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M G Whittingham

6 Days Ago

What Is The Most Important Thing That You Have Learned In This Forum?

There is so much good advice in the FAA discussion forum. I thought it would be fun if people listed what they thought was the most important advice they have received from the forum.

I guess I should go first. I learnt the importance of spending the time to craft good keywords for search.

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Jason Fink

6 Days Ago

To have patience.

 

Yuri Tomashevi

6 Days Ago

Professionally - I could not single out something. There are a lot of good advices.

On a selling and marketing side - That was my University.

On a community side - I greatly appreciate diversity of skills, experience and opinions and patience to each other talk (in most cases).

On a psychological side - I was amazed how quickly I was able to recognize people patterns in processing information and expressing opinions :-)

 

Frank J Casella

5 Days Ago

To learn from others, but what works best for them may not work that way for you. Everyone here does things a bit differently. You have to keep tweaking until you find your voice.

 

Shawn Dall

5 Days Ago

don't rely on posting in it for sales.

----Shawn----
shawndall.com

 

Abbie Shores

5 Days Ago

Haha Shawn... How true. Nice post, MG! I've learned that there are a lot... LOT of amazingly talented people out there who take time to help others

 

Angela Whitehouse

5 Days Ago

I have learned faa and it's forum is a great diverse community .
And I enjoy it very much.

The advice in the forum is very helpful.

Some we will read and say yes yes yes, others no no no , and at times ha ha ha.

But seriously it's the best place for guidance.

 

Mike Savad

5 Days Ago

i found that what sounds funny and clever in my head, often leads to a ban.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Jessica Jenney

5 Days Ago

That you will get an answer to practically anything you ask! FAA forum is the go to place for everything! (Hope I don't get in trouble for that). But it's true!

 

Mike Savad

5 Days Ago

want art tips, we got it
need answers to your strange love life? we will listen
got a serious medical disease and you want a number of random unqualified positions on what to do? you got the right board
want to talk silly talk where all toss in random answers, that happens all the time.
want to know why your art may or may not be selling or want a critique on it? we do that, in fact we do it so well it will bring tears to your eyes, happy/sad up to you.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Georgia Mizuleva

5 Days Ago

A LOT!

How-tos, do's and don'ts, news, art tips, and more from the wonderful talented people who write here.

THANK YOU!

 

David Bridburg

5 Days Ago

How to herd cats.....

Dave Bridburg
https://Bridburg.com

 

Hahaha, there are a lot of comedians in art here :)

I can always count on a good chuckle.

Probably best things I've learned for selling online is Keywords, SEO, in tags, titles & descriptions, every place that Google touches.

Licensing tips have helped too!

 

Andrew Pacheco

5 Days Ago

There is a lot of helpful knowledge and advice available here in the forum.

I don't know if I can point to one specific item that I learned here, but my total package of how I present myself and my portfolio would not be where it is without this forum.

 

Janine Riley

5 Days Ago

A wealth of knowledge - and thank you to every one that is so kind to share it.

A special shout out to Rich Franco, Mike Savad , Brad martin and Chuck De La Rosa for generously sharing their expertise - and saving the butts of so many members from grief and aggravation .


The one piece of advice that I use the most frequent came from our Lady Abbie Shores - and has made a significant change in the ease of painting on a sheet of watercolor paper :

Spray the back of the watercolor paper and place down on a sheet of Plexiglass to keep it from buckling .
Simple - & It Works ! Spares the endless hassle of stretching watercolor paper.

 

Phyllis Beiser

5 Days Ago

That there are others out there just like me. Weird, quirky, talented and loving. :) Thank you all for the many many times that you have helped me out or even just been a shoulder to cry on. :)

 

Nikolyn McDonald

5 Days Ago

Ditto so many of the thoughts above, especially the thanks to others.

But also . . . the importance of good, relevant, extensive key words and descriptions.

I sincerely believe that the vast majority of my sales comes from searches, especially internal searches (but I don't "do" Google Analytics so can't speak to that), and I learned early on that doing it as right as I can when I upload was the way to go (for me, at least).

 

Brian MacLean

5 Days Ago

To not visit it as often as I used too

 

I've learned...

That there are lots of ways to skin a cat (sorry all you cat lovers)

Also... that opinions are like ...er... bellybuttons. Everyone has one.

Lastly... there are still some principles that will always remain. Taking the "time" and "reaching out" to more sets of eyes (in a targeted way) is still the best way to sell.

 

JC Findley

5 Days Ago

Lots of ways to skin a cat is actually referring to the fish.

 

Mary Bedy

5 Days Ago

Where to find the fix for curve distortion in Photoshop.

Also, never, ever enlarge your images. That one Abbie has pounded into everybody's head over and over and over.....LOL.

 

So let me rephrase ... "there are lots of way to skin a catfish!"

From a brief google though: (We all know Google gets it right)

"There’s more than one way to skin a cat means there are many ways to do something, there are many ways to achieve a goal. The oldest known use of the phrase dates back to 1854, in the work ’Way down East; or, Portraitures of Yankee Life by Seba Smith. However, there’s more than one way to skin a cat has its roots in older, similar phrases such as there are more ways to kill a cat than choking it with cream, found in the 1830s. It seems that originally the animal in question was a dog, as a seventeenth-century proverb is there are more ways to kill a dog than hanging."

So... perhaps we've all learned something new (and of the utmost importance) today!

(Where's the glazed donuts!)

 

Doug Swanson

5 Days Ago

I've learned that there is a chasm between self-labelled artists and customers. When I look at actual sales and then look at discussion topics and what people think they need to be doing, I realize just how differently they can judge the same image.

 

Joy McKenzie

5 Days Ago

Follow the rules... Abbie eventually will see posts that show the rules haven't even been read. Don't be a jerk in your posts. If you're not a jerk about things, people will help you.

 

Floyd Snyder

4 Days Ago

Okay, now that is something I would have never guessed I could learn in an art forum.

How to skin a cat, dog, fish or any other creature...

Not sure I really need to know that... not anymore... but there was a time...

Don't mess with cats!!

 

Robert Kernodle

4 Days Ago

The most important thing that I have learned is that, among millions of artists, I am nothing if not a flea.

 

Joe Burgess

4 Days Ago

The most important thing I've learned is that creativity is in a constant struggle against familiarity.

Oh...and that this image would make for an awesome billboard... :)

https://fineartamerica.com/contests/billboard-contest.html?tab=vote&artworkid=11541029

 

RD Erickson

4 Days Ago

Just to look and 'listen' - mostly just to keep my fingers off the keyboard and my mouth shut.

 

Dora Hathazi Mendes

4 Days Ago

Thank you Floyd for your cat gif, it just says it all what I wanted

...

I dont have most important thing , because I am learning continuously.

 

Joe Burgess

4 Days Ago

It's also taught me to be more patient with my first impressions.
Some of those who I would initially lock horns with have shown themselves to be some of my favorite contributors.

Glenn being one of those examples.
Cheers, Sir.

 

M G Whittingham

4 Days Ago

Wow. So much talent. So many great ideas!

 

Mario Carta

4 Days Ago

That's a good question MG, I learned that a great amount of care should be taken when uploading images and making sure of key words,quality,description and collections and the purpose of uploading the image.

 

Lisa Kaiser

4 Days Ago

I learned that … oh forget it.

No, I learned that out of all the artists out there, I can stand out through my personality like many of you...and that is all I'm selling anyway.

 

Peggy Collins

4 Days Ago

OK, I've learned lots of great tips here on the forum. I can't think of a specific one right now though.

One thing that I've learned is that some of the people who have irritated or tried my patience the most here are actually very interesting people and a lot of fun, and I miss them when they're not around if they're taking a break. Or they get banned. Whichever comes first. :-) Anyway, I think I've learned to walk away sometimes and not type a reply in the heat of the moment.

Very true, Lisa. A personality, or maybe a lifestyle.

 

Jordan Hill

4 Days Ago

I've learned that I have alot to learn!

 

Joe Burgess

4 Days Ago

Awwwww.
Peggy misses me.
That's so sweet. <3

 

See My Photos

3 Days Ago

That there's people here not worrying about you competing against them and will go above and beyond to help. Raising prices will make you happier when you make a sale!

 

See My Photos

3 Days Ago

Hit reply and wait.

 

Thanks Joe Burgess...

Sometimes we're rough cuts and a bit more cleaving is in order. I've still got lots of jagged edges.

 

Dave Bowman

3 Days Ago

To only visit it once every three months or so to maintain my sanity. Same goes for Facebook, though I tend to be more lax in that regard :/

 

Peggy Collins

3 Days Ago

Lol, Joe. I've never found you particularly irritating but maybe I should pay more attention. :-)

 

Joe Burgess

3 Days Ago

"Ouch! I've trodden on a thistle."

That was a deep cut, Peggy.
Loved it!

 

Jack Torcello

1 Day Ago

That one sale in a blue-moon reflects how much work I put into selling my art! :)

 

Jim Whalen

1 Day Ago

Where do I start!?

 

Abbie Shores

1 Day Ago

I learned to always start at the beginning

 

Drew

1 Day Ago

M G, like many art forums, this one gives artist a sounding board to exchange ideas.
So many people identify themselves as artist and this l find curious and intriguing.
Not all artist just like other people aren't necessarily social and the forum gives people an opportunity to mix a little more than they possibly would do otherwise.

 

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