The Trump administration is considering a drastic change in the way federal government grants and other benefits are set aside specifically for minority groups and women.When the president signed a budget bill on Friday that will fund the government through the end of September, he laid out a case in writing for why he will in effect ignore some parts of it on constitutional grounds.The signing statement specifically mentions a 4 million set-aside for Native American and Native Alaskan housing block grants; a million appropriation for the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency; more than million to guarantee loans to historically black colleges and universities; and million to boost payments to 'native Hawaiian' defense contractors.It also targets million slated to be spent mitigating environmental damage caused by the Pentagon on American Indian tribal lands.Petapixel did a fun satirical article on this recently. From web images to print – First lets remember that classy branding on an image generally adds value. This night HDR of the Seattle skyline shows an example of how I mark images for gallery and print exhibitions while keeping them classy. But I probably have slaved more than most on this and I’ve come to a place where I have an understanding of my brand and of art presentation. I sell all my portraits and my fine art using the approaches I’m about to discuss. If the marking/branding you use distracts from the image you’re trying to show you’ve already failed.How often do you buy a book without the authors name on the front? If you bought a Ferrari would you want it without the emblem? I hand sign my best pieces, as we’ll talk about below. While this is very subdued, people do look at signatures and names. This whole topic is fraught with debate and uncertainty. I’m always refining ideas however and will update this post accordingly in the future. A case in point is big watermarks plastered across images.I think many people who don’t brand their images do so because they lack branding experience, or don’t consider their images of high enough value to hang equally next to other art. For example a commercial client may require unbranded images, but they should also expect to pay a premium for that right.Some on the other hand some take image marking too far, ruining their presentation by going overkill with watermarks. Artists have been branding their work for centuries and so should you.
This is especially true the better known or more famous an artist eventually becomes. Maybe they think everyone already knows who they are. So rule number one-- and by far the most important rule-- sign your art. Anyone outside the immediate inner circle is pretty much screwed.Read more Living abroad is an incredible opportunity to rediscover and reinvent yourself, including the romantic side of your life.Transcending cultural differences and customs is just a small step to achieve that.by Gavin Seim Updated 11/12: If your name is not on your work, you’re missing out. The truth is, selling images is not about just having passion, it’s about business.Is your work just piece of paper, or is it a piece if art?