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Saturday, July 24th, 2010
1:10 pm
kidding me
this is me as a 3 year old.

more morph collages here:
Friday, June 4th, 2010
5:45 pm
mershan 18
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
9:03 am
want to sample my audio and play with it?
i uploaded my new audio files here to my site:

Pair Of Dimes
Gumby Smiles
Poppy Seed Melon Cube
Illusion Du Undulate

if you are a music person feel free to play around with my audio and add layers or experiment and sample my stuff and share with me what you made!
email me about it...
shannonkringen at livejournal dot com

most of my music tracks all linked here:
Friday, April 4th, 2008
12:37 pm
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
9:16 pm
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
12:58 pm
Linking Art - Xposted
l was originally going to post this entry with just regards to the various links across the net that would benefit artists with giving them a few more venues to display their wares.  But I realized that before I do that, I should perhaps extend some advice provided to me by art collectors and dealers that I've associated with over the years. 


Too much exposure is just as bad as no exposure.  An art dealer friend of mine asked me to create a website for him.  When discussing what he wanted the site to look like, he was very specific on the size of the images and how many from each painter he wanted displayed.  He was also very specific in asking me to watermark everything, not just for copyright laws but because, as he explained it: "The value of a painting can diminish quickly once its put on the web and easily accessible to the general public."  To save yourself the same fate, display your work specifically in galleries, not just all over the place.  Keep them in one place and refer all links to them instead of uploading them to every site.  And make sure you watermark it!

Don't always put your best foot forward!

Just as in music, you could portray yourself as a "one hit wonder" if you constantly display a single piece that far excels your other work.  I've often been advised that "surprising" a perspective buyer with a piece has a much better effect and allows the buyer to believe you are improving over previous work.  Thus they would be more inclined to return to view future pieces.

Variety is the spice of life!

Showing a buyer you are a diverse artist often allows you to be viewed under multiple genres as well as allowing you to deviate from your previous works without compromising your integrity.  This allows an artist to expand their studies, shows and explore more without putting anyone off.  This does not mean you should compromise your style though!  This is your signature and applying it to various genres only shows your strength in it.

Careful what you wish for!

Displaying your work is asking for criticism whether you realize it or not.  Remember, not everyone that views it is going to like it.  And not everyone that reviews it is going to be kind.  You need to keep in mind where the criticism is coming from.  If its from Joe Schmoe, don't take it personal.  If its from a buyer, listen to what they have to say but always remember, personal tastes play a huge part in art critiquing.  If its from another artist, view their work and see if they are in the same genre, caliber and/or medium you are.  As an artist that works primarily with acrylics, I can offer very little to those that paint in oils.  I can only offer how the piece looks to me, not any technical advice.  Others may not feel the same and might offer unsolicited advice.  When posting any pieces, you might think about adding specific descriptions, allowing the viewer some insight to the piece.  I even post my study pieces specifically stating that is exactly what they are.

Network, network, network!

As a business consultant, I cannot give any better advice than networking.  Art is a business and you are selling your wares to an open market.  This means anyone that views your work is a potential buyer because there isn't a specific market group any artist's aim for.  Networking allows other artists to view your work and possibly give you leads to buyers.  But don't limit yourself to just art communities, blogs and sites!  One of my most predominant buyers found me through my online game!  An off topic discussion of art lead him to buying several pieces of mine and him showing them to others who bought other pieces from me.  Get out there, display your wares and talk, talk, talk! 


Now... here are a few links you might find interesting.  If you have any you would like to add, please by all means, leave a comment with the link.  These links are not limited to just painters or traditional artists, so please have a look and tell me how relevant you found them.  If you build any profiles or already have one on any of the sites, let me know and I will send you my profile information as well. 

Artist profile sites:

Deviant Art
The Artist Network
Art for Show
Women Artists (sorry guys, you need to find your own site.  Sexist I know, but I couldn't find a male equivalent)
My Art Space
Dark Artists
World Artist Directory

Sites for selling artwork (these sites were picked because they had the most unusual way of presenting art for sale.  I also thought they might inspire you to find unique ways to offer your art to the general public even if you don't use the sites.):

Thriving Ink (on myspace) - They create clothing from your artwork!
My Art Contest
Cafe Press
mpRing - They sell your artwork as wallpaper on cell phones!


Wet Canvas
Artful Community
Artists Network (different than above link)

Information (copyright, business, marketing and more):

Art Space USA (This is a non-profit organization that offers space for artists and exhibits)
Americans for the Arts
12 Gauge
Artists Rights Society


Art Rage -  This is an extremely useful tool (with both a free version and a very inexpensive full version) to creating 'painted' images on your computer! 

Your own ventures:

1) Start small: A quick search can tell you how to contact your local Art Council / Society.

2) Think Big: You can usually find various state and city websites with artist directories you can create profiles on.  These sites usually list exhibits and shows with information on how to contact them to have your own work displayed.

3) Don't bother: Getting lost in a sea of other artists does you little good.  When creating profiles, you can make one on every site, but unless that site has rank in search engines, its not going to benefit you.

4) READ!  Make sure you understand what you are signing up for before uploading your images onto a website.  Reading the fine print will allow you to determine if that site is genuinely looking out for your best interest as an artist.  A LOT of sites do not protect you an any way, shape or form from other's stealing your work.

5) Copyright EVERYTHING!  As an artist, you are protected under certain laws allowing you the ability to sign your name to your art and its copyrighted (to an extent!  In court, you have to prove you are the original artist if you do not fully copyright your work and that is simply not as easy as showing a canvas with your initials).  Don't put an image on the net without your name, logo, copyright information, initials, whatever identifies it as your original artwork.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
12:59 pm
Saturday, January 26th, 2008
11:09 am
Why I am an artist - cross posted
Every once in a while something reminds me why I became an artist.  Though my passion for creating is something I can no sooner deny than my own breath, it is not the reason.  Though the moment of stepping back from a piece and looking upon the vision I've brought to life is a feeling like no other, it is not the reason.  And that there is no words to express that moment when you feel your art is speaking to you through every fiber of your being, it is still not the reason.

The reason is greater than that.  It is bigger.  It is more profound, more consuming and it is the moment my soul understands its purpose. It is the moment in which another living being looks upon it and finds their own moment of truth amongst the brush strokes.  The moment another soul connects with it and finds our common ground.  The moment it inspires another to act, react and feel.

That is why I am an artist.

What other profession can reach so many all throughout time?  Where else can you look upon the soul of another from centuries past and still feel their pain, love, struggle, joy or life?  What else can rally others behind a common cause so silently?  What else can take you from your life and bring you into another's? 

We are the leaders of revolutions.  Soldiers in a silent war.  We are historians and keepers of truth.  We are inspiration to those who cannot express themselves.  We are the displayers of beauty amid the turmoil.

I do not create for my own inspiration.  I do not paint to release my emotions never to feel them again.  I do not spend my passions only on the canvas.  No, I give them voice.  I give them life.  I give them to others to share so that they can find the inspiration to do what they otherwise might not have.

Artists have something no other profession have.  We have the ability to speak in every language, every emotion, every voice.  We are the voice of the human race.

Man's history is recorded in its art.  And it is in that art that we find the true leaders of any movement.  Those that defied society and poured their anger, their love, their thoughts onto whatever medium called to them.  We find those that struggled against the odds and demanded to be heard.  We find this in both the artist and the subjects of their art.  But it is those that have looked upon it and felt their own cause come to be.  Those who found they were not alone in the world and took action to change what they could.

I am an artist in hopes of that moment when someone looks upon my work and feels the undeniable urge to act.

That is why I am an artist.
Monday, December 24th, 2007
12:51 pm
skyscraper/green dragon/snake dream

i just woke from a very cool dream...i was in an airplane with gwyneth paltrow as the pilot...and luke wilson and a few other famous actors in the cockpit with us...it was stormy and gwyneth had to really work hard to keep us going the right direction...the plane shook up and down...then suddenly i knew we were flying just above nyc/manhattan and could see the skyscrapers very close to us.

suddenly i was a giant person holding the airplane in my hands and trying to point it at something- i was so big the plane was the size of somewhere in between a pen and a baseball bat in my hands.

it had a pointy nose thing on the front like you would see on an insect and then i saw gwyneth with a very determined look on her face and then an "aha!" and she looked at me as to say "there it is" lets go inside.

i saw this strange metal undulating dragon like snake like thing going up and down and going right through solid buildings and hiding in them...it kept moving very fast and had bright green stained glass window like eyes and scales on it's body...it was part machine/buildling part dragon/snake...

i was a giant person holding a jet airplane in my hands and i could pass through buildings and not bump into anything or crush anything below me- i just walked through solid masses like a magic ghost like creature!

i saw the green dragon/skycraper on it's side snake thing and it had an open mouth...i then pointed the airplane into it's opening and thought to myself "should i go inside it too?" and then i was afriad suddenly and thought i would not fit etc. so i didn't go in...just the plane did with gwyneth paltrow and other hollywoood actors inside...i felt proud of helping them on their mission and then suddenly i was normal size human again walking into a strange fancy boutique mall somewhere in manhattan.

i saw all these "baggy" bikini tops all these ladies were wearing- everyone had dark hair and brown eyes...i saw two sets of twin women- laughing and remember feeling a little jealous...like "i want a twim sister/best friend lady too!". one woman from each set of twins worked as a clerk at the boutique and the other two women from the sets of twins were customers. all four women were laughing and had shiny silver stud earrings i could see shine in the light. they all had very dark hair and very dark brown eyes.

i was walking around looking at the strange baggy bikini tops thinking "how odd to have such a fashion of baggy loose tops" cuz bikinis are known to be skin tight. i thought to myself "maybe this is better and more comfortable for us all"...

then i wondered how the airplane was doing inside the dragon/snake/skyscraper creature and i was hoping they solved their problems and did their mission...and i wondered if i should have gone inside that creatures mouth with the plane?

me playing the piano

my abstracted voice

videos of mine
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
9:57 am

Originally uploaded by shannonkringen
found this amazing chrome thing in a fancy seattle store today. i love how warped my face is! day 17 of the 365days of self portal challenge...

i am very proud of my growing photos here:

see a slide show of my self portals here:
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
2:02 pm

365day 14
Originally uploaded by shannonkringen
facepaint and payphone! day 14 of the 365 challenge of one self portrait per day for 365days! see my set here: www.flickr.com/photos/shannonkringen/sets/72157600269667311/
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
10:56 pm
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
10:19 am
virgin mary spotted @ choco factory

She draws the workers' eyes away from The Clock
She brings the sweetness
of accumulated life
It is a fine line of perception between a BM and a BVM sighting.
i like chocolate and its mysteries. :)
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
3:20 pm
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
12:42 pm


the 'mystery language' of Hildegard of Bingen...i never knew this till i started researching her works... the things i find are weirder & weirder, the more i look & seek things out...
Friday, March 31st, 2006
9:20 pm

click for more!
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
5:03 pm
thanks to mom for this found spampoem
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> If you had but touched me, my friend, you would have lost me, and
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
9:38 pm

The Surrealist Post, 1

'The Surrealist Post, 1', by Claudia Drake

[One of 10, for sale at urgent_alchemy]
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
10:37 pm

i'm a multi media slave=

11 of my videos here:

276 photos i took here:

and my main site:


i hope you enJOY my work!
cheeRs, shannon
Sunday, June 19th, 2005
4:30 pm
for those who love traveler photos i just posted a bunch from my trip to italy-france-england-boston


naMaste, shannon
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