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Why pay for original art?

Updated on November 23, 2011

Commission Art If You Have The Power

Here is a standard from Ben Zoltak, can you commission a true original? (all image rights retained by Ben Zoltak)
Here is a standard from Ben Zoltak, can you commission a true original? (all image rights retained by Ben Zoltak)

Why pay for original art?

If you want to make money as an artist, you have to live up to the conviction of your creativity. You have to be your own rooster waking up the world around you.

Do you have the funds to buy original art? If you do, then you should. Original art is the light in the fog, the electrical art that fights warm and forward in the snowstorm. My art is a behemoth of bounding energy, a ball of lightening surging forth from the frothy storm of incontinent progeny of human deliverance. Find art that eviscerates your inner pendulum, if not mine, than someone's who will trade your vigor for the tips of your soul!

Commission a painting from me for posterity! To welcome the immigrants of far away families to your burgeoning domestic kin. Commission a painting to capture the remnants of your legacy. Commission a painting to have a Zoltak in your house! To contain that which is not easily tamed, a mustang bred and carried to Asia and Europa only to be brought and relished again in her birthright of the Americas!

Why should art be anywhere in a New universe of images and song transparent and ubiquitous like autumn leaves splayed about a towns park lawn? Why should art lend relevance to your existence in it's multi-technological levels of darkness and austerity? Here's why:

Commission my oil paintings to ground your family. Commission my art to bring originality to the vigor of your passion. Commission my art to carry the convictions of all the notions of your life and your loves. The world is an ephemeral place, no matter how much someone will illustrate to you otherwise. Put your mark down, in metal and cadmium weight, in timeless marks rendered by an artist on canvas for the future.


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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks blackmarx. All those years of listening to people telling me no artist needs to sell himself and his art never worked for me! So time for a new tack. Glad you agree on original art. Lots of artists have been put down by non-art buyers for so long they assume everyone is of that mind set. I by no means am a financial success but I have met them, those artists who make a living doing it, so there is a way.

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      blackmarx 

      8 years ago from Rice Lake, WI

      Good job selling yourself. As a painter I agree with your statement to own original art. If I had to guess I would say that 90% of home today do not have original artwork on the walls they are all filled with prints. Which is ridiculous considering the large number of artists struggling to sell their work all over the place. I fear that art appreciation is dieing in this world. Ironically, I have artwork listed for half the price of a large mass produced prints found in wal-mart or other discount stores, but still people buy those. I guess they enjoy owning the same art that thousands of others own. Eventually end up in trash or goodwill when they get tired of it, sounds like a waste of money to me. Original art is an investment and should be treated that way.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Mike, when this bird is flying, I'll be your pitchman! I think I had one ti many martoonis my self last night... I appreciate the accolade, thank you.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Ben, when you've sold all your work and have achieved fame and fortune, take a little time and be a pitch-man for me, okay? No one could've said it any better!

      Guess I'll go get a glass of wine...

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Zac828! It is a call to arms (or brushes, or the throwers pot, or what have you!) I agree, wine does help, or beer and/or Irish Whiskey!

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      Ben

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      Zac828 

      8 years ago from England

      Hope things are going well, I liked this and thought of it as a call to arms! Keep going, and wine helps!

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      mercon 

      8 years ago

      good article, probably I'll bookmark this hub

      thx :)

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks GL, yeah this hub is pretty close to "overly promotional" I think. That's what happens when I drink too much wine, look at all my bills, then start writing hubs! Haha! For shame! Thanks for the heads up with IX, I won't be in a position to get my own website for a while yet, but I will come back to your advice in a few months.

      I say go for it as far as the Hub promo for IX Webhosting. After researching on here the past few weeks it seems that some of the writers who make money on HubPages do a fine balancing act between purely altruistic hubs, and commercial writing. BTW I Googled your credentials, you have quite a storied career, for what it's worth coming from an unknown creative such as myself, I was very impressed.

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I used Yahoo for years and just switched over to IX Webhosting which puts them to shame! I am milling over whether to write a hub about them, but I need lots more info to make it work here without sounding overly promotional.

      Flickr has some advantages, but nothing beats your own site. From there you can sell your work, show your work, write about your work and nobody will tell you you're "overly promotional".

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      thanks poetlorraine, I've been tossing around the idea of creating an online portfolio connected to flikr or deviantart.com, that way art lovers can buy prints if buying originals is too far out of budget. Any opinion on the matter? Thanks for the compliment!

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      lovely hub oooh to be an artist.... would like to see lots more of your work

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Green Lotus! I tore down my portfolio website last year. It was hosted by Yahoo, pretty clumsy, and mostly a liability. Someone told me recently I can get a flikr page for free, do you think that would be a good way to go? I plan on getting my own blog in a few months, I thought maybe I'd wait until then and create a page on it for my art portfolio? What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion.

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My husband and I never buy prints for our clients. Not when we can recommend original art! There's lots of great art out there (yours included) that speaks to the soul and may even appreciate in value. Many are reasonably priced, other are just worth it. Now go and add your portfolio website to your profile!

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