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Sunday, December 26, 2010

How to Become an Artist

the following article was found here --

How to Become an Artist

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Become an Artist

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Art is all around you. It is not only in the ability to paint, sketch and draw, but in other media as well. Creating a sculpture takes the skill of an artist. Abstract painting, or creating clay models is a form of art. Art is actually all around you, in every shape and form. Take the time to look at your surroundings in a different manner. Look at a tree, it is not even, it is not straight, it is not brown. It has texture, and shading. Most importantly: no two objects are alike.


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    Buy a sketchbook and sketching pencil. Buy an easel and paints. Go to the stores. Draw things you see. Go to the park, and sit on a bench and just look around you. Art is everywhere. The pool is oval, the sun is round, the trees are all different shades, and no two leaves are the same. No two flowers are the same, or of the same shape or size. If you look at all this and find you are interested in learning more, then you have an artistic nature. You can easily become an artist.

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    Look at a tree in the sun. Notice that the leaves have varying colors. See which side the sun shines on and how it looks. Look at the same tree an hour later and notice how it looks now that the sun has or is setting. Study the grass, and its shadows. Look at a sunset, the shading and the colors. Actually 'look' at things intently, and mark it all down in your sketchbook.
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    Develop more of an artistic nature. Learn about colors, shades, and how to use them. Buy a color wheel and try to change colors. Decide what type of art you are interested in. There are hundreds of art techniques that you can learn from.try to learn from everything around you, Lamps, posters, trees, anything!
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    Train your eyes to focus on structure, color, and value. Do not paint or draw as to how the object "should" look, rather than how it does look. Nothing is really what it looks like. Whites have other shades in it, reds are of varying degrees of red. The skin is not black, and a white person is not really white but varying shades of pinks, yellows,blues all mixed in.
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    Buy books on art education, Recommended is "Drawing From The Right Side of The Brain". This is a great book to learn from. It is easy to read, and interesting, and you will amaze yourself at how fast you will be actually drawing.
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    Find Internet sites about artists, art methods, drawing, and painting. Becoming an artist is not difficult once you realize what type of art you are interested in. Read up on artists and visit art shows.
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    Understand that no one has to be born with a talent. Those that are, are lucky. Art can be developed with interest. Most art need not be painted like a picture. One can use a camera for exactness. Paintings develop from the artists feel of the subject, interpretation and varying colors. No two people are exactly alike. No two artists paint the same way, and no two see things in the exact colors. Art can be learned, discovered and can develop with the proper exposure. Just remember being an artist is not how well you can draw, but the emotion that comes out of it.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas !!

I wish a VERY  Merry Christmas to all of you !!
I will do more work in the way of art after the first of the year and hope to be more creative !!
Lots of ideas float around in my little brain and I will never be able to get to them all but I will give it a good ole fashioned try!!

Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton - Merry Christmas Baby

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bunny or tomato -- oh my ??

Proof Bunnies Come From Tomato Patches

funny pictures of cats with captions

Lewiston woman modeled for painter 100 years ago

Lewiston woman modeled for painter 100 years ago

AUBURN — Family stories: Everyone has them.
Anecdotes that become tall tales and eventually, myths. For Elaine Makas of Lewiston, one such family story involving renowned American artist Charles Webster Hawthorne has moved from family legend to family fact. 

Last week, Makas and her mother, Doris Bryant Makas, traveled to New York City to view a Hawthorne painting which many believe shows a 15-month-old Doris sitting on her mother's lap. The work is undated, but according to Smithsonian records it was painted prior to 1915.

Elaine Makas puts that estimate closer to 1911 or 1912, or about nine months after her grandmother, Mary Anne Bryant, took her two children and "moved, penniless, from Everett (Mass.) to Provincetown" to escape an alcoholic husband.  

It was in Provincetown that Bryant came in contact with Charles Webster Hawthorne, who was at that time already highly regarded for his innovative genre painting. "He had his studio there, and he was working with a lot of other artists," Makas said.

Bryant worked odd jobs in Provincetown to support her two children. Makas recalled hearing stories about her grandmother, and was touched by "the courage it must have taken to pack up and leave for a better life." And Hawthorne also must have recognized this maternal courage, she speculated, looking over a miniature print of Hawthorne's painting. He titled the piece "Motherhood Triumphant." 

But that was nearly 100 years ago. And although Makas heard stories throughout her childhood about her mother modeling for Hawthorne, it was not until a few years ago that she began actively searching through images of his work to determine whether the stories were true. Among his paintings, Makas found two that seemed to match accounts given by her mother. 

Another of Hawthorne's paintings could also be of her mother, Makas said. "My mom said she was asked to sit on a nail keg, on a beach," when she was 6 or 7 years old, to model for one of Hawthorne's art classes. "She remembered how uncomfortable the nail keg was to sit on," as well as the white dress and bonnet she wore, Makas said.
Searching Hawthorne's works, Makas found one, untitled, showing a young girl in a white hat and bonnet sitting on a squarish, brown object. 

But the main interest has centered around "Motherhood Triumphant," a 5- by 7-foot piece painted in high light, showing a young mother seated before a washed-out seascape, her child stretched out on her lap. The painting was sold to an unknown buyer in 1918, and then resold at auction by Christie's in 1999. The painting was bought by Michael and Marjorie Loeb of New York for $60,000. 

This year, through chance meetings, the Loebs discovered that the little girl in their treasured painting was still alive and living in Maine. Last week, they invited Doris and Elaine Makas to their six-story mansion on the Upper East Side, where "Motherhood Triumphant" has a place of honor beneath a large stained-glass window on the highest floor.
"'That's me,'" Makas said her mother responded when seeing the work.

Beyond its history, "Motherhood Triumphant" possesses something intangibly valuable to the women whose lives it has touched. The Loebs acquired the painting just after Marjorie delivered triplets. In a New York Times interview published Wednesday, Marjorie Loeb said, “I loved the title and I said, ‘I just had three babies — I’m motherhood triumphant.’”
Elaine Makas has also been touched by the work, which she sees as symbolic of her grandmother's love, courage and maternal power.
"Margie," said Elaine Makas, speaking of Marjorie Loeb, "said she visualized it as a painting of a woman whose husband had gone off fishing, maybe to return, maybe not, and her face says, 'I'm determined to take care of my baby.'" She paused for a moment. "It's incredible how close our perception is to the truth."

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Learn to draw for free !!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cyber Monday Deals

I found some information for your Cyber Monday shopping !!
Cyber Monday starts tomorrow at midnight, when hundreds of "e-tailers" reveal deals and steals on their home pages. 

But how can you take advantage of the bargains? 

Luckily, Regina Lewis, AOL consumer adviser, shared some tips on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" on how to navigate to the best online deals, while making sure you don't fall victim to an online scam in the process. 

Lewis explained Cyber Monday - like Black Friday - is a term coined by the Nation Retail Federation. She explained it's a marketing tool, but is one that offers many legitimate deals for consumers. 

According to Lewis, 85 percent of online retailers will offer some kind of Cyber Monday deal, and one out of every six Americans will shop online on Monday. 

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

An update !!

I just happened to think -- surprising isn't it ?? -- I forgot to post the paintings I sold -- I went back and updated the ones I knew quickly and I will go through -- one day -- to be sure you see the paintings I have sold.  You can see the ones I have sold but you have to go through the archive posts -- sorry.
Call me lazy !!

Takin' a break from painting today !!

I have many, many things I would like to paint -- many !!
But I have a lot of other responsibilities and need to attend to them first -- more important stuff -- like paying bills and family !
I usually use my precious Sundays as art day -- and I still am but this Sunday is for Christmas creations -- I hope, anyway !
I wish you all a very creative day -- enjoy your life and family !!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

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How to Set Up an Art Exhibition (article)

I found an interesting article for my future -- how to set up an art exhibition or art show or sale -- whatever you may call it !

How to Set Up an Art Exhibition

Whether you're exhibiting your own artwork or someone else's, setting up an art exhibition can be a creative, fulfilling endeavor in and of itself. However, it does have its challenges and you'll need good planning to pull it off.


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    Choose a theme. The theme is what will tie all of the artwork together and determine the title of the exhibition.
  2. Select a date. Give yourself plenty of time to pull everything together or else you might end up with a sloppy job and poor sales. It is always best to hold an art exhibition so that it includes a weekend. This will allow those working during weekdays to attend and often families will make an outing of the event.
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    Find artists with work to exhibit. Browse at local art clubs, street markets where you see artists with good work on sale, and ask anyone you know who is an artist in your community. If you have chosen a narrow theme, they might bring along existing artwork or they may have to paint or create new artworks. It is best to ask them first what they will have the time for and interest in doing. Consider more than just paintings - sculptures, models, artistic photos and glassworks are just some other possible ideas that can be blended well with painted artwork or stand alone.
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    Determine the location of your exhibition. You can rent a large hall, but many different kinds of spaces will do (such as a library or even someone's home, for example). Ensure that the space chosen is well-presented, clean and modern. Laminated flooring and white or pale walls with no pattern will look the best. Consider how many art pieces will be needed to fill the space and compare that with your estimate of what you will be exhibiting. Pay particular attention to available lighting. Large windows can be good, and track lighting can be especially useful in illuminating the work.
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    Frame the artwork (if applicable). People are more likely to buy artwork that has been carefully and tastefully framed, rather than just simply mounted. But, framing requires a deeper investment on your part--one that you need to be confident will pay off.
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    Set your prices. Consider all of your costs, including the fee for renting the space, the framing, advertising, the artist's share, your share, and any percentage donated to charity. Decide whether an admission fee will be necessary or appropriate.
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    Advertise the art exhibition. Make invitations and posters displaying the same theme as the paintings, sculptures and other artwork. Include the exhibition title, location, date, time, and admission fee. Put posters up on supermarket bulletin boards. Get in touch with local newspapers and tell them about the upcoming exhibition. Advertise at local art schools and universities.
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    Set up the exhibition space. Transport the artwork carefully. Remember that stacking heavy, framed pieces can result in shattered glass. Arrange the artwork in the space using your own judgment. Try to develop a flow, and imagine how a visitor will see the room upon entering. Which piece will they see first? Consider adding descriptions to any or all of the pieces. Always make the prices clearly visible. Ensure that artwork is hanging properly, roped off (if needed) and that signs are provided telling people not to touch (again, if needed). Or conversely, if people are allowed to touch something, let them know!
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    Entertain with food and drink. If you can afford it, offer beverages such as champagne, wine and non-alcoholic choices, along with finger food or a buffet. Or, reserve this just for the opening night or morning, to share among those who come to an invitation-only opening. If it is an elegant affair, serve finger foods like shrimp, falafel and mini-quiches. Provide a pleasant background atmosphere. Play good music (classical or soft electronic) at a low level, especially at the end when people start leaving.
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    Be sales savvy. In addition to selling the artwork, it can also be profitable to print cards with photos of the paintings or other artworks and sell in packs of five or so. If a percentage (or all) of the proceeds go to charity, there's a better chance people will come and buy the artwork.