Jun
7
2014

Give Dad Art this Father's Day

The Best Way to Find the Perfect Gift For Dad!

 

Not sure what to get Dad or Grandpa this Father's Day now only a week away? Jerry's Artarama has a great idea. Why not give Dad the gift of Art?

Father's Day gifts are often an afterthoughts for most people. Most people think that Dad just wants to sit in his big comfy chair, eat a steak and drink a beer on Father's Day so if a gift is given its typically a boring coffee mug, necktie or if he's lucky he'll get some cologne. But what if Dad wants to be a little more engaged this year. Why not show him what a "World's Best Dad" looks like with some home made art or a card colored by the kids. 

Give Dad something more meaningful this year with crafts, a manly painting or detailed sketch of him. Same goes for Grandpa. It will give him something to treasure as it shows what he really means to his family. Or create something with the special Father in your life. Art is a great way to bring together a father and his children for a Sunday afternoon. It's a relaxing activity that allows Dad to express his creativity and spend time with others. Plus, Dad will love the thought that goes into each one of his handmade Father's Day gifts.

If Dad is an artist himself, he might appreciate some high-quality fine art supplies from Jerry's Artarama!

 

This year, Jerry's has set up a special sales event for Father's Day with an easy to use Father's Day Gift Guide. With gifts ranging from easels to paints to drawing supplies at great unbeatable values and savings, the Father's Day gift guide has all the art supplies your Dad could possibly want. 

On a budget? Our gift guide also lets you shop by price so you know you can find the perfect gift for Dad next week. 

If you're not sure what to get Dad this Father's Day, let him choose with a Jerry's Artarama eGift Card. It arrives in minutes and has 3 fun Father's Day designs to choose from.

 

This is also a great idea for the Dad who is stuck traveling or away from his kids on his special day.

Have you ever given art to your father, grandfather, uncle, or father figure before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

Jun
5
2014

Did You Know- Salvador Dali

Little Known Facts About One of the Most Provocative Artists of the 20th Century.

Salvador Dali and his pet ocelot, Babou

We all know Salvador Dali as one of the more eccentric and flamboyant artists that graced the 20th century. Although we mostly know Dali for his trademark curly mustache and "melting clocks", how much do we really know about him or his art? Here are some little known facts about this incredibly fascinating artist:

      • Dali's whole name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech.
      • Dali was born May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain.
      • Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother also named Salvador Dali, who died during childbirth nine months before Salvador Dali was born. At age 5, Salvador was taken to his brother's grave where his parents told him they believed he was the reincarnation of him. He believed that from that day on and it heavily affected his work with images of his dead brother appearing embedded in his later works, especially Portrait of My Dead Brother painted in 1963.
      • On top of painting, Dali was also a skilled at film, photography, sculpture and drafting.
      • Dali hated to pay restaurant bills- he had a habit of inviting large parties of people out to restaurants and then when it came time for the bill, he would write out the bills amount on a check. When the waiter was looking, Dali would sketch or doodle on the back of the check knowing that no sane person would cash a check with an original drawing by him on it.
      • His most famous painting The Persistence of Memory was inspired by Dali seeing some Camembert cheese melting in the heat on a hot summer day. That night, he dreamed of clocks melting just like the cheese and the image became one of his most famous paintings.

The Persistence of Memory

  • Dali was married to a woman named Elena Ivanovna Diakonova or as he knew her, Gala. In 1968, Dali bought her a castle in Spain. Dali himself was only allowed to visit the castle after obtaining her permission in writing.
  • Dali has produced over 1,500 paintings during his career on top of producing sketches and illustrations for books, lithographs,, theatre sets, costumes and even collaborated with Walt Disney on a short animated film. 
  • Dali's paintings are often provocative and incredibly imaginative, which were not the result of drug use. Dali actually would stand on his head long enough to become semi-lucid (such as Swans Reflecting Elephants [right]).
  • Dali once gave a plaster replica of his brain to musician Alice Cooper. The plaster brain was topped off with a real chocolate eclair and covered in ants. He would later create a hologram of Cooper with lasers. 
  • Dali was a showman and once gave a lecture in a full deep-sea diving suit. He almost suffocated in it when he refused to take it off during the lecture. 
  • Dali had a pet Ocelot named Babou.
  • He once claimed that his well known moustache was an antanae that could receive alien signals.
  • Jerry's Artarama carries the Dali Eco-Friendly Bamboo French Easel inspired by the french easels Dali used.
  • Dali died January 23rd, 1989 of heart failure and is buried at the Dali Museum and Theatre in Figueres, Spain.

There are some of the more interesting facts about the life and times of Salvador Dali. To find out more about Salvador Dali, check out the DVD-Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali 

Jun
3
2014

Dura-Handle Resin Handles are Changing the Way We See Paint Brushes

Creative Inspirations Brushes are the next Evolution in Paint Brushes

 

Wooden brushes have been the standard for paintbrushes for hundreds of years now. A fixture of any professional painter's studio-the container filled with the messy paint splattered brushes looking like this:

 

Brushes are often the first thing to go in any artist's studio. If you have ever taken an art class or are one to soak your brushes after use, you can see that the brushes that have been soaked in water or solvents have taken some wear and tear. Even if it is the easiest way to clean these brushes by soaking them, they wont last as long, and even if you do take the time to thoroughly scrub them, they will still be coated with old dry paint which can just make your hands feel grubby after reusing them.

Well, what if your studio could have something better? A better quality brush that wouldn't crack or chip when soaked in solvents or water or one that was easy to clean?

Introducing the New Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes

 

New Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes feature special high performance Resin handles that wont crack, chip or retain water are incredibly simple to clean. As it is made from solid resin, the high quality brush handle has a balanced feel. The resin handle also gives the feel of a wood handle, so the only difference you will notice is it's longevity of use and unsoiled and untarnished handle. Cheap plastic can be flimsy and break easily, but not resin! Topped off with seamless, nickel-plated brass ferrules for an elegant look and Taklon synthetic hair, Creative Inspirations brushes can hold a large amount of paint and then release it flawlessly.

 And, they are so easy to clean. Just with a simple wipe of a paper towel, the paint will disappear off of your resin handle. It's that easy!

 

 

Available in both short handle and long handle versions, they can be used with all traditional media so if you want to try them with oils or acrylics, try the long handle brushes. If you prefer watercolor, the short handled brushes will be ideal for everything from sweeping washes to the smallest details. 

 

 Resin brushes are here to stay and for anything like classroom or professional use, they will prove to last longer and perform better than traditional wood handled brushes. Try them today at Jerrysartaram.com and see why they are the future of Paint Brushes. Also available in Sets.

Have you tried new Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes yet? Let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

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