Without light the landscape painting cannot exist. Artists have struggled to depict light for centuries. This challenge has both frustrated and delighted artists the world over. When we see a painting that captures a little of this mysterious quality we can celebrate the beauty of nature. But how to convey the illusion of light with only humble pigments and a brush?
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The words "I would like to commission a painting" should be exciting to any artist. It is a compliment and a financial windfall. However commissions can go horribly wrong if the basics are not covered. Commissions are simply part of the artist's repetoire and come with their own unique challenges.
Here are a list of considerations for both artists and collectors:
Commissions can be fun for artists and collectors. By taking a few common sense steps there should not be any problems, but rather the start of a beautiful relationship between artist and collector.
Any suggestions or points that you would like to add? Please leave a comment.
If you like to purchase original art at affordable prices then this news may seem silly. However for galleries that are struggling in these recessionary times this may be good news indeed. Art that is accessible, such as art in an impressionist style, can sell for good prices for both collector and gallery. It is OK to have art that is beautiful for the sake of beauty. You no longer have to grit your teeth at shock art, for instance, to impress your peers. Political art is one thing, but to grace your home? Perhaps not.
If you are wondering about the quality of this art then rest assured. A high price does not guarantee good quality. Affordably priced art can be of the highest quality. Most artists are using top quality materials and do take their art very seriously. Any professional artist today will have to strive for producing excellent quality art to survive. High prices at auction has much more to do with provenance. Who owned the art work can hugely inflate auction prices.
The recent BBC documentary, What Makes Art Valuable?, provides a fascinating look into the high end art market. Watch the documentary below and be amazed by the prices and motivations behind the purchases of the top 10 most expensive paintings.
No doubt there will always be super wealthy collectors making up headline prices, but is there a change in sight? Will art be simply about art again? No price tags taking centre stage, but simply for the transcendence that art brings to artists and collectors alike? It is revealing that many art dealers and collectors in the above documentary rue the outrageous prices. Do these prices have any relationship to the art itself? You decide.
Collecting art is fun and I have never regretted purchasing a beautiful painting. I look at these paintings on a daily basis. It is a moment of peace that I am grateful for. I would not like to worry about market prices and insurance.
That would ruin the art.
There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.
I was pleased with the outcome and the experience. However at 2 degrees celsius my brain reminded me that there a bottle of port indoors crying out for attention. All things considered it would have been rude to ignore its' plight so I decamped for a fireside seat and a glass of that which restores you.
I look forward to visiting this delightful village again - in the summer. Until then Cheers!
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This new course launched on Udemy is intended to help artists wanting to start painting in oils for the first time. It will also help those artists struggling with oil painting although they have experience with acrylic painting.
In this course I show these artists how to use acrylics to set a foundation for their painting before finishing the painting in oils. A full demonstration of the process is provided with over 80 minutes of video instruction. It is a free course which I am happy to share with you. Give it a try!
Photo references are an essential part of every artist's studio process. From recording scenes, step-by-step process or to record the finished work and much more. In this video I look at online software like www.pickmonkey.com to assess composition, value and colour of a reference for a potential painting.
Can you really learn a hands-on skill like painting online?
I would not call myself old-school. I try to keep up with tech trends and I use many apps and other services. This website is evidence of that. However I do not even bother to set my cell phone. That is evidently something for my teenage son to do. The TV is the same too. I prefer talking to texting and Angry Birds makes me, well angry. I suppose I am approaching the scrap heap! Being an artist I also prefer to get my hands dirty and painting is blessedly unchanged. Or is it?
There are digital painters sporting tablets and apps with pride. Not to mention the digital photo art that is so popular. Perhaps the biggest groundshift has been in how we learn. Online learning has exploded globally and nobody is exempt. Old and young and all in between are learning online. This digital democracy has brought top quality education into posh mansions and tin shacks alike. I look at my children. They have access to regular school yet find their most stimulating lessons on You Tube or some other website like Udemy or Lynda. Not to mention the mass of websites by experts on whatever topic you may require.
Certificate from a famous university? No problem. Try Coursera. Want to learn java and perhaps some photography skills for fun? Try Udemy.com. Children struggling with maths? Try Khan Academy. All well and good, but what about art? Can you really learn a hands-on skill like painting online? I know many old hands scoff at this notion. I have received sceptical looks from some artists north of 50 who think it is silly to learn online. They still believe that a mentor with a few students is the way to go. Something like in the Renaissance days I think.
The fact is that digital learning is essential for artists today. If you have a desire to teach art then online learning is also becoming hard to ignore. Let us start with You Tube. Once you get past the rubbish there is a treasure trove of excellent teaching on art techniques. Then try Pinterest to research art for inspiration or to find excellent quality images of masterworks. These are essential to learn from.
Of course there are DVD lessons that can be purchased and downloaded in HD quality. No more waiting for delivery. No customs duties and so forth. The hard part remains actually doing the work! Hang on there are courses you can take to teach you how to maximize your time. If you have a moment that is.
I have been impressed with Udemy.com. A website that hosts paid and free courses on just about any topic. Whether you want a certified course in computer programming or to learn business skills or have some fun learning a new hobby this website has it all. So inspired was I with the general high quality of courses that I created my own course, Learn To Paint With Impact, that was launched a few days ago.
This experience entailed a new learning curve for me. There is a big difference between giving a workshop to students in person to facing a camera instead. In many ways I had to rethink my subject to convey the ideas better. This helped me too. Teaching is a learning process for both teacher and student after all.
There are massive benefits to learning art online too. Costs are low. Cut out travel, time and related costs of attending a workshop and you have saved a ton. Plus the convenience of learning when you want to, pressing pause and rewind when you need to check something are also handy. On the downside you do need to be a self-starter and get the course done on your own steam. There is also the practical side of art, which is why I have a series of assignments to encourage practical work. Social interaction? Get a friend to join with you or an art club for that matter. The nice thing with Udemy is that instructors can give their own discounts to groups which is a big plus for teacher and student.
Whether you want to learn art or teach it the internet has changed the landscape forever. There is opportunity for all and excuses are hard to come by. Of course doing the work is the essential ingredient. That is something that should still please the old-timers like myself.
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April is full of public holidays. It is also a time of significant cultural and religious observance around the world. I know many professionals grumble about the disruption to business. However I prefer this time of year to the annual end of year madness. We all need a break and a quiet moment with family. The weather is great too. So take a a breather.
A perfect time to get the paints out and have a dabble. What a stress breaker this is. I see many folk out jogging or cycling early in the mornings. Exercise is important for stress relief, but I can assure you that if the idea of pounding the pavement does not appeal then try painting. It is yoga for the mind and spirit. If you are looking for something different then how about taking your paints outdoors. Perhaps the garden or on your long weekend holiday spot and paint. Watercolor journals are so easy to take with and enjoy on holiday.
So put away the briefcase for a few days, throw the tie into the closet and get the paint brushes out. If you have children who are bored with TV (they all are) then get them to join you. Is is amazing to see what children come up with when there is no pressure. Such innate talent!
Have a great time on your holidays!
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