Tuesday, March 4, 2008

African Hoopoe

African Hoopoe
This is one of those weeks where I have been itching to get back to my easel and start something meaningful, but all kinds of unexpected situations have kept me otherwise occupied. I did manage to complete another small bird illustration of an African Hoopoe over the weekend.

The African Hoopoe, common throughout Africa South of the Sahara and Madagascar, is not an endangered species. They normally nest in holes wherever they find them and make a Hoop- hoop sound which gives them their name.

I have also been looking at some Art marketing sites but I am not sure I want to direct potential buyers away from my site to one of those. One of our large art sites features about 2000 local artists and I just feel that the availability of thousands of other artworks on the site will distract potential clients from my work.

I have listed a number of paintings with them but want to keep it totally seperate from this site. I know they offer all the payment facilities that I don't have but it also has an effect on the pricing.

So if there are any good suggestions or advice anyone can offer I am all ears.


Sue Ellen Cowan said...

Caroline, your African Hoopoe is wonderful, well done. I have a gallery in one of those big marketing sites and I link directly to my gallery page from my blog so that visitors are not distracted by any other artwork. Viewers see only my gallery and purchasing options. That way, I get the best of both. Good luck, it is a tough decision.

LadyBanana said...

That's so beautiful, I saw some of these birds when I was in Dubai recently :)