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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Scent can boost the creative power of "sleeping on it."


Scent can boost the creative power of "sleeping on it."
We all get stuck. Whether it’s writer’s block, procrastination or simply the feeling that we’ve run out of avenues to pursue, eventually we all hit some form of creative problem. We know the old adage “just sleep on it” and many of us have even tried it. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that sleep can inspire creative insight, but sometimes we awake without the breakthrough we were dreaming for. But some brand new research suggests that perhaps you should add something else to your sleep: smell.
In a study of 49 sleep lab participants, researchers led by Simone Ritter of RadboudUniversity in the Netherlands discovered that the positive boost to creative insight caused by sleep could be increased by an evocative odor. Upon arriving at the sleep laboratory, all of the participants watched a 10 minute video about volunteer work and were asked to ponder a specific question as they were sent to bed: How can people be motivated to volunteer more of their time? Participants were told they would have to provide creative solutions when they arose from sleep.
To test their hypothesis, researchers divided the participants into three groups. The first group simple came to the laboratory, watched the video and went to sleep (sleep-with-no-odor). While the second and third group watched the video, however, a hidden scent diffuser spread the odor of orange-vanilla through the air. When participants in these groups went to bed, they were given an envelope containing another scent diffuser. Half of them received a new scent (sleep-with-control odor) while the other half received the same orange-vanilla scent (sleep-with-conditioned-odor). When all of the participants awoke the next morning, they were given two minutes to generate as many ideas as possible for encouraging volunteer work and then asked to identify the most innovative idea.
The researchers then gave the participants’ lists to two separate raters, who scored all of the ideas according to their creativity, showing a preference for ideas that were both novel and useful. When the researchers computed all of the scores, they found that those in the sleep-with-conditioned-odor group, those participants smelling orange-vanilla all night, generated far more creative solutions than the other two groups. In addition, the orange-vanilla group was most likely to agree with the raters about which of their ideas were the most creative.
Before you stock up on orange-vanilla air fresheners, it’s important to understand the researchers explanation of their findings. It’s not the specific odor that matters much. What the researchers suspect is that being exposed during sleep to the same scent that participants smelled during the video helped participants subconscious better activate connections in their mind and kept their sleeping brains working better at processing solutions.
The findings have interesting implications for those of us looking to “sleep on it.” By controlling the scent in the room as we sleep, we might better be able to steer our nocturnal mind toward a specific problem and awake with the creative insight of our dreams.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Art Licensing

The Top Five "Do's" of Art Licensing

No matter what you want to accomplish, there are certain things you can do to increase your chances of success. Some things are actions to take, others are mental attitudes.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Looking for a Christmas Tree 11x14 original acrylic painting landscape snow hill

one of a kind painting

" Looking for a Christmas Tree "
by C. Wright

***** This item has FREE USA Shipping *****
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11x14 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Hang as is or find a nice frame to hang this for holidays or winter season  .

I enjoyed painting this .
It's that time of year again ! A pretty winter landscape for ya !!
Snow on the hills as you are looking for that perfect tree to cut and take home to the family !!

Some of the colors --- white , blues , greens and browns 
Acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!

** This is an original painting on 11x14 inch stretched canvas .
** Signed on front and back .
** I will include a certificate of authenticity .

If there are any questions about any of my listings, please feel free to contact me. 
Please keep track of cwrightartgallery !!! 
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**************Thank You!!!**************

A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Easy Wood Picture Craft

use a laser print copy (like a copy machine) on regular copy paper.
 it works best on smooth, sanded wood.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

one of a kind
"  Red Tree Splattered with Blue Sky "
by C. Wright

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11x14 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .


Fun to paint  abstract !!
A nice way to decorate for any room !
Background is white .

Tree has black trunk and red flowers !
 Then a pale blue is splattered to represent the sky .


some of the colors are -- black , white , red and pale blue
acrylic paint
All my paintings are unique and fun !


** This is an original 11x14 inch canvas
** Signed on front and back .
** I will include a certificate of authenticity .

If there are any questions about any of my listings, please feel free to contact me. 
Please keep track of cwrightartgallery !!! 
Always leave feedback!!! 
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Follow my art and you will always be surprised -- as I am !!

Plastic wrap watercolor texture

I saw this article and you can use this technique with any paint --so try it and have fun !!

Plastic wrap watercolor texture

 OBJECT: Learn how to create unique watercolor textures with plastic wrap.

Watercolor Masking and Frisket Tutorial © 2009 Gregory Conley
Before the flood

MATERIALS USED: Arches CP #140 watercolor paper, a 1½" Winsor & Newton Series 965 wash brush, plastic food wrap.

COLORS USED: Pthalocyanine Blue, Sap Green.

I start by mixing a large wash of Pthalocyanine Blue and laying in a large loose wash from the upper left corner on across the top of the paper.

I used my 1 ½" wash brush for the color washes

Watercolor Masking and Frisket Tutorial © 2009 Gregory Conley

The underpainting completed

I finished the underpainting with Sap Green, spreading things around in interesting shapes.

I measured off a piece of plastic wrap by sight, ripped it off the roll, and spent a minute trying to un-cling it from itself.

Watercolor Masking and Frisket Tutorial © 2009 Gregory Conley

Laying down the plastic

I roughly shaped the sheet with my hands and pressed it into the wet washes.

I pulled the plastic sheet out a bit to cover the whole wash.

Watercolor Masking and Frisket Tutorial © 2009 Gregory Conley

Pretend to know what you're doing

I spent a few seconds playing with the shapes. Making some raised, flat, and stretched areas in the plastic.

You do have some control over the final outcome at this point, so take your time.

I set it aside to dry flat and undisturbed.

Watercolor Masking and Frisket Tutorial © 2009 Gregory Conley

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

" Black Butterflies " by C. Wright 16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

one of a kind painting

" Black Butterflies "
by C. Wright

16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Hang as is or find a nice frame to hang this interesting painting .
Perfect for any room !

Just finished and still drying !!


Summer is going by so fast !!

Well --I took a break from painting and now I am ready to list some older ones and start some new ones !!
I can't wait !!
I have started a new painting -- and will be surprised by the outcome !

I will list it when it is finished -- which will be soon !
Hope you have or are having a wonderful end to your summer and may the painting begin !!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It Rained Oil by C. Wright 6-16-10 set of 2 5x7 inch acrylic paintings on mixed media paper.

Posted this on Etsy --- hope you like it !!
It is an older painting but I decided it needed to be shown on Etsy for a while --- if interested in purchasing any of my paintings -- just contact me through any of my sites !!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Homemade art supplies using household ingredients

. While it is important to have store-bought, quality art supplies at times, having recipes for homemade versions using household ingredients is great because the supplies are inexpensive !
Fingerpaint - In a small saucepan, mix together 1/4 cup cornflour and 2 cups of water. Add food coloring to get to desired color. Boil until mixture thickens, then allow to cool. Pour into lidded containers to store.
Watercolor paint - Simply mix together 3 tablespoons corn starch, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Pour into separate containers with lids for use & storage. Mix in a few drops of food coloring into each container to make different colors.
Puffy paint - In a bowl, mix together equal parts of flour, salt, and water. Mix in tempera paint for color. Pour into squeeze bottle for use and storage. {Note: I haven’t made this yet, so I am assuming the tempera paint is supposed to be the powdered kind. Please comment if you know.}
Playdough – Combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a cup of boiling water until you get a playdough consistency. Store in a ziplock bag when not in use. You can add a few drops of food coloring for color, or a packet of Kool-aid for color and scent!
Flubber - In one bowl, stir together 3/4 cup warm water, 1 cup of glue, and food coloring to get the color you want. In a second bowl, stir together 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons of Borax (find by the laundry soap in the store). Pour the first mix into the second bowl and you have flubber! Just reach in and pull out the chunk of flubber (pour out the extra liquid).
Bath crayons - Grate a bar of soap until you have about 1 cup. Mix with 1 cup of hot water until the gratings are melted and you have a stiff dough. Mix in a few drops of food coloring for color. Press the dough into molds (you can use candy or soap molds from a craft store) and allow to harden.
Lick & stick stickers – Pour 2 tablespoons of cold water into a bowl and sprinkle 1 packet of plain gelatin over it. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of boiling water until gelatin is dissolved. Add 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup and a few drops of flavored extract for taste. Apply a thin layer of this solution to the back of whatever you want to make into a “sticker”. Let it completely dry, and there you have it – your child can simply lick and stick when ready!
Bubble mix - Mix together 6 cups of water, 2 cups of liquid dishwashing soap, and 3/4 cup corn syrup or liquid gycerine. Allow to sit for a couple of hours before using to blow bubbles!
Sidewalk chalk - In a bowl, mix together 1/3 cup quick-setting plaster of paris, 1 tablespoon of powdered paint for color, and 3 tablespoons water. Quickly spoon mixture into soap or candy molds (from a craft store), or into cookie cutters set on wax paper. Tap to remove air bubbles. Allow to dry for 45 minutes, then carefully remove from mold or cookie cutters.
Chalkboard paint - Paint a chalkboard on your wall, a kids’ tabletop, anywhere you want to be able to write with chalk! Mix 2 tablespoons of tile grout for every 1 cup of paint. Apply at least 2 coats of paint to your surface, and when it dries smooth it with 150-grit sandpaper. Before using any chalkboard, its best to turn a piece of chalk sideways and color the entire surface once, then wipe off with a damp cloth. This “conditions” your new chalkboard.

Art and Artist Quotes

"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."
~ Edward Hopper

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
~ Salvador Dali

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~ Edgar Degas

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
~ Michelangelo

"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."
~ Claude Monet

"I don't say everything, but I paint everything."
~ Pablo Picasso

"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else."
~ Pablo Picasso

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
~ Pablo Picasso

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Color Scheme Designer -- love it !!

Try this -- it is fun to play with the colors and find what you may be looking for in colors for any type of artistic challenge !!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Painting on Hardboard or Wood

Painting on Hardboard or Wood

What are the advantages of painting on hardboard and how do you prepare it?

by  , Guide

Canvas is perceived by many people to be the best support for painting, but hardboard (wood) should not be shunned and in fact some would argue that it’s a superior support as it’s rigid, not flexible like canvas. Many of the paintings that have survived the best from previous centuries are painted on wood panels.
What is hardboard?
Hardboard is the term used for a board or panel made from a hardwood such as oak, cedar, birch, walnut, or mahogany. Softwoods such as pine are not suitable for painting on because they contain excess resins and tend to crack.
What’s the difference between hardboard, Masonite, MDF, and plywood?
These terms tend to be used interchangeably when people mean a board or wood panel rather than canvas. Masonite, which is often used as a painting support, is a trademarked brand name of a particular type board made (in very basic terms) from wood fibers and glue (resin) that is molded into flat boards. High-grade or furniture plywood makes a good painting support. Extremely smooth plywood is made from birch, mahogany, and poplar. Another painting surface to consider is a hollow core door, which makes a relatively light panel. Laminated board have a mica film on its surface to give it resistance and strength; check which side sands better and use this side to paint on.
What are the advantages of painting on hardboard?
Hardboard or wood can be relatively inexpensive. The surface is more rigid so there tends to be is less cracking in the painting. And if you are doing work smaller than approx. 18x24" (45x60cm) the weight is not much of a problem.
What are the disadvantages of painting on hardboard?
If a board isn't primed correctly, there's a risk that acid or oils may leach in from the board, yellowing the painting. Acrylic gesso is regarded as an effective barrier against this. Larger pieces can weigh quite a bit and will bend or bow inward so should be reinforced with a frame or bracing struts.
Where do I get hardboard and what formats does it come in?
Most places that sell wood sell hardboard. It generally comes in 1/8" and 1/4" thicknesses, in tempered and untempered versions. Tempered hardboard may have been manufactured with oil to keep it from warping when wet, so it can leach oil through the gesso; you need to check the board for an oil residue and seal it (with primer or acrylic medium) before using it. Untempered hardboard is looser and more fibrous and makes a good surface for painting because of its absorbency.
How do you prepare a piece of hardboard for painting?
Hardboard is easy to cut to the size you want using a saw (particularly an electric circular saw(see 10 Panels from One Board). The lumber yard you buy it from will likely offer a cutting service too. There's usually a smooth side and one with a weave-like finish which is very coarse; you can paint on either side, it's a matter of personal preference. The shiny side should be lightly sanded, otherwise the primer may not adhere.
How many layers of gesso or primer should you use?
It’s generally recommended you give it three coats of gesso and lightly sanding between each coat. Fine sanding between coats can produce a surface like paper or as smooth as glass. But some artists use more layers to build up a completely smooth painting surface, while others don’t sand in between layers to create rough painting surface or create areas of texture that relate to the subject of the painting. Priming the back and sides will help seal it from moisture in the air. One other benefit of three coats of gesso is that paint, even when it looks opaque, is affected by what is underneath, so if you’ve three coats of white underneath, your colours will be that much brighter and it’s an excellent way to achieve ‘light’ in your paintings. (Find out more about different types of sandpaper.)
Using hardboard to create a canvas board
If you like the feel or look of canvas, you can make a canvas board by gluing canvas or linen to Masonite using an archival-quality glue, acrylic medium, or gesso. To create the impression of a deep, ‘galley-wrap’ canvas, you screw the board to a ‘frame’ at the back before beginning and leave excess canvas around the edges it could be wrapped around, making a deeper edge dimension.
Tip for Dealing with Warped Board
This tip on dealing with a board that's warped comes from Brian Rice: I started a painting on a 16" x 20" hardboard. On bigger sizes I had been cradling to avoid warping. This was my first painting in this smaller size in a while, so I thought there was no need to cradle. Anyway, I gessoed only on the one smooth side three times and proceeded to paint my painting. Well, the panel warped slightly bowing outward from the center on the painted smooth side. I thought painting the back unpainted side would even make the bow worst, but when I painted the back with three coats of white acrylic house paint just to protect it (I sometimes use oil-based polyurethane for this), the water-based paint fixed the warp, straightening the board out perfectly."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


SOLD -- Eye See PEACE -- watch for more PEACE paintings -- soooo much fun !!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

" White Lavender Floral" by C. Wright 2-25-12

one of a kind paintings
 " White Lavender Floral" 

C. Wright

8x10 original acrylic painting on  mixed media paper ---easy to frame !

It is Spring folks !!

I sponged rolled white and light purple / lavender for the  background  .

Outlined the drawing in black for contrast .
Switched the colors so there will be an interesting contrast, too!

These are easy to frame and I am sure will make a great addition to a 
little one's room or 
flower lover or even a purple lover !!

My style of painting is a little unique / abstract --  hope you enjoy the
 painting !


some of the colors --   white , lavender and black


** This is  one of a kind OOAK original 8x10 inch painting on mixed 
media paper.
** signed on front and back
**I will include a certificate of authenticity for each one .



colors may be different for each computer but it is light to medium 
lavender / purple .

Sunday, March 4, 2012

LIKE my art page --- random drawing for art supplies when it reaches 100 LIKES --- cool way to win something ---easy too !!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

" Waves of Color" 11x14 original acrylic abstract painting canvas colorful

" Waves of Color" 11x14 original acrylic 

abstract painting canvas colorful

***** New Artist On The Scene*****

Paint still wet when took the pictures 
so keep that in mind while looking .

one of a kind paintings
 " Waves of Color" 
T. Lenea

 11x14 original acrylic painting on  canvas

Sunday, February 12, 2012

" Blooms Bugs Butterflies " by C. Wright 2-12-12


 " Blooms Bugs Butterflies " 
C. Wright

8x10 original acrylic painting on  canvas

I am dreaming of Spring folks !!

I sponged rolled green for the  background  .
I brushed on a lot of white and yellow for the flowers  / greens for the foliage  / red , black and blue  for the bugs and butterflies. 

My style of painting is a little unique / abstract -- 
 hope you enjoy the painting !

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creative Studies: What is Creativity?

Creative Studies: What is Creativity?: That is the question. What is Creativity? Think about it. Is Creativity, An abstract art? or the way you arrange your things? Some peo...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Homemade Polymer Clay

Homemade Polymer Clay

At different points over the last few years I've played around with different
kinds of homemade "clay." My favorite is a polymer clay also known as cold
 porcelain. Its main ingredients are cornstarch and white PVA or Elmer's glue.
I like it because it's smooth and a little bit elastic to work with and dries
 extremely hard. It's also relatively non-porous so it takes paint really well.
And it doesn't degrade over time like baker's clay or salt clay does.
I've used it to cover blown-out chicken eggs for Christmas ornaments, as
well as to make various and sundry bowls, boxes and pendant blanks,
 among other things.


But it took awhile to get the recipe right. Most of the ones I found online
resulted in a compound that was way too sticky to work with. So I
experimented with different proportions of glue and cornstarch and the
inclusion/exclusion of various secondary ingredients. What follows is
the fruit of my experimentation. Lucky you!


3/4 cup white glue
1 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons mineral oil (I used baby oil but reportedly even vaseline
will work)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Non-stick pot
Wooden spoon
Add cornstarch to glue in a nonstick pot. Mix together and then add
 mineral oil and lemon juice. Blend well.

Cook over low flame stirring pretty much constantly (you can take a
quick break or two if your arm gets tired, which it will) until the mixture
 resembles mashed potatoes.

Remove from heat! Squirt a little additional mineral oil around the top
of your mashed potato mass and with your hands, remove it from
 the pot. Knead until smooth. It's best to do this while it's still as
 hot as you can handle.

Pull off a bit to work with and put the rest in a re-sealable plastic
bag with the top about half-way open until it's cooled down a bit.
Then seal the bag (with as little air in it as you can) and store in the

Let dry about 2-3 days, then paint, or not.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Art Auction Fundraiser Tips and Pointers for Artists, Nonprofits, Bidders

Art Auction Fundraiser Tips and Pointers
for Artists, Nonprofits, Bidders

Holding an art auction is an excellent way for non-profits to raise money, for
artist-donors to get free publicity, and for bidders to get quality art at reasonable
prices. The following pointers will help everyone have a great time and realize their
goals at art auction fundraisers, regardless of whether they're buying, selling, or donating.

Tips for artists:
** Career-wise, the best fundraisers for donating are those that support visual arts
organizations and attract members of visual arts communities, especially collectors.
These are great opportunities to get your art and your name out in front of anywhere
 from dozens to thousands of people who like art, collect art, and support the visual
** Donate to a non-art related fundraiser only when it's an established art auction or
 you believe strongly in the organization's goals, and not because anyone promises
 you career benefits. Donating to a fundraiser that only has a few pieces of art mixed
 in with lots of other merchandise, or to one that only attracts politicians,
 environmentalists, or health care professionals, for example, usually does little for
 your career.
** If you're not familiar with an organization that's requesting a piece of your art, do
 some research, find out who they are, make sure you believe in the cause, find out
 whether they've conducted art fundraisers in the past, and if so, how successful
they've been. You might even ask for names of artists who are donating to the event,
 or who have donated to past fundraisers.
** At the very least, expect free admission to the event that you're donating to.
 Also find out how you will be presented-- name, bio, catalog appearance, whether
 your art will be illustrated or pictured online, whether your contact information will
 be published in either the catalog or on the organization's website (including your
website or active link to your website), and so on.
** Before you decide which piece of art to donate, talk to the people conducting
the auction and ask what types of art and what price ranges sell best. Better yet,
ask if they'll provide you with either websites or catalogs of previous auctions so
that you can see for yourself. The more accurately you pinpoint bidders' tastes
and budgets with your donation, the better the chances that it will attract attention
and sell for a good price.
** Donate a good piece of art. Don't donate the worst, least significant, or most
 outdated piece you have lying around your studio. You want your donation to
 reflect positively on your level of generosity as well as on the quality and type
of art that you're currently producing.
** Include your bio and contact information with your art. You want to attract
and introduce yourself to as many new collectors as possible. People who like
 your art tend to bid higher when they know something about you, what you've
accomplished in your career, and how to reach you if they want to buy or learn
more. Keep it simple though-- the highlights will do just fine for now.
** Whether your art auctions silently or live, set the minimum acceptable opening
 bid and selling prices as low as is reasonable, but not so low that they make no
 sense with respect to your typical selling prices. When you set minimum bid
dollar amounts too high, you scare bidders away. Remember that many people
 go to art auction fundraisers looking for bargains. Also remember that having
 nobody bid on your art reflects poorly on you and your career. If you're a good
 artist, you have an established track record of shows and sales, and people
know it, your art will be bid up to a fair selling price no matter how low you set the
 opening bid.
** If you do not want to sell your art below a certain price, set your opening bid
 below that price, but tell the people conducting the auction that you'll only sell
 when that certain price is reached (assuming the auction will allow you to do
 this of course). For example, if you want a selling price of $500, start the bidding
at $200. That way, even if the art doesn't sell, it'll at least attract bids. Be aware,
 though, that insisting on too high a selling price may show that you're more
 concerned about yourself and how much your art is worth than you are about
 the goals of the organization selling it.
** Cooperate with the people conducting the auction and generally do everything
 within your power to make sure your art sells. The worst possible outcome at
 this type of event is for your art not to sell.
** Do not donate to every single cause that asks for your art, especially if you
 have gallery representation. You can actually end up diluting your market, or
giving collectors the idea that rather than shop at galleries, all they have to do
is wait for the next charity event and then buy on the cheap. If you really want to
 support lots of charities, sell your art through retail outlets and donate cash.
Tips for bidders:
** Look at all the art. Fundraising art auctions are great places to learn about art
 and artists you've never seen or heard of before.
** Don't automatically assume that all art is bargain priced. Find out about artists
whose art you like before you bid. The best way to do this is to preview the art
ahead of time or get a list of artist donors. That way, you're prepared to bid wisely.
** Make sure that you're getting a quality current example of an artist's work.
Unfortunately, some artists donate low-end, oddball, or problem pieces that they
 can't sell and just want to get rid of.
** Be generous. You're attending the auction to support the organization selling the
art. Going a bit over budget is not so bad when those few extra dollars go to a good
** Artists often attend fundraising art auctions and position themselves in the vicinity
 of their art. Keep your eye out for opportunities to meet artists and learn about their
** Go easy on the intoxicants. Nothing is worse than finding out the next morning
 that you've paid too much for a piece of art that you can't stand to look at.

Tips for organizations conducting art auction fundraisers:
** Publish submission guidelines for artist donors. Include pointers on what types of
 art sell the best, what price ranges bidders like to buy in, and how artists can best
 present themselves and their art.
** Tell artists how the auction is promoted, how they benefit from the publicity, and
how many people come to see their art.
** Urge artists to set minimum bids and selling prices as reasonably as possible.
** Publish a sale catalogue that includes basic information about each artist and
work of art that's for sale. Mail it out to attendees as soon as they pay for their
tickets. The longer they have to see and think about the art and get familiar with it,
 they easier it is for them to bid. Additionally, the better you promote the event and
 the more art sells, the better quality art, artists and bidders you'll attract for your
 next fundraiser auction.
** Choose a venue with plenty of room, good ventilation, and adequate display space.
You want everyone to have plenty of opportunity to see all of the art in a relaxed and
comfortable setting. Contented bidders are active bidders.
** The admission price to the auction should include complimentary refreshments.
** Make sure that the most active bidders get preferred seating.
** Hire an auctioneer with experience doing fundraising auctions. Get names and
 contact information from other non-profits that have held successful charity auctions.
 Fundraisers are not like ordinary auctions where you want to move merchandise as
 fast as possible to bidders looking for bargains. A skilled charity event auctioneer
can make a huge difference in the bottom line.
** Your auctioneer should have a sense of humor, be able to excite an audience,
encourage competition among bidders, spend time presenting and describing each
item, and convince bidders to be extra generous on behalf of the causes that your
 organization represents.
** Make sure the auctioneer has notes describing each work of art. Well-described
 art sells for more money than poorly described art.
** Display each piece of art as prominently as possible. The better the art looks in
 its surroundings, the higher bidders tend to bid. This is especially true for live auction
 items. Use quality easels, white gloves, cascading velvet backdrops, pinpoint
spotlights, and whatever other embellishments you have on hand to enhance the
dramatic impact of the art.
** Make sure bidders can find out about any artist whose art they want to bid on.
The more informed bidders are and the more comfortable they feel about bidding
 the higher they tend to bid.

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