Templates for Displaying Images of Your Art: Textured Walls and Frames

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Simply put, these frame templates have many uses. Artists with prints for sale, not wanting to invest in frames, or you have framed samples you’d like to photograph, but the glare of the plexi or glass glazing makes getting a good photo a problem. These templates allow you to drop in your art image into clean frames, on a nice textured wall. Easily creating your own showcase with just drag & dropping your images. Switch the clown figure out for another object, from the many provided, to show scale.

This DIY mock-up file has many unique and antique items and frames in one. If you are selling your print art, this is the best way to show your work. Limitless variations and also 8 ready-made PSD showcases. You also get wall and ground textures to generate best presentations. Huge time saver. No need to buy the best camera, repaint your wall to hand your framed art. It’s all done for you here.

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Because of file size limits you will get a PDF when purchase that includes download links from Dropbox.

 

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The Transgressive in the Photography of Natalie Girsberger

Natalie Girsberger takes us behind the scenes of fashion runways giving us a transgressive look at models, often suffering to fit the molds required by their profession. These photographs may be cautionary tales, alerting young women that success may not be down these avenues. And so the Transgressive genre in all media–once one gets past the initial shock–has an underlying need to instruct. The shock technique gets our attention.

The photos titled Passing Shadow and Industry Standards see the fashion industry through a critical lens.

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How far will women go, participating in a society obsessed with creating a pretty picture?

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Body measurements, models–who are often young girls– miserable, as they rise and fall on the ever changing fashion scene. Their features fit beauty standards for such a very limited period of time.  Passing Shadow asks the viewer to question the real essence of the pretty surface and to become aware of the suffering the model goes through to look this thin.

As the photographer, Natalie Girsberger describes—“Industry Standards shows a girl that’s clearly beautiful, but she is just skin and bones. She is freezing in her perfectly styled outfit and the hard light emphasises her skeleton-like appearance. This images shows how there’s a fine line between beauty and sickness in this business that treats its starving models like shiny objects.”

Mental illness also a theme of the Transgressive genre. In Natalie’s “Shine on Crazy Diamond” series, she thematizes mental illness, schizophrenia in particular.

 

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Describing here work in this series, Natalie Girsberger writes: “These color images show how all-consuming mental illness becomes part of your body, surrounds you, strips you naked without leaving you to defend yourself. The color design of these images expresses how the illness can seem like a drug trip, opening up a whole world of perception inaccessible to outsiders, which at times, can even seem satisfactory. It urges a viewer to look intensively at a person that is mentally ill instead of just pushing her or him away as yet another crazy one.”
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 Read more about these series and others in the photographic fine art work of Natalie Girsberger, in an article published today by Xposy Multimedia Magazine here.
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When asked about the image above, Natalie wrote: “The image with the skeleton is about the death wish, that all of us, to whatever extent, feel. It’s about Wertherism and feeling dead and empty inside in a time where everything functions over screens. It’s about the yearning to strip life to its bare bones, experience extremes rather than being trapped in a mediated society of numbness.”
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You may also view more of Natalie Girsberger’s work on her website: http://www.natgirsberger.com

Karen Fitzgerald Solar Prints Featured in Xposy Magazine

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My article on Karen Fitzgerald’s Solar Prints is featured by Xposy Multimedia magazine today. Karen Fitzgerald’s prints are available in a Pop-UP print sale this month–read the details in my article here on Xposy.com.

New Art Magazine Live and Accepting Artist Submissions

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In March, we told you about several art magazines, in our popularly shared to Facebook and Tweeted article New Art Magazine Accepting Submissions + More here.

Now one of those magazines mentioned in the article, DVYZE magazine, is online, live and accepting submissions of fine art and photography for their next issue.

Take a look here. Click on the Submit button in their top menu.

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And, of course, if you’d like to find many more magazine accepting submissions of your art, you’ll find them in our extensive e-list–you can get here or here.

Artists Pitch Your Art To Interior Projects, Such as Hotels, via this Automated Art Consultanting Site,

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IndieWalls is automated art consulting. It’s a site for artists to easily pitch their art, with one click, to hotel and residential projects actively seeking artworks for their walls.

This site is a huge time-saver for artists to reach out to new markets!

THE PROBLEM, as IndieWalls explains it, is that every commercial property needs artwork, yet they have a hard time finding real artwork from real artists for their interior spaces.
So to create THE SOLUTION IndieWalls has built a platform that lets commercial art buyers find real artwork from real local artists. “In the past year we’ve helped create art collections for hotels like Thompson Chicago, Andaz 5th Avenue, and Trump Soho…”

To get started–Create your artist account on IndieWalls and upload images of your art. You can now review current project actively seeking artworks and send them your pitch!

Plus, when new projects seeking artwork are added to the site, you will receive an email notification that they are accepting pitches.

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Once you find a project you are interested in. Review the project specifications and photos to help determine what you will offer them in your Pitch.

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It’s super easy to see, at a glance, what artworks the project is seeking. For instance, the hotel project Gild Hall is currently seeking colorful, edgy work– their wants clearly tagged like this:

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You have artworks to fit their needs, so now you want to create your pitch.

It is fast and automated. You simply click on the word *Pitch* that appears on each of your artwork thumbnail images. A box appears that allows you to write your text and add more images–such as detail shots, or wall installation views of your art. You can pitch that particular artwork, with retail price, or you can offer commissions.

Then click send. Your pitch goes to the project and your artwork appears on the project selection page–so project administrators will be sure to see it.

It’s that easy!

Another project currently active on IndieWalls–the Beechwood Residential building, under construction, lists their color pallet as teal, sage, green, mustard/gold, beige, light grays, medium gray and charcoal. They want Abstract, Architectural, Black and White, Classic and Geometric artworks for their lobby and corridors.

This essentially is all you need to know to pitch a series of your fine art photographs for their corridors, or offer a commission of large scale geometric paintings for their lobby.  Create and send in your pitch to them for consideration. Time spent creating your pitch on IndieWalls in minimal and could lead to a sale or commission.

There are many more automated sites used by art consultants! We have a huge collection of Art Consultants who are seeking artworks for their databases–get it here. Their databases contain your art images that they show to their clients. It’s easy to get your work into art consultant databases–and we tell you how–in the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook here and here.

Get the Directory of Art Consultants e-list on iCloud w access via computer, iPad, iPhone, and other tablets and devices here and here.

Couples Sleep, Dream in the Mixed Media Paintings of NY Artist Nina Hellman

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Cats & Cards, mixed media painting + collage, Nina Hellman

Artist Nina Hellman was born in New York City and grew up there. She attended the well-known High School of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. Nina traveled throughout Europe and North Africa, living as an expatriate in Denmark for four years, and exhibiting in art galleries in Copenhagen.

Since the 1980’s, Nina has had solo exhibition in well-known New York art galleries, and exhibited in several group shows with Ceres Gallery, a New York non-profit alternative cultural center dedicated to promoting women in the arts.

Nina Hellman is an artist and has also been an Art Therapist for over thirty years. All these rich and varied experiences “cross-fertilize” according to the artist, interacting in the mixed media paintings the artist creates incorporating collage elements.

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Her paintings of sleeping cats and humans adrift in rich environments alluding to both the physical and the world of dreams.

 

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Lloyd’s Dream, Nina Hellman

Nina Hellman offers her available paintings, sculpture portraits, and prints on her website ninahellman.com

 

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Use Applewatch Mockup Templates to Show Your Art Products

 

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There are many mockup products, aka scene generators, that artists may find useful–such as poster mockups, greeting card mockups, product mockups for showing your art on various products and on a variety of items. Mockups may be used in presentations, on your website, and in your marketing and promotions. I’m learning more about what mockups are readily available. As I find useful mockup, I will be reviewing and sharing  them in future articles.

Today, I’m sharing Get Scenery because the site is super easy to use. Get Scenery mockups allow you to test-out your images before purchasing. With their free watermarked mockups, like I’m using here, I am able to demonstrate how artists can easily read my ebook on the go.

So I’m able work on and try out a variety promotional plans and ideas before deciding on which mockups to actually purchase. Purchased versions do not have watermarks.

To try out the watermarked mockups, go to the Get Scenery site, download the mockups and then with one click you add your own photo to try in each–as I have here. Trying these have given me new ideas and a better understanding of how I might use these mockups in my product promotions.

 Get Scenery mockups have all the latest devices, such as the new Apple Watch, for you to use in your marketing.

 

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For instance, if you have a catalog or portfolio of your fine art photography prints or a series of fine art prints that you’d like Art Consultants and Interior Designers to know about. You could use a mockup of an iPad or iPhone on your website to quickly show how easy it is for an Art Consultant or Interior Designer to view your prints while they are on-sight in the space where the prints will hang.

 

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Try out your products to select the best options, then purchase usable versions with no watermarks at reasonable prices. Showcase your designs with premium mockup templates from getscenery.com

 

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Get the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Submissions E-book here.

 

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Metrov’s “Marie Portrait” for His People of Pax Series

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Artist Metrov has honored me by adding my face to his P.O.P., People of Pax portrait series. It’s nice that he wanted to include me. I’ve written about his portrait series in two previous articles–one for Xposy multimedia magazine– titled Metrov’s People of Pax which you can read here. Also, I’ve published news of how you can participate by having Metrov do your portrait here.

By coincidence, I am in the middle of being interviewed by a magazine, and, if the editor decides to use the interview, will request a photo of me. So I am considering something out-of-the-ordinary by sending my Pax portrait to appear with my interview!

The photograph that Metrov used as the basis of my Pax portrait was taken in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco by photographer Amoreena. (There was a some sun that day so there are some shadows and so I am squinting.)

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#Artists, It’s April, Don’t Forget Our Spring Sale! (*‿*✿) #artistresources

Originally posted on Artist Marketing Resources:

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April Spring Sale! (*‿*✿) 

G et $5 OFF many of the #artistresources in both of our Artist Marketing Resources web stores here and here.

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Open Call for Visual Poets/Artists to Collaborate On NYC Market Poetics Project

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Lower East Side (LES) New York City artist is seeking two visual poets / visual artists to collaborate on a public art project at Essex Market in the Lower East Side.

Yes, this is paid work! 

Artists and poets with text, writing, visual skills, particularly photographic, who are tech savvy and passes the ability to channel interactions with people into collaborative compositions of text + image are welcome to apply.   Fluency in Spanish is also helpful.

The project is called Market Poetics and is tied to the 75th Anniversary of Essex Market and Lower East Side History Month– both occurring in May in collaboration with NYEDC and the Artists Alliance. Dates: May 9th and 30th at the market. Includes prep work and some production in the streets

This project uses a Visual Poetics app to create visual poems and to channel stories from the people flowing through the market.  The project work occurs within one of the market stalls, as well as while moving in the market and surrounding streets. We will be creating and uploading work to a project Tumblr blog and that will be projected as a realtime slide show on a wall at the market.

Here’s a link to the past public artwork installations that resulted in the development of the Poetics App software, which is now at version 1.25 and currently used in over 150 countries:   http://www.sic.ph/poetics   An iPhone is required, as it’s the sole platform thus far for the app.

INTERESTED? Send a link to your work, a short introduction about your interest and background, and contact information via the email on the site: http://www.sic.ph/poetics

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Artist Project: Get Your Gratis Portrait for the Spring Goddess Pax

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The goddess Pax symbol of the Mother Bear is the focus of California artist Metrov’s  free portrait print offer (valued at $1000) that he will create from your photo sent to him.  Find out the how to get yours here.

 

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Metrov portrait, Kevin

 

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Metrov portrait, Chien

 

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How Will The Upcoming Facebook Changes Impact Your Facebook Page ?

Facebook– that ever-changing social media platform– has announced that it’s ready to make more overall changes, admitting that this scheduled new formatting could negatively affect your Page’s reach.

So, if you created your artist page, or small business page on Facebook, and have even paid for Facebook ads that brought “Likes” to your page, will all that fade into the background along with your page? Has developing your Facebook page been worthwhile for your business? Or is it time to shift your focus to new ways of getting visibility?

For some time, I’ve advised artists that Facebook ads bring “Likes” not sales. When you pay for any ad it will drive some traffic. But as soon as you stop paying for those ads, they disappears and are forgotten.

Feature articles on Artist Marketing Resources are better than paid ads because our feature articles become a permanent part of Google search engine and other search engine results. Artist Marketing Resources and our friends and associates work to bring you visibility.

Since we launched on Feb 3, 2009,  Artist Marketing Resources has published articles featuring artists and art events. We’ve had people find and continue to comment on our articles that we published years ago!

Why do a feature blog article with us? Feature artist articles are multipurpose. Our published articles contain multiple large images of your art and multiple links–such as to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog. (Ads–such as on Facebook– tend to have one link and one tiny image, one purpose and one result). Our feature articles are much more versatile, and may be crafted to feature an event, such as exhibition of your art, or may offer new available work such a new print edition for purchase on your site. Or the article may share and illustrate your amazing art-making techniques or simply ask for followers for your blog or Twitter account and others.

Additional Value:  After we publish your article, we tweet the article link with attached image across Twitter via our @TransArtGuide @Artozon @Transmediartist and others we admin. We include appropriate hashtags, such as: #painting #portrait #exhibition#drawing  #fineartphotography and many others. We also use any appropriate Twitter trending hashtags to place your art in front of a new audience. For instance, yesterday we used the newly trending hashtag #handmadehour on our tweets for portrait commissions and portrait drawings.

We also share your feature artist articles on multiple Facebook pages that we admin. We share all our articles on Google+ and in Google art groups, and post article links to Tumblr blogs and add multiple images, with article link on each, to Pinterest. We post your feature articles as a new discussions in our Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIn Group and in appropriate art collector groups.

We offer many options to suit your needs–

For a limited time we are offering our $5 Feature Article Plan on the platform Fiverr –take a look here.

Founder of Artist Marketing Resources, Marie Kazalia, is also a contributing writer for Xposy MultiMedia Magazine — as a writer for Xposy, Marie is always on the look-out for quality content. Artists may start with a feature article on Artist Marketing Resources, and, we become more familiar with your work, you may get a feature article on Xposy as well. Take a look at the Xposy multimedia magazine here.

Donations: We appreciate your support! Click here to donate. Donations get our attention and your donations are much appreciated! If you make a reasonable donation that covers our time, we’ll be happy to feature your art, arts product or service, or arts website to bring you new members.

Want to support us privately? Anonymous donations are gladly accepted, but, of course, to protect your privacy we cannot offer feature articles to anonymous donors. Give your anonymous support here (select the anonymous donor option).

Read selected feature artist articles written by Marie Kazalia via the links below:

Barbara Rachko’s Chromogenic Gods and Monsters (published on Xposy) read it here, read The Faces on Anton Kilian here, and read Metrov’s People of Pax here.

Dil Hildebrand: Exploring Parallels Between Creating Structures and Building Images 2014 article here.

Pittsburgh: R. WEIS – Compositions of Manipulated Sound article here.

Stars and CARS: Jimi Hendrix with His Corvette Stingray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang here.

Artist Who Uses Sound article click here.

Artist Power BANK Tokyo Alicia Bay Laurel Raising Funds for Japan article on this artist here.

Arts Incubator: New Media + Digital Artists Public Art Project w/Grants to Travel to Asia

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ZERO1 is calling innovative new media and digital artists with a love of travel and passion for community-driven art to apply to participate in the second round of the American Arts IncubatorAmerican Arts Incubator is an international arts exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media projects that bolster local economies, address a local social issue, and further social innovation. Artists will be working directly with ZERO1, U.S. embassy officials, and overseas partners to realize a series of public art projects that cultivate individual and community engagement and citizenship internationally. While the first round of artists are in the midst of their exchanges, American Arts Incubator will start looking forward to the next round of artist applicants.Participating overseas locations for the second round are: China, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. One artist will be selected for each location and will be responsible for creating a public art project plus overseeing a unique “small grants” program to facilitate community-driven art in that location. The deadline to apply May 31, 2015 by 11:59pm PST.

Learn more about criteria and application requirements here > >

Recent:  American Arts Incubator workshop held at the Negros Museum in the Philippines. Artist Kendal Henry debuted his Arts Incubator public art project in Papua New Guinea.

American Arts Incubator artist Felipe Castelblanco is currently in the Philippines, where he is working with artists in the Bacolod community to create a series of art projects focused on environmental health. He just finished leading a weeklong workshop, where participants shared their environmental concerns through stop-motion animations, and then designed 3D scaled models of a fictive city to propose sustainable urban planning. Next up, he will be building The People’s Island, a floating platform for collaborative performances and sculptural artworks that explores the bond of this community to the surrounding ocean.You can follow his project and read more about the four projects that were just selected to receive “small grant” awards here. In honor of Earth Day, Felipe is leading a video screening of artistic projects that explore the oceanic life and the environment in unusual ways, which will be followed by a test launch of the floating platform.Learn more about Felipe’s exchange and all current American Arts Incubator artists at americanartsincubator.org 

 

What I learned From Offering Article Marketing Services to Artists on Fiverr Last Week

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Last week, after being contacted by someone who claims to earn $4000 a month on Fiverr working only 8 total hours per week, I decided to put Fiverr to the test for myself. I put out the word that, in order to better understand the site, I would offer a service on Fiverr for a limited time–read my article here— offering feature articles for $5.

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I had five orders placed via Fiverr my first week on the platform. What a relief that there weren’t more. If twenty had ordered this service that first week I would have been overwhelmed, especially since I had set up delivery at 7 days maximum per order. I also offered an extra service of magazine submissions for $20.

Four of my Fiverr orders came from artists I already knew. Also, one additional new person has shown interest in my services on Fiverr.  So that out of 6 interactions, two are new, or about one third. So that I’ve begun to think of Fiverr as a fun and interesting platform for making new business connections

I’ve since added another Fiverr service that will be much easier for me to quickly fill-–I will add your website link to my site blog roll for $5 on #Fiverr click here.

I must admit that I didn’t expect to like Fiverr as much as I do! Things happen fast on Fiverr and it’s super easy to use the Fiverr control panel on my account track orders. Plus Fiverr is automated create and flag reminders on your personal TO DO list, making managing your orders a minimal task.

Consider using Fiverr services as an alternative to paying for Facebook Likes and Google ads to get click-throughs to your site–

On Fiverr its easy for artists to order useful services–for instance, if an artist has an exhibition announcement that they want published and promoted on social media, they simply place the $5 order via my Fiverr feature article offer, upload their image or images and include a link to their site plus some suggested text or focus for the article.

Then the clock starts ticking. I have 7 days to fulfill the order–that is, to put together and publish the article. Once it is published, I complete the order via Fiverr by sending the link to the client. That way there is accountability on both sides–if a client who places an order is demanding too much, then I can offer a custom order at a higher fee or simply cancel the order. This also an easy way for artists to manage their marketing and fees paid for tax purposes.

Those controls and options within Fiverr are what make the site most useful. Otherwise, working for $5 has little appeal!  But with a volume of orders and higher priced extras and custom service options, all managed from the Fiverr site, I do see the potential for at least supplementing one’s income.

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Although the majority of my first Fiverr orders came from familiar faces, I now have their positive reviews on Fiverr profile.*If you are thinking of trying Fiverr to suppliment your income, try offering several simple services rather than just one or two. You can also offer physical items that require shipping. Fiverr is set up to handle all that too.Whatever you are offering–services or products–add extras to give buyers more choices and so you can make more money. For instance, if a client needs the service completed quickly, you can add the optional service of fast delivery for an additional fee. Fiverr makes it all super easy to set up–so that those options are automated.*

Why do a feature blog article with us? Published blog articles are better than paid ads because our articles become a permanent part of Google and other search engine search results. When you pay for *likes* and ads,  your exposure stops when you stop paying.

Additional Value:  After we publish your article, we tweet the article across 5 twitter ACCOUNTS. We share your article on multiple Facebook pages that we admin, share it on Google+ and in Google art groups, post to our Tumblr blog and share multiple images with links on Pinterest and post as a discussion in our Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIn Group

For a limited time we are offering our $5 Feature Article Plan on the platform Fiverr –take a look here.

And our additional new service-–I will add your website link to my site blog roll for $5 on #Fiverr click here.

My Article, The Faces of Anton Kilian, Published on Xposy Magazine

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THE WONDER OF YOU,oil painting on canvas, Anton Kilian

You can read my article, The Faces of Anton Kilian here.

I’ve scheduled future articles on the art of Karen Fitzgerald, Metrov, Hildy Maze, and Catherine Small.

Take a look at my articles on Xposy and if your think you work will fit, leave a comment and a link to your art site. Best Wishes!

 

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Graham Edward Rhodes: Chaotic Drawings and Dystopian Paintings

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Infinity Cubes, ink drawing, Graham Edward Rhodes

Review the portfolio of artist Graham Edward Rhodes and you will find complex ink drawings, as if we are down on our hands and knees for a look into the microcosm in shadows and charred rubble, then look up at a distant vivid scene of chaos in the thermal-nuclear red of his painting of a post dystopian-like urban landscape.

Exothermic, Graham Edward Rhodes

Exothermic, Graham Edward Rhodes

 

Next we stumble upon the soothing Green Washed and still further on the horizon to what could be a rain storm over a turbulent sea

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Find out more about the artist and his artworks available from Saatchi Gallery online here. Find prints and artworks by Graham Edward Rhodes in his ArtFinder shop here.

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Union City, Graham Edward Rhodes

 

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CAPE, Graham Edward Rhodes

 

 

Artist DANIELLE NELISSE Chosen as one of 50 to Watch in 2015

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Artist Danielle Nelisse was chosen as one of “50 TO WATCH” in 2015 in Southern California by curator Stephen C. Wagner of the Arc Gallery in San Francisco, California. Visit the art exhibition at The Studio Door’s gallery in San Diego, California until May 15, 2015.

Danielle’s website: www.daniellenelisse.com
Studio Door/50 to Watch Website: http://thestudiodoor.com/inside/?page_id=1262

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My Photography Arts Article Featured in Xposy Multimedia Magazine!

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As a new writer for Xposy, I’m pleased to have my first article featured in the photography section and trending in Xposy magazine. Thank you to artist Barbara Rachko for allowing me to write my first Xposy article about her work.

I’m on the look out for more quality content. Take a look at the Xposy multimedia magazine here, and if you think you artworks or arts project would be a good fit, tell me more in an email and include a link to your website–email: mariekazalia@gmail.com

 

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The Porch in Summer, Relax with the Watercolor Paintings of Kathleen Berry Bergeron

 

The Porch at Sinclair Towers, watercolor painting, Kathleen Berry Bergeron

The Porch at Sinclair Towers, watercolor painting, Kathleen Berry Bergeron

 

After a long winter we’re all looking forward to warmer days ahead. These watercolor paintings remind us of the coming spring and summer weather and may even have you looking forward to sun and a rest in the cool shade of your porch — real or wished for!

“These paintings re-capture memories from my youth. They are places from around my hometown that are nostalgic and quintessential to Vermont. I painted them to evoke a quiet time in one’s life where we can appreciate all that is good and soak it in. I hope the viewer is left with a feeling of warmth and peace.”  Kathleen Berry Bergeron

Kathleen Berry Bergeron’s watercolor paintings and limited edition prints are available direct from the artist here.

 

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Visit the artist’s website here to view her landscape paintings and other rural scenes.

 

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Vermont Cottage

 

 

Barbara Rachko’s Pearls from Artists—Quotes and Advice from Artists to Artists

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She Embraced It and Grew Stronger, soft pastel on sandpaper, 58 x 38, Barbara Rachko

 

New York City visual artist and blogger Barbara Rachko shares her pastel art on her blog Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust. Besides inviting you in to view aspects of her process of creating such vibrant artworks as She Embraced It and Grew Stronger, above, Barbara Rachko lets you in to view corners of her studio (below). And along the way she shares an ongoing flow of quotes, and artist interview excerpts on what it means to be an artist in the ongoing series Pearls for artists.  Follow Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust blog here

 

Studio View 1

Studio View 1

 

Barbara Rachko is a prolific in collecting the handmade figures that become models for her paintings. Barbara has traveled to many countries, including stays in Shri Lanka, Bali, Mexico and other parts of the world,  in search of new masks and figures to populate her studio and her paintings. You can see some her collection in the two studio views here.

 

Studio View 2

Studio View 2

 

Here are some of her soft pastel paintings, scenes incorporating one of more folk art figures from her collections.

Scene Thirteen- Bathroom, soft pastel on sandpaper,  26 x 20, Barbara Rachko

Scene Thirteen- Bathroom, soft pastel on sandpaper, 26 x 20, Barbara Rachko

A Promise Meant to be Broken, soft pastel painting, Barbara Rachko

A Promise Meant to be Broken, soft pastel painting, Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko is both a prolific artist continually creating of new paintings and also in her search for those pearls of wisdom to share with her followers, fellow artists and readers of her blog.

Follow photographer and pastel artist Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust here.

Barbara Rachko on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barbararachko 

Barbara Rachko’s website: http://www.barbararachko.com

 

Follow photographer and pastel artist Barbara Rachko’s blog series she calls Pearls for Artists here.