Guest Blog Post: Online artworks and the stories behind them, by Lindsey Davis

“Online artworks and the stories behind them” by Lindsey Davis

Last month a new art gallery popped up online, seemingly just one among the masses. Artsia represents works by more than 500 artists from around the world, and each one has been individually vetted and evaluated by a team of international curators, resulting in thousands of professionally created works that you can scroll through endlessly online. We’re hoping this level of curation will set us apart, and our blog component lets you get to know the artists and the stories behind the artworks. Below you’ll find a snapshot of the kinds of works we showcase, and the wonderfully talented artists who brought them to life: Aixa Oliveras’ In the Dreaming is an oil on linen work that could be mistaken for a photograph: a simple scene of a girl laying on her bed facing the wall, her hand outstretched into strips of light filtered in through the window shades.
Aixa commented on the piece for us, saying, “In regards to that painting, it’s one of the first pieces that I consider to be part of my personal work, since before then I was taking figure drawing and painting classes with two artists who had a local art studio in Old San Juan – Luis Borrero and Amber Lia-Kloppel. I took classes with them under a scholarship program that they were offering at the time. It’s also a special piece to me because it’s one of the first paintings where I felt that I was able to paint skin tones successfully. “Neil Hamelin’s acrylic work “Floating Proud” was made this year, featuring a thick strong tugboat across the water, looking double the size because of it’s reflection in the water. Neil wrote that this old tugboat was brought to the shores of Penticton, BC in Canada to undergo restoration. He continued, “I was drawn to this image due to the sense of pride this old tug seems to portray. It is tied up out in the water, windows smashed, paint flaking, but still remains perfectly afloat, with a sense of capability and eagerness to return to work upon the open waters.”
See more works and the stories behind them at Artsia.com.
I’m Lindsey Davis, an arts blogger in New York, also working as editor for Artsia.
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CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS: SPEAK YOUR PEACE, DEADLINE NOVEMBER 25

Speak Your Peace, December 19–January 24, curated by SOMArts Curator and Gallery Director Justin Hover, is a community-based exhibition about intercultural communication, social justice and visions of a new iconography of peace featuring the “Seeing Peace Project” by artist Richard Kamler. Image above by artist Betty Nobue Kano.

JURYING & NOTIFICATION
Low-resolution artwork submission deadline is 11:59pm PST, Sunday, November 25th, 2012.  Selected artists will be notified on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 and will have five  days to submit full-scale high-resolution images for production by Friday, November 3oth by 5pm PST.   Announcement of selected artists will be made public on December 1st. Don’t call us. We’ll call you! Read the full submission guidelines here: http://www.somarts.org/peacecall/

How To Expand Your Artist News into Multi Blog Posts and Interactions: The Leslie Parke Print Project

Branches, © Leslie Parke

When Leslie Parke realized that her oil paintings on linen canvas of highly detailed kitchen and dining treasures, trees, and trash–yes trash that she turns into stunningly beautiful images–would be perfect for prints, she took on a new project to turn one her paintings into a print edition using traditional printmaking techniques. She also turned the project into multiple opportunities to expand her blog posts, newsletter communications, and interactions with her readers and followers by gaining their feedback along the way–all of which she titled The Print Project.

Janet’s Shelf, © Leslie Parke

Crystal and Porcelain, Oil on Linen, 46 x 48 In, © Leslie Parke, 2010

The overall goal of Leslie’s The Print Project writings …” was to help my readers learn something about printmaking, understand the process and history a little, and to give them a context in which to gauge what I was doing. The general public is not aware of the work and expense that goes into making a print. The better informed the collector is the better collector they become. They have more confidence and can talk about their purchases.”

When Leslie Parke decided to write these The Print Project blog posts and newsletters, she felt she had something to talk about. “I am an experienced artist, but have very limited experience with printmaking. Here was a chance for me to share the experience as I, too, made discoveries about the medium. My thought was, I would give my contacts a heads up that this is what I was doing, then when they saw The Print Project in the heading of my email newsletters they could take a look or not depending on their interest.”

What Leslie discovered is that non-artists are just as fascinated with the printmaking processes as artists. Leslie’s idea was to use her blog and newsletters to allow others to see the development of her printmaking process as it unfolded in real time. “For those seriously interested, on my blog I gave them background into ways that other artists used prints,” Leslie said. “Some of my contacts are collectors, some are artists and others are just interested observers.  My thought was the more informed they were the more confident they would feel when looking at my work. They would know how it evolved and all the work that went into creating it. I cannot report whether or not this will make a difference in the number of pieces collected.  But whenever I run into someone who receives the newsletter, they engage with me right away about the project. “

To start off The Print Project, Leslie’s first blog post was on selecting one of her paintings to turn into a print. In her newsletter she asked–”Is there a painting of mine you would like to see re-imagined in print? I was thinking of working with the tree paintings, but I would be interested in what you think. Drop me a line if you have a suggestions.” Later she would turn her request for feedback into a full newsletter (copied below).

Another of her blog posts was on Creating Four Color Lithographic Plates, complete with a YouTube video showing the materials and methods she used to create the layers necessary for her four color lithograph.

Leslie wrote blog posts on the history of printmaking–from ancient times to the original Pop art era–writing about Hokusai, Monet and Roy Lichtenstein prints which incorporate art images, another post on the prints of Matisse, one on the prints of Joseph Raffael and Bonnard, and another on the printmaking of Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler--all artists she admires and identifies with in some way.

She also blogged on a contemporary example of an artist creating prints in our present time: The Print Project: Shepard Fairey — Harmony & Discord: A Layered approach to prints, that also contains a fascinating video of Shepard Fairey at work inside Pace Editions in New York City.

To update the progress of her printmaking, Leslie sent out a newsletter–The Print Project: Off to the Printers.

Then to encourage interactions and gain feedback, Leslie sent this newsletter to her mailing list:

LESLIE PARKE LOGO
Dear Marie
Here are the first proofs that Tim Sheesley, the Master Printer, sent me. So far, there are three versions of the print. In one of them he used very high saturation colors (bright colors). In another I suggested four colors based on the paints I used in the original painting. That resulted in the print with more muted colors. He then made a print on black paper just to suggest other ways I could interpret the print.These are not the final prints. I will be traveling out to Tim’s studio in Otego to make the final prints. I will be playing with both the color and the paper. At this stage, I would be very interested to know if you have a preference between the bright and the muted color. Feel free to share your thoughts. You have followed this process to this point. I would love to know your preferences.Thank you for coming on this journey with me. Leslie

Almond Tree Bright
Almond Tree Bright
Almond Tree Muted
Almond Tree Muted
Almond Tree on Black
Almond Tree on Black
Detail – Almond Tree Muted
detail bright
Detail – Almond Tree Bright
Leslie then allowed for plenty of time to receive responses before sending for follow-up newsletter:
LESLIE PARKE LOGO
Dear Marie,This has been a wild month with three shows, two of which were at exactly the same time. With the studio nearly empty I am happy to be settling down to work.But first, I wanted to get back to you about your input on the print. Thank you, Marie, for taking the time to review and comment on the print proofs. Your response helped me re-conceive the project and because of your insights I chose to redraw the plates from scratch and make totally new color configurations. For the last month I worked on the plates at a drawing table in front of a window in my studio.

new print plate
One of the plates as I worked at it on my desk with light pouring through the window.

Several friends said they wanted to see all three prints in a suite. They suggested using seasonal colors in a grouping.

Monet-bridgeMonet-2

One friend went so far as to send me some jpgs of Monet’s Japanese Bridge where the color changed according to the season. That made me think of other paintings by Monet where the color changed depending on the time of day. I turned to Monet’sRouen Cathedral for inspiration, perhaps also because Roy Lichtenstein had already made an interesting interpretation of these paintings in print.

monet-lichtenstein

The new plates are finished and soon I will travel to Corridor Press to work on the proofs with Tim Sheesley.

I can’t wait to show you the results. As soon as they are done, Marie, I will invite you to the studio for champagne and a sneak preview before I post them online.

Again many thanks for your input,

Leslie

 
Leslie Parke, a painter from upstate New York, is a recipient of the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Grant for Individual Support, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest grant as artist- in-residence at the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, France, and the George Sugarman Foundation Grant, among others. Her exhibits include the Williams College Museum of Art, the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Parke has a BA and MA from Bennington College. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.
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This Print Project story continues to unfold as Leslie works in her studio on her print plates.

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Preview, Attend and Bid on Expressive Renderings or Detailed Realism In Our Live Online Art Auction Nov 4th!

Yes, we have it all. From Expressionistic faces to portraits of vintage celebrities!

Put a Little Art in Your Life You’ll Feel Better! Terry Luc original artist designed t-shirt available in sizes S/M/L/XL in our live online art auction Nov 4th

Faces series, painting on canvas, Jacqueline van der Veene

Elvis and 1955 Cadillac Limo, by Chris Osborne

Conversation 2 people, alabaster on granite pedestals, by Robin Antar

Revolution, Terry Luc original artist designed t-shirt available in sizes S/M/L/XL in our live online art auction Nov 4th

Steam Punk Pig, print on paper, Jerry Gonzalez

Flowering Fantasia, limited edition print by William Busciani

Marilyn and 1955 Pink Lincoln by Chris Osborne

RSVP today and you will be notified one hour before the auction starts at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Attend our live online art auction on November 4th, 2012.

You will find the link to RSVP and to attend below.

 http://tophatter.com/auctions/7666?campaign=community

RSVP Today and attend our live online art auction coming up soon! Before we know it November 4th will be here and the auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST. Be there to bid on and win expressive paintings, carefully detailed works of realism, hand-carved sculpture, hand-painted photographs, posters, and artist designed t-shirts! There are 100 art items listed in our auction! Here is the link to RSVP and to attend: http://tophatter.com/auctions/7666?campaign=community

Wine and Food Still Life Oil Paintings by Penelope Moore In Our Live Online Art Auction Nov 4th

Original oil on canvas, 24×18″ – Framed in a Black Floater Frame, Wine Painting by Napa Artist Penelope Moore
in live online art auction Nov 4th. Ships same day of payment.

This oil painting still life of a wine and seafood dinner is currently on display at SIMI Winery in the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California, USA. If you live in the Northern California area or will be in the California wine country anytime soon, bid on and buy this painting and pick up the painting in person and meet the artist Penelope Moore. She will be happy to make arrangements to meet you at the winery for a private tasting for four!

Attend our live online art auction on November 4th, 2012 to bid!.

RSVP today and you will be notified one hour before the auction starts at 11:00 a.m. EST

Here is the link to attend the auction: http://tophatter.com/auctions/7666?campaign=community

Wine On Wall, oil painting by Penelope Moore, 1 of 3 paintings by the artist in our live online art auction Nov 4th

My Thoughts, oil painting by Penelope Moore

Penelope’s paintings are a reflection of her passion for food, wine and joie de vivre. They are contemporary in style with an emphasis on color, mood and light. Through her subject matter, Penelope portrays a unique twist on life’s simple pleasures. Penelope’s exhibits her work at wineries throughout Sonoma and Napa Valley. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Staglin Family, Ehlers Estate, Benziger Family, Eric Ross Winery, Malibu Family Winery, Thomas Arvid, Robin Quivers and Danielle Steele. http://www.penelopepaintings.com

joie de vivre |ˌ zh wä də ˈvēvrə| noun exuberant enjoyment of life. ORIGIN French, literally ‘joy of living.’

Ghost Photos by Yvette Worboys

This is as close as I get to a Halloween or Day of the Dead post.

My article first published as Ghosts – Photos Taken Inside Former Psychiatric Hospital Brings Photographer National Attention on Technorati.

Rejection Actually Makes You More Creative!

As an artist you have an independent mindset. You shrug off rejection and group thinking to go your own way.

When you do and experience more creative breakthroughs.

So, for you, a certain amount of rejection has positive results.

This is the conclusion of a study by research scientists at Cornell and John Hopkins University.

Read the article–Science Confirms The Obvious: Rejection Can Make You More Creative

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-10/rejection-can-make-you-more-creative-science-says

Dolls, Masks, Zombies, Devils, Skulls and Day of the Dead Skeletons in the Pastel Paintings of Barbara Rachko

The Space Between, Barbara Rachko

To say that her pastel paintings are skillful is truly an understatement! New York City artist Barbara Rachko has perfected her artistic style working from her large collection of Mexican and Guatemalan folk art – masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys – to create pastel paintings that combine reality and fantasy and depict personal narratives.

If you are wondering how this artist achieves such fine detail and a photographic quality in her pastel paintings, you can find out more about her techniques by following her blog appropriately named Colored Dust. The artist also share a lot about her art-making on her Facebook page, which you can Like to follow her there.

The multi-talented Barbara is a gifted photographic artist as well, and currently represented by the New York City art gallery HP Garcia.

The Sovereign, Barbara Rachko

False Friends, Barbara Rachko

 

Paranoia, Barbara Rachko

Effigy, Barbara Rachko

Live Online Art Auction Nov 4th!

You are cordially invited to our community auction event for Artist Marketing Resources Group Artists on Sunday, November  4 at 11am EST. You’ll get exclusive access to bid on and buy some of our most popular items. See everything that’s up for auction & guarantee your spot here - http://tophatter.com/auctions/7666?campaign=community

So far we have mixed media and altered prints by Andy Mars, stone sculpture by Robin Antar, limited edition prints by Aurora of Italy, fine art color photographic prints by Hena Tayeb, fun and colorful animal paintings by Susan Gainen, acrylic on canvas paintings by Australian artist Benjamin L.M., and an interesting dress sculpture by artist and design professional, Cathe.

Send me jpegs of your art, your minimum opening bid on each (this auction as no reserve prices) and I will list your art. Email info to Marie Kazalia at MarieKazalia@gmail.com

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Artists–You can add your own art images, easily set your shipping rates and minimum opening bid, via this link:

ADD YOUR ART TO THE GROUP AUCTION, HERE:

http://tophatter.com/auctions/be28b8/submit?campaign=community 

Tophatter takes a fee for selling in this auction of 5% of final bid price. Artist Marketing Resources takes 5% of final bid price. So the split is 90% for you, 10% total to auction admin.

As auction hosts we have already paid $50 to upgrade this auction and have it featured on the front page of Tophatter.com for 7 days prior to the auction, featured on the front page & in the auctions drop down while the auction is live & also the auction will be included in Tophatter’s daily marketing emails.

We will be promoting the auction on this blog, and on Twitter, Facebook, and on Pinterest. We now have an Auction Board on Pinterest and are also pinning images and details to other large group boards to bring visibility to this event. For instance, we pinned Andy Mars 3 rose buds print to the Flowers group board.

Celadon, Marian Yap

New Paintings by San Francisco Bay Area Artist Marian Yap

Today we are featuring two paintings in Haiku Threads, a new series by Marian Yap, a San Francisco Bay Area artist. 
Marian says: “The green one is titled Celadon, the red one is titled Cinnabar.  Celadon green and cinnabar red are colors that appear frequently in Chinese fine arts, architecture, furniture, ceramics and textiles.  My work is generally abstract and I paint on canvas and paper.  I also do printmaking– primarily monotypes.  Let me know if you would like more information. Thanks, and keep up the good work!”

View more of Marian’s color abstractions on her website www.marianyap.com and on her blog marianyap.wordpress.com 

Cinnabar 2, acrylic/mixed media on 24″ x 24″ gallery wrapped canvas by Marian Yap

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Artist Marketing Resources has already invested thousands of hours in research time compiling resources lists for you the artist! Over the past 4 years –since we launched on Feb 3, 2009– we have consistently provided up-to-the-minute Calls for Artist submissions and other opportunities, such as for publication.

That’s why we are giving you a way to support us in return–DONATIONS WITH PERKS!

Donate $10. and we will add you website link to our homepage sidebar, where it will stay for a full year or longer.

Donate $25. and we will add your link to our homepage sidebar, plus post a short blog post including one jpeg image that you provide, along with your website link. This is better than paid ads since our blog posts remain up forever and are included in Google search engine results.

Donate $50. and will add your link to our homepage sidebar, and we will write a full blog post with to 3-5 jpeg images and one or more links.Blog posts auto-feed into our LinkedIn group Artist Marketing Resources, which has over 2 thousand member artists and art professionals.

Donate $100. or more and will add your link to our homepage sidebar, plus post a short blog post including one jpeg image that you provide, along with your website link.and we will write two full blog post with to 3-5 jpeg images and one or more links. Blog posts auto-feed into our LinkedIn group Artist Marketing Resources, which has over 2 thousand member artists and art professionals. Plus we will share each blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest where we have several thousand followers on each platform.

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Our Online Live Auction is Nov 4th– Want to Include Your Art Items?

Omage via freedigitalphotos.com

Tophatter is a virtual auction house. Attend our group auction on Tophatter that will be held online on November 4th, 2012 beginning at 11 a.m.

Here is the link to attend: http://tophatter.com/auctions/7666?campaign=community

If you would like to sell your original art, art items, prints, posters, cards, 3D art items, t-shirts, let me know and I will give you the link to upload your items.

Send an email to me: MarieKazalia@gmail.com  Be sure to write something attention-getting in your subject line, such as AUCTION SELLER REQUEST!!!!

Tophatter takes a fee for selling in this auction of 5% of final bid price of the final bid price. Artist Marketing Resources takes 5% of final bid price of the final bid price. So the split is 90% for you, 10% total to auction admin.

As auction hosts I have already paid $50 to upgrade this auction and have it featured on the front page of Tophatter.com for 7 days prior to the auction, featured on the front page & in the auctions drop down while the auction is live & also the auction will be included in Tophatter’s daily marketing emails.

 

Also, I will be promoting the auction on this blog, and on Twitter, Facebook etc.

Self-Promotion Using Rubber Stamps! How easy!

My article about a clever campaign using rubber stamps that I wrote about for Technorati news was published last night as an exclusive. So I can’t repost the article here.

But you can read my article Ben Cohen’s Stamp Stampede: “Money’s Not Speech, Corporations Aren’t People!”

 on Technorati. It is a fun campaign with free ice cream and a fun and yes, legal money stamping campaign to spread the word!