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IndieWalls announced in September that they would be giving prize awards for the most artist referrals.
I posted my referral link: Artists, apply through this link to discover a unique list of projects in need of great art: https://www.indiewalls.com/s/f7
IndieWalls is curated, and not all who apply are accepted.
IndieWalls is giving to the first to 20 to refer ‘5 Accepted Artists’ and the first 10 to refer ’10 Accepted Artists.
I was one of the winners! One of my prizes was a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Artists, please continue using the referral link above to apply to IndieWalls.
ARTROOMS is a new concept in art exhibiting your art. Artists are free to create their own environment in a room in the prestigious Melia White House Hotel, London!
Artists apply now until December 15th for free rooms. Go to Art Rooms London site here and click on *APPLY* in top menu.
Amber is ancient organic material, such as the sap of pine trees, that has fossilized. Amber talismans and jewelry have been found in Stone Age archeological sites. The ancient Greek word for amber is Elekton, meaning sun. In the great literary work titled the Odyssey, written by Homer, mention is made of amber earrings and a necklace of amber beads as a princely gift.
Wear amber to attract warm, generous and loyal people into your life. Amber is said to enhance your artistic qualities, and also bring your soul-mate into your life.
Wearable amber art is both a great investment and an excellent way to amplify the effects of Feng Shui energies. Amber art jewelry pieces make great unisex fashion gifts. Explosion Luck’s jewelry store has quality Tibetan Thangka pendants (also spelled Tibetan thanka pendants, Tibetan tangka pendants, Tibetan tanka pendants), Tibetan amber jewelry and Feng Shui pendant necklaces are suitable for everyone.
In addition to making wonderful gifts, you can start your own collection of unique Feng Shui jewelry, antique amber jewelry and meditation yoga inspired Tibetan Buddhist pendant necklaces here and now in the Explosion Luck online store here.
The Explosion Luck online shop also carries one-of-a-kind handcrafted vintage and antique incense burners, such as the exquisite Chinese bronze incense burner Your Majesty with a carved dragon design, shown above, and now available at a special price for gift giving and collecting here.
The dragon is associated with Chinese art, Chinese history, Chinese folklore, and Chinese religion. The traditional Chinese dragon consists of parts of nine different animals–a camel’s head, a demon’s eyes, a snake’s neck, a clam’s belly, a carp’s scales, a tiger’s paws, a cow’s ears, a deer’s horns and an eagle’s claws. Besides being functional, is makes an interesting art and conversation piece and collectible.
Explosion Luck provides unique gifts, Feng Shui paintings and Feng Shui jewelry for unique Christmas Gifts for Men, Women and Kids–view their gift collection here.
If you are on the look-out for unusual gifts to give this year, introduce someone on your gift list to a unique bit of symbolism with a grasshopper art piece.
The grasshopper is a symbol of your inner voice and appeals to artists, musicians and dancers, and is said to inspire our muse.
In nature, grasshoppers can only jump forward–not backward or sideways–so when the grasshopper appears in your life he could be reaffirming that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your situation. And since the grasshopper moves to its own rhythm, it is advocating that we do the same by following our own intuition.
The grasshopper also symbolizes longevity, good health, happiness, wealth, abundance, virtue and fertility and grasshopper art has a deep root in both Europe and Asia as a symbol of good luck around the world. Grasshopper art is increasing in popularity and is important to Feng Shui energy. As the grasshopper grows and lives in nature, it hops and leaps along carrying and spreading positive Feng Shui energy everywhere it jumps.
The grasshopper is a creature of natural harmony and makes a truly unique good luck gift for your loved ones and friends of all ages.
Each Explosion Luck grasshopper statue has its own its own personality and name, its own unique colors, and sits on a base made from a date palm tree.
Enjoy exploring the unique collection of grasshopper crafted art sculptures at special prices here!
This video demonstrates the intricate Art of Folding A Bamboo Leaf Grasshopper
Dean Cameron is busy creating new and innovative features for his online gallery Flootie.com. Although he humorously refers to himself as a “Serial Entrepreneur in need of a 12 step program,” he also says that Flootie is his focus and at the top of his list of priorities. “We are all about “Concentric Marketing,” says Cameron of his online gallery– “Currently our programmer is developing a single point registration system to be rolled out very soon. Next is an “auto share” feature that allows artists to post a new work on Flootie and have it share to all their social media accounts at the same time. Saving them time to create more artwork.”
You’ll find the Magicraftsman Studio gallery featured prominently on the Flootie homepage. The gallery is in the Pacific Northwest area of the USA, in Spokane, Washington, and was founded by artist Roch Fautch. Working in conjunction with Dean Cameron and Flootie, this gallery space is made available commission free to imaginative and thought-provoking artists–both local and international.
Roch Fautch and Magicraftsman Studios also sculpted a set design for Dean Cameron’s new art TV production studio. Ever busy, Cameron describes the development of his Unit 219 TV studio space–“We built a new office for our producer and myself to better support the post production work we do in video. On top of that we have built a state of the art TV production studio with chromakey green wall and LED lighting, pro sound and our “soon to be unveiled” sculptured set design from our artist friend Roch Fautch and Magicraftsman Studio.”
Cameron works closely with artists in a variety of ways, and uses TV interviews with artists to promote their work. Cameron produces his Flootie TV series in his new Unit 219 space. “The Studio resides in a building I own and we are calling it “Unit 219 Studios”. It is a large Commercial “Condo facility.”
The art on the Flootie TV office walls (in the photo above) are pieces in Dean Cameron and wife Pam’s private art collection. “My background is as a “collector” and supporter of the arts and artists and I served for several years on numerous boards in our region. The Spokane Valley Arts Council has done great things in bringing original art to collectors in our region. My wife and I own approximately 200 original paintings and many are from regional artists and many of those are Flootie artists as well. I have primarily been a professional and/or business owner most of my adult life in various industries. My skill set is in Relationship development (Sales and Marketing) and I have worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a supplier to them. I have always had a great love for the arts (no skill whatsoever to make art) just a profound respect for the artists and their works. I see so much in the way art is presented to the public that has not changed much in eons of time. We live in a changing world and I think we have some idea’s that can make a difference (many are still in development and are what I like to call “game changers”).”
“Jani produced our first video for Flootie and all the “Flootie University” video’s that were designed to explain the features and benefits of Flootie to our users. We were invited to create a TV show by our local station CMTV and had an open book as to content and style. Jani and I seem to click on how we build these shows. I would also be remiss if I did not mention our character “Art Formee”. The name came to me as a way to reference artists and buyers in the same breath. He has come to life in our TV Shows (of which I am the straight man to his comedic insults). He is played by our good friend and AWESOME musician Charles Swanson.”
Jani and Dean share the role of Director. “We have 3 studio camera’s, LED lights and remote microphones. There is more equipment at our disposal if needed. Jani runs one camera and my son John Cameron runs another (he studied video production in school as well). The Flootie TV production team is rounded out by our Super Ninja Internet Programmer Adam Townsend. Usually much of the show is shot before hand with our vignette’s. We bring in two artists and it is Jani, John and me (and the artists of course). Then post production happens and they are all “knitted” together into a 30 minute show.”
FLOOTIE TV – 1-800-bad-dali If all the wretched drug manufacturers can do it, so can Flootie TV!
“We are going “off studio” for our next show. It will be a special episode that centers around our “Artists Forever” Grant Program. We will shoot from a local Gallery and tie into the three video’s we have already completed where we give grants to elementary school arts programs to support the purchase of art supplies.”
Cameron and Flootie support and work to promote other art galleries as well. “We enjoyed a cooperative event this past summer called “The Summer of Flootie” where our friends at Pacific Flyway Gallery (now called Spokane Gallery) displayed Flootie Artists works for the months of June, July, August and it culminated into an outdoor BBQ and art show event. We plan to do more co-op events with others as well.”
Cameron relates that his”Master GOAL” was established long ago, saying, ” I learned a long time ago that business plans need to be flexible as they change based upon opportunity. Much of what we laid out on the original website has changed. It does come to me somewhat naturally (Serial Entrepreneur in need of a 12 step program again..lol). Sometimes I need the art to distract me from pursuing other idea’s…SQUIRREL!!”
To relax and unwind Dean Camera fly fishes–and sent this photo to prove that he does take some time off.
Submission deadline is the 1st of December. Check http://floorrmagazine.com for details.
There first featured artist will be abstract painter Philip Allen, who is represented by Kerlin Gallery.
The Japanese fish printing technique is called gyotaku –read about the methods for printing fish here. One artist has updated the technique using toys and teddy bears.
Here’s a video of his printing process:
Clara described working as an illustrator for HEARTS magazine–“All of us are in the two story building. The editorial team’s office is beside the computer, and the production units, the advert and marketing team’s offices is opposite the reception office for visitors. They give me the stories. l read them until l am in the story– l want to feel the experience of the writer. l sketch some scenes in the stories. Once l get the feel of how to portray the emotion, gestures or anguish of the characters in the stories l get photo reference and start laying it out.”
“They give me the stories on Mondays and have to submit the pencil drawings for production on Wednesdays. l work like a tornado! Actually l was on probation for six months before l become a full member of the house. The post of the Assistant Manager was for a man, but the Director of Soul Publications Limited was so impressed by my pencil drawings but she wanted to undermine me because of my stature. At that time l just graduated from my secondary school awaiting my admission into higher institution. So l was able to convince her that something big can come out of something small.”
I’ve noticed many artists use a highly selective, yet very restricting, follow or don’t follow method of maintaining their Twitter accounts. They won’t follow anyone who isn’t strictly a friend or can help them with their career in some way. They only tweet about their own art a couple of times per week. Yet they would like many more followers and are really puzzled as to how to get them. I see artists with as few as 23 followers or around 100 followers, and that number remains unchanged week after week.
The problem with that sort of limited following and tweeting may seem obvious–so very few will see your tweets– yet so many artists continue to use this method to overly control their twitter feed because they don’t understand simple Twitter controls.
You don’t have to tightly screen your followers. Instead, follow more twitter accounts and use settings such as the Turn Off ReTweets.
The simple truth is that many on Twitter are paid by advertisers to Retweet. The amount they are paid is determined by the number of followers. For instance, I know of one site that pays someone with 1,000 Twitter followers about .50 cents for a tweet or retweet, someone with 10,000 Twitter followers about $5-10 per retweet, and someone with 100,000 followers $25.- 50.00 or more! Tweeters are paid to make certain Tweets go “viral.” Not surprisingly, many set up multiple Twitter accounts for the purpose of making money this way.
When a Tweet genuinely goes viral, you’ll often read news stories and articles about it. Genuinely viral Tweets indicate a strong mainstream interest, and careers can be made and celebrity gained from genuinely viral Tweets. So advertisers try to mimic these viral Tweets by paying others to Retweet the same Tweet from Twitter accounts with large numbers of followers.
How To Turn Off Someone’s ReTweets–
Visit your Twitter account each day to review your new followers.
When you have a new follower, visit their Twitter page and scan their recent tweets. If you see nothing but retweeted content that has nothing to do with fine art, or any of your other interests, you can still follow them back but click on the gear icon and in the drop down menu click on Turn off Retweets (as illustrated in the photo above.)
That way you can build your following and keep all the noise out of your Twitter feed.
One artist wrote–
If you are on the look-out for unique gifts–nothing does it quite like real art!
UK artist Clare Haxby–with studios in both Singapore and London– offers her beautifully packaged (unframed) fine art prints for international delivery in 3-10 days. The artist offers custom framing and delivery of framed prints in Singapore (only) in 10 days from when you place your print order.
The artist’s feng shui Good Luck Buddha art prints could be the perfect gift for the home or office of your feng shui afficionado friend of family member. These feng shui Buddhas come in 4 styles–
Emerald Lotus Buddha represents enlightenment and self-acceptance, Scarlet Lotus Buddha enhances the feeling of being grounded and creative, the Emerald Mudra Buddha increases harmony and peace, Indigo Orchid Buddha awakens one’s intuition allowing in higher spiritual vibrations.
These Buddha art prints are not considered religious objects, but are viewed as images symbolizing good luck and well-being.
Other Clare Haxby limited edition fine art prints to consider for gifts, include 7 prints in her floral botanical series, 9 prints available in her Equestrian series, and 19 available prints in her Singapore Landmarks and Skylines series.
With so many colorful art prints to choose from, perhaps you’d like to give a Clare Haxby gift card instead. A gift card allows your business associate, family member, friend or loved one to choose their favorite print.
“I know how special it feels to open a beautifully wrapped gift and that is why I take such great care with the presentation and packaging of my Fine Art Prints, from the crisp wrapping tissue to the beautiful ribbon and cylinder packaging.” Clare Haxby
Follow Magazine is a digital publication that launched just days ago, and the founder is a filmmaker who describes the purpose of Follow Magazine specifically as being about helping artists build and engage with their audience online–followmagazine.online
It’s the last day of Pay What You Wish Week! Today is the final day to get the Artist Marketing Resources e-book guide for artists and all e-list resources–art galleries, art consultants, art magazines, art prints, art licensing, Photography Resources, art sales sites, and the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook — for whatever amount you wish to pay!
This is supposed to make everyone happy, result in more money overall and other rewards. I’ll report back next week on the results.
Images courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
I’ve posted about Jung Katz before. I like them because they actively promote the artists they feature, and you’ll find drawing, paintings, photographic art, collage and other media on the Jung Katz blog. Recently, I encountered Jung Katz art tweets–follow them on Twitter here–that took me to their site.
From the Jung Katz art blog:
We’re looking for original artists, designers, and photographers to feature on our site.
Jung Katz contemporary art blog is accepting artist submissions for feature artist interviews.
Read the Jung Katz submission guidelines here.
Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with South African artist Lioda Conrad to discuss portrait ideas (Contact Lioda Conrad via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: +27 72 460 3222 ). Find Lioda Conrad on Facebook here.
Do you want her to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.
Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so she can get to work and she will send you a work-in-progress photo!
Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: email@example.com -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06
While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.
Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Lioda Conrad packages and ships the finished portrait to you.
Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with artist Gideon Fasola to discuss your portrait art ideas ( email firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: +234 816 762 1698). Do you want a painting on canvas, a graphite and charcoal drawing, or ink drawing on paper? The artist will help you decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait during your consultation. Full terms and the artist’s portfolio here.
Once you’ve made your decision, you only need to send your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work. As your portrait art progresses Gideon Fasola will send you a work-in-progress photo!
Payments are made to Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–(Contact via email: email@example.com -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06 ). Portraits Africa holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Then the money is paid to artist.
Your pencil portrait drawing on paper may require a few weeks to complete, and a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.
Final photos of your finished portrait are sent to you for approval. The artist Gideon Fasola packages and ships your portrait art to you.
A moment with Gideon Fasola–