May
12
2010

Collecting Art by Deb Bartos

n addition to creating art, I have slowly and affordably collected art from other artists over the past 20 years. It has been a wonderful thing to do and every piece tells a story. I've collected work that is practical. These items include a hand-blown vase to hold my flowers, a welded sculpture to hold my keys, soap dishes to hold my soap, stained glass nightlights, jewelry and scarves, clothing to wear, you get the idea. It sneaks in everywhere. William Morris said "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." When I have been able to combine the two, it's even better.

I also have collected paintings, which seems redundant, as I am a painter, and have my own work stacked up all over my house as well as taking up most of my wall space. This has been the hardest to justify, however, the most enjoyable. I have collected 2-dimensional work from my travels as souvenirs and from other painters whose work I have known and admired. I enjoy my collector's wall every day. I remember the qualities I loved about the work when I bought it and years later, still do.

It is well said that beauty is consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. Beautiful art touches our souls. A quote from an art collector I recently read an article on is "the art on our walls is a mirror of our lives." This is true, in every private and corporate collection I have ever seen. If you purchase original art you love, it speaks about your taste as well as the artist. It affirms their talent and vision and allows them to continue painting. This is a wonderful thing to do. It allows art to continue and affirms that art matters. Thank you to my collectors. I appreciate you each and every one.

May
12
2010

Left in the Dark by Wilson Bickford

 


I recently conducted an oil painting class which focused on a night-time seascape theme. Rendering night scenes is always challenging, as colors diminish and things take on a more monochromatic feel. The issue is to get the scene dark enough to convey that particular time of the day, but not so dark that it literally becomes lost. In reality, some nights are pitch black and some are still quite light. It takes a lot of "judging" of the values to pull it off convincingly.

I find it easier to establish my mid-tone first and I use that value to "tone" my whole canvas. This sets the stage for the lights and darks I will apply which will straddle either side of that mid-tone.

Painting is all about value contrasts and I make sure that I still get a broad range. (Note the lightness of the moon and sea foam compared to the rocks.) However, the middle values are much "closer" together and vary only slightly. This is the key to capturing that night-time mood.

I have found that these "moonlit" themes seem to strike a certain chord with viewers and consequently, they are good sellers. By a large margin, most landscapes are portrayed during the daytime hours, so perhaps a moonscape's appeal lies in the fact that it's different. If you're strictly a "daytime" painter, don't be afraid to catch "full moon fever" and try one of these.

Just watch out for werewolves!
www.wilsonbickford.com
May
12
2010

April Artist of the Month - Andrea del Rio

 

Upon selection for the pieces in my art portfolio, I chose artwork that best demonstrated my artistic abilities. With a concentration on form, content and technique, my creativity lies in making the viewer connect with my work. Some of my pieces like "Lets Talk," a genre scene, make one wonder about the action. They all represent me in different ways and like Rembrandt, I choose self-portraits to convey my inner most feelings. The different emotions give them a unique feeling and characteristic. I have used interesting concepts to play up on, so that absolutely everyone feels some sort of relation to each piece.

When others see my art work I hope that their evaluations are positive and constructive. I want anyone who sees my work to connect to the piece, that it makes them remember of something that they have been through or felt. In order to reach this goal I created paintings about daily life, ordinary chores, and small dilemmas; because in all of that, there is always room for a laugh or smile. I really like when others admire what I enjoy doing, it inspires me even more and pushes me to work harder. It is also very good to know what I need to improve on as it extends my mediums and makes my art more versatile. I have learned to accept each comment and critic, as they make me grow and become stronger for the outside world.

As a vital part of my life, art has an important role in every decision I make. Whether it is where to place something, or enter a contest, my skills are always turned on. That means it is something which constantly runs through my mind, and if it didn’t I would not have a purpose, wouldn't feel complete, or exited about much. Art and its complex and ever changing history has found within me a person with new goals and a different perspective.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Andrea Del Rio



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