Creating a Virtual Art Gallery

To the online artist, it might seem a paradox, at first glance, to hear a recommendation to hold back work. The artist on the Internet often overproduces and displays their entire body of work. In essence, by placing it for casual viewing, known as “shopping” the work, devalues its worth by defying the Law of Supply and Demand.

How can the artist benefit by applying the advantages of the Internet with the successful business practices of the traditional gallery? Let’s look at the traditional gallery’s sales structure.

At the Preview, in an inner gallery, and by invitation only, previously unviewed works are presented to the gallery’s selected collectors. The works are tagged as sold, but left for viewing. An aspect of human nature, wanting what one cannot have, has been accommodated as well as a relationship to supply and demand.

To paraphrase Israel A. Kirzner, the, almost, universally accepted theory of supply and demand shapes production and consumption, and is, not only the skeleton, but the flesh and blood of the economic system which determines the artist’s survival in the marketplace.

[“The Law of Supply and Demand”, by Israel Kirzner At the time of publication Kirzner was an economist at New York University. http://www.libertyhaven.com and The Freeman, a publication of The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., January 2000, Vol. 50, No. 1.]

The show opens to the general public. As the show closes, unsold works are then considered shopped, since the public has viewed them. Then, they are placed in an outer gallery for the casual onlooker. Those traditions have held true, stemming from the basic nature of human beings and how market prices are determined.

This brings us back to the question of how might the traditional practices be adapted to the Internet? The artist could, for instance, set up a number of galleries.

The Inner Gallery would contain works previously unseen. A collector might pay a one-time fee, the purpose of which is to discourage window-shoppers. The fee could then be applied to their purchase. Those who purchase are the collectors who go into your special Guest Book to receive Preview invitations, thus, eliminating the major pitfall of current Internet based galleries, the window-shopper.

How does one structure a Preview Page? Obviously, for your Preview Page you wouldn’t want just anyone dropping in. This could be accomplished through a member login given only to your private collectors. By closely monitoring their login dates, you can determine when the Preview is over and it’s time for the show to be opened to the general public.

A Middle Gallery is for works that didn’t sell in the Preview, but are only available to those who have registered in the Guest Book and agree to receive future newsletters and updates. Finally, there is an Outer Gallery, that is for browsers and only contains images that have been sold, their price, but never to whom it was sold.

Although there will be many window-shoppers, as the exclusive nature and as the reputation of the site grows, the more exclusive collector will come to the site, sign the Guest Book, and come to the Preview ready to collect.

Perhaps Museum Directors, Curators, Critics and Reviewers could be contacted as well. Given passwords, they could actually look at the work online, without the artist having to physically move the works as in a land-based gallery. Their reviews could be then added to the Preview Page and the artist’s resume for future use.

Anyone with experience on the Internet knows you can’t just create a web site and expect people to show up. The site must be properly marketed as well as have something the web surfer desires. Go to ARTNews and see how the ads are structured. Ask yourself what it is about that ad that makes you want to visit that gallery. What makes it desirable?

Look at the size of the images in the ad. Are they thumbnails or full-size images and details? Collectors want to see brush-strokes and have the monitors to do so. Remember, that the majority of the nation’s assets lie in the hands of those over fifty years of age. Many of them wear eyeglasses. Accommodate their eyesight. Bigger is better.

Of course, not all artists who put up a web site are going to be worth collecting, just as galleries will not find all artists suitable. Not all collectors will want a given artist’s work. Without demand there are no sales.

Therefore, critical analysis of the web statistics should be carefully monitored. If you get a lot of hits and no sales then the problem is not in the marketing. Conversely, no hits, or very few, would indicate poor marketing. At some point you have to figure whether or not you’re no good at marketing or the work is not collectible.

As for meeting with the artist, the web cam, if not a personal visit, makes for an enjoyable time. With the development of Japanese graphic technology, one day soon the collector and others members of the art community will view the minute details of the artist’s work in truly a virtual gallery without defying the laws of human nature which drives all mankind.

Is Microsoft Word Training Right for Your Law Firm?

Word processing is vital to many businesses but it is especially important for law firms. Any firm can increase their bottom line if they can increase the productivity of their word processing. Is your law firm using Microsoft Office? Are partners and employees comfortable and confident in their Word skills? More often than not I get affirmative responses to these questions and yet when I delve more deeply I find the people in question aren’t actually taking advantage of all the time saving features that Word has to offer.

Here is a sample of the skills you and your company should be utilizing if you want to use Word efficiently. How many of them are you already using? Perhaps it is time to think about arranging some Microsoft Word training for your law firm.

Are you using the Show/Hide command?

The command for Show/Hide is on the Home Ribbon and allows the user to see what keystrokes (Enter, Tab, Space, etc.) have been used in the document. This information is invaluable especially when you are editing a document that was created by someone else. Did the author go onto a new page by pressing the Enter key numerous times, or did they add a Page or Section Break? If they pressed the Enter key, you may find a block of white space in the document when you add more text above the keystrokes. If they used a Break and you add text, you may find you suddenly have a completely blank page inserted into your document. Knowledge is power and understanding the Show/Hide command will make you stronger.

Are you using the Quick Access Toolbar?

The Quick Access Toolbar is Word’s equivalent to having pens and pencils near at hand. Any command that exists in Word can be added to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). Where is the QAT you ask? By default it put in the top left corner of your screen, just to the right of the blue Word W. It comes with the commands for Save, Undo and Redo. Click the black drop-down arrow to the right of the last command and you can move the toolbar so it shows just below the ribbon, or add or remove commands. Putting the commands you use most often here, can save you a lot of time changing from ribbon to ribbon or hunting for a command because you can’t remember where it is.

Do you know where the Clipboard is and how to use it efficiently?

When you copy or cut content, where does it go? Many of us envision it floating around in cyberspace until we are ready to use it. In fact it goes to the clipboard. Launch the clipboard before you start cutting and pasting and you will see up to 24 items get added. From the clipboard you can click to place the content into other documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, email, or wherever you need it to go. The entire Microsoft Office suite shares the same clipboard so it is easy to move content from one program to another.

When you copy and paste from another document or program, does the formatting look right?

You have several choices when you are pasting content into documents. To access these choices, Right Click in the place you want to paste. The Right Click Menu has paste options that make it easy to choose the type of formatting you want automatically added to the new content. If you are a fan of the Ctrl + V shortcut, you can go to the Word Options to set the type of formatting that will happen when you paste.

Are styles more than just a fashion statement?

When you format a document are you still using the traditional direct formatting techniques? This is what we call formatting that is done via the Right Click menu or the Home Ribbon Font and Paragraph Group Commands. The savvy computer user uses styles to format their documents. Styles make it easier for you to keep your document format consistent and allow you to modify your formatting quickly and easily.

When things go wrong in a document, do you know why?

What do you do when you are working in Word and something unexpected happens? If the answer is “calmly and quickly fix it” then you are in a good place. If on the other hand you feel your blood pressure rising, you may benefit from understanding why Word does what it does. Trust me; it isn’t just trying to spoil your day. You just need to get inside its head if you want to reduce your Word stress levels.

Do you take advantage of reusable content?

Often we use the same signatures, headers, paragraphs of text, or tables of information in different documents. Are you recreating these items each time you need them? Word’s galleries contain ready-made reusable content, or you can create your own items and add them to the galleries for easy access.

If these are new concepts to you and/or your staff then training in the use of Microsoft Word could drastically increase user satisfaction and productivity at your office.

Reen Rose is an experienced Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Office Specialist Master.
She has been described as ‘focused, fun and very effective’. Reen believes in guiding people to become empowered Microsoft Office users by giving them the skills they need to be successful, in an engaging and enjoyable environment.

Art Lawyer New York – A Person Who Struggles For The Rights!

The job of an Art Lawyer New York is not restricted to making contracts however there is a lot more. Representing a landscape or human emotion in terms of literature and art is not a simple task. However a few have made them their strong point. Seeing the reputation of great writers and artists, people tend to duplicate their paintings or print part of their work devoid of any consent as well as also sell them.

People considering the beauty of paintings as well as the dollars they worth out of hunger stole them. They can cut the frame and role piece of art in tube carrier as well as sell them afterwards. To evade this or any other offense, Art Lawyer New York services can be employed. They struggle for the cases, build contract notes, which avoids the mishandling of painting and secondly defend the right of an artist.

You definitely would have come across the popular art theft which comprised admired works like Gainsborough’ The Duchess of Devonshire, Last Judgment Triptych By Memling, Panels from the Ghent Altarpiece, The Mona Lisa and many more. For a few thefts such as the one of Mona Lisa’s painting, burglar did spent some months in jail. From time to time you would have seen in news about the art being utilized by the offenders as security for selling weapons and drugs.

To make earnings, they purchase false paintings as well as sell them at very higher prices. A good Art Lawyer New York will assist you if you have fallen in their trap. Whenever you realize that such thing has happened with you, it is better to consult and discuss with them. They will lawfully assist you in getting back your hard earned currency.

At times, it has observed that the clients purchase the painting from the gallery and have not paid the money. In such cases art lawyer will battle the case from side of a seller and obtain the money he ought to have.

Job of an Art Lawyer –

The job of an art lawyer is to struggle for the rights of people. If you are hunting for an Art Lawyer New York, then browse on the Internet. Nowadays several attorney firms proffer capable lawyers. So you can get in touch with them. But prior to hiring one Art Lawyer New York in your case, just check his record of deeds and accomplishments. With their help and support one can without any doubt succeed their case.

An art lawyer can even assist an art vendor obtain his money from a client who has purchased an art piece however has not compensated the due money. In these cases, art dealer or vendor can acquire the assistance of an art lawyer to fight a lawful case against the client and then to obtain the money which he deserves. It is not hard to get an art lawyer. The internet could be a great help in this case plus you can simply get to recognize about an art lawyer via the internet.

Law Of Attraction Success Stories

Everyone enjoys hearing uplifting stories. Here are a few success stories others have shared. Be encouraged as you read through them!

Kaya teaches mom, “How it’s done…” Hello, I wanted to share how fun it is to watch my children attract to them that which they desire. It’s bliss watching them be so purely aligned and it teaches me so much!

I was writing on a little index card, all the reasons that I would love an recreational vehicle for our family. I had my “ask and it is given box” out, ready to drop the card in.

My 3 year old came up and asked what I was doing. After I explained it to her, she said “Can I make a card?”

She wanted a toy doggie. So, she drew a little picture and then I wrote, “Kaya’s toy doggie” beside it and we put it in the box. “Thanks mom” and she runs away.

This is the lesson for me here. She just ran away, forgot all about it, and never doubted that her toy doggie would come.

It would have been really easy for me to go out and buy her a stuffed dog, but I didn’t. Two weeks later we went to a big recreational vehicle show to surround ourselves in the feeling of how fun it will be when we receive ours. There were salesmen walking all around giving balloons and popcorn to kids.

Suddenly one of them comes up to my daughter and starts making this little stuffed dog talk to her and gets her laughing and then says “here you go, you keep this doggie.”

The thing I found really interesting is that she attracted her toy dog related to the rec vehicle, which was what I was writing about at the time she came up and asked me if she could do one.

It’s almost like her little sweet soul was saying, “Here, mommy let me help show you how it’s done!” I’ll send you a picture of us when we get our new rec vehicle! – Wendy, Ottawa Canada.

Then, there’s Teresa’s “Wouldn’t it be great…!?!” manifestation: Had to share a victory: had a little happy thought yesterday morning “wouldn’t it be great if I could create in excess of $5000 today!?!” Well, after we spoke, I heard from a colleague of mine that a design job we bid on in Jan and thought was dead is back. The contract should be signed by Monday, deposit made and my total net is in excess of $5000! I should receive at least $3000 of it next week!!!

I’m telling you, this “surrender to what is” thing is so powerful! Staying in the now, with visions launched, monitoring feelings to stay in joy…

My son told me the other day he was really interested in the teachings of the Buddha. Such a step for my son who pooh-poohs my woo-woo talk!!! I bring that up because my mantra is becoming the Buddha’s statement, “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” May your day be filled with joy, love and light! – Teresa

A beautiful note that Teresa also shared from her journal: “I have taken back my power…the power of the divine source of infinite everything that I *am*. Inner Peace. Once again, the portal to my power is the seemingly contradictory states of surrender and detachment. But these states of *Being* are the ultimate in *Faith*, the belief in things yet unseen.”

And, there’s Devika’s “Ciao, Bella” creations: First of all, when I started paying attention to all this, I was unemployed and in a deep depression. But I started doing the ‘work’ of manifesting, following one piece of advice at a time. And things started to shift – internally and externally.

I wanted to go to India (I was unemployed) and I went to India; I came back from India and calls started rolling in from people seeking my services – now I am making plenty of money doing what I love (writing) where I love to do it (my home.)

Then, I wanted to go to Rome, have a gallery there take my art work and offer me a show. Can you say, “Ciao, Bella”?! (The India and Rome trip were 7 months apart).

These days I focus less on asking the universe for this or that and more on just being grateful for whatever comes. It’s so sweet – a feeling of gratitude that is like spring fever! I have learned that true joy has little to do with circumstances, and so much with living fully present in each moment! Thanks, Anisa. I always enjoy reading your newsletter and feeling your lovely spirit. All love, Devika

Also, there’s Janice’s Healing Retreat, the well and more: I have had loads of experiences – positive and negative – with manifesting and now that I know what we think is what we create I *do* consciously work at being positive!

I have been given the privilege of taking care of the original homestead where my great-grandparents started out in Saskatchewan. The house where I was born was without running water due to some mechanical problems with the well. I *Conceived* — *Believed* — and *Yes* — *Received* enough money to get that water running with a new well despite not having much of an income! A provincial grant for fixing homes came to my attention just when needed.

I am continuing to work at manifesting *Big Things* like total financial freedom, living healthy, wealthy and wise and creating a soothing natural healing place at the farm described earlier where those who need it most can come for retreats and seminars.

I envisioned myself delivering workshops and living the dream as owner of my own business and *Presto* sooner than I thought I was way up North in the Territories running a company of my own called Wings to Freedom Consulting and making well over six thousand a month…it was awesome!!!!

I am now working on a new car…writing my legacy so my daughters and grand children will *know they can make whatever dream they have come true… and I am Living Proof!!!! Thank-you for this great opportunity to share~! Janice