As of 5PM PST today, all older directories previously available for uploading to your Imagekind galleries via FTP will cease to be accessible. The one exception to this will be our most recent IP address : 126.96.36.199 -which will still work as normal.
Many of our long-time members may be familiar with a few different addresses which they could use for access, however, we are moving over to a shiny new DNS based access point, which will stay in place, regardless of any changes Imagekind makes in the future. This means you remember one easy location – we’ll take it from there. You can start using it anytime you want, it’s ready now, though any older addresses referenced above will cease working around 5pm. Images currently inside those directories will not be affected.
The correct access info for utilizing Imagekind’s FTP directory to move files into your galleries, from this point on is as follows:
IP/Host address: uploads.imagekind.com
This directory, like all others before it is secure and locked – not even you can remove, or change your file in any way once it’s on our server.
You can always reference this information again anytime, as well as learn about using FTP for those who are new to this protocol, from inside your “My Admin” area on our regular web-based upload page, or on the following page:
Please keep in mind that you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and reference your specific Imagekind screen name, image filenames, and which of your galleries you want the images placed into. If you do not receive a response, it’s likely your email hasn’t reached us for some reason, so do try sending it again, or give a call. If you don’t get in touch with us, your images won’t make it!
Choosing art can be a difficult process. Not only are there millions of pieces out there for you to sift through, look at, dismiss and decide upon, you must also have a good understanding of what it is you are trying to accomplish when decorating with art. Below are five simple tips that can make selecting artwork easier and ultimately more enjoyable.
1. Connect with it: Art is many things to many people, but when choosing how to decorate with it, it needs to be yours and yours alone. Whether the piece inspires you, calms you, excites you or just generally makes you happy, that is where you need to start.
2. Blend it: Not only should the artwork affect you internally and emotionally, it must help create a space that surrounds you externally. Whether it is furnishings, accessories or the people who occupy the space, the art you choose should be a reflection of that and be able to pull it all together.
3. Hang it: What good is wall art if is not on the wall? Here are a few tips for hanging your artwork:
- Bigger is often better by creating more of a statement.
- Go with small prints on narrow walls and large works for large surface areas.
- When hanging wall art over furniture, it should generally not be longer than the piece of furniture.
- Hang art so that the center point of the piece is at eye level for the average person.
4. Mat it: A white or subtle cream mat brings the focus to the artwork itself. To create maximum impact with your prints, consider choosing a mat that contrasts your wall color: light mat with a dark wall and dark mat for wall painted with a light color.
5. Frame it: Usually, when selecting a custom frame, you want to avoid choosing a color that is too similar to the color of the mat you chose. Blending and selecting mat and frame colors that are evident within the painting itself can provide a cohesive and complete look.
Every once in a while some spring cleaning needs to be done in the fall. Imagekind is adding some significant new firepower to our technical arsenal, and will be experiencing some planned downtime tonight at 8PM Pacific Time, through 12AM (Midnight).
The main Imagekind web site will be unavailable during that time period, but our ever popular Imagekind Forum and your’s truly Imagekind Blog will still be around and ready for you. If you haven’t taken a good look at either, now might just be the perfect time to see what they’re all about.
We’ll be posting any updates right here, so tune in if you’re up late with us (or very early) and we’ll see you on the other side!
In yet another endeavor to expand and promote a vibrant online arts community, Imagekind is excited to announce its partnership with EBSQ for it’s upcoming juried show ”The Art of the Equestrian“. All Imagekind artists are encouraged to join in on the fun and add an entry. One winner will be chosen, and we are happy to provide some pretty sweet prizes! And of course, all submissions will be available as museum quality art prints on Imagekind - offered, as always, at the artist’s own price.
If you are not an EBSQ artist, you should learn more and sign up. For those of you who already members of EBSQ, here is the rundown. Over the entire month of October EBSQ is featuring a contest that centers on the theme of the equestrian. Now, keep in mind, just because your art contains a horse, doesn’t guarantee it is eligible for this contest. Horse art is great, and can be pretty amazing. However, this particular contest requires not only a horse, but a rider as well. You can find the official definition of equestrian right here. The show is open for entries as of today, and the deadline is October 25, so make sure you get your submission in! All artwork will be featured in special page on Imagekind for the month of November.
Once you have the art you want to submit for the contest, it will be featured on both EBSQ and Imagekind, so make sure you are signed up with us, or your entry won’t be featured. After October 25, one artist will be selected and win the following prizes:
- A $100 gift certificate, good for anything you can create or buy on Imagekind.
- A free one-year Imagekind Platinum account(note: If you already have a Platinum account, we will simply add this on to your current membership.)
- A free media kit of Imagekindâ€™s fine art paper and canvas samples.
- A free print on your choice of paper at any size your digital file will allow.
- Your profile featured on Imagekind’s homepage for one week.
Make sure you follow the requirements and sign up correctly. As stated on the EBSQ entry form:
An artist’s statement is required with every entry. Tell us about your materials, process and something about why you chose to represent your subject in the manner or media that you did. Your statement is an important element in presenting your work online and helps make your work more accessible for the viewer. As texture or other small elements may be pivotal to the piece, detail shots are encouraged.
Keep in mind, all work must be shown on both EBSQ and Imagekind to be eligible. So make sure your work is recognized - include “ebsq” and “equestrian” in your tags on Imagekind.
We really look forward to seeing some of our amazingly talented members show off their work. Good luck everyone and let the race begin!