Oct
13
2010

Summer Pastel Challenge Update

Our Summer Pastel Contest at Jerry’s Artarama has come to a close.  Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to all of our winners!

Daniela Nikoleava in 1st place with “Fighter”

Sandy Nelson in 2nd place with “Festival Dancer”

Tricia Reilly-Mathews in 3rd place with “Memories of the Heart”     
 
In addition, I would like to congratulate our 25 honorable mentions!  There was a lot of impressive and talented artwork submitted in our Summer Pastel Contest and I encourage all who love to create art to enter more of our contests in the future.  They are always free to enter and always lots of fun to participate in!

See all of our winners in our Summer Pastel Challenge Gallery of Winners!
 
Kind Regards,
Dara
Dara Goldstein
Division of Jerry's Artarama Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
11
2010

Losing Steam by Heather Goldstein

When I graduated last December and started my job full-time here at Jerry's, I was beyond motivated to make it work.  I had read somewhere that something like 90% of art school graduates do not create any art in the 2 years after graduation.  That was not going to be me!  I left school feeling refreshed and motivated about life, my job, and expecially my art.  So here it is, October 11, and I have seen my art take the back seat.

Now, productivity is definitely NOT the issue!  I have done 11 paintings on my own plus 1 in progress, 3 commissions, and 6 collaborative works with my friend Heather.  No, the real problem has been what I find to be most artists' problem...the business end. 

When I graduated, I was constantly looking for shows to enter.  I joined the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh and was looking for as many additions to my resume as possible.  I need to get back to that.  I was so worried that I would not be able to force myself into the studio without deadlines, but the truth is that it does not take much forcing to get me there.  There is nothing I love more than to come home, pour a glass of wine, put on some music, and paint for hours.  But it's time to focus!  Time to find gallery representation.  Time to find juried shows.  Time to find my market. 

So off I go into the great blue yonder of the internet.  I'm in search, like so many, of an audience.

 

One of my newly finished pieces:

The Other Side

Oil, Encaustic, and Pencil on Canvas

36" x 36"

Oct
6
2010

Is Art Fun? by Micah Mullen

Is art fun? Today I was asked this question at my job during a meeting for a new fledgling project. A question that I would think would have a definite YES - seemed much more difficult to answer. I spend hours and hours each week in front of my easel, at my day job I spend even more time reviewing art materials and focusing on how to better improve an artist's life, many weekends are spent at museums, galleries and shows. So... probably 90% or so of my awake life (we'll leave dreams and nightmares out for now) is spent doing art, observing art or learning and selling art materials. Shouldn't it be fun!!?? The same person that asked me this question, also later stated during the meeting that art is way for one to learn more about oneself. I certainly believe this is true. This past Saturday as I finished painting the picture that is shown on this entry, I often thought I really would rather be watching college football than sitting in a lonely, isolated room with just my thoughts and my painting. Yet something kept me there . . . perhaps it is my compulsive personality, perhaps I knew I had deadlines to meet, perhaps if I did not paint that day I thought the painting might be inferior. It never occurred to me that the reason I was alone in my studio on a sunny 80 degree day in the middle of football season was that I might be having fun!

I perplexed this question about art being fun for a few hours after it was asked. I think asking me if art is fun is asking me if I enjoy life. Like anyone I have good and bad days, but my life always gravitates back to art. To me fun seems like more of a temporary word. "I had a fun time at dinner the other night". To use "fun" as it relates to art and my life discounts the massive impact art plays in my life. In some ways it is even spiritual - One rarely describes spirituality as fun, but it is often described as positive and fulfilling.

As I sit here now with the computer in front of me and the easel behind me, there seem to be alot of fun things to do between now and when I go to sleep . . . It's already 6:30 - I should be painting by now.

(Shown) Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge - 9x12" Acrylic on Canvas

 

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