Hello guys ~
Well a lot has happened over the year and there's plenty to look forward to in the new year my families move to the UK is still on track but is taking far longer than originally thought. It's been four and half months already with at least another six months before I see them again I can't wait for this entire move to be done and dusted.
Anyway, besides that everything else is going well.
If you're a regular reader of my journals than you would have heard about my artwork "Out of Mein Eye" being used as a set dressing on the TV series "The Following". Well I finally got to watch the episodes and it does appear briefly in season 1 episode 10, which aired on March 25 2013, about halfway through the episode for a few seconds on a computer monitor. Rather disappointing though as I was expecting a little more exposure but the good news is that it'll be appearing again in season 2 along with more of my artworks. The new season is set to air in January next year, so a bit of wait there I'm afraid.
I am excited to share with you the news of my first gallery exhibition in New York City! January 6-12, 2014 at the SoHo Arthouse.
The gallery exhibition has been arrange and organised by Curioos, they are featuring 14 artists, and I am proud to be amongst the chosen few.
Curioos has also reserved screens For 6 more artists, you can submit your artwork your artwork on their Facebook page, more information can be found on their blog.
I’d like to share a story about how Nelson Mandela has affected my life — and will continue to shape my future.
I grew up in apartheid South Africa. I began my education in whites only schools, and left it with a handful of black students in my class. I left high school in 1995 — one year after Nelson Mandela became our first black President. Not long after, I openly revealed that I was pagan.
Nelson Mandela didn’t have to include religious or gay rights in his fight for equality. He didn’t have to consider this. But he did. And he did so without provocation, without a national campaign, without the popular vote.
It was Nelson Mandela who ushered in the world’s first constitution to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and religious belief. He gave us all an identity. He gave me the freedom to be ok with being pagan, others with being gay, and he gave everyone a platform to accept us for who we are. He understood, that no matter the basis — discrimination is painful. Discrimination is cruel. It is inhumane, and it is unjust. Like so many things he did — this was not the popular thing to do. It was the right thing to do.
Nelson Mandela has taught us all, the world over, to focus on things we have in common, and refuse to feed the hate that breeds when we focus on our differences.
The struggle to end discrimination is not over. It is not over in your home town. It is not over in your class room. It is not over in your place of work. People are still murdered every day, just because they are different. Because they are black. Because they are Muslim. Because they are gay. Because they are 'not like us'.
But there is no 'us and them'.
We are all human.
We all want the same thing.
To love. To be loved. To grow old with our families.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
So as we enter this festive season. Let us be thankful, and let us celebrate his life and legacy. And know that with each new life, with each new generation we have the opportunity to teach how to love one another and embrace the power that love has to heal and unite us all.
I've learnt over the last few years which sites and services work best for me and which are helpful in promoting myself and my artwork to wider audience, so what follows are the sites and services I'd like to suggest and share based on my experiences with them.
The first. Seriously consider investing in your own website. Whether you're a full time or part time artist this will help the general public find you (many of whom may not be involved in art communities) and stay focused on only you and your artwork when browsing your site as most websites, such as Deviant Art, have far to many distractions and other artists competing for attention. It's also a central point from where you can share links on social media sites, display all your different print stores in one place, drive sales of your artworks and keep track of traffic to and from your site.
I've used a few different website hosting services in the past and have found the best balance in cost, service and hosting plans are from Hostgator, and it's fairly easy to create and manage your own site with the installation of Wordpress which allows you to add your own content and design with the use of themes and plugins without having to know how to code.
The second and most obvious are social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to promote your artwork. The only suggestion I would make is that you add appropriate hashtags such as #art #digitalart #photoshop #concept #emotional etc to your updates that click through to your website.
Next are these sites, magazines and stores that have exposed me and my artwork to a wider audience while also allowing me to make a little extra income. There are additional sites I use but these have been the most helpful for me.
Well I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.