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Chris Dunn is an English illustrator and gallery artist whose most recent project is a series of watercolor paintings inspired by the classic children’s story The Wind in the Willows. Dunn has a wonderfully finessed style, combining a visceral, tactile realism with a delightful portrayal of his anthropomorphic animal protagonists. There is a warmth and […]
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11 November 2015
Though it had been slowing expanding over the centuries, the range of paint colors available to artists increased most dramatically in the 19th century, when a number of new synthetic pigments began to come into production, partly as a result of the industrial revolution. Prior to that, new color discoveries were few and scattered, and […]
04 November 2015
The watercolors of northeastern Maryland artist Michael Robear would be striking enough in any context — crisply rendered in muted palettes, with intriguing narrative elements bordering on magic realism — but they are particularly arresting in their individualized sculptural frames. In addition to being a painter, Robear is a sculptural metalworker and also works with […]
28 October 2015
Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibitions subtitled “Selections from the Permanent Collection” never sound dramatic, but shows of master drawings from collections like those of the Met (or the Morgan Library or the National Gallery) are actually rare treasures. Drawings and prints are considered delicate, subject to light […]
Hello my friends – I am always pleased to get the latest copy of the SCBWI Bulletin in the mail. Even just opening the envelope to see and be delighted by the cover art is a treat. It never fails to disappoint. But this time around it was especially sweet to flip ahead and see […]
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Today we take time out to honor the humble, under-utilized, centuries-old, low-tech postcard.
Why spend virtual ink on such an old-fashioned method of communication? Because postcards can do what email cannot do.
Postcards can’t be targeted as spam by an aggressive filter.
Postcards can’t be accidentally (or purposefully) deleted by recipients.
Postcards are likely to be tacked to a refrigerator or kept as a memento.
Postcards are tactile. We can hold them in our hands and ponder them. They have the potential to delight, which is something we rarely say about email these days.
You, like the private clients I advise, would benefit from sending three or four postcards a year.
Postcards are most often used to invite people to an upcoming exhibition or open studio.
Some artists design a single postcard with a schedule of all upcoming shows they’re participating in.
But if you don’t have an upcoming exhibition, you might wonder what you’d say on a postcard or why you’d send one in the first place.
Here are 8 other occasions for using postcards to promote your art and build relationships with your list.
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Though he was also accomplished in oil, 19th century Scottish painter Arthur Melville is know in particular for his unique and influential style of watercolor painting. Melville’s approach was radical and very different from the mainstream of British watercolorists at the time. Though he worked in transparent watercolor, Melville painted on specially prepared paper which […]
Madame Alexandre Lethière and Her Daughter Letizia, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Graphite on paper, roughly 11×9 in (30×22 cm); in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the download or zoom icons under the image. Another of Ingres’ marvelous pencil portraits in which the delicately attentive portrait is set off by his seemingly casual sketch of […]
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Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), Sandro Botticelli Tempera on wood panel, 32×21 in (82×54 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. There is also an article devoted to the painting on Wikipedia. This exquisite […]
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27 September 2015
You can see a series of thumbnails for the cover, the final drawing and cover layout for the book, and the interior illustrations.
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So last week I took a class from CF Payne and Gary Kelley, and it was so much fun! We learned how to make monotypes and how to create some cool textures using Payne's watercolor/oil/acrylic/pencil technique. This was my shot at using his process to make a pic.
Milind Mmulick is a painter based in Pune, India, who paints in watercolor, primarily transparent, but also works with opaque watercolor (gouache). He often takes a nicely textural approach when portraying cityscapes and landscapes, conveying the gritty feeling of paving stones and weathered walls with passages of dry brush and spatter. He uses both muted […]
11 August 2015
Stadspoort, Rembrandt Harmenz van Rijn In the collection of the Rijksmuseum; pen and brown ink, with wash; roughly 5 x 7 inches (138×196 mm). You will sometimes hear those writing about art, myself included, use the phrase economy of notation. If you were to look up that phrase in my personal dictionary, the definition would […]
“infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism” is a group exhibition of what is often referred to as “fantastic art”, a field that borders on fantasy and science fiction illustration on one side, and the gallery art traditions of Surrealism, Magic Realism and “Fairie Art” on the other. In most cases there is a strong […]
The South China Morning Post recently published an infographic that colorfully illustrates the distribution of the world’s most commonly spoken languages. With data taken from Ethnologue and UNESCO, among other sources, the graphic offers a variety of ways to understand global language patterns – from visualizing which languages have the largest number of native speakers, [...]
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Present Aspect of Gaines’s Mill, Looking East; Harry Fenn Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Clear observation and crisp, textural rendering give Fenn’s drawing of a brick-walled mill and nearby wooden houses a tactile sense of presence and […]
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29 June 2015
No more repetitive emails, please.
Your art exhibition, class, workshop, or event has so many facets that there is no reason to send the same emails and social media posts for your promotions. They get a little stale after awhile.
Years ago, Marcia Yudkin wrote a guest post for me on this topic. It was an article she originally wrote for her readers that got me interested.
I still think about that article and keep that list as a reference. It’s time to revisit its premise for you, my artist readers.
Here are plenty of ways to promote your exhibition, event, or teaching.
Many of these suggestions lend themselves to emails. Others could easily be used on social media. Use your noggin to decide.
Exhibition or Event Enticements
Rotate images of your art with short 2- or 3-sentence stories for each.
Do this for two reasons: 1) people are more likely to get excited about a show when they know what they’ll see and
29 May 2015
More inky beginnings! #studio #bookart #Sketch #drawing #ink #illustration #poetry #bordercollie #dog (at 17th Avenue Studios)
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The Concert Singer, Thomas Eakins Link is to zoomable version on Google art Project; downloadble file in Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is an article on the painting on Wikipedia. This striking portrait by Thomas Eakins is here in Philadelphia, where I’ve had the pleasure of studying it many […]
10 May 2015
08 May 2015
You might be making mistakes in your art business that are holding you back from big growth.
Mistakes aren’t bad, and I don’t want you to feel like you have to be perfect in everything you do because seeking perfection is a sure way to be paralyzed by fear. We have to make mistakes in order to learn and to grow.
Mistakes are only detrimental if you keep repeating them without learning and correcting your ways.
Are you making any of these mistakes?1. Not knowing where you want to go with your career.
I’m not talking about the need to have a specific plan, but I’ve noticed how few artists, especially when they’re just starting out, don’t “get” that running a business is serious stuff. You’re no longer making art for pure pleasure.
Everything changes when you start asking for money in return for your talents. For some artists, it changes for the better and you’re fired up to get your art out there. Other artists can’t stomach the pressure and lose all interest in making art. They can’t seem to get into the studio.
07 May 2015
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