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     One of the blogs I follow recently posted  "31 people who can help sell your art".  I read through the blog and it certainly gave me ideas.  Some I will try, others not.  For instance, I do not believe in mixing religion and commercialism. I find it offensive. You may not agree, and that is your choice.  That said, her other suggestions I agreed with.  Her name is Alyson Stanfield. To get her complete list you can go to her blog

     Some of the people I that she suggested were obvious upon reflection, and others more obscure.
But the bottom line is if you want to become known as an artist, then you need connections. Obviously, more is better; business associates, friends and family, people you meet at social events, sales associates you meet in stores and restaurants, real estate professionals, fellow artists, etc, etc, etc. You never know who can connect you to the "right" …

     I have gone over this topic before, however I will address it again as I now have more information. Recently, I listened to a speech about pricing of artwork and in it I heard some interesting points that I think are important to share.

     We as artists, often feel that if we are new in the field we should not ask the high prices that more established artists can get.  While that may be true to some extent, if we price our artwork too low, we can actually drive away collectors. They may ask themselves "Why is this piece so much lower than the others?  Is is not as good?  Is the artist not confident in their work?"

     These questions make us stop and think. Is that how I want my art to be seen by others?  Do I not feel that my work is good enough to be hung and seen with more established artists?  Do I devalue my work by my prices?

     While we may not be able to get the high prices some artists are …

     Over the past months I have been giving you information and suggestions on how to approach galleries for representation.  Hopefully you have been putting this information to work for you. I had been too busy painting to actually do it myself.  I wanted to have enough work built up (20-25) that I felt was gallery quality before I applied.  Finally, I felt that I was ready and started researching galleries that were in line with my art style.  
     I decided to approach a gallery outside of St. Augustine because galleries here are large and have many national artists.  This makes it more difficult to get representation.  So landing a gallery outside this area first gives me more credibility in the St. Augustine market down the road.  Keep in mind that many artists are represented by multiple galleries!  
     Following my own advice, I researched galleries and the artwork they carry.  I looked at all the artwork on …

     I was beginning to feel somewhat stale with my artwork and a lot of people were doing the same work as mine, so I have been looking for something new to try.  I started watching YouTube looking for ideas and Voila' there it was!  It is called "Poured Acrylics" and I am in love!

     Now poured acrylics are not really new, but I wanted to do my own interpretation on this theme.  You see, I live near the ocean, and ocean themed art is very popular here.  That being said, there is a lot of ocean art on the market.  So I needed to somehow make mine fresh and new.  I put my thinking cap on and watched a lot of YouTube to learn the technique while I was busy accumulating the necessary supplies to execute my idea. Finally I had everything needed and then got busy practicing pouring acrylics.  It was NOT as easy as it looks!  It took me almost a week of experimentation and watching MORE youTub…

     If you want to build a portfolio of your art to share with a gallery, you want to have ALL your artwork in it, right?  WRONG!  Really?  Why? Because a gallery wants to know we are first of all CONSISTENT!  What does that mean?

     An artist goes into a gallery with a 10 pound portfolio to show how prolific he is thinking that the gallery will be impressed.  Then the artist explains that he feels it is important to keep his work fresh by not painting the same thing over and over.  That is the LAST thing a gallery wants to hear!  An artist needs to do some real work by studying art that is out there being shown and sold and put his thinking cap on and find some way to do something different!  I know I have said this before, but it needs to be said time and again.

     This week my husband and I took a trip down to a gallery in a small town not too far from us.  It is a beautiful gallery featuring ocean and nat…

     This is a hot debate that will go on for a long time as the feelings are strong on the matter.  Many galleries have signs posted NO PHOTOS ALLOWED.  Others don't have a problem with it feeling that it actually gives them free advertising.  How do you feel about it?  Frankly,  in order for a photo to be good enough to be used professionally it would require lighting, etc to get it right.  So there is no danger in allowing photographs.  Some even hand out photos that include the name, artist's name ,and the price on the sheet.  Now that I think is a great idea!  If the person doesn't keep it, someone else may take it or it may just end up in the hands of someone who falls in love with your artwork and buys it!

     You never know when, where, or how your work will be seen.  Let me give you an example.  Last night, My husband and I were in the science lab at the high school setting up for the Acrylics Art clas…

     Well, we have painted through another six weeks of class! This was a large class and the students were used to painting, which meant they were serious about learning!  I liked that, because I am serious about teaching!

      After seeing the work this group produced in the first class I knew they were able to do more advanced paintings, so I switched gears and we painting more complicated paintings than the previously.  The last two classes were spent on one painting and all of the students came away with a really nice painting capable of being framed and hung in their homes.  I am glad that I made that decision because they were all thrilled with their results and each and every one said they wanted to join my next class which will begin in mid January.

     Teaching is very different from just being an artist.  It requires patience and the ability to work with different personalities, and even more important i…

     In St. Augustine, FL where I live, we have the FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND,  known here as FSDB.  Needless to say, we have a large number of students and their families from all over the country and many settle here permanently.  FYI, this is the school that Ray Charles, the famous singer went to.

     Every year the St. Augustine Art Association and FSDB sponsor an art show that features tactile art for the students.  I have never submitted an entry until this year.  I had entered a painting into the "Cutting Edge" show a few months ago that featured a "Carnivale" dancer with all her regalia including jewels glued to the canvas and a feather pom-pom sticking out of the canvas at her head dressing.  It didn't win anything, but it was a last minute entry that I hadn't been able to finish as I had wanted.  People liked her though, so I kept her around.


     So, you've sold a piece of your art and you would like to get a photo of it in the home of the collector.  How do you go about it?  Just ask! Ask the collector to give their address or at least an email address to send them a thank you note.  Then ask them if they don't mind, would they do you the favor of sending a photo of the piece hung in it's new home to add to your portfolio.  If they are reluctant to give theirs, just give them yours, but most are very happy to oblige!  And, don't forget to send that thank you note!  Courtesy is a very important part of business, and selling our art is definitely building a business.  People appreciate kindness and personal attention and it might even result in repeat sales to that collector, and they are more likely to tell others about your work as well!
Also, you want to have a folder dedicated to these photos, either electronic or actual photos.


     Next week St Augustine Art Association has another show, "FABULOUS FLORIDA". This time we are allowed two entries. The first is one I recently finished.  It is a beach scene with sand and sea oats, mostly impressionistic.  It is a very large gallery wrap canvas.

      The second one is different.  It is more a fine art painting of the Scarlet Ibis birds found here in  Florida.  They are very rare, actually on the endangered list.  They are also gorgeous bright red birds!  Native to the northern tip of South America, they migrated here to Florida and can now be found all along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic in Florida.  Some say there are a few in South Carolina and south, not sure about that, but I also decided to add a Roseate Spoonbill. The paintings are below.  Enjoy!

     The Fall MEMBERS Show is almost over. We were only allowed one entry for that, as it is very popular.  They also h…

     You have snapped a photo of a scene and now want to turn it into a beautiful painting.  How do you go about it?  As artist's we have a big advantage over photographers in that we can literally move objects and landmarks around or even add or remove them to create a scene,  changing it to fit what we "see" in our mind's eye.

     This week in my Acrylics class, I gave everyone just such a photo.  It is of a beautiful "Royal Poinciana" tree in full bloom.  I shot the photo when we were in Argentina last December.  As a photo, it's just ok,  but as a painting, it has great potential.  The tree is full of luscious orange blooms and there is a drive curving right under it.  However, there are trees all around it that create a very busy scene.  So I will show the students how to pare down to the essentials to create the painting they can envision when looking at the photo.  I have a …

     I realized with this new class that my students are different from the last group.  Not only because I have more than before, but they are more intermediate level in their skill. So I am challenged to keep them moving forward and upward.

     I thought about this for awhile and decided that each week we would do a fairly simple painting, each of which teaches a new skill/technique and the last 30 minutes will be spent on a more complicated painting that will be finished during the final class.  That way, they learn more skills in a shorter period of time and will advance faster.

     Although we didn't have time to actually start on the harder painting this week, I asked everyone to undercoat two canvases so they will be ready to start right in as soon as we get there next week.

     Below I have a photo of the painting we did in class on Tuesday.  Of course, this one is not done.  It is 24 x 30 so everyo…

     On September 26th we started another session of Community Education.  My BEGINNING-INTERMEDIATE ACRYLICS class has one student from the previous class and many new ones too!  I have a new batch of paintings for them to do and more lessons to learn.  I had the students fill out a review sheet last class and asked if there was any particular point they wanted to learn.  I will incorporate those requests into this class.

     One asked for work on color and contrast.  That is something I will definitely increase in the curriculum.  As I posted recently on color theory, it is important.  I taught it in the last class, perhaps she wasn't there or wants more details. Either way, I'll focus more on it.

     The last class had four children aging from 9-14 and four adults.  This time I have eleven adults and one teenager. The interesting thing is that the most advanced student in this class is the teenager.…