For a Limited Time: Pay What You Wish for Artist Resources E-lists and E-book




Generosity pays, according some who have adopted a pay what you wish model for their e-books, even calling this the future model for e-commerce e-books, and said to that holds such virtues as increased income and a new method for determining one’s full target market.


But I’m always interested in trying new things. So, for a limited time–now through November 5th–pay what you wish ($1.95 minimum) in Artist Marketing Resources online store here.


Keep in mind that I’ve put a lot of work into these resources for artists and continually work to update them!

That’s right, I’m giving everyone reading this the opportunity to obtain 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 Resourcesart 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. We’ll see what happens!  I’ll report back next month.


Best Wishes

Marie Kazalia

Artist Marketing Resources


African Artist David Thuku Creates Portrait Paintings, Drawings, Murals, 3D Assemblages and More

David Thuku in his studio

David Thuku in his studio

African artist David Thuku has two paintings on display at the Kenya National Museum in an exhibition that opened on the 23rd of this month. He will also have artwork in several group exhibitions in the months ahead, including the first exhibition of Portraits Africa artists, and one at The Circle Art Gallery. Then he’ll do the Kenya Art Fair. David Thuku is part of the exhibition planning committee working to organize the Portraits Africa group show.
Portraits Africa exhibition planning committee at their first meeting, October 23rd, 2015

Portraits Africa exhibition planning committee at their first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on October 23rd, 2015

Here are some views of David at work in his studio that he sent me from a cyber café computer in Nairobi while we chatted.


David is a busy and productive artist who creates paintings, drawings, portraits on commission, 3D assemblages, and murals.


He’d just arrived at the cyber café after completing a commercial mural project, and although he didn’t have photos from that day’s labors, he sent examples of two doors he’d painted for another project, saying, “I was asked to come up with images that suggest ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ without the usual writing.” He opted to use an ancient Egyptian theme with a “Thuku twist.”

David Thuku commissioned door designs

David Thuku commissioned door designs

David Thuku door design

David Thuku door design

self-portrait, David Thuku

self-portrait, David Thuku

Of his portrait art, David Thuku says that his self-portrait pencil rendering is one of his favorites so far.

While I found another of his portraits reminded me of the Mona Lisa, of which David Thuku said, “He he he, sure, I felt a monalisa.ish effect after painting that one! I love it because when I painted it, I was experimenting on quick oil portraits on different unconventional oily surfaces…this is on paper and it’s one of the few that was successful…timed for 2 strict hours…between 12 midnight and 2 a.m. I love pushing myself to extremes.”

David likes to place restrictions on his drawing, paintings, sketches and personal studies in order to challenge himself. To make himself more resourceful and to keep in practice for when the right time comes. So as not to be “freaked out” when he gets a short notice commission from a client–saying, “you don’t wanna tell them it aint possible. right?”


The second portrait painting we talked about is titled THE LITTLE RED BOOK, the artist described it as, “dear to me,” saying that he loved the pose–“It was modeled by a friend and I love it because of the story it represents…everyone gets a different story after seeing it.”

David Thuku


“The book is the basis of the whole story. I consider myself an anatomist…every whitty detail or process is important to me…the painting is about the small literatures that everybody has and after reading they take you on a reflective meditative journey, either self-written or a favorite publication.”

And David loves to read. “I love literature in all its representation and definition –poetry….and any good fiction,” and “someone keeps describing my paintings as visual poetry.”

In Between, David Thuku

In Between, David Thuku

“My focus is the process, and expression…approach is not of much importance, as far as I have achieved my goal, which mostly comes as a connective communication with the artwork, as sometimes I don’t have a fore planned reason, but the artwork just leads me to its own creation….my favorite approach.”
When David allows the art to take the lead, his painting and drawing practice also results in artworks created by intuitive guidance– working with charcoal on pastel paper, (as the drawing above), and three-dimensional artworks made from paper, such as the (tabletop or pedestal displayed) artwork below.
Die casting checkerboard die cut shadow, David Thuku

Casting the Dice, David Thuku

 Each year, David Thuku sends some of his paintings to the UK for a Charity Auction Ball to help raise funds for the Langalanga Scholarship Fund, and he also produces small artworks for Christmas cards and notelets that are available for purchase online at the store here.
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David Thuku accepts commissions. Connect with David Thuku on Facebook here.



New Artist Directory, and Artist Interviews Forthcoming on Artist Marketing Resources



Cold and flu season arrived early this year. Let’s face it, everyone needs to take some time off.

I’m  still busy putting together three new articles from hours of interviews with artists in Africa. Also, the owner of a new free Artist Directory site contacted me about sharing the sign up information with my readers. This new site is out of the ordinary in that it allows artists so much freedom when it comes to creating their profile and portfolio, and already has some top influential people interested.



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Rxhibition Accepting Submissions of Audio and Visual Art for Hospitals and Auction


Rxhibition welcomes submissions of original art from independent artists and are currently accepting two-dimensional visual works as well as audio compositions.

If you would like to become of part of the Rxhibition community by submitting your own work, please complete the artist submission form here.

Rxhibition does not purchase artwork or accept artwork on loan. By submitting your work, you understand that you are donating to Rxhibition’s upcoming exhibition, which will consist of two exhibitions: one in the chemotherapy treatment areas of the current host hospital, and a second public exhibition that will serve as a public ‘sneak peek’ into the treatment area exhibition.

Rxhibition curates donated works as it sees fit. Works chosen for display in the treatment area exhibition will be displayed in the hospital and may be donated to the host hospital for permanent display. The artist’s name will always be displayed with the work. Works chosen for display in the public exhibition will be made available for auction. If your work is chosen for the public exhibition, you will be notified that it will be included in the auction. Artists whose work is included in the auction will have the option to receive a cut of 40-50% of the sale price. Artists will also have the option to waive this cut as a donation to Rxhibition programming.

Rolling acceptances until first round submission deadline: November 15, 2015.

Pop-Up Exhibition Call To Artists: West Palm Beach Florida Fine Artists and Designers



CONTINUUM West Palm Beach Arts is a pop-up art exhibition in a temporary space in Downtown West Palm Beach that is run by A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC (ATB) from January 21 – January 30, 2016. ATB has worked with the founders of ArtSynergy to create an exhibition in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach during the week of Art Palm Beach  (January 21–25) and one additional week (January 26-30) with the purpose of attracting local and out-of-town art buyers to a source of local art. ArtSynergy will also be coordinating other art exhibits and events at art districts throughout the county (USA) during this time period. For more information about other ArtSynergy events and art exhibit opportunities, go to

ATB manages the CONTINUUM WPB and this Call to Artists. The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority in partnership with PNC Bank are CONTINUUM WPB sponsors who will provide logistical responsibility for the space and additional PR for the exhibition.

Last year the CONTINUUM WPB space held over 140 works of art, including 3D ceramics and sculptures, from 48 artists. The number of artists and pieces will be determined by size and quality of artwork submitted. Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, People’s Choice 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artwork.

To be eligible  you must be in the following counties:

  • Martin
  • Palm Beach
  • Broward
  • Miami/Dade

Apply here > Submissions will be accepted from September 1-October 31, 2015



Taking the Temperature of An Arts Organization: Submission Fees and Is that Fee-based Opportunity Right For You?


There are many and varied arts organizations out there doing wonderful things for artists. There is no denying that! Some arts organizations are mature, some are in their infancy, and some are just infantile! By “infantile” I mean that they don’t seem to have the ability to look at themselves with the goal of increasing their own performance–that is, they don’t know how to take their own temperature. They may have people within their organization trying hard, but the organizations as a whole lacks focus, goes with the flow, and never creates challenges for themselves that will lead to growth and maturity. Some signs may be– the organization hasn’t developed their programs since inception. When asked any questions about how the organization is run they use current catchphrases such as ” we are known for our transparency” while in a defensive mode of avoidance, providing no information at all.

Chaos and Fear

I’m not going to name the specific organization here, but I encountered one non-profit arts organization that seems to have a muddle of a mailing list–to which I was added ten years ago (not sure how I came to be on their physical mailing list)–but I was added in duplicate. So that I receive two of every letter they send out requesting donations. That means that two per campaign arrive in my USPS mail box together on the same day–two identical letters–regularly, and that has been the case for ten years. In those ten years no one in that organization printing out those letters and mailing labels, and stuffing those envelopes, has noticed the duplication. I have never received an invitation to attend any of that organization’s exhibitions, nor have I ever received any exhibition news or announcements from this particular organization–only requests for donations. When I contacted them about this, the Director, àpropos of none of my issues, replied, “we are known for our transparency and comminicativeness (sic).” He became defensive! He offered no information. Indicating that there may be some deeper issues within the organization. Guess what, if you haven’t updated your mailing list in ten years and you continue to mail out fat letters in duplicate using money from contributions, you are wasting funds and you are wasting costly resources! Are these signs that this is an organization swirling in chaos and fear?

They put out 11 calls to artists to submit annually, each with a required submission fee of $36 per three artworks plus $10 per each additional entry, and many of those calls are for group exhibitions. That’s a lot of group shows for any one arts organization! Are their promotions about the artists or are all their promotions about themselves/their organization? I don’t know. I’ve only encountered their fee-based calls to submit online and requests for donations mailed to me. When they do the rare solo-show, is it for any artist with funds to make a sizable donation, deliver and remove their own art, and pay for and do all their own promotional efforts? I don’t know. If you encounter any non-profit arts organization doing so, does that make them a gray area vanity gallery? A fee-mill? An exhibition-mill? Or is the organization providing a valuable venue for emerging artists?

These are some things for you to consider when taking any organization’s temperature and deciding which fee-based opportunities you want to submit to.



Arts organizations rarely make major structural changes. If they’ve operated on an annual budget made-up of 80-90 per cent artist fees, it is unlikely that they will change. Yet, rarely, some may start this way and then learn to write for grants to gain more funding, making it possible to reduce or eliminate artist fees. They’ve taken their own temperature and learned how to grow and develop. I know of arts organizations that have an annual arts auction to raise a good portion of funding for their annual operating costs, while also writing for and receiving grants money. Established artists and art collectors donate work for their auction and their names are printed on invitations and gallery announcements giving them visibility. Artists don’t pay any gallery fees. So the model does exist.

The highly reputable and long-standing New York based womans gallery A.I.R. has an annual fee-based call offering opportunities for emerging artists to gain visibility. Look for the word “annual” on fee-based calls. If you focus your fee-based submissions on annual calls, which are often summer opportunities, this could be a good strategy for you to gain entry into prestigious galleries. That way you are sure to submit to the best opportunities.

If an organization puts out monthly fee-based calls to submit–that is 11 per year (one month off for holidays)–it may be tempting to want to get involved. For a beginner, it may be a good opportunity to submit to any group show that lands in your inbox without taking their temperature– it’s exciting to send in your submission fee, images, and hope you get picked. In fact, you can do that through-out your career as an artist, if you choose. But, to grow as an artist, to grow your career, you’re going to have to do more. Take your own temperature–are you stepping outside the path of ease and willing to seek out new paths that lead to growth? For instance, you may think that participation in such easy-to-get-into fee-based local group shows will make for great additions to your artist CV– but are they really? Or are you going to cringe with regret in the future and want to drop these shows from your list of credits? While your relatives may not know the difference between a vanity gallery and a prestigious art gallery, every arts professional does. Arts professionals know which galleries collect substantial artist fees and which galleries are vanity galleries. In the end, you probably won’t want art pros to see these on your CV.

If an organization puts out 11 calls per year are they a fee-mill? The same activities go on year after year decade after decade. Then all of a sudden they’ve purchased new real estate–physical and virtual–with more exhibition space and expanded fee-collecting possibilities, is this truly non-profit? Shouldn’t supporting artists get a piece of the pie? Certain organizations are counting on hopeful and uninformed newbies to support them. While most artists may start out participating in group exhibitions–and there are lots of good ones out there– they soon learn and come to know that sales do not often occur in group-shows but in solo-exhibitions.


Quality arts organizations tend to fund-raise via annual fee-based group shows.

Others, doing a monthly fee-based call to artists, are relying heavily on artists’ support–and remember, there is no one selling the work, like in commercial galleries.

If you are an artist with enough disposable income so that you are able to submit to several fee-based calls each month totalling two hundred dollars or more, and this won’t affect your studio practice– that’s one thing. If supporting such organizations makes you feel good, I’m not complaining. Support who you wish. It’s up to you.

But many artists need to understand that they are not in a position to make such donations, and that they would be better advised to invest those hundreds into making more art each month and finding ways to sell their work. In other words, some artists need to care more about selling their work each month while others do not.

For any arts organization, look at two thing–how hard do they promote their fee-based calls in relation to how hard they promote their artists and exhibitions? This may be referred to as *how much bang will you get for your buck?* If you see mostly requests for donations and fee-based calls, but little about the artists and resulting exhibitions, perhaps you’ve missed something, or are only on one mailing list. If you inquire and the organization becomes defensive, that can be very telling. If, however, they respond that they will be happy to provide invitations, announcements or even press releases–then it just may be a matter of getting on more than one of their mailing lists to view their total promotional efforts.

It’s up to each artist to select the fee-based calls they will submit to. For certain fee-based calls the money goes into producing something for the artist–such as a public art project whereby the majority of the submission fees collected go into materials to create the public art (an example: Billboard Public Art projects where the fees determine the number of billboards that can be printed and displayed and submission fees go to printing costs, installation and promotions).

While some organizations gather fees to cover overhead and pay staff–(that is, artist fees go to paying electric bills, gallery maintenance, rents/mortgage, salaries for staff and other operating expenses). You may enjoy supporting such non-profit organizations and helping them stay alive, or you may wish to avoid such opportunities and invest your money into more innovative business oriented programs, such as Pop-up exhibitions and Pop-up art shops where you contribute a percentage of the rental fee and you make sales of your work. That way you can do the math to determine your expenses and income from such exhibition and sales opportunities.


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“Thermometer Buzz Means Public Relations And Aware” Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

International Women Artists’ Salon and Exhibition

International Women Artists’ Salon is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural global organization of women making art in the world today.
Music+Dance+Video+Film+Comedy+Theater+Writing+Visual Arts+Fashion+Architecture+Design+et al.
Facebook Fan Page: International Women Artists’ Salon here.
For more information about membership, collaborations, sponsorships contact:
  • International Women Artists’ Salon The Producers Club, 358 W. 44th Street, NYC

    Featuring an exhibition of paintings by Ildikó Kalapács until November 1st–details here.

    Ildiko Kalapacs

    Mixed media painting by Ildiko Kalapacs


International Women Artist Salon Radio here.


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The Director of Arquetopia wrote–“Warm greetings from all of us at Arquetopia in southern Mexico. We hope this e-mail finds you well. I am writing to thank you for previously publishing our open call last year and to ask if you would be interested in including our current open call for artist residencies for 2016 on your site’s listings of artist opportunities.”



Early applications receive priority status and immediate processing.

Arquetopia website:

E-mail for more information.

See our website to view both of our spectacular new residency spaces.

Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on six continents, and many have returned multiple times. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a nontraditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, culinary professionals, and cultural researchers age 25 and over.

We are currently welcoming applications for the following residencies in 2016:

    PUEBLA or OAXACA Self-Directed terms of 4 to 12 weeks, creating in the majestic city of Puebla or the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.
    PUEBLA or OAXACA Terms of 4 weeks, working at prominent museums, schools, or art centers with diverse groups of students from 6 to 18 years old in the majestic city of Puebla or the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.
    PUEBLA Self-directed terms of 3 to 8 weeks, exploring the magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from pre-Hispanic to contemporary, in the majestic city of Puebla.
    PUEBLA Self-directed terms of 6 to 12 weeks in the majestic city of Puebla. Residents produce work at a prominent ceramics factory studio in Puebla’s central historic district, working alongside the factory’s artists.
    PUEBLA Terms of 4 weeks with master instruction at our culinary partner restaurant by a prominent local chef in several diverse traditional and contemporary Mexican techniques using local ingredients and resources in majestic Puebla.
    PUEBLA Terms of 3 weeks with master instruction in various art techniques, with time for independent production, at a prominent art museum in Puebla’s majestic central historic district. Extendable for up to 12 weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.
    OAXACA Terms of 3 weeks in with master instruction in making and using various natural pigments, with time for independent production, in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable for up to 12 weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.
    PUEBLA Self-directed terms of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic city of Puebla. Residents produce work at a prominent printmaking museum and studio in Puebla’s central historic district, working alongside the museum’s artists.
    OAXACA Terms of 3 weeks with master instruction in traditional back-strap weaving or in embroidery, with time for independent production, in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable for up to 12 weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.
    OAXACA Self-directed terms of 3 to 8 weeks in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.

Arquetopia is not a rental space but a full array of programs with substantial content. In contrast to vacation property rentals, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets advertised as quasi art centers, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been spaces exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support.

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

Artist Zalez: Short Movie About the End of Summer on French West Coast

The blogging gods have smiled down upon me, sending me this Zalez video to post share, to give me a day off from writing blog articles while I recover from the flu.

Actually, it was the artist Zalez himself who sent the video. He’s sent us videos before. This one is fittingly about the end of summer.

“Nowhere Land” is his short movie filmed during a road trip this summer on the French West coast.
With surf, street art, and skate…Enjoy!

“Nowhere Land” est une vidéo tournée durant un road trip trip dans le Sud Ouest de la France.
Regroupant, du Surf, du Street Art, et du Skate…


Art Collector Magazine Re-blogs Articles From Artist Marketing Resources


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Yesterday, African Art Collector magazine re-blogged my article on African artists to their Tumblr blog here as well as my Randal Marmet article here. What’s interesting, is that they re-blogged articles that I posted to my site about nine months ago, further demonstrating the value and reach of feature artist articles here on Artist Marketing Resources.

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There are many ways to get your art featured on Artist Marketing Resources. Ask for details via email to Marie Kazalia email:

Apply Now for Launch of Amazon’s New Handmade Marketplace of One-of-a-Kind Products


Just two days ago, Amazon launched a new handmade marketplace, some say to compete with Etsy. Handmade at Amazon is a new store on for invited artisans to sell their unique, handcrafted goods to Amazon’s hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. They are still setting up shop, but invite artisans to apply to be a part of their launch.

You handmade items must meet Amazon criteria, and you have to complete an application to sell them in this new handmade marketplace here.

If you’re looking for more places to sell, try our 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art (buy on Selz with credit card or via PayPal option here.)  

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Artists and Collectors Join The New *Art Direct From Artists* Group on LinkedIN


Art Direct From Artists began as a group board on Pinterest that has proven to be so popular that I decided to expand it into a new LinkedIN group–join Art Direct From Artists on LinkedIn here.

This new group board will make it easier for all professional to find artists with artworks for sale. Art Direct From Artists on LinkedIn is where hospitality industry executives and others, who really don’t know where to find art for their interior projects, can come and interact with artists who have artwork available.

Artists are welcome to join and pitch their work in the new Art Direct From Artists @LinkedIn group. Art buyers and collectors are welcome to join and find new emerging artists to buy from in the group Art Direct From Artists.

It’s a little bit outside-of-the-box for a LinkedIn networking group. No artist will ever be considered a spammer in this group! No self-promotions get flagged here. Artists are welcome to talk about their work. Buyers and art collectors are welcome to join and interact with artists. Artists are free to start discussions about their work and share links to their websites, online portfolios and web shops that direct buyers to where they can purchase original artworks.

The Art Direct From Artists concept has worked well on Pinterest as a vehicle for directing buyers to view artist’s work. In fact, one full year before Pinterest began offering *Buy Button* options to sell items via pinned product images, I started the group Pinterest board Art Direct From Artists— which requires that artists have retail prices on their artwork pinned images.

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South African Artist Lynette Swanepoel Talks About the Controversial Initiation Ritual Depicted In Her Portrait Art

"The Initiation", 100 cm x 70 cm. 2014, Acrylic on Paper, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa.

The Initiation, pastel painting on paper, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa

I recently chatted with South African artist Lynette Swanepoel about her portrait art. Lynette lives about three hours from Johannesburg, on Libanon Farm next to Libanon Mountain which is close to a small town named Bethelhem–“so it almost sounds as if I am in the Middle East, but I’m not. I’m in the middle of South Africa,” she says. Lynette farms dairy cattle with her family and they also have Arabian horses, and plant maize and wheat. Before farming Lynette taught Graphic design at a University for many years. “I wish I had time to just do art, but the farm takes up some time and I also teach visual art at local schools as well as digital photography.”

Since she is in rural Africa, I asked Lynette if she encountered wild animals on her farm. She said, “There are some bucks here, but no, no wild animals, except the occasional jackal or wild cat.”

Depending on where you live, that may seem a bit on the wild side! I also asked her if there were villages nearby. Lynette told me that there are many villages all around her, and that the young man in her portrait(above), “is a South African but from the South Sotho tribe which originated in Kingdom of Lesotho our neighbouring country right in middle of South Africa. We stay near the border. It is also known as the Mountain Kingdom.”

Photo by Lynette Swanepoel

Photo by Lynette Swanepoel

As we continued our chat, I found out that Lynette is fascinated by both the ceremony and the juxtaposition of the ancient elements of the ritual and the contemporary elements–as in her painting Initiation, the young man’s mirrored shades and cap contrast with beaded headgear and traditional blanket that he wears.
She said, “Yes, that is what I liked most is how the indigenous culture was mixed with the Western influences. Also it shows that the indigenous culture is fading and slowly being replaced by “cheap” probably Eastern imports of plastics instead of the pride there once was in handmade artifacts. In the reflection of his glasses (in her portrait painting at top) you can also see he is standing on a skin of an animal that was slaughtered for the occasion (full view of figures in photo above).” Lynette said that she wasn’t sure what animals were sacrificed, but perhaps “a deer and a Blesbuck. They also get a wooden weapon called a “knopkierie” long stick with rounded head and beaded decoration to carry with them to signify that they have completed the ritual initiation. The stick is something they can carry with them from then on, I think it has been carried over from history when young men could then be warriors and were old enough to fight. The blanket, with a pin to hold it together, comes from their Bashoto culture and Lesotho the mountain kingdom is close to us and because it can get very cold here the blanket is often part of dress. They come in an array of colours and designs. Even the King of Lesotho will dress in a traditional blanket on occasions.”

Lynette explained the details in her pastel painting titled Initiation–“Yes. We had to get special permission to attend the final day when they are washed from the clay that covered them and they are dressed in traditional Bashoto blanket. We could attend the end to take some photos. This particular boy (I know him) looked traumatized and not very comfortable. He must have endured quite a lot.”

The next logical question to ask is–What is the young man in your portrait being initiated into?

Lynette Swanepoel's pastel portrait of "The Old man with cap. He is a introvert and one can see in the way he almost does not allow you to see into his eyes. He is a cattle herder and looks after all the cattle on the farm."

Lynette Swanepoel’s pastel portrait of “The Old man with cap. He is an introvert and one can see in the way he almost does not allow you to see into his eyes. He is a cattle herder and looks after all the cattle on the farm.”

Lynette says that the “Initiation is part of many African cultures and this particular boy belongs to the Sotho culture. The initiation leads to or gives them their ‘passage’ into manhood. In these tribes it is part of becoming a man. There is however also a lot of controversy around the whole ritual and process.”

What is the controversy?
Lynette explained that the initiation ritual takes places over several days in camps specially set up to complete the ritual– “These camps are makeshift tents in the bush, with little to eat, no contact with family and the rest “teaching ” them to be men. One can only guess what it all entails as they are not allowed to speak about it. Many boys have died in these camps. The rituals are kept secret. Nobody is allowed to visit these rituals while it is being conducted. One of the things is that the boys get circumcised during this time and this is where things often go wrong.”
I asked Lynette is her portrait Initiation is part of a series?
She replied–“I did only one on initiation but plan on taking some more photos on the same ritual on the girl’s side and add that. I try to portray more of the emotion and spirit of the person. Try and get the viewer to almost understand who they are as person.”
Lynette Swanepoel describes this portrait, "The Old lady has an aristocratic air about her, being a very simple person leading a life i n rural area , she still shows a lot of pride and strength in character."

Lynette Swanepoel describes this portrait, “The Old woman has an aristocratic air about her, being a very simple person leading a life in rural area, she still shows a lot of pride and strength in character.”

 Lynette Swanepoel also accepts portrait commissions as part of the Portraits Africa service. To inquire about a commission you can contact Lynette on Facebook here.
Lynette Swanepoel pastel portrait, " This is a portrait of my mother-in- law, I am busy with, she loved roses and always pruned the rosebush before spring. She has died and this is a tribute to her."

Lynette Swanepoel pastel portrait, ” This is a portrait of my mother-in-law, I am busy with, she loved roses and always pruned the rosebush before spring. She has died and this is a tribute to her.”

Of her process, Lynette says, “The reason I am using pastel is that I like drawing and do some oil painting as well, and coloured pastel to me is like the two in one– painting and drawing simultaneously. It also allows me to create realism without it being too formal but using more of an “impressionistic ” technique where colour is mixed optically. I had to import pastels from the UK because it was difficult to find here. Have not yet tried to make them. I use Rembrandt pastels at the moment.”
Lynette Swanepoel's tea-stain and pencil portrait." The girl with tea stain (In my mind) Is a pencil drawing , I wanted to make it more feminine and soft. The tea refers to tea-time when the lady takes out the porcelain and have leisure time and the print of the "crochet doily " refers to a tradition among White South Africans, The grandmother with crochet these little tray doilies and pass it on to the girl as part of her give away when she gets married. For a long time it was considered as "kitsch" and hidden away but now crotchet items has become popular again. ( this is part of an series.)"

Lynette Swanepoel’s tea-stain and pencil portrait. “The girl with tea stain (In my mind) Is a pencil drawing. I wanted to make it more feminine and soft. The tea refers to tea-time when the lady takes out the porcelain and have leisure time and the print of the “crochet doily ” refers to a tradition among White South Africans, The grandmother will crochet these little tray doilies and pass it on to the girl as part of her give away when she gets married. For a long time it was considered as “kitsch” and hidden away but now crotchet items has become popular again. ( This is part of a series.)”

I enjoyed interviewing Lynette and thank her for the wonderful chat.

US Gallery Looking for Artists For 6 Month Show


Dear Artists,

The Gallery staff of Hannah Busch Gallery is reviewing individual artist submissions. Submit now!

The gallery is currently looking for artists to feature in an upcoming show “Novus Conceptum”, which opens Dec 12th, 2015 and is a 6 month show.

They are selecting artists now–submit now–they will be contacting artist by Oct 17th, to inform you of your participation status.

Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery

6900 S. Rice

Bellaire, TX 77401

Tell Me Exhibition: Brooklyn-based Artists Submit


Upcoming Exhibition in Downtown Brooklyn
ArtBridge is seeking Brooklyn-based artists to submit works that communicate personal experiences through visual narratives, and consider how those experiences are either caused by or affect one’s identity.
Selected artists will receive an honorarium, and their works will be reproduced onto billboard-sized vinyl that will adorn the scaffolding at 117 Livingston Street. Tell Me will be curated by renowned artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Invisible Dog Art Center Director, Lucien Zayan. 

All submissions are due on October 15th, 2015. You can enter your work here

Works must be made two-dimensional or made digitally. Photography, painting, drawing and works on paper are highly encouraged. All submissions must be a cohesive series that consists of 10 or more images. Sculpture, sound, video and performance art will not be accepted.

Invitation to Artists To Create Art Installation Projects for SKYLINE 2015

Hideyuki Ando + Tetsutoshi Tabata + Junji Watanabe – DesCours 2009 – Saccade-based Display

Hideyuki Ando + Tetsutoshi Tabata + Junji Watanabe – DesCours 2009 – Saccade-based Display

We received this RFP Invitation to SKYLINE 2015–

Hello Artist Marketing Resource!
It is our pleasure to extend an invitation to be one of our potential installations at SKYLINE 2015, a 10-day contemporary architecture and art event, hosted in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
As one of our 11+ SKYLINE 2015 artists and architects (individuals and teams), you will have the opportunity to create a project, with up to a $5,000 budget (which includes materials, travel, room and board) that will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of event guests!
Site locations for these installations vary throughout “hidden”  areas of Downtown Los Angeles, and include both indoor and outdoor spaces, such as rooftops, walkways, lobbies, secret gardens, and unoccupied buildings!
Act quickly, as the proposal deadline, October 19th, 2015, 5:00pm (PST) is quickly approaching!
For proposal submission specifications, please visit the website here, which also includes examples of previous projects in SKYLINE 2014, and other LERATA events.
The exact locations of projects will be determined upon receipt of all proposals in order to provide the most suitable match of site to project. Examples and images of past installations can be found on the LERATA website at under past projects here.
Best of luck!

Colette von

Events & Development Manager


Promo Code For International Emerging Artists to Get Free 2nd Submission to Billboard Art Project Los Angeles

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Adam Santelli, The Billboard Creative founder asked me to share this opportunity with my readers to submit their art along with this special promo code (arm15) for artists to use for a free second submission to the project call.

The Billboard Creative is a non-profit arts organization that raises money through donations and a small submission fee. Adam Santelli says, “We feel that by having a submission fee it frees us in our choices of artwork.  We keep the fee as low as possible and all the money raised through artist submissions goes to getting the art work on billboards.  We are an all volunteer organization. Our last show – with the help of the accepted artists – we did a silent auction to raise money for kids living with cancer. That’s TBC in a nutshell.  We look for like-minded organizations to help us get the word out.  SF Camera Works just sent out a flyer to their members on our behalf.  We issued them a special coupon code to their members for a free second submission.  We would like to offer more but our fees are so low and our cost is so high we really can’t do much more.”

The Billboard Creative Q4 Show Submissions are Now Open and Curated With INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST MONA KUHN ON BOARD AS CURATOR (

“I was introduced to The Billboard Creative during the April show and was enthralled,” said Kuhn. “With the role of public art more critical to our society than ever, I love the idea of exploring the billboard as more media for fine art. Los Angeles has a long history of artistic interaction with the billboard form going back to the 60s with Ed Ruscha. We can build on that history to make significant works of art more regular fixtures on the streets of our city. What a canvas; what a setting.”

SELECTED WORKS WILL BE SHOWN ON 37 BILLBOARDS THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES in the HOLLYWOOD area, with 3/4 of the billboard art by emerging artists and 1/4 by established artists.

Eligibility: All welcome

Entry Deadline: 10/16/15

Submit at:

Submissions welcome from all disciplines – if you can put it in an image file, we can put it on a billboard. The Billboard Creative is a nonprofit that produces public art shows on billboards throughout Los Angeles. Imagine the impact of your art viewed, on a massive scale, by tens of thousands of Angelenos on their daily commutes. Check out the website for more details, past work, to submit work here.

The young non-profit, The Billboard Creative, transforms billboards into works of art and daily commutes turn into art hops. – After its successful inaugural show in April that brought 15 works of art by artists from seven countries to the billboards across Los Angeles. The Billboard Creative hopes to double the number of works on display in its second show.
The Billboard Creative was founded in 2014 with the goals of giving artists access to a mass audience and making art as assessable to Angelenos as the numerous billboards they view every day. “There is so much happening in museums and galleries in Los Angeles right now, and we want to be a part of bringing that into the streets and into the path of tens of thousands of people’s everyday routines,” said Adam Santelli, TBC founder. “We’re an outdoor city, a car culture, a great city for art, and if you think about it, billboards are really a quintessential A medium. Our hope is to bring these things together more often.” The submission deadline is October 15.
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Fluid Paintings Chilean Artist Mauricio Paz Viola

Chilean artist Mauricio Paz Viola is seeking opportunities to show and sell his paintings internationally.
View more of his work on his website:


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Canvas portrait art in Lioda Conrad's South African studio

Canvas portrait art in Lioda Conrad’s South African studio

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: or Phone: +27 72 460 3222 ). Find Lioda Conrad on Facebook here.

Lioda Conrad, woman with baby

Lioda Conrad, woman with baby

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: -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Lioda Conrad portrait painting in progress

Lioda Conrad portrait painting in progress

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.

Lioda Conrad portrait

Lioda Conrad portrait

Lioda Conrad, Duality of Color

Lioda Conrad, Duality of Color

Gideon Fasola's pencil portrait of young couple

Gideon Fasola’s pencil portrait of young couple

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with artist Gideon Fasola to discuss your portrait art ideas ( email 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.

Innocent African Beauty by Gideon Fasola

Innocent African Beauty by Gideon Fasola

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: -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.

Gideon Fasola portrait drawing

Gideon Fasola portrait drawing

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.

My Princess, red, blue, black ballpoint pen drawing by Gideon Fasola

My Princess, red, blue, black ballpoint pen drawing by Gideon Fasola

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–


Happiness Costs No Money, painting by Gideon Fasola

Happiness Costs No Money, painting by Gideon Fasola


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