Nov
22
2010

The Emerging Artist Label by M Theresa Brown

Far away from the fantasy art auctions of Christie's and Sotheby's is the real world of art  sales where there are many thousands of artists who create and sell their art.  In this world, the artist is usually working directly with the buyer and for sums far less than the multimillion dollar art in the big name auctions.  A sale is just as important to them as it is for the art auctioneer.  Without the big names and the money behind them, these artists must work hard to achieve sales and many are struggling. Yet the very people who mean to help these artists are also sabotaging their efforts. Somewhere in the shadowed worl... [More]
Oct
24
2010

Art as Comfort Food by M Theresa Brown

Really, all we needed last night in our studio was a crackling fire to add a little more of the already present ambiance of the evening! Munching away on cookies and relaxing with hot coffee and lemonade (the wine has to be next for the all adult classes!) the two hour class zipped by. It was "comfort food" in the form of art! Part of the idea behind the STARTart (Stop Thinking Art is Really Tough) classes is to engage and re-engage artists of all ages and give them the opportunity to not only create but to experience new mediums and techniques. In this class, we concentrated on dog portraits in acrylics. Our mother and teen daughter duo ... [More]
Oct
15
2010

Prostituting Yourself - An Academia Attitude by M Theresa Brown

October 13, 2010 Right now, we are set up with our art, at a show.  Sure it's a long day, every day, for several weeks but after a few days we get into the rythym of it and we can work while we sell so to speak :-) While we work,  we chat with prospects for our art, meet with clients, answer questions, paint.....and speak with artists! In one such meeting yesterday, a mother and her daughter came up to me and the mom works in a well known pharmaceutical  company in research and the daughter is in her final year in college in a school of art as a printmaking major.  To my dismay (yet not a surprise), after chatting about ... [More]

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