Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 3-30-12

This article points to recent questions asked on the BrushBuzz Art Forum.

Some recent questions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum:

1. What should you do if a successful artist has the same first and last name as you?

Artist Debra Joy Groesser offered a solution, stating, "I added my middle name a couple of years ago as a way to distinguish myself from another artist with my same name. I think it's even more important to do that (middle initial or middle name)if you have an unusual name like mine. It has helped tremendously.". Artist Karen Cooper noted the 'artist with the same name' problem, stating, "I correspond with three other Karen Cooper's who paint, but know of many more. Two people own paintings of mine, just because their name is also Karen Cooper. ". Artist Amy Evans acknowledged the issue, adding, "I discovered a few years ago that there was another artist named Amy Evans in MS. Several of my relatives and friends were thrilled that a gallery was showing my work in Jackson, MS., where I once lived. Unfortunately that wasn't me.".

Do you have a solution for the 'artist with the same name' problem? Have you endured a similar experience? Offer your answer in the comment section below or on the BrushBuzz Art Forum itself.

2. What do you do when a local artist creates similar artwork?

Artist Sharon Hicks offered some advice pertaining to this question, stating, " If someone else is doing something similar, you could consider it a complement that what you are doing has created a market for that style of art." . Artist Sam Thorp added, "I would say some soul- searching is in order. Each person's artwork should reflect their life experiences and vision. If that is not original enough, then you're not being authentic or honest enough.". Artist Pamela Poole offered a suggestion, stating, "Artists often change as a part of growth, affecting their styles, approach, subject matter, etc. It would not surprise me if both of these artists change as time goes by, keeping them from being too similar overall."

What would YOU do if faced with a situation like this? Comment with your thoughts here -- or on the BrushBuzz Art Forum.

3. Does your art have a message?

Artist Jana Botkin answered this question, stating, "The county where I live has dismal statistics for unemployment, poverty, teen pregnancy, welfare, diabetes and bad air. It is my mission to show the good things about the place where I live!".

Does YOUR art have a specific message? Share that message in a blog comment (feel free to point to your artist website)... or on the BrushBuzz art forum entry for this question.

Do you have a question or discussion-starter that you would like to address to the BrushBuzz / FASO community? If so, visit the art forum. You can also receive links to BrushBuzz art forum discussions throughout the week by signing up for the BrushBuzz Daily Top 10 Newsletter.

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