May
12
2010
New

Jerry's Launches All New Art Community

 

In the interests of keeping you connected to the many valuable things happening we set out to organize it all in our new Artist Community Area. From facebook to twitter to our blog, get featured news stories and events happening now... it's is all in one place we call the "Community."  According to Wikipedia, "The word community is derived from the Old French communite which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society." .....with/together is what life is all about.
The great thing about our Community is anyone can get involved from professional artists, to teachers, to bloggers, those looking to learn more about art or just stay informed.

We will be posting featured announcements and events that are happening right now such as the Art-A-Athon, Contests such as the Artist of the Month and much more. In our quest to add more resources we started out with the Workshop listings and FREE Video Art Lessons (the free video art lessons will be getting a whole new makeover so stay tuned). Jerrys provides listings of workshops here and abroad for those who want to improve their skills, expand their creativity and become part of the art community and you can get more information on the workshop listings in the community.

We will soon be adding testimonials, product reviews, comments and suggestions and ways to get ideas and tips. We have many great artists, writers, partnerships and resources to bring to you so please join us and become part of our community.

Thank You,
All your Friends at Jerry's Artarama
May
12
2010

Preserving our Past by Wilson Bickford


As artists, we are able to record the details of our generation for all posterity.
To prove my point, I will mention two names: George Washington and Jesus Christ. Upon reading those names, it's without question that a "visual" popped into your head, correct?

The reason is that you have a reference to these two individuals because of artists' interpretations through the centuries. There are countless examples such as these and I simply picked these two because they are so well-known. Christ has been portrayed through imagination (no one really knows what he looked like) by thousands of artists and Washington posed several times for portraitist Gilbert Stuart, among others.

Anything that is in threat of becoming obsolete or extinct can be captured by the artist as a record or reminder to future generations.
Although photography wasn't in existence back in the day and art was the sole means of documentation, we can still use our skills to this end today.
I am an animal lover and activist for their rights and I often consider the dwindling species on this planet, which may well become extinct, never to be seen again. I recently felt compelled to render this polar bear, because their habitat is diminishing. It will be a major shame should we lose these magnificent creatures.
I challenge you to paint something that may not last forever. Just do it while you still can!
Whether it's a rustic old barn, a crumbling lighthouse or an endangered animal species.
Your portrayal today can serve as a reminder for the world tomorrow.
wilsonbickford.com
May
12
2010

February Artist of the Month - Kira Ayn Varszegi

 February Jerrys Artarama Artist of the Month



Kira Ayn Varszegi - Hartford, CT

I'm a self-taught, self-representing professional artist/photographer, best known for my breast paintings and past collaborative projects with Koopa the turtle (now retired from painting.) My body of work is largely abstract and colorful with neutrals available somewhat rarely. I've been offering fine art breast paintings on eBay since 2001. I'm the first internet-based professional to treat the method as a fine art rather than a novelty/fundraiser/fetish. I enjoy working in different styles and finding new ways to get my medium onto my support. I paint with brushes, palette knives, various body parts, fruits & vegetables, and toys (wind-up, RC, etc.) Familiar mediums include oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, enamel, crayons,cocoa, coffee, red wine, strawberries/cherries/blueberries and melted chocolate.

Much of my work is the result of experimentation with elements, heat, time, gravity, acceleration, and trial & error. My photography is varied - nature, industrial, scenic, macro, long-exposure, B&W, abstract, tasteful self-portraiture, candid, low-light, and sometimes digitally manipulated. A varied, complementary palette and well-balanced composition are essential to me, whether on canvas or in a photograph.

My inspiration doesn't come from other other art or artists. Imitation is NOT "the sincerest form of flattery" when self-proclaimed "artists" constantly steal your ideas. Violations of intellectual property hurt real artists and mislead potential collectors. The human mind is a constantly-evolving source of infinite creative possibilities. Unique ideas/execution, honesty, perseverance, a dash of insanity, and/or technical skill are what define a true artist to me.

I'll wander into gray areas, offend a few people, make mistakes, learn from them, doubt myself & master obscurity out of a mutual fear of failure and success. I'll continue to create from my heart, evolve, experiment, challenge myself, be charitable, and strive to experience a sense of accomplishment that can only be achieved by following my dreams.

Aside from art, I'm a freshwater fishing addict who aspires to become a fully-sponsored Bassmaster one day. I'm also a fan of baseball, science, cryptograms, my husband, geek culture, bacon, Hitchcock movies, skepticism & console gaming (mainly the FPS and puzzle genres.) Currently I'm playing Modern Warfare on PS3 and Modern Warfare 2 on XBL - my GT is TurtleKiss on both systems. :-)

Attached are 5 of my original breast paintings ("New Hope" series - created using only my breasts) and 5 other assorted paintings - all created without the use of a brush.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Kira Ayn Varszegi






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