Tuesday, 17 August 2010

New works on line and other things

I had an entertaining moment (not) when in uploading some artwork earlier I temporarily disabled my whole website. Ooops. Everything ok now, and now new artworks on-line at www.matelles-art.com. As usual I have been updating stuff at RedBubble and getting some weird sort of enjoyment out of reading people's discussions and comments on various forums. If you look at RedBubble a lot you begin to realise that it's kind of cliquey, and there are groups of people who like to be in control of their RedBubble groups, and bestow their compliments and prizes to those artists they like best. Then some people get angry and argue. "Why was my painting not allowed in the 'Landscape Painting' group, when it's a landscape" one chap reasonably complained. "Ah, you see, it's a SEAscape, not a landscape" came the reply. "But that's a river" replied the artist "and behind the river is land" (He had a point). However he then went over the edge "If you don't accept this painting I'm never going to submit to this group again. I'm extremely upset and I now can't even LOOK at the painting." Hmmm. I'm beginning to wonder if he was actually taking the piss. You see, he's English and the Group is run by Americans and Aussies - and these particular people are VERY precious. Mind you, if he's not joking, so is he. They refused to let his work in (after an on-line meeting it seems) and laid down the law to anyone else who would dare submit a landscape with a BOAT in it, or even (shock, horror) a BUILDING. I do wonder why anyone would care. It's a great website because it works so well and allows you to showcase and sell your work, and it IS nice to get some sort of feedback. But really, it's not the be all and end all...

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