Now, having said that, I've created and posted a few things here that are just for fun, for your enjoyment, gratis. Things such as this:
That is a deliberate choice on my part. I want visitors to my page here to be entertained. I want to make people happy with my art. I want to make them smile and laugh. And I like to experiment. So in posting "freebies" here, I'm entertaining my visitors and finding out if my experiments work.
But in the meantime, I'm working on projects that I expect to get paid for, eventually. And I have my paintings here - which I consider my "serious" work - in hopes that some visitors might care to buy them. Which is why I offer some of them in print form. I also have them available for sale elsewhere - such as at Fine Art America - and I've made sales there (none here yet). If you're a serious artist, that's the kind of thing YOU should be doing. Posting art here for exposure is all very well, as long as it's YOUR choice, and if it's part of your marketing plan.
But here's my point (and to quote Ellen DeGeneres: I do have one) - there are going to be those people who will tell you that they LOVE your art and would like you to do some of it for them - but for free. Or for "exposure". These people wouldn't dream of asking someone to fix their car or paint their house for free, but they think it's perfectly fine to ask an artist or a writer to give them something for nothing. These people do this because they think art is frivolous, and that we artists do what we do all because it's just so dang much fun. "Fun". Ha! The idiots! You know what I mean.
Here is a link to an excellent article in the New York Times about those who prey on and exploit artists, maliciously or otherwise. Please read it, if you're serious enough about your art that you want to get paid for it. And make no mistake - you SHOULD get paid for your art. Art is NOT frivolous, it should NOT be given away, even if your art is meant merely to amuse. Does anyone ever get in free at Disneyland? Yeah, I didn't think so. Here. Read. Learn. And beware! www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/opi…