I want to pass along the Nice Matters Award that I received. I am passing it along to Neda Doany at Papiers CollÃ©s Blog. Neda is a fantastic artist and an incredible writer. She also writes very thought provoking posts and is insightful and inspiring. But Neda also treats everyone well and with respect … and that is why I am giving her this well-deserved award. I do believe she has a few other awards (like Thoughtful Blogger) that she has not put up yet.
Nice Matters Award
When I first started thinking about how to get my paintings out into the Universe (without parting with the originals), not surprisingly I thought about cards. I still want to get my work licensed for two big reasons. #1 is I think that is an important way that my work can be enjoyed by many in an affordable way – many people like my artwork and licensing is a way that can be very accessible.
Mother Watching All, Oil Â© Diane Clancy
#2 is that licensing is a way that (potentially) I can kept receiving income from work that I have already created. It could be an important income stream for me as an artist. With licensing, I could get residual income for a long time. Now there is not necessarily much money from each item sold (the percentage is usually fairly low), but sell a lot and it adds up.
I actually did quite a lot of research several years ago … and I know this field (like most of them) are constantly changing. But one of the things I did find out was they like to photograph the original painting themselves. I had been saving my originals to have them available for licensing … so it made me feel really good about that choice. I had been listening to my intuition and I kept hearing to keep most of the originals .. I am glad I followed the guidance.
Since I want to license my work, it is helpful to show I have a track record of people’s liking and purchasing my images. That is how I came to cards. More tomorrow or the day after.
~ Diane Clancy