

https://www.facebook.com/badges

If you have found this guide helpful please link to me or share this article. If you think there is something you would like added please comment below.
Good luck :)

For part 2 please click here.

I now sell on Etsy

I have recently started selling my works on etsy.com – I have a range of original works available for sale on the site. You can view my shop here.


https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GarryWalkerArtist
Want to sell your work on Etsy too? Sign up here and get 40 free listings. http://t.co/9jjEEiZp2Z

Adult colouring books

I recently visited an elderly relative who had received an adult colouring book in the post. She was very pleased with it but I found the idea a bit stupid. I ridiculed it on my artist facebook page – and was supprised how many people actually like them.

Ive never been much of one for colouring within the lines – but people apparently find them theraputic.

 

Here are some links to those colouring books – they start at £5 from amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1782432221/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1782432221&linkCode=as2&tag=mastersofcrea-21&linkId=P37EAWHH2TEP7LTB

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1782431535/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1782431535&linkCode=as2&tag=mastersofcrea-21&linkId=VNARLPLMRZVVDMHE

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1780671067/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1780671067&linkCode=as2&tag=mastersofcrea-21&linkId=XR7D4PJICDCNK2RV

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1843178699/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1843178699&linkCode=as2&tag=mastersofcrea-21&linkId=25CBB3C3SWXRZ47D

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1499680767/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1499680767&linkCode=as2&tag=mastersofcrea-21&linkId=IQ3JPTC6B2BHRNAY

 

Catch Galleries & The Arts Lounge

catch galleries.jpeg-pwrt2The new year is bringing with it new opportunities.

I will be one of the featured artists in a new gallery in Buckhurst Hill.

I will be producing a new range of works to go in the gallery over the next few weeks to be ready for the 7th opening date.

Here is a news article from the local guardian newspaper with details about the new gallery.

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/11641716.Restauranter_to_open_art_gallery/

My mother is also featured and is selling well in The Arts Lounge in Swaffham.  It is my intention in the early part of the new year to also have around 5 works hung in there myself.

Watch this space and I will be keeping you guys updated as to when new works go up for sale there.

My website will also be getting a revamp to co-incide with these new developments and hopefully finally establishing my online shop where you can purchase originals and also my new range of prints.

 

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