The Wonderful World of Art

Two for One by Jon Hamilton-Fford

Art is the ability to speak using pictures.

The Ancient Egyptians did just that although they weren’t the first to use art to record the world around them. They were, however, the first to master the technique to communicate with others. The Rosetta Stone opened up a pathway so that others could translate these pictures into meaningful sounds and then the sounds into words that we could all understand.

Art is one concept that allows you to paint a picture that tells a story, one that perhaps has hidden meanings that we can only see when it is pointed out to us. Otherwise it remains just a picture.

Now, the two girls above are two of my pictures dating back to the 1960s. They are individual paintings although some of you might call them illustrations. Nonetheless, they can serve a greater purpose other than art you simply hang on a wall.

They could, for instance, be part of an article or bolster a story that appears in one of those fancy airline magazines. Either way, it is another way of using your skills to sell your art and perhaps fill a niche in the market. Editors are always looking for fresh ideas, and new artists. You could also try your hand at book/story illustrations or even book jacket design.

This, again, is a way of using your skills as an artist to enable children/and adults to form a story in their mind while still learning to read.

There are, however, a few caveats to be aware of in order to safeguard your interests and those of any potential client. One contact could lead to several new openings. As published authors, we have now managed to cover all our bases. I hope that I have provided you with a variety of options that will get you started or at least show you what your art can do for you, and for others, in the world of publishing.

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