22 Jan Jacki Kellum on Fine Art America
A few years ago, I was listening to the blues-belting voice of Janis Joplin, and I was consumed by the need to paint her. I grew up listening to the music of this epic rockstar from Texas, and although I did not paint this image from a photograph of Joplin, I did use slashes of color–to try to capture her spirit. I cannot begin to say how many people, over the years, have complimented my painting of Janis Joplin. Several people have wanted to buy it, but I decided that I needed to have some good prints of the painting done before I sold it. Yet, I am no business person and I am not a self-promoter. I simply never got around to getting the prints made, and Janis Joplin has been sitting on a shelf for years. As of January 1, 2018, however, my old approach to doing art has changed. I finally wised up and found someone who could market for me, and I resigned to simply paint.
When I initially painted Janis Joplin, I knew that it was a special piece, but I never dreamed that it would be anything more than a painting. Since I have joined Fine Art America, however, my eyes have been opened, and I have discovered that art itself is simply a beginning. It can become more–a key to another entire universe.
At the very least, Fine Art America has a printing service and they are selling, reproducing, and shipping prints of all of my art. They are not only selling the prints on professional paper, however, they are also selling the paintings printed on canvas. In addition, they offer tons of other accessories of their artists’ art.
At first I didn’t think that I would like the rest of the Fine Art America plan–the accessories part–but I have changed my opinion, and I have decided that it is fun the way that this art site can also turn my images into pillows, mugs, tote bags, Iphone X Cases, Yoga Mats, and a dozen other things, too.
It all may seem a bit commercial, but let’s be candid: most artists need to find ways to capitalize on the things that they can produce. I see no value in being a prima donna, and I feel quite sure that my Janis Joplin is thrilled that I finally pulled her off the shelf and let her sing again.
Several of my paintings have been turned into all kinds of accessories. You can find them grouped according to subject matter and color on my Pinterest Page https://www.pinterest.com/jackikellum/boards/
Or you can browse through all the things that I have listed at the Fine Art America Online Gallery https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jacki-kellum/shop
I am adding new art to both venues weekly.