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This is my section for all the art posts and pages. Here you can follow all the art projects I have under taken and my the various methods I use to produce ArtByHeart.

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Welcome to my Art posts! For an artist I haven’t had time to write a lot about art, so many other important articles to finish. I will be bringing more articles into this section soon, I promise!

Below you find all the articles I have written about art. You can also find my Art Newsletters here and my own art gallery here.

If you have any suggestions for posts or art related questions, please leave a comment below!

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What Is A Dosha – How It Influences Our Lives

This article will answer many of the question about doshas, such as; what is a dosha, why are doshas so important for ayurvedic medicine, how the dosha type we are assigned at the moment of conception influences our lives and how does one balance the doshas.

What Is A Dosha?

According to the ayurvedic science, the physical body has vital bio energies, doshas, which together with seven dhatus, tissues, and three malas, waste products, create the human body.

Every person contains all three elements, but in different amounts, this mixture is called Prakriti. Our dominant dosha, is determined at the time of our conception; we are born with it and it is like finger prints, staying the same for our entire lives.

Ayurveda recognises 5 elements which include:

  • Ether (space)
  • Eath
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Air

Each dosha in its turn contains 2 of these elements. The 3 main dosha types are:

  • Vata – Consists of air and ether
  • Pitta – Consists of water and fire
  • Kapha – Consists of earth and water

Doshas

Additionally it is possible have a combination dosha that consists of 2 types, such as Vata-Pitta dosha. A person would be called dualdoshic. In rare cases a person has equal qualities of all 3 doshas, making him or her tridoshic.

Doshas all have their own set of properties, which give us our  unique personality by determining the persons physical function, including body type, metabolism and mental capabilities such as intellect, temper, practicality and reason.

Importance Of Dosha Type in Ayurvedic Science

Together all doshas create a concept called tridosha, which is basis for all ayurvedic medicine. Tridosha simply means:

The Science Of Ayurveda and its three energies vata, pitta and kapha.

Any medical problem, let it be mental or physical illness is caused by the imbalance of tridosha. Hence any problem can be solved by restoring the balance in the three doshas, hence all the Ayurvedic treatments base themselves on it.

Therefore in order to take advantage any ayurvedic remedy, treatment, diet or exercise plan, one must determine his or her dosha type. By knowing your dosha type, you will also discover a lot about yourself, including deceases and difficulties you are prone to.

I have created a free dosha quiz, which you can take to determine your dosha type. You can access it here:

Dosha Quiz

Vata Dosha

Vata consists of ether (space) and air. It’s a dosha that controls movement and change. Since nothing moves without vata, it’s considered highest of all the doshas. Vata dosha makes a person energetic, lively, enthusiastic and creative.

Vata dosha

Qualities of Vata

  • Cold
  • Light
  • Dry
  • Physical Appearance
    • Irregular
    • Rough
    • Lean
  • Tastes
    • Sweet
    • Salty
    • Sour
  • Characteristics
    • Moving
    • Quick
    • Changeable

Vata covens the following physical aspect:

Prana Vata – Senses, reasoning, creative thinking and enthusiasm
Udana Vata – Memory, voice and movements of thought
Samana Vata – Food movement through digestion
Apana Vata – Elimination of wastes, menstrural cycle and sexual functions.
Vyana Vata: Heart rhythm, blood flow, perspiration and sense of touch

Balanced Vata Physical Characteristics

  • Build – Tall and thin
  • Eyes – Light coloured
  • Complexion – Pale
  • Appetite – Varied
  • Energy – Comes in bursts
  • Digestion – sensitive
  • Temperature – Cold (extremities)
  • Sleep – Light, difficulties falling asleep
  • Agility – strong

Balanced Vata Emotional Characteristics

  • Strong sense of excitement
  • Seeking new experiences
  • High flexibility
  • High creativity
  • High initiative takers

Unbalanced Vata Problems

  • Excessive worries
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Light sleep
  • Sore throats
  • Coughs
  • Earaches
  • Fatigue
  • Gas and cramping
  • Weak tissues
  • Menstrual cramps and problems
  • Lower back pains
  • Diarrhea and irregularity
  • Constipation
  • Dry and/or rough skin
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Anger issues
  • Poor blood flow

Read about how to balance your Vata Dosha here.

Pitta Dosha

Pitta consists of fire and water. It’s a dosha that controls metabolism, digestion and energy production, the sensory perceptions and our sense of right and wrong. Its primary function being transformation.

Pitta dosha

Qualities of Pitta

  • Hot
  • Light
  • Physical Appearance
    • Intense
    • Penetrating
  • Tastes
    • Pungent
    • Acidic
    • Sharp
  • Characteristics:
    • Transformation

Pitta covens the following physical aspects:

Alochaka Pitta – Eye functions
Bhrajaka Pitta – Glowing skin
Sadhaka Pitta – Desires, bodily drives, decisiveness and spirituality
Pachaka Pitta – Digestion, metabolism for healthy nutrients and tissues, assimilation.
Ranjaka Pitta – Detoxification of blood.

Balanced Pitta Physical Characteristics

  • Build – Medium size and weight
  • Hair – Baldness and thinning hair is common, as is red hair.
  • Complexion – Lustrous
  • Appetite – Strong
  • Energy – Plenty
  • Digestion – Good
  • Temperature – Hot
  • Sleep – short and sound
  • Sex drive – strong

Balanced Pitta Emotional Characteristics

  • Strong intellect
  • Strong sense of humor
  • Strong ability to concentrate
  • Strong teachers
  • Strong leaders
  • Strong speakers

Unbalanced Pitta Problems

  • Skin rashes
  • Poor vision
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Excessive body heat
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Anger issues
  • Short temper
  • Argumentative

Read about how to balance your Pitta Dosha here.

Kapha Dosha

Kapha consists of water and earth and is the protecting force the governs the body and its structure, it holds cells together and forms muscles, fat, bones and sinews. Kapha makes a person physically slow, steady and sturdy, but at the same time they tend to be fantastic human being as their nature is very loving and loyal.

Kapha dosha

Qualities of Kapha

  • Cold
  • Slow
  • Steady
  • Physical Appearance
    • Solid
    • Heavy
    • Soft
    • Oily
  • Tastes
    • Pungent
    • Bitter
    • Astringent
  • Characteristics
    • Protection

Kapha covens the following physical aspects:

Tarpaka Kapha – Nose, eyes, mouth and brain moisture
Bhodaka Kapha – Sense of taste
Kledaka Kapha – Stomach lining moisture
Avalambaka Kapha – Protects the heart, lungs and muscles
Shleshaka Kapha – Lubrication of the joints and soft, supple skin

Balanced Kapha Physical Characteristics

  • Build – Short and heavy
  • Eyes – Large and soft
  • Hair – Thick
  • Complexion – Smooth and radiant
  • Appetite – Strong cravings
  • Energy – Low
  • Digestion – Regular
  • Temperature – Cold (extremities)
  • Sleep – Tight and sound
  • Stamina – Strong

Balanced Kapha Emotional Characteristics

  • Calm
  • Thoughtful
  • Loving
  • Loyal
  • Patient
  • Supportive
  • Enjoy life
  • Stuck to routine

Unbalanced Kapha Problems

  • Overweight
  • Astma
  • Sinus infections
  • Poor sense of smell and taste
  • Food cravings
  • Bad digestion
  • Bad absorption of nutrients
  • Lethargy
  • Lower back pain
  • Oily skin
  • Joint problems
  • Depression
  • Stubbornness

Read about how to balance your Kapaha Dosha here.

Dual Doshas

Dual doshic people have almost equal amount of characteristics from two doshas. It is rather common to have this prakriti.

Vata Pitta Dosha

People with this dosha are energetic and make excellent intellectual leaders. It is difficult to stay in balance since the individual is periodically experiencing many of the opposites.

The key to keeping the opposites in check is to base yourself on the climate, taking the seasons into the consideration. Vata Pitta dosha experiencing conflicts such as:

  • Sometimes person is too hot, other times too cold
  • Sometimes person sleeps deeply and shortly, other times light and long

Read about how to balance your Vata Pitta here.

Pitta Kapha Dosha

People with this dosha are prone for weight gain, constantly being cold, suffer from water retention and difficulties of waking up. They also get sick lot more than others.

Read about how to balance your Pitta Kapaha Dosha here.

Vata Kapha Dosha

These individuals are prone for serious indigestion problems due to combination of food cravings and weak digestion. tend to carry all the problems in the world on their shoulders.

Conflicts arise with the need for excitement, seeing new places and meeting new people and yet being creature of convenience and stuck in routine.

Read about how to balance your Vata Kapaha Dosha here.

TriDoshic

It’s rare for a person to have all 3 doshas prominent. This combination is a very sturdy and solid. These individuals tend to be very healthy and they can easily adapt to seasonal and environmental and dietary changes.

Read about how to balance your tridosha here.

Balancing Doshas

To balance your doshas, you need to look into the following areas of you your lifestyle:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle
  • Cleanse
  • Routine

Ayurvedic Diet

Ayuveda recognises 6 different tastes, each consisting of 2 elements:

Sweet – water and earth
Salty – fire and earth
Pungent – air and fire
Bitter – ether and air
Astringent – air and earth

Your recommended doshic diet will contain tastes to balance out the elements of your prominent doshas.

Exercise

Yoga and yogic breathing exercises are a powerful way of balancing your doshas. Each dosha has their own pacifying asanas and pranayamas.

Cleanse

Ayurvedic daily routine should include a cleansing of the whole body including the teeth and tongue by brushing the teeth and practicing coconut oil pulling, bathing and evacuating the bladder and bowels.

Additional cleanses can include seasonal fasts or daily intermittent fasting with elimination of wastes from the bowels, juicing, drinking teas and infused water. Read more about the ayurvedic tradition of cleansing the body here.

Massage

Massages, self massage or various ayurvedic therapies with essential oils specifically chosen for your dosha type is a great way of balancing your doshas. Therapy tools such as kansa wand and marma tools are often used to enhance the results. Read more about the variety of ayurvedic treatments here.

Routine

Additionally it’s important to establish a daily, weekly and seasonable routine.

Daily routine should be a set time for rest, waking up, cleansing routine, meal, meditation and exercise times.
Weekly routine should include things such as potential fasting days and hair care.
Seasonal routine should be thought for holidays, celebrations and changes in weather and natural light.

Read more how a healthy ayurvedic routine can balance your day.

My Loving Advice

I hope you have enjoyed my overview of the ayurvedic doshas. There is so much to tell, since this is one of the basic concepts in ayurveda, on which all the healing bases itself on. I will keep on adding articles on this subject and update this one with links to them accordingly.

Please let me know if you have any questions related to the doshas, I will be happy to help the best I can.

Love and balance,

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What Is Temporary Art – New Sustainable Trend

You might be wonder what is temporary art exactly and what purpose doe it serve? Temporary or sustainable art has become a fast growing trend in our modern society and this article will examine it both from the art point of view and touch some issues such as sustainability and some of the ideologies behind temporary art.

Temporary art is created in a way, either by the methods or materials, that it won’t last over a certain time or season. It is created to bring some beauty and sometimes carries a deeper meaning or symbolism.

The artist is fully aware of the temporary nature of the art and often part of the project is to document the creation, by filming or photographing it before the destruction, which might be voluntarily, sabotage or depend on the weather.

When I talk about new trend, I don’t mean temporary art is new in itself, but rather that is has become very trendy recent years in the Western world with the influence on Buddhism and other Eastern religions.

The sustainable aspect normally comes from the fact that the art is created from readily available and free or at least cheap materials, such as plants, sand, ice or snow.

It also means that once the art dispenses, you are left with no real waste that needs to be disposed off. If you are wondering why this is so important, read more about it in my article: How to Protect Earth

It might be religious in nature, rituals such as the sand mandalas symbolizing the all beauty is only temporary or Hindu offerings, which are made to please the gods.

I have by no means attempted to mention all possible forms of temporary art forms in my article. It is rather a taster for what you might find, if you make a deeper dive into this form of art!

Arrangements

This could be a cut flower arrangement for Christmas or perhaps an offering for the Gods in form of oil lamps, incense and flower petals. Or how about these ones made from reed baskets, fruits and flowers for celebration at a Hindu temple in Bali.

Temple Offerings on Bali

Chalk Paintings

Did you ever draw something into asphalt or a wall, just having it washed away by the rain few hours or days later?

This used to be one of my favorite past times on walls and cliffs to the great displeasure for my parents, who hated the color stains on my hands and my clothing.

There are wonderful artists creating amazing paintings on the streets and you have to be fast to catch them before they are gone forever!

Colorful Chalks

Living Art

Living art is a very sustainable form of art. A growing exhibit of a sort that at the same time produces oxygen.

Flower And Garden Shows

Flower and garden shows are extremely popular, especially in England, where gardening is not only a hobby, but been taken very seriously!

Have you ever seen an amazing flower planting when visiting a new city, maybe spelling the name of the city or an important word such as love?

How about visited a temporary flower carpet, such as the one hosted every summer in Brussels?

Brussels Flower Carpet

Gardens And Parks

Either private or public gardens and parks all over the world, such as the famous central park in New York City. Besides for just being beautiful, they are created to be wonderful, beautiful green oasis in the middle of cities, which give us a place to calm down and reflect our lives.

Central Park

Sand Art

Sand is a wonderful, readily available and easy medium for art creation. There are many different forms and I can only provide examples of few in the limited scope of this story!

Sand Mandalas

Have you ever followed a creation of a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala? This secret form of art is traditionally created for large celebrations and religious festivals.

Sand mandala is a symmetrical shape, mandala means Sanskrit work of circle and it symbolizing wholeness and harmony based on Tibetan Buddhist religion.

Buddhist Sand Mandala

It is painstakingly created with special metal tools that allow incredibly fine control during some days or even weeks, depending on its size. After the ceremony is over, the mandala is destroyed and the sand is given to people attending the ceremony as a blessing.

Beach Art

Sand Castles

Every child loves to build castles on the beach and draw things in the sand. It often follows us into adulthood, who has not drawn a heart and their and their partners initials in the heart on the beach?

Or arranged some shells in a form, only waiting to be washed away by the waves when the tide sets in?

Intricate sand mandalas that can be only truly admired from above are created by artists with the help of garden tools!

Heart Drawing In Sand

How about sand sculptures? Pretty much all the resorts are boasting with their own sand sculptures competitions every summer. The sculptures are spectacular, created with the most creative tools, including water spray bottles and metal strings.

Sand Souvenirs

Even been to a beach destination for holiday and brought back one of these bottles with sand painting inside? Beautiful memory, which can be easily shaken for just mess if you forget to pack it well!

Sand Art Bottles

I used to collect these things as a child and I am playing with the idea of teaching myself the technique for creating them.

Edible Art

There are countless edible art forms out there, just think about it! Fancy chocolates are often made into art and how about a ginger bread house at Christmas? Birthday and wedding cakes and other bakeries?

Guitar Cake

Food Art

Vegetable Snowman

Food art is one of the most common forms of art! In fact if you go to a fancy restaurant, your meal is a work of art both culinary and visual wise.

If you try to enthuse your young child to eat his vegetables or fruit, you might consider making it look like an art! Being creative with food and ingredients is fun!

3D Printed Edible Art

3D printing is quickly becoming one of the biggest revolution of our time. It’s sustainable as the plastics fillings are produced from recycled materials and being able to produce things on demand, companies safe both transport and warehousing costs. CO2 emissions are also reduced, which is great for the environment!

3D printing food is a novelty trend. There are already pop-up restaurants that produce an entire 3D printed menu and items such as 3D printed coffee or chocolate cups are becoming popular gift items.

3D printing chocolate cup

Snow and Ice Art

Some of us are luck enough to have access to this medium every winter! In the colder places, such as US and Northern Europe kids and professional artists alike build art from snow and ice!

Everything from snow men, snow sculptures to fortresses, this art last until the weather stays cold, or more often until destroyed by our mortal enemies.

Ice Buildings

In Finland, Sweden and Norway some places even construct entire temporary hotels out of snow and ice. They are built as soon as the temperatures drop permanently below zero and exist between 3-5 months depending on the temperatures!

The design is new every year and normally contains art work from dozen artist, who won a competition specially set up for this. These castles contain large dining rooms, bedrooms, bar and even chapels, which are popular locations for wedding ceremonies!

Kemi Snow Hotel

Here you see a bedroom in Artic Snow hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland! Everything in these places is built of ice, including furniture, such as tables, chairs and beds. Animal furs and winter sleeping bags are used to keep the cold at bay.

Also worth to mention are the igloos, which are not only native to Greenland, but also popular in many ski resorts on the Alps, where they often serve as bars!

Ice Sculptures

In hotter climates, ice sculptures are still very popular for things such as weddings and cruise lines buffet tables. They are commonly carved using chain saws or hand tools such as chisel and hammer.

Swans Ice Sculpture

Natures Own Ice Sculptures

Natures own art! Since ice occurs naturally, nature itself creates beautiful ice and snow art. Everything from large cave formations to tiniest snow or ice flakes! The best kind of snow and ice art there is!

Ice Flake

My Love For Temporary Art

I am a great fan of creating temporary art myself. I favor both sand and snow and you often see me on the beach with a shovel in my hand or kneeling in the snow creating an animal sculpture!

It often gives me something creative to do on the beach, because I find laying in the sun particularly boring! I am also known to take my paints and drawing pad with me, just in case.

Sandsculpture Beware of a turtle

Here is one of my funny creations from some year ago, a huge turtle built on a beach in Italy, it took 4h to create due to its size and it lasted for a week, before some kids decided to destroyed it.

It also inspired kids and adults alike to get creative and the beach was filled with all sorts of creatures! The dragon as the featured image of this story is something I created together with my kids in a very short time just before it got dark!

Snow Goose

Here you can see a snow goose, a bun intended! It was created on the German Alps, just before a particularly heavy snowfall, 180cm in 36h of powder snow, which got us stuck for days. It was made with my hands only, since I had no tools with me.

Besides this, I also love creating food art and the electric guitar cake was created for my daughter on her 11th birthday. It took a whole day to pull off, but I loved the look on her and her friends faces when they saw it.

So there you have it, my very own examples of temporary or rather seasonal art! I hope I have answered to the question what is the new sustainable trend of temporary art.

Do you have something to share? I would love to hear from you! Send me a picture and I will make a section with guest temporary art to this post!

 

Loving Thoughts,

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Pinterest Decorating Junk – Why I Hate It!

It’s once again the time of the year when a lot of people are heading to Pinterest in search of gift and decoration ideas. You might genuinely believe that what you are are purchasing is original hand made items and it might some as a complete surprise you that most artists are slowly turning their backs to this visual way of selling and heading for other social media platforms in protest to Pinterest Decorating Junk.

When I created my trademark, Art By Heart 5 years ago to be exact, I was frustrated with the fact that nobody really values real art any more. The human striving for perfection has generated a huge demand for mass produced junk, which most people mistake for art.

Part of this problem is created by the social media, which empowers individuals to sell reproduced items fraudulently as original pieces of art, as well as creates heavy price competition.

Time Is Money

Sometimes I am offered so little money for my art, that it won’t even cover the cost of the materials I used. I have however been personally unwilling to adjust my prices under the minimum price of 10 euros per hour, as I do value my own time and work.

Sounds little, right? Well, inn my native Scandinavia it’s well below the minimum wage and yet many artists struggle to make even half. I have been known to rather give my paintings, carving, drawings and clay work away as gifts than devalue my art by accepting peanuts for it.

But even that hasn’t always worked in my favor! Few Christmases ago I gave one of my paintings as a present to the grandmother of my children, as I wanted to show my appreciation for her often helping to take care of the kids while I was at the cancer clinic.

Church Painting

She took one look at it, told me to take it back to the shop and I would get my money back. Or maybe I could at least recover the frame, as she didn’t need any more junk in her house!

Although her reaction hurt me deeply, afterwards I felt a big smug though, because she had mistaken my original piece for perfected and mass produced print!

I have also been asked many times to produce something on commission, only to find that the person who made the order was not interest in my art after all, as it wasn’t as smooth and polished as they had wished for, or the portrait I had painted was too realistic instead of an idealistic image which they had in their mind, based on all the filters they are using for the photographs to cover up all the wrinkles.

Swan Family

As a result, I no longer take up any commission work. I simply produce what ever art I am inspired to make and offer it for my customers. My new motto being;

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!

Just to make you realize how bad the problem is, follow me through with  real life story from one of my good friends. He lives in Denmark and is a passionate wood carver, who create amazing pieces of art inspired by the nature!

Wood

Mass-produced Pinterest Junk

You are redecorating and browse under category art on Pinterest, looking for some unique piece to compliment the new sofas and dining room furniture.

A fantastic item catches your attention! It’s so pleasing to the eye with it’s perfect shapes and colors, a real piece of art. It’s sold cheaply, only 20 dollars including the delivery! You can hardly believe your luck and impatiently wait to have it sitting on your mantle piece!

Pinterest Scandinavian art

Weeks later it arrives, to your surprise it comes from Taiwan, even though the ‘artist’ who pinned it was advertising it as original Scandinavian art. You turn the item in your hands, find the print ‘Made in Taiwan’  and slowly realize you were fooled into buying yet an other piece of Pinterest decorating junk!

Don’t get me wrong! It once was a real piece of art, produced by some starving artist in one or an other developing country. It was purchased for few pennies, molded and then mass produced in the one of the Chinese factories.

Decoration Items

It was then photographed in a favorable light and setting and pinned on Pinterest under a fake profile, for a ridiculously low price which no real artist can compete with, for you to fall in love with as an original piece of art!

So you were fooled, but int he end none of your friends were likely going to notice, the piece was so perfect after all! After all you got something nice that fitted your new interior design, so all was well and no harm done, right?

Devalued Price Of Real Art

In the meanwhile somewhere in Scandinavia an artist spends weeks perfecting a wooden carving. He caught his inspiration from the nature, he lovingly searched for the right piece of wood, while he sketched his ideas on paper.

 

carving

Finally he found just the perfect materials, sharpened his tools and got to work creating his masterpiece.  It was not perfect, because it was after all handmade, but every flaw in fact enhanced it’s beauty.  He sanded it by hand and give oiled it several times to protect the wood.

He grew attached to it and felt bad about letting it go, after all he had put so much work and effort into it, but he knew he needed the money. There were extra bills to pay, kids needed Christmas presents and his daytime job in the factory and the high taxation never left room for any luxuries.

Photo Studio

He didn’t have a studio to photograph his carving, put he did the best he could outside on the back yard. Happy with the results he created an account at the new social media platform known for artists he had learned about!

Excited he pinned his work on Pinterest, imagining global market enhancing his chances of making a sales, because apparently original Scandinavian art was in demand in the United States!

He put the price at a mere price of 50 euros. Not that it was any real representation of the couple of hours of work every evening for weeks of work he had put into it, not to talk about the cost for the oil he had used to treat the wood with.

But he had done his homework and wanted to make the sale as fast as possible. He knew art was not in high demand nowadays, but anything less would just not make any sense!

Wood Carving

Days went by, nobody showed any interest. Finally a week later someone contacted him, asking if he would be willing to accept 15 euros for it, after all it was flawed in this ways and that. The low price of reproduced junk had taken it’s toll on the clients.

With a heavy heart the artist accepted, as at least the client was willing to pay for the shipping costs. Maybe if he was able to find the time to make and sell few more at the local farmers market the next weekend, he would be able to pay for his daughters ballet lessons.

And do you know what’s the saddest thing of it all, something that makes my heart ache? My friend is now actually convinced that his wonderful hobby, which has produced amazing art over the years, is in fact worth nothing.

When I told him that I wanted to feature the carving in question in this story, but he he was too ashamed for his imperfect work, so he didn’t give me the permission to do so.

Support Real Art By Heart

As the moral of this story people, all I ask is that this year, instead of supporting the sale of mass-produced junk on Pinterest, you will actually find a real unique hand made item to use as decoration for your house.

Since most real artists have abandoned the platform, you might have to you head for the local farmers or Christmas market in order to buy a real home piece from a local artist, who created his art by heart.

Butterflies

Or you might be luck to find on of the few who followed my suggestions on creating their own website for displaying their art! I genuinely hope they all make a lot of sales this holiday season!

Here is my own store, but by all means browse the Internet for others works as well! I will be uploading a lot more into it the coming days:

Art By Heart Gallery

Next time when you feel the need to argue about the price, remember that an artist spends days on each piece that he creates. Imagine that he spent 10 hours creating a his painting, which you ended up paying 50 dollars for. Do you honestly feel that 5 dollars per hour is an honest value for the fruits of his loving labor?

 

In behalf of all the artists in the world,

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to learn how to create a wonderful atmosphere in your home, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience

These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.

 

How To Sell Art Online For Anyone

Everyone knows that a great website is key to any successful business today, especially art! Every artist should have their own website, to show case their art, yet despite all their creativity, many struggle with the taunting task of creating one. Hiring professionals to do it is expensive and you never really get what you asked or paid for. Doing it yourself will how ever give you the results you desire, but how does one get started with building a successful art website?

Making money as an artist can be very difficult, especially if you are just out of art school and getting started, or someone who has later on in live decided to pursue their passion for art, like I did! You can read my story here: About ArtByHeart

You are here because you have realized selling art online is an effective way to gain customers and promote your art and all things beautiful!

How to Sell Art Online For … How To Get Started With an Art Website?

First we must define what a successful art website is. We need to consider the unique goals of an artist, before we examine how to create a website.

What do you want to achieve with your website? What is it’s main goal? Do you want to sell your own art and crafts in an online store?

Or perhaps just to create an online presence for your customers, so they can find your easier? Maybe you work or own a gallery and you want to promote its services?

Or maybe like I have done, you want to run a blog about your art and all the other things you are passionate about?

How to start an online storeWe also need to ask ourselves how much effort are we willing to put in creating quality content?

This is especially taunting with an artist as a lot of time will go into photographing, measuring and figuring how the best ways to show case your art.

What earning goals do we want to set for our online business? Who do we want to sell to? Do you want to close your atelier or gallery and only sell online?

Once we have clear goals in our head, we can start examining the ways to build our website. There are three main ways to choose from and we are going to examine both with their pros and cons.

If you just want to read about the easy approach, you jump straight to:

The Lazy aka Time Efficient Route

The Technical Route – How To Build a WordPress Website From Scratch?

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So you know something about website programming, great! Then you know exactly what to do. This is what your plan looks like:

  1. You buy a domain
  2. Purchase a hosting platform
  3. Install and setup your database, email server, WordPress and Apache.
  4. Install your plugins
  5. Configure your spam and hacking guards.
  6. Upload the themes you want to use and customize them.
  7. Create your email accounts

In about 1 week you should be on your way to creating some great content! After that, it’s easy going, your environment should only take around half a day of maintenance every week. But hey, you got exactly what you wanted, hopefully!

OK, OK, I lost you there, right? You are an artist and don’t really care that much for technology! It can be very taunting to start building your first website. So let’s examine other ways of of completing this task.

The Outsourcing Website Design and Hosting  Route

OutsourcingYou could take the outsourcing route. Many artists do and at first hand it looks like the easy and perfect solution. I mean all you have to do is:

  1. Find a company to create a website
  2. Explain them what you actually want from a website
  3. Review their design
  4. Find someone else to setup the hosting environment for you
  5. Find someone to take care of the hosting for you
  6. Find someone to teach you how to market your website

Any artist who has tried to route, knows that the steps 1-3 actually become a vicious and costly cycle, which can take really long time to complete.

After all your are trying to explain YOUR vision to someone else, you are a perfectionist! You want your website to reflect YOU and YOUR VISION about this world!

Oh boy, that must be really hard. You see it clearly in your head, can sketch it, paint it, but cannot get someone to understand what you are really after.

The changes are that you will have to either try out several companies to get what you want or accept a result that is below your artistic standards and not exactly what you wanted.

You then have to find at least one other company, if not two, to execute steps 4 and 5. And even then the last task will somehow fall on your because even if you hire a company to make you appear first on the Google search engines for people looking into purchasing art, you are still not guaranteed a commercial success.

How ever the main problem with this approach is that you will be using a lot of money and much longer time than you first anticipated. Hence this approach is not optimal.

 

The Lazy aka Time Efficient Route

lazySo how does one build an art website without any knowledge about programming or willingness to spend all this time and money in setting it all up?

I can imagine that you are just burning with desire to take your creativeness to the next level and expand your business to an amazing online presence?

Well, you obviously need to find someone who is going to do all the steps I listed above, so you can concentrate  on creating some great content and soon be on your way to earning money on your website!

You need to think about the fact that your website is going to be around for a while, your want your art to make a difference, so you need the best possible platform and the help there is available!

So how about if I told you there is a platform called Site Rubix, a completely free website builder, that allows you to set up your website in couple of minutes and take care of all the technical stuff for your seamlessly?

The best free website builder out there that allows you to create a personal website for free? You would think it is impossible, right? How about if I tell you it doesn’t only exist, but also allows you to try it all out for free for 7 days?

And it doesn’t stop there either. In fact this same place has a whole community built around helping your businesses getting it’s website off the ground and teaching you the ways of make money online with your art!

So What is Site Rubix and How Does One Get Started with Site Rubix Website Builder?

Website Creation Process

Would you like to make money online from the comfort of home with your art? Is it just a myth or can it actually be done? Do I need to be rich and famous to get started with online presence?

The answer is, absolutely not! You just need to be motivated and willing to put in the hard work to learn and creating and displaying your content! You say tell me more, am I right? So take a look at these simple steps you need to take in order to be on the fastest way to online success:

  1. You sign up as a free member to Wealthy Affiliate University
  2. You sit down with a cup of tea or a coffee and get your bearings in the new surroundings
  3. You look me up, I have a presence there: ArtByHeart and I have gathered a group of other artists around me and together we can give you a lot of pointers.
  4. You fill in your profile and upload your picture, because you want others to bond with you and help you out in case you run into trouble or if you are just looking for share your ideas with other members
  5. You follow the simple instructions which will teach you step by step how to make your website: Instructions For Creating a Website Fast
  6. You realize how easy it is to create content for your website and get creative
  7. You follow the training about how to start making money with your art  website: Making Money Online
  8. You become part of the community and ask questions from the others who have one been in your shoes.
  9. Before the 7 days is gone, your website is ready for prime time and you didn’t even realize how it all happened. But it’s there, all yours! It really is beautiful and something to ready be proud of!

Wealthy Affiliate bootcamp

WOW, now that was easy! So what do I do now, what’s next, you ask? Well if you have enjoyed the trip and want to keep working as part of the community and learn more about marketing your art online, you have the possibility to upgrade your membership and be part of the amazing community that helps others to achieve success while driving each others to new heights.

If not, you can always keep your website and continue working with the things you learned. You can always decide to join later on if you decide that you could benefit from the premium membership.

Site Rubix

People stay on this program for years and dedicate their time in creating new videos, written instructions and success stories for the benefit of others.

In my opinion most of it’s power is really in the unique ways the members are encouraged to ask questions and share knowledge. Every blog, every question and profile becomes searchable, so the amount of information becomes a huge library of knowledge in all imaginable subjects related to website building, hosting and online marketing.

Sure there are many automated platforms out there, including several affiliate programs that promise you the same. But you really want the best solution for the long run and there are several things to consider. If you are still not convinced that Site Rubix is the absolutely best platform to build your art website on, look at the summary of everything you will get below:

  • You can buy your domain here
  • Ready setup environment and hosting platform on WordPress
  • Training program to teach you how to create your website
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Automatic security updates
  • Spam and hacking guards
  • Unique site health monitoring
  • Search Engine tools
  • Google analytics
  • Emails and forwards
  • Daily backups
  • Full redundancy preventing outages
  • Thousands of beautiful themes ready to go
  • Training in how to monetize your website

Or just simply read what people say about Site Rubix and Wealthy Affiliate: Wealthy Affiliate and Site Rubix Member Reviews

More information about Site Rubix here: Site Rubix Website Builder and Hosting Platform

Get started with creating your amazing art website right here: