Survey says…

Survey says...UPDATED February 23, 2019:

Last week, I posted a poll for my readers over 50, wanting to know what are our two biggest challenges to creating art.

The first thing I learned from the poll is that people of my generation do not follow instructions.

Basically, a request to click boxes on a form was more of a conversation starter…which is fine. I received the vast majority of responses in comments left on Facebook, Instagram and here on the blog. One friend even decided that instead of answering the poll he would just write his own book. I’m very happy for you, M.T..


I really do appreciate all of the helpful responses. I was a little bit surprised at the answers, but it gave me a good idea of where I need to start in developing my first workshops.

These were the top challenges listed:

23% – Making time to create art
19% – Finding places to sell my art (and avoid theft)
15% – Finding inspiration to create new art
12% – Gaining respect as a (especially digital) artist
8% – Printing (file specs, framing, shipping)
8% – Pricing my artwork
7% – Using social media to share my art
4% – Setting up my art webiste
4% – Financial Cost
0% – Networking with other artists

So there you have it. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on posting workshops to address various aspects of the above issues. Stay tuned!

7 thoughts

  1. Robert brings up the very perplexing issue about converting digital images into prints. While a general rule of thumb is if you divide your digital pixel size by 150 it will give you the maximum print size in inches but the critical part of enlarging digital work is also the dpi (dots per inch). You’re probably aware of this Jenn but many aren’t.
    I currently paint for the joy of it having left the professional art world many years ago, but finding a place to post your work on line while avoiding the scammers sites that give you little to no exposure it a tough one. I sell and get the most recognition on instagram. I’m delighted to hear your doing a workshop, I’ve read a lot of your informative post and have learned much.

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    1. That’s good info, and yes, it’s crucial to have a guideline so that larger prints will be good quality. I produce digital art for printing, so that’s easier. But I can imagine this must seem overwhelming to an artist who paints or draws and then converts that artwork into digital files for printing. I’ll put that near the top of my workshop list.

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  2. Hi, in my early seventies I found it hard to use paint and deal with mess, but Pixarra Twisted Brush is just great for me. I’ve found people doubtful about the worth of digital art, they asume it’s just messing with photos (strange when galleries increasingly have video and sound works on show). I do everthing from scratch, I’ve always a few on the go, reworking until I’m satisfied, when I usually arrive at a “eureka” moment then quickly sign and post on the website. The most important thing for me is to get colour, form and line balanced to a harmonious whole. The areas I’d need most help with would be printing: I don’t know enough about pixels and enlarging (A4 is the largest my printer can handle), and marketing: should I post stuff I’m going to try and sell on my website? what about framing and shipping?
    Hope this is helpful, keep creating, Kind regards Robert

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    1. That is so much great information, and very helpful, Robert. Thank you very much!

      These are exactly the sort of topics I’m wanting to address in upcoming workshops within the next several weeks.

      Meanwhile, I can recommend a drop-shipper in Texas that might be able to help: Finerworks ( I’ve ordered several items from them. Nice people, great customer service and reasonable prices. There is all sorts of good info on their blog and FAQ page about options for setting up. They can work with one-offs, mutiples, or wholesale orders.

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