Top 5 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Make Art

Let's Make a Case for Fall!

We at Jerry's Artarama get pretty excited this time of year. Art lovers across the country should know that Fall is the best time for Art. Outside, a crisp breeze is blowing and the leaves are turning the best colors. For of each of us, it's time for us to get excited as artists, because as we all know, Fall is the best time for art! 


1. No Sweat on your Palette


Right now is the perfect time to get outdoors and paint en Plein Air. For once you don't have to worry about the heat and you can paint without the sun being too bright, the air being too cold like in Winter and the air is crisp unlike in Spring when it is full of pollen. And you can carry less water with you, either for drinking in the heat or misting your paints. It is objectively the best time to paint outside.


2. Break Out the Colors


Here on the east coast, people flock for hundreds of miles to see the leaves change in the northeast, Smokey Mountain National Park and Shenandoah National Park. People love the colors. They are rich and bright and beautiful this time of year. So why not pull out your reds, yellows, and siennas and start painting.


3. Fall Has the Best Art Shows


Fall is the season for art shows. In New York City alone, the MoMA is featuring a show on Henri Matisse through the winter, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is running an exhibit megashow featuring El Greco and there are over 25 more shows happening in the various museums this fall. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is running an exhibit called David Bowie Is through January 4th. Fall is a hot time for new art so make sure you get out to your local art museum and see a variety of new exhibits.


4. Fall has the Best Art Contests

Feeling inspired by all of the Art Shows of Fall? Show off your own work in Jerry's Fall Painting Contests. Jerry's is running two contests right now through December 31st where your best work can win you $2,250 in prizes! Jerry's has partnered with Matisse Derivan and SoHo Urban Artist  to create two painting contests for all of our artists to show us what they're made of this Fall. 


5. Fall has the Best Savings for Art Supplies


Between the Back to School Savings and our Black Friday/Cyber Monday and Holiday Sale savings, Jerry's saves the best deals for the best part of the year for creating art. Whether you are just getting inspired to start Art or you're a seasoned professional, Jerry's Artarama has the best deals for getting more out of your art supplies. 

Fall is the game changer for artists, so grab your art supplies and get out there before Winter hits and White becomes the color most used on your palette for a few months.


Winsor and Newton Helps Disabled Artists Create Mind Art with their Brains

Chinese 'Mind Art' Project Raises Awareness for Disabled Rights 


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Winsor & Newton, a fine arts materials supplier founded in 1832 has always been dedicated to the mix of science and art and is now using that blend of interests to help raise awareness for an underrepresented subset of people. There is an estimated 83 million Chinese people with Disabilities who have access to very little national support. To raise awareness and support, Winsor & Newton teamed up with artist Jody Xiong.

The project is called 'Mind Art', art and science mingle as mental prowess and self expression are used to create abstract masterpieces with the help of nueroscience and Winsor & Newton paints. 



For the project, sixteen people with disabilities were invited to strap into a headset containing a processing unit that connects electronic signals from the brain to set off paint filled balloons in an quadrangle of canvases. The participants could set off paint explosions with self chosen pigments of paint. With enough concentration, neural signals are sent and the paint filled balloons are detonated in an explosion of color and movement. The result is a beautiful and abstract splatter showing that its not always whats on the outside, but whats on the inside that makes us artists.


Touring twenty-two cities in China, the 'Mind Art' Exhibition has raised about $130,000 to support charities working with disabilities through sales of the art work. The exhibition was viewed by approximately fifty thousand people each week. 

'Mind Art'


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What do you think about this project? What is the most creative way you've used Winsor & Newton paints?


Artist Spotlight Reviews-Phenomenon Shell Paper by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of Phenomenon Shell Paper

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her demonstration here of the Phenomenon Shell Paper

I have to say that the Phenomenon Shell Paper is  pretty amazing.  Before the paper arrived, I had planned to use the Matisse Structure Paint on it to create an abstract layered painting.  But when it arrived and I realized it was not a heavy thick paper, I expected the paint to be too much for the paper to handle. 


I did like the texture of the shell paper.  It would be great fun to use it in paper collage art.  And it is also nice for adding to the texture of the design you are painting.  In spite of the texture, the paper has a very smooth feel to touch.   It comes in very nice soft colors that will stir your creative energy.  You can purchase a pack of your favorite color or you can choose a package that will give you multiple pages of each color.  That's my favorite package.


So, I jumped into this project going in the originally planned direction to use the Matisse Structure Paint on the Phenomenon Shell Paper.  But I expected the structure paint to be too heavy for the light shell paper.  I expected negative reactions from the paper to that much paint and that much moisture.   But amazingly there was none.  I laid several layers of paint down on this paper.  Never did it buckle.  Never did it wrinkle.  And now that the layers of paint are complete and dry, the condition of the paper is just as fresh as before I started.  I have to say that I am quite impressed.  And I am looking forward to continuing to explore how I might use this Phenomenon Shell Paper with my various art supplies.  I hope you will try it.  I think you will be very pleased.





Phenomenon Shell Paper
Matisse Structure Paint

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a painting using the Phenomenon Shell Paper


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


Other Reviews by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

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Artist Spotlight Reviews- Reflexions Pocket Journal by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Mungyo Handmade Soft Pastels with Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews-Matisse Structure Acrylics by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

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