Naked Woman, Naked Women, Naked Women….

This is a quote from one of the best TV characters ever created – Jeff from Coupling. And so it is with my Flickr account. In the early part of the year I created a series of paintings of nude women, in part for the challenge of doing so but also to see exactly how this would effect the number of hits I would receive. Well in the three months since the first of these paintings was posted on Flickr I have increased the total number of hits by a third.

What does this mean? Well the obvious thing is that sex sells…nothing new there. It also means that my other works getting a chance of being viewed as well, although I think this is a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but you have to live in hope. It could also be argued that the figures don’t actually amount to much at all.

Does it matter that I’ve increased the number of hits? Of course it doesn’t apart from the fact my work is now being seen by more people than they ever would if I had tried to show them at an exhibition. The obvious retort to this would be that Flickr isn’t an exhibition and the quality of the work posted to Flickr is marginal at best so to equate the two would be a gross distortion. All true but as I rarely exhibit my work in the conventional sense this is still something to be interested in – for me at least.

So sex draws in the punters. The ultimate painting I could create would be something like Courbet’s L’Origine du monde (‘Origine_du_monde) to really push the boat out for hits. Somehow I think that it is going in the wrong direction, not for artistic reasons but probably for moral and good taste reasons. Now there’s a thought…art being controlled by good taste…

Simon Marchini

About Guthlac

An artist, historian and middle aged man who'se aim in life is to try and enjoy as much of it as he can
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