Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?

April 1st, 2015

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
–W. Somerset Maugham IMG_6966









To publish or not to publish? I’ve finally made the decision.  I am designing a portfolio book – a collection of my imagery.
What meaning does it have for me? It is another way to share my work. I can’t wait to get it done!

It’s a big commitment of time, energy and cash. There are many challenges and considerations.

First, the structure: How many pages? Should the format be landscape or portrait? (or as we used to say: vertical or horizontal!) How should I layout the pages? How many images per page?  Should I add text other than simple titles and sizes? Each painting has its own story , but after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

IMG_6969Then there’s the absolutely critical issue of having excellent, high resolution photos of the paintings. Fortunately  I’ve been having my work professionally photographed for decades.

And then, of course there is the decision of which of the hundreds of paintings should be included.

There will be nests, of course, but which ones?  Should they be arranged by color, content or chronology? IMG_6958

Should I include ravens? I definitely think so.

Will it be too much to add a few of the petroglyph series?IMG_6979 I think they are essential.









I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Help me out in the comments below!



7 Responses to “Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?”

  1. Mark Clark says:

    Liza – Publish quickly! We will want a copy for our house, and being Baltimoreans, we love animals such as Ravens, Colts and Orioles! Your work is so great, it should be shared widely!

  2. Nanci Hersh says:

    Yes! do a book of your work and include your ravens and petroglphs and you must give us a few words of the story behind the pieces. They are so rich and full of beauty.

  3. Craig Yager says:

    Liza, I’d love to hear, like Nanci, “a few words of the story behind the pieces,” but not under or next to the paintings. Let the work stand on its own, to be appreciated and “read” by each person.

    In the back of the book, put “a few words” referring to those paintings that you wish to tell us about, not necessarily for every painting.

    That way we get the benefit of both experiences — making our own story and, if we choose, hearing yours.

  4. Margie says:

    and I love the idea of some written thoughts ONLY IF IT DOES NOT SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS…..the images are the important thing…I would say a few words at the front or back is enough and the rest icing…yes, i would love to hear a few details from your heart or the place and time of the photo…inspiration behind the painting…but you cannot do everything all the time…publishing the images is a huge and important accomplishment I VOTE YES PLEASE….

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