Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I thought I would share my 3 favorite art marketing books in this post. I own these books and they are well written and chock full of information. I am just like you, I would rather be in the studio which leads me to my first pick.
I'd Rather Be In the Studio by Alyson B. Stanfield. This book provides practical advice from an art business coach. I would also recommend Alyson's blog for frequently updated posts with free tips and great information.
Art Marketing 101, 3rd Edition by Constance Smith. This is the definitive book for all aspects of marketing your art. I would liken it to what the Joy of Cooking is for cookbooks.
Last but not least is Death to the Starving Artist by Nikolas Allen. This is a modern take on the subject with humor and tough love. Nikolas is a young artist with a unique way of looking at things.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
New work to share!
Cocktails and Mustard, 13 x 10 acrylic on paper framed
History of Pyrex 13 x 10 acrylic on paper framed.
I am back! I know it has been sometime now. I have said before that I want to awaken my blog again and make it a place for sharing my art, life and useful information. I think I have figured out how I can make that happen. I hope to update at least once a month. This should be doable with my busy schedule.
These are two of my newest pieces. I am really enjoying still life work. Anything is fodder for the artistic mill. I already have other set-ups in mind using some of my fun personal things. I love retro and reflections - the two r's! I will still do other subjects for my collectors and so I keep myself challenged and excited about the subjects I paint, but I will throw in still life work as well.
For History of Pyrex I set up some of my personal pieces that I use all the time. The orange bowl and brown casserole were wedding shower gifts many moons ago! Cocktails and Mustard was born when I noticed the sun shining on some liquor bottles on my china cabinet. I quickly added the cordial glass and antique mustard tin for color and interest and grabbed my camera!
How about a tip!
I think it is really important to under paint your image to eliminate the stark white underneath. This helps if you miss a spot which is easy to do on textured support like canvas. You won't have the bright white showing through. There are different approaches to this. I was taught to tone for light and shadow underneath - ultramarine blue watered down for shadow and raw sienna watered down for light. Another approach is to under paint with a compliment. For example, if you are doing a landscape that is mostly green - under paint with red to make the greens sing! Give it a try and see what works for you. I know one artist that always under paints with magenta so it all depends on your style and preference.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!