DuPont Interview With Artist Ula Einstein on Her Innovative Use of Tyvek

DuPont Interview with New York artist Ula Einstein and her innovative use of Tyvek–
Ula is also featured on ARTSY:

Nov 7 – 17th Online Ebay Auction of Early Andy Warhol Painting

Mike & Shirley

Mike & Shirley, owners of  The Gold Thinker


The Gold Thinker an Andy Warhol original painting comparable to Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Masterpiece to be auctioned online with eBay for Charity from November 7 – 17th, 2016 at thegoldthinker.com
Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2016 – Previously unknown Warhol painting now available to a worldwide audience, with proceeds being shared with the City of Hope, a cancer research not-for-profit clinic. When one hears the name Andy Warhol, images of the style, creativity, and original iconic status of his artistic genius come to mind.   Starting November 7, 2016, worldwide bidders will have the opportunity to acquire this original Warhol painting.
 “We expect this painting to become a prized exhibit in a museum, art collector’s home, or institution dedicated to the study of Warhol”, said Eric Gazin, President of Auction Cause, the agency managing the sale and bidder prequalification. The iconic piece was discovered by Michael P. Wilson at a thrift store years ago in California. He was attracted to the unique characteristics but did not immediately recognize it as an Andy Warhol. Years later, he began an inquiry and collection of Andy’s informal signatures. After seeing Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn, and several drawings from Daniel Blau’s book From Silverpoint To Silverscreen, a book releasing 200 never-before-seen by the public 1950’s Andy Warhol drawings,  he then decided to research his painting, leading him to Fine Art Authenticator & Appraiser G.B. Tate.

The painting was authenticated and appraised for $2.5 million in 2015 by G.B. Tate & Sons Fine Art of Laramie, Wyoming. The appraisal document of G.B. Tate and Sons states:

“The subject artwork is typical of the artist and compares favorably
in quality and subject matter with many other examples of the genre
offered in the marketplace. All other factors, including technique,
style and signature, are consistent with original works by the

The large painting on canvas “The Gold Thinker” measures 76.2cm X 101.6cm (30” X 40”). The painting appears in the original frame.

eBay For Charity will host the auction with bidding beginning at 6 PM PT on November 7, 2016  here: thegoldthinker.com.

There is an email sign-up to be notified when the auction begins as well.

Mr. Wilson plans on donating 10-percent of the final selling price to City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, as both he and his wife lost family members from illnesses which are treated and researched at the hospital. For more information on the City of Hope please visit www.cityofhope.org

For more information on the painting, bidding prequalification, or for interviews, please contact Auction Cause at (323) 655-0554 or via email at warhol at auctioncause dot com.

The full press release here.


Mr. Tate’s References and Integrity vouching…Helping the FBI is excellent for his résumé.


watercolor 2, Mauricio Paz Viola

Artist Mauricio Paz Viola Tests the New Legion Stonehenge Aqua 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Watercolor 1, Mauricio Paz Viola

Watercolor 1, Mauricio Paz Viola


Last month, we sent a list of artist’s names to Legion Paper company. Legion sent each artist fine art papers with the goal of getting firsthand feedback. California-based artist Mauricio Paz Viola, one of the first to report back, wrote in part-

“I would like to report that the paper test went well. The company Legion Paper got in touch with me and sent me three types of watercolor paper. I tried them and they are of high quality. I did some watercolor work.

I am happy with the results – good, professional quality… My favorite was the HP 300gm – loved its texture! It held up several layers of paint that I superimposed on it and did not saturate. The result was great! I also liked the CP 600gm. I would recommend these papers to any artist, and thank you for considering me in this initiative before it is released on the market. Please feel free to feature my work on your website and include the link to my web www.mauriciopazviola.com

 I am attaching some photos now. I want to thank you for considering me, and for making me part of this project.”
Mauricio Paz Viola received a package from Legion Paper containing sheets of watercolor papers.

Mauricio Paz Viola received a package from Legion Paper containing sheets of watercolor papers.




Mauricio stretched each sheet of watercolor paper in the traditional manner, using tape on a rigid board. The paper is then dampened and dries flat, ready to be painted on without buckling or wrinkling.


Mauricio included photos of his paint brushes and the watercolor paints he used, working on white ceramic plates as painting palettes.



watercolor 2, Mauricio Paz Viola

watercolor 2, Mauricio Paz Viola


watercolor 3, Mauricio Paz Viola

watercolor painting 3, Mauricio Paz Viola




Mauricio Paz Viola’s Website: www.mauriciopazviola.com

Mauricio’s art printed on shirts and clothing available at Live Heroes here.

Legion Paper http://www.legionpaper.com/


#Artists List Your Art in the New Inbox Art Gallery

The hosts of EatSleepDraw have launched the new Inbox Art Gallery with tagline —The New Way to Sell Your Art.

Artists, to list your art for sale–click here.

Inbox Art Gallery

Inbox Art Gallery is for people want to buy art directly from artists.

Sign up to receive an email Every Tuesday delivered to you with a list of the latest art for sale.

If you see something you wish to purchase just email the artist directly.

Art buying shouldn’t be snooty or stressful– it should be as easy as skimming your email.

Have some art you’re looking to sell?

Click here to list your Art for Sale ➜


#Artists – How to Submit Your Art to Art Magazines and #Art Blogs

stack of magazines


Artists–When you see a really great artist feature online do you wonder how to get your art featured?

I’ve had many years experience submitting my own writing and art to magazines (and getting published), as well as working on behalf of artists to get their art submitted and published. Sometimes, I assume that all artists know how to make a submission. Well, maybe not completely–after all I did write an ebook guide for artists on how to make submissions— available here.

What I found out recently, especially for very young artists with lesser experience, is that many artists just don’t know how to get their art into magazines–online or in print!

I’m Not Passing Judgement But I Want to Help

To help artists find publications that will feature their work, I’ve spent years compiling a sharable e-list of art magazines. Each art magazine in this e-list has a link to the publication’s website. What I’ve recently discovered, especially for those very young artists again and also artists who love the seclusion of private time in their studios, is that many artists just don’t know how to use my e-list! (They have less difficulty with my e-list of art galleries, art consultants, and other resources for artists).

Some artists don’t seem to understanding that when they find an art magazine that they’d like to see their work in, that they need to read that magazine’s submission guidelines. What I’m finding out is that some artists don’t know where or how to look for the submission guidelines and how to make submissions to magazines. (There are art magazines that make it super simple with a big SUBMIT button on their site, but many do not.)

So what should artists do?

If you are new to submitting your work to art magazines and blogs, my advice is to start out with the easy ones that features artists selected from submissions of a few low resolution images. Submit to a few of those and once you begin to learn the process of making submissions your understanding will expand and grow.

To make it easier for artists to use my art magazine e-list I’ve made it super simple by adding submission details to each magazine listing. So, if a magazine has a specific submission procedure–such as– submit 3 image of your art to email@submit(dot) co– I’ve included that all spelled-out for that magazine in the alphabetical listings of my e-list. If the submission guidelines aren’t too long I’ve include them and/or a direct link to where you can read those guidelines. For more advanced submissions the art publication listing will contain the editor’s contact information and other details or a link to where you can find them. (Some art magazines have a huge long list of editor’s names and email addresses).

If you feel you need some help that’s fine–it never hurts to ask–just let me know! Right now, I’m offering a free email consultation to any artist who purchases my E-list of Art Magazines and Art Blogs. Get it here and here  and then let me know your questions and how I can help. Review the e-list, select a few art magazines that you’d like to see your work in — then we can talk about how to make your submissions to those magazines. Email Marie: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

Buy Art Magazines, Art Blogs, and Art Publication Resources E-list on @Gumroad here for a Word file or PDF version of the e-list.

Buy it here for an iCloud Share file of the Art Magazines, Art Publications Resources e-list.



Why get your art into magazines?

Some artists are puzzled and think having a website is enough. Really? I’m not passing judgement, but I am trying to understand why some artists just don’t get it. Then I’m offering to help in any way I can.

A magazine feature gives you credibility with art collectors, art galleries, art consultants, interior designers and other arts professionals. There are art gallerists who will expect to see your print magazine and online art features–that is, they expect you to have some publication credits in your CV (Curriculum Vitae or résumé )! Simply put, if you have publication credits then that shows that others (editors and publishers) are interested in your work, consider you a professional artist who is doing interesting and newsworthy work and want to work with you.

Think about these things, submit your art, get some features and then you will understand. An artist feature also brings visitors to your website, gives you some news to share in your newsletter and on social media.

So again, If you feel you need some help, that’s fine–it never hurts to ask–just let me know! Right now, I’m offering a free email consultation to any artist who purchases my E-list of Art Magazines and Blogs. Buy it here and here then let me know your questions and what you need help with. Review the e-list, select a few art magazines that you’d like to see you work in — then we can talk about how to make your submissions to those magazines. Email Marie: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

Artist Agent X at Gitana Rosa Gallery Opening Reception Oct 15th



Gitana Rosa Gallery & Shop

Opening Reception:  October 15th, 2016   6-8pm
Gitana Rosa Gallery
530 Piermont Ave
Piermont, NY 10968

Gitana Rosa Gallery & Shop invite you to join us on Saturday, October 15th from 6-8pm for a reception featuring Agent X.  Agent X creates experimental, multimedia collages, paintings, and 2D artwork. His work is an amalgamation of diverse cultures, past, present and future, and his signature collage street intellectualism is a commentary on the urban experience. The phenomena of pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics, and race are central to his practice of designing experimental works.

Based in Vancouver, Agent X grew up in Connecticut and studied in New Haven and Atlanta. He was the top recipient at the Curious Duke Curious Pie Show, and he has been a finalist in numerous prestigious art contests. Agent X’s work has been exhibited in art meccas all around the world, including London, New York, San Francisco, Spain and Toronto.

Gitana Rosa opened in Piermont, NY this spring and has been operating in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Chelsea, NY since 2006.

Our new location combines gallery space with a curated retail experience to showcase exclusive artist designed editions, multiples, collections and individual works.  Gitana Rosa also collaborates with artists to create custom designed, eco-conscious products.

The Gallery & Shop is open from FridaySaturday 11-7pm and Sundays 12-5pm, as well as by appointment.  We have also added Design, Photography and Printing Services to our program.  Please check out the website for more details at www.GitanaRosa.com.Piermont is a unique community nestled between the Hudson River and the steep slopes of the Palisades, where historical homes and buildings sit alongside modern art galleries and world-class restaurants. Only 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan, Piermont provides a unique opportunity to experience the best of the Hudson Valley just outside the world’s most vibrant city.


Make, Kany Ford

Portrait Paintings That Make Us Think of Halloween, Rio Carnival and Mardi Gras

Thierry, Kanu Ford

Thierry, Kanu Ford

 There are no devil horns on the man’s head, no spiked tail winding up his back, no pitchfork in his hand in this portrait painting of a man’s face surrounded in red. He may appear, at first glance, to be wearing something suited to a party on Halloween night, a Mardi Gras parade, or the Rio Carnival festival where millions of people appear in the streets dressed in all types of costumes. But for me, this painting by Kanu Ford, titled Thierry, reminds of adult Halloween parties and childhood nights of trick-or-treat.

For Miami-based professional photographer and painter Kanu Ford’s portrait series each canvas has a different feel — many reflecting the subject’s personality or the mood of the setting, such as the night-life party atmosphere of Night Crawling

Night Crawling, Kanu Ford

Night Crawling, Kanu Ford

and the dark and frightening wolfman-like face of el negro we might expect to encounter as a mask on Halloween night.

el negro, Kanu Ford

el negro, Kanu Ford

Does the face in the painting titled Bystander (below) seem zombie-like only because it’s October and our thoughts are of another impending All Hallows’ Eve? At any other time of year, would we simply recognize that this man’s face is illuminated by his computer screen?

Bystander, el kanu

Bystander, Kanu Ford

In the painting Made (below) do the girl’s features seem porcelain and doll-like, frightening hollow eyes closed, within the perception of the tradition of Halloween makeup and costumes? Or is she simply sad or beautiful, closing her eyes with her face aglow in the sun’s warmth, the light creating shadows on this canvas articulated by the artist’s brush, awash in the many tones of her flesh, as paint runs, brushwork, texture and layering.

Make, Kany Ford

Made, Kany Ford

You can view his latest work and follow the artist Kanu “el kanu” Ford on Instagram here.


Kanu Ford’s more fun or lighthearted faces may seem like dancers at Carnival in Disco Baby Disco, Effervesces, and H–

Disco Baby Disco, Kanu Ford

Disco Baby Disco, Kanu Ford


Effervescent, Kanu Ford

Effervescent, Kanu Ford


H, Kanu Ford

H, Kanu Ford

In the past, Kanu Ford completed a portrait project photographing the most influential people in Miami. Miami-based professional photographer and painter Kanu Ford in now offering his unique service combining both his painting and photography skills to create your portrait. 

For the first phase of a portrait commission, Kanu Ford begins with a portrait photo shoot session to captures your likeness and learn more about you.

He then returns to his studio to begin work on a one-of-a-kind oil painting portrait based on the photography session. Kanu uniquely captures your likeness while incorporate his impressions of you, your interests, and your personality represent in his color palette and the energy of his brushstrokes. Feel free to discuss your size preferences with the artist Kanu Ford. He will then provide you a timeline for completion of your portrait and at that time make the standard 50% deposit payment. Midway through the commission you will be able to review the painting in progress, and upon completion may the final 50% payment to take your portrait home or have it shipped to you. 

See more of Kanu Ford’s paintings on his website here.

Read a second version of our article published on the Niume platform here.

How Artists Get Featured on the Legion Paper Blog + Across Their Social Media Profiles

Tahiti Pehrson, paper installation

Tahiti Pehrson, paper installation

Legion Paper has had a long program of featuring artists using their papers. As a major distributor, Legion provides fine art papers to the art suppliers you shop, such as McPherson’s, Blick Art Supplies, etc.  Legion has plans to add new papers to their list of papers here.

The good people at Legion Paper say–“Making paper is an art. We represent centuries of tradition and mastery in fine art papers. Since our 1994 inception, we have traveled the globe searching for the finest papers from the finest manufacturers. To date, we offer more than three thousand existing papers from sixteen countries but our quest continues. Collaborating with some of the most legendary artists and renowned mills, we are known as the world’s most relentless innovator in the art of papermaking. We constantly aim to be ahead of the curve. We listen to your needs and seek out new ways for you to enhance your work. We add value to creative work. We put vision into paper. We are paper.”

If you are an artist using any of Legion’s fine art papers, we want to hear from you. From communications with Legion’s CEO and Marketing Department, we will now be sending them artist’s contact information for those artists who use their papers.

Recently, Legion featured artist, Tahiti Pehrson, who used Lenox 100 paper in 72 inch rolls for all of his hand-cut paper structures. Tahiti Pehrson just complete art at Viacom’s Artist-in-residence and Legion did an interview with him–read it here.


Tahiti Pehrson

Tahiti Pehrson

If you are an artist working with fine art papers, and interested in a feature on the Legion blog, complete the contact form below. Make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.


Online Performance Art Festival Open Call to Artists, Deadline Oct 14th




The 1st Online Performance Art FESTIVAL was held in July 2016, with 20 artists performing in an event created by Sandra Bozic. During the festival, live  “Online Performance”  went out directly onto digital devices. As with anything new, it takes time to grow. The 2nd Online Performance Art Festival is expected to be even larger and will last for four days.

If you are interested in showing your work as online performance art, apply here. Submit your proposals and projects!

The 2nd Online Performance Art Festival will take place October 20-23rd 2016 on the festival website here.



You can apply with max 2 works per person/group. Application form http://www.onlineperformanceart.com/application-form/


Open Call for you to apply with your performance art works for the 2nd Online Performance Art Festival, that will take place on the website www.onlineperformanceart.com


Instagram Graphic Novel Shines Critical Light on American Corporate Business


Los Angeles born artist touches global nerve with endearing character who calls out polluters, chemical companies, and corrupt government officials.

SANTA BARBARA, CA (Sept. 1, 2016) — The Creature NU” has blossomed into an international phenomenon on Instagram, currently considered leading social media outlet for the Arts. Los Angeles native, Metrov—painter, filmmaker, writer, & designer—chose Instagram to launch his sustainability awareness campaign. With strong support from #organicmoms and other eco-friendly groups, Metrov’s unorthodox tale has quickly garnered an army of passionate “Green” followers.

“For quite some time,” says Metrov, I’d been looking for ways to integrate messages of sustainability into my work. I wanted to do my part as an artist. When Leonardo DiCaprio purchased an artwork on Instagram, the entire art world, it seemed, boarded the burgeoning social media platform. Artist Amalia Ulman’s make-believe Instagram story about a troubled Beverly Hills socialite landed her a show at London’s Tate Museum. I knew Instagram would be The Creature NU’s stage.

   NU, a small, loveable, noble savage, embarks on a mission to Earth to “find out what’s gone wrong.” In the beginning, he discovers spectacular, natural grandeur. But as he travels across America, he falls ill from toxic drinking water. He witnesses the horrors of strip mining, morbid obesity, and land forever destroyed by oil production. He meets other creatures who tell him he must go to Wall Street to find the perpetrators. When he arrives, however, he’s taken in by a gang of uber rich, subterranean rats who secretly control the stock market. It’s not until he falls for the allure of materialism, acquires his own wealth, then becomes homeless and nearly dies from cancer, that the Creature NU finally awakens to his destiny—to become a sustainability role model for the youth of the world.

Metrov began his career as portraitist for superstars like Margaux Hemingway and Mick Jagger. His work is exhibited and collected internationally, though his priority is to explorethe ever-evolving potential of artistic mediums and technologies.” Learn about All Things NU at: www.DoYouNU.com.

Sabrina, el kanu

El Kanu Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Contemporary Portrait Oil Paintings by El Kanu

Yani, el kanu

Yani, el kanu


Zoltan, el kanu

Zoltan, el kanu


Bystander, el kanu

Bystander, el kanu


Impromptu. el kanu

Impromptu. el kanu


Marwen, el kanu

Marwen, el kanu


Le Soupir, el kanu

Le Soupir, el kanu


le toilde David, el kanu

le toilde David, el kanu


Sabrina, el kanu

Sabrina, el kanu


Absolute Beginner, el kanu

Absolute Beginner, el kanu


el kanu

Sublimation, el kanu

Richard “Dick” Shook Fine Art

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook  

Click on image or here  to visit the artist Richard “Dick” Shook’s website http://www.dickshook.com/

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

The Figurative Paintings of Richard “Dick” Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook


The title of this painting Intrusion (Portrait of Sarah Z.) hints at an interruption in the contemplative mood of this young woman sitting and casually eating fruit. What is the intrusion? Her gaze directs us toward the answer to that question– in the shiny surface of the pot holding flowers we see a reflection of a man opening a door.

Weeks ago, I was privileged enough to view an early stage of this painting (below). You can see how the artist, Richard Shook aka Dick Shook continued to develop the painting, completing it very recently.

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook


To take it further, we are wondering if perhaps the intrusion or intruder in the painting is the artist himself entering Sarah Z.’s private world? Or the intruding man in the door may be a metaphorical reference to represent interruptions in the artist’s contemplative painting practice– such as those he experiences on a daily basis that take him away from his work.

“I’ve been very focused on finding “myself” and refining my craft in terms of color palette and process, ” says the artist Richard (Dick) Shook.  “The new piece is the best one, at least for me, so far.  I suppose that’s always the case in my world.  I keep after the idea that there is always something “more” in the way of something like a religious mystery.  I do five or ten things that I like, but don’t blow me away.  It’s that next one that I’m looking for.”


Richard (Dick) Shook has also been at work on a series of paintings of dancers, saying–“Dance provides some of the most interesting figurative possibilities.” The artist also has plans to paint a large-scale multi-figure painting of dancers.

Dance--Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Dance–Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook


He let us know about his plans, and informed us of his process by saying–“As far as the dancers go, I’ve been working on a group painting of twelve dancing princesses. Only recently did I get sufficient reference photos from my sessions with the dancers to take that a little further. My first idea with this was to make it huge, I was going to try to raise the funds to do it (the twelve dancing princesses) for our public library, but as so often happens they’ve been stuck in non-deliberation.  In any case, I like to do large paintings.  It’s been hard to get me into the small range.  So I’m always on the lookout for venues that can accommodate the bigger things.  I do pretty well, though, in the 30 x 40 ish range, in part because they are the easiest to haul around.”

Weightless, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Health Dept

Weightless, oil painting on linen, 48 x 72 inches, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa


S.Richard (Dick) Shook has completed several multi-figure public art paintings, including the painting of swimmers in a pool, above, titled Weightless– the second in a series of three paintings that he created for the Healthy Living/Healthy Life Art Initiative for the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.


Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Dept of DesMoines, Iowa

Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa


Bike Club was painted for the Polk County Health Department–completed in 2012–this, the first of the artist’s three large paintings to promote healthy lifestyles.

“I, too, enjoy the paintings with more figures.  I like them all tangled up and in interaction because, that’s life and it’s more fun that way.  I’m anxious that my future work have a good home, or that I can afford to have a place to store it.  No more room in my studio and house.  But the biggest thing for me is to keep after my muses, to get these things out of my head and into the real world. where people can enjoy them.”

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk Country Health Dept, Des Moines, Iowa

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa


You can find out more about these paintings on the artist’s website www.dickshook.com and view many more artworks by this wonderful artist.


Featured Post in the Art Category on Niume

My article published on Niume is now featured  in the Art category and they’ve given me a gold badge for one week–which means the articles I publish on the platform this week will receive some extra attention.

If you have powerful work that’s not getting enough visibility, then follow me on Niume here and send me a message with a link to your site where I can view your art.





Enchanted Forrest, Pat Timbrook

Featured #Artist Pat Timbrook


JUXT, Pat Timbrook

JUXT, Pat Timbrook


American artist Pat Timbrook is a full-time fine art painter living in the state of West Virginia. Pat has sold many of her large abstract acrylic paintings over the years. But, in September 2016, Pat began a new venture with the owner a local clothing boutique called MIXX. The artist placed many of her small abstract paintings on display in the boutique, using ART-to-Go as her selling point. That is, making small and affordable pieces that are easy for buyers to purchase and carry home. She develop this sales concept, reaching out to fashion conscious shoppers, after coming to the conclusion that not many people in her area knew how or where to purchase art locally. Pat knows that not everyone can afford to make a large art purchase, so she wanted to offer an easy option to buyers to own her smaller works. “There are still many people whom we know who cannot afford art at big prices. The clientele of MIXX varies in income range. Plus, we have factored in other business possibilities to help make this work. It’s a new venue for the boutique owner and for me as an artist,” says Pat Timbrook.



April 2016, Pat Timbrook


Apart from all the works shown on her websites here, and her ART-to-Go sales project, Pat has also taken up another new art project. This year, she completing 10 contemporary abstract acrylic paintings in her series called Flowers for Vince. These paintings will be used for prints sales to raise funds for a children’s charity organization in the Philippines called www.H_manility.org, founded and run by her close friends Bryan and Diane Thomas. The purpose of this painting series is to honor Vince, a five-year-old child at the children’s home, who was killed by a car in the Spring of 2016 as he played in the street. Sale of prints from the paintings will also help fund the children’s organization.



Enchanted Forrest, Pat Timbrook


Also in 2016, Pat Timbrook has painted over 90 acrylic paintings on canvas  in her Flowers in Vases series and will be painting many more before the end of this year.


Flowers For Vince, Pat Timbrook

Flowers For Vince 1100, Pat Timbrook


Flowers for Vince 1400, Pat TImbrook

Flowers for Vince 1400, Pat TImbrook


Pat Timbrook began painting in 1997. She acquired her art education through self-directed independent study at Frostburg University, in Frostburg, Maryland with mentoring by Gay Holland. She attends annual seminars of the Society of children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in California. In 2011, her painting Pairings was selected out of over 500 entries as winner of the DesignaWineLabel National Art Competition sponsored by Darden Restaurants and Capital Grille Restaurants for its fundraising charity event Share Our Strength

Paintings of Pat Timbrook have been exhibited in national and international juried shows, including at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City; and the Art Rom Gallery, Italy, and her paintings are in several corporate and public art collections.

Pat Timbrook will have her first duo-show exhibition in October 2016 at the Manhattan Gold & Gallery in Cumberland, Maryland.


Find out more about the artist and view more of Pat Timbrook’s paintings on her website www.patriciaanntimbrook.com

Follow Pat Timbrook on Twitter here @REDRubyart, on Facebook here and here.

Follow Pat Timbrook on Instagram here.

Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”


THE SAGA OF NU by Metrovwww.DoYouNU.com

Researching megastar artist, Takashi Murakami, I learned he first made millions from his business, Kaikaikiki, a commercial art production company. He was able to use this money to create larger scale works for the Fine Art arena. Similarly, Jeff Koons became a Wall Street broker to earn the money to finance his early works. This strategy of creating multiple income streams to survive and prosper as an artist applies not only to superstars, but to us every day creators as well.

I set out to produce what I call a “Commercial Fine Art” product… something I could readily manufacture in small quantities on my own in order to get the ball rolling; something, however, that could eventually sell in volume to develop a substantial revenue stream; something that would be a fit for high-end gift shops, department stores, and other outlets. In the past, this would have been frowned upon in the Fine Art World. Now it is not only acceptable, but expected. I spent the last several years trying a variety of ideas and experimenting with all the materials (traditional and new) I could lay my hands on. The road was rockier than expected.

Among the first products I developed were 3D acrylic works. I had my own designs and artwork printed on clear, Plexiglas panels, then used stand-offs to arrange them two or three panels deep.

"3D Tara Goddess Supreme with Pink Dots." (2015) Three layers of acrylic art held apart by brushed nickel stand-offs mounted to a wall; 36" x 52"

“3D Tara Goddess Supreme with Pink Dots.” (2015)
Three layers of acrylic art held apart by brushed nickel stand-offs mounted to a wall; 36″ x 52″


I also layered translucent, acrylic artwork inside shadow boxes, and as free-standing pieces, edge-lit with LED strip lighting.


"3D Tara Goddess Lightbox-Dot Gate" (2014) Three layers of acrylic art in black wooden box, edge-lit by adjustable LED lighting.

“3D Tara Goddess Lightbox-Dot Gate” (2014)
Three layers of acrylic art in black wooden box, edge-lit by adjustable LED lighting.


The results were often lovely, but acrylic prints are quirky and don’t always end up looking the way they are visualized in Photoshop, particularly when employing translucent effects and adding LED edge lighting (fyi, some acrylic sheets distribute the edge lighting evenly, some do not). And if the visual effect doesn’t work, guess what… the printed acrylic sheets are a bust, meaning money down the drain. But the biggest challenge was working with the acrylic itself. Without precision manufacturing equipment, it’s difficult to cut or drill, and often breaks where it should not. Additionally, cutting acrylic makes a huge mess… dust goes everywhere. My studio was not the ideal place to construct these pieces. I’d need a full-blown factory style workshop. Back to the drawing board.

I decided to see if I could reasonably produce one of my 3D models. I’d been creating sculptures in “Blender,” a free, open source, 3D modeling/animation software that’s equivalent to its professional counterparts costing many thousands of dollars. Not an easy learning curve, but very rewarding once you figure it out. (It only took me about five years, off and on, but that was learning on my own via Youtube tutorials.) The awesome thing about creating digital-based sculpture is that I can email the computer file to a foundry in China where they will 3D print it any size, and from that 3D print, form a mold. And from that, the work can be cast in a wide range of materials.

I’d created a character called “NU,” deceptively naïve, even cartoon-like in appearance, but part of a much larger installation series, “MYTH OF PAX: BEAR GODDESS,” 

which is very much on the frontiers of cutting edge fine art. Previously, I’d ordered the first casting as a nine inch, stainless steel sculpture. The results were magnificent, but costly. The stainless steel version of NU would have to retail at around $6,000.00, not exactly commercial department store faire.


Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”

Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”

At any rate, I decided NU would be my first “Commercial Fine Art” product, as it seems to have the “cute” factor going for it, and everyone loves “cute.”

So, how to produce the Commercial Fine Art version of NU? I began to experiment with materials and processes… wood, clay, metal, concrete, cardboard, Styrofoam, and more. Because of his unique shapes, NU would be difficult to make using any of these materials. Either that, or the materials just wouldn’t work at all. For example, I thought ceramic was surely the answer. After experimenting with various, slipcasting prototypes, I found out my design would not hold up in the “firing” process. I won’t go into detail about all the different things I tried, but when you’re researching, and ordering stuff, and waiting for it to arrive, and then finding time to actually assemble your ideas, time passes quickly… in this case, R&D, including the acrylic works, took years.

At last, I discovered “Ponoko,” a company that can cut out small designs from a variety of materials using a standard laser cutting technique. A lot of artists use Ponoko to produce jewelry and small figurines. Ponoko also does 3D printing, but sadly 3D printing is not yet ready for prime time—you end up with a rough, gritty surface. It also gets quite expensive. For example, I would have loved to have small NUs 3D printed in a metal like stainless steel or bronze, but the cost was in the thousands for a single 5” inch high figure.

However, laser cutting, which employs a 2D design format (even something as simple as an Illustrator .eps file), is far more cost-effective. I placed my first order for a 4” NU. The results were promising. Laser cutting is precise, and I was able to order ten figures cut from bamboo for around $200. So cost, not including my labor to finish, is around $20 each. And these days Fine Art Toys are selling anywhere between $150-250 bucks (and that’s for mass-produced, injection mold figures which are never touched by the artist’s hands). I also wanted something a little fancier than just a cut-out. Laser cutting can also make engraved areas which allowed me to have inlays made from a different material. This was getting exciting now. I really wanted the inlay pieces to be made from some kind of metal. Alas, Ponoko can’t laser cut metal. I reluctantly settled for black plastic in my excitement to get something finished.

I decided to “distress” the wooden bodies so they had an antique look. I also had to glue feet on because the cut-outs (only 1/4” thick) won’t stand on their own. After staining the wood, I glued the plastic inlay parts on by hand. I thought I’d done it, at lasta product I could reasonably produce on my own without a lot of initial headache and expenditure. (Injection molding runs around $20-30k for a minimum run.)


Early NU’s—waiting for the stain to dry. Note the engraved areas where inlays will be inserted.

Early NU’s—waiting for the stain to dry. Note the engraved areas where inlays will be inserted.

One of my plans for these figurines is to send them as gifts to gallery owners in New York and Los Angeles. After a couple of weeks, I realized, no matter how cute, I couldn’t send a hand-finished figurine that used plastic. Damn! I really wanted those metal inlays. Back to research. Fortunately, I found a company called “Pololu,” similar to Ponoko, but they laser cut metal! I ordered another batch of wooden figures with thin steel inlay parts. They arrived… and everything was magnificent, perfect, beyond my expectations. Still, I had to distress the wood, stain the metal, and glue everything together, but the parts fit together perfectly.

Meanwhile, during all this R & D, I was also researching the best gift packaging materials… another grueling excursion into the unknown. After looking at literally thousands of styles of gift boxes and stuffing materials, I finally found the perfect one—and this is big—one that was the perfect dimensions. AND I was able to order them in small quantities whereas most companies have minimum orders of hundreds. After years of sweat and failures, the NU Fine Art Figurine was ready at last.


Frame #23 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

Frame #23 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU


 Next: How to sell NUs? I knew I wanted to eventually sell the figurines in large quantities… that’s where the real income would beincome potentially large enough to support my household, studio operations, and my more ambitious fine art projects. I knew you could submit products to high-end retail chains like “Restoration Hardware” and others. I also figured I could put them into museum and other gift shops. Still, it would be an “iffy” proposition. What if, after all that work, they didn’t sell? Unacceptable.

Because of my background writing film and novels, it occurred to me I might craft a kind of graphic novel using still images. I thought if I could capture the attention of my target audience, and get them emotionally involved with NU, they would help me spread the word. I could also have NU contests and give some away free. I decided to go this route… and I would not even hint at selling anything… not until my customers were hooked.

Crafting a compelling story using small still frames means you have to come up with a very succinct way of writing. You must convey as much as possible in one or two short phrases. Not to mention, of course, your visuals better be pretty damned exciting. I love taking photographs, especially of natural beauty, and have done so in my travels for many years, so I have a large archive of images I could use as backgrounds. I also had experience combining digital characters with real photos (sort of like the FX process used in LORD OF THE RINGS.)


Frame #37 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

Frame #37 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

I put “selling” aside, and got to work writing the SAGA OF NU. From my past experience in online marketing, I knew that it can typically take three years for something to catch on with a target audience. I also knew that “marketing” was something you’d have to keep doing for a long time, conceivably for the rest of your life if you’re talking about your art. So you’d better be marketing something you’re really passionate about; it had better be your Primary Mission in Lifethe Reason You’re On This Planetif you’re going to stick with it. Otherwise, you’re gonna burn out on the process, something I’d also experienced in the past.

I decided to start writing without a detailed outline… I wanted the story to be spontaneous. Early on, I realized NU could be a champion for things that are dear to my heart… socio-political causes which, fortunately, are embraced by the Art World. The Creature NU, quickly became an advocate for the environment, sustainability, love vs fear, the value of Living in the Now, and my vision of reinstating dignity and integrity to the Human Race (as opposed to the superficial, sickness-ridden, Market Society that is now the Mainstream).

Like the character, the SAGA OF NU starts off seemingly childlike and innocent. But the tale gradually grows darker and more surreal. NU himself falls victim to the allure of materialism. He will forget his ideals, succumb to greed, and eventually get a terrible, but common disease. It’s not until he almost dies, that he has an epiphany and evolves into the true hero he is meant to be.

So that’s where we are today. Fortunately, the Creature NU is gaining momentum on Instagram with over 35k followers at the time of this writing. The hub for the NU Project is www.DoYouNU.com where you can see the NU video, as well as visit the Instagram graphic novel and the NU Gear Etsy store. If you like NU, and share his ideals, then your support would be much appreciated. Follow NU, and invite your friends to do the same. As we all know, the artist who thrives off his art is the artist who establishes multiple revenue streams. This is true even for the fortunate few who have top tier gallery and museum representation. Whether I can sell figurines in the thousands, even millions, remains to be seen. But I sure plan to give him my best shot. (Move over Murakami!) I’ll start off with a Special Limited Edition until enough financing comes in for mass-produced versions.

Wish me luck, folks. I hope you find this story inspirational for your own creative endeavors in supporting your Art. Be Positive, Confident, and Never Give Up! And perhaps most importantly… HAVE FUN!

“NU—Vintage Series” Special Limited Edition 1500; wood and stained steel; 5” high—now available at Etsy! Gift wrapped with Hang Tag (also included on cards: Legend & Certificate of Ownership)

“NU—Vintage Series” Special Limited Edition 1500; wood and stained steel; 5” high—now available at Etsy!
Gift wrapped with Hang Tag (also included on cards: Legend & Certificate of Ownership)


Now an international symbol of Sustainability, the Creature
without compromising ours.



Do You NU?

From the lineage of the great Gregory Gillespie, Metrov has been impacting the Fine Arts for over 35 years. His work resides in collections around the world, including those of celebrities like Mick Jagger, the Hemingways, and Academy Award winner, Robert Zemeckis. He is also an author, filmmaker, and environmental advocate who lives in Southern California.

Please watch the video on www.DoYouNU.com. We can use your Youtube “views.” Any comments on the Youtube video would also be much appreciated! To leave a comment just click the Youtube icon under the video. Thanks”


The Drawing Academy Online Course and Art Community

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London


Drawing Academy is the online drawing course and art community where art students from all over the world can learn how to draw in comfort of their homes, rely on art teachers’ support, get critiques on their artworks, publish their art online and get feedback from fellow students and website visitors. You can learn how to draw whatever you see or imagine with this online Drawing Course and with the benefit of the support of The Drawing Academy’s Art Community.

Drawing Academy was founded and is led by professional fine artists and art teachers, introduced to you in this video–



Even if you have already attended art school for your BFA or MFA you likely could use more time and attention focused on your drawing practice. Perhaps you always wanted to try silver point drawing techniques, or you are interested in exploring ancient art theories.  Many of the Drawing Academy drawing lessons are advanced and have a European or classical focus, such as Drawing Lesson 24, Part 1, on the golden proportions of a human body and universal principles present in nature, science, and art. You can watch a free video lessons here to help you decide if this course is for you.

The course includes free downloads of art books and albums, such as the ancient art book dating from 1532, Albrecht Durer – De Symmetria



In the Art Community you can ask tutors questions, write articles about classical art and get the drawing course free, and enter Drawing Academy art competitions. What this short video on what makes the Drawing Academy Unique and how to enroll–


This drawing course is focusing on teaching traditional drawing skills that are no longer covered in depth in contemporary art colleges. The Drawing Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental principles of constructive drawing, linear and aerial perspective, golden proportions, rules of composition, human anatomy, and even some almost lost techniques of the Old Masters like Gold- and Silver-point drawing that is not taught in any other art institutions. These fundamental rules and know-how of drawing give art student ability to draw whatever they see, think or imagine.

I contacted Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor, here’s what he says:

“Improving drawing skills is not a project, it is a life-long process. That is why in our drawing course students get a lifetime membership. Drawing Academy is the only place where art students also receive a lifetime personal support from the Academy tutors. This support comes at no extra charge. I think you would agree that Drawing Academy is special.”

The Drawing Academy’s teaching method is based on the principle “Draw what you know, not what you see”. This is especially important when drawing human figures and portraits. Without necessary understanding of a human anatomy for artists and the knowledge of constructive drawing principles, figurative artworks from life or imagination would always end up looking amateurish.

To help students to achieve success, Drawing Academy tutors show on their own example how to draw proficiently. All 45 video lessons demonstrate the complete step-by-step creation process from a blank piece of paper to a finished artwork. There are also multiple bonus videos, art books and albums provided in addition to the main Drawing Academy curriculum.

To check what this drawing course is about, you can subscribe for a FREE Drawing Academy demo here.


Applications for Creator Membership Open for Baby Forest Creative Colony Online

Trees Reflected in Pond, photography by Marie Kazalia

Trees Reflected in Pond, photography by Marie Kazalia



September is here– and after taking some time off this summer we are back!

Baby Forrest is our newest discovery of an online sales platform for artists working in all disciplines including digital and photographic artists. Baby Forest says that they are — A Creative Colony. By Creators, For Creators & lovers of creativity everywhere. Applications for Creator Membership now open. Welcoming creators worldwide.

We definitely love the look of the Baby Forest site and their Broadcasts and Newsfeeds giving artists lots of visibility. Go on over and take a look here.
If you are an artist looking for more sales venues and platforms for your work you will find them here and here.