Apr
8
2014

Presidential Painters- How well do you know them

George W. Bush isn't the Only Painter who Ran our Country

 

Recently it's come out that  Former President George W. Bush has spent his last two years painting and is now displaying his portraits and paintings at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas. After some mixed reviews, general consensus is that he's actually pretty good for an amateur oil painter and portraitist. 

It was recently discovered that he was a painter after a family member's email was hacked and two self portraits were found of the President himself. Now that the news is out, many of Bush's pieces are now on display with self portraits, portraits of Tony Blair of Britain, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia,  Angela Merkel of Germany, President Hamid Karzai of Afganistan, George H.W. Bush, and even the President's dog, Barney. 

However, Bush is not the only president to have a hobby. As we know, Bill Clinton played the tenor saxophone, Thomas Jefferson was a writer, wine maker and industrial designer and Teddy Roosevelt was a famous hunter, but did you know that there were other presidential painters?

Here are a few of them:

George W. Bush

(Bush Paintings, Image Source:NY Times/ Gawker) 

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower began painting to relieve stress during his time as president, not of the United States, but of Columbia University. He unfortunately never took his art as a serious matter, but his art did gain some national attention. Eisenhower himself however said of his artwork that "They would have burned this **** a long time ago if I weren't the President of the United States." 

 

(Portraits of George Washington, Waterfall, Image Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library)

What do you think of his work?

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was a more serious watercolor painter and quite accomplished. Very detail oriented, he honed his skills painting and drawing at West Point. He took pride in not only being able to command armies but also to create art!

(Grant Paintings, Image Source:www.granthomepage.com) 

Jimmy Carter

Specializing in naturalistic scenery and animals, Jimmy Carter was also quite an artist. Carter not only painted but also partook in woodworking, selling items like handmade stools and auctioning his paintings for charity. In 2012, Jimmy Carter sold an original painting at auction for a steep price of $250,000!

 

 

(Carter Painting, Image Source: www.cartercenter.org)

How do you think these POTUS Painters hold up? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Apr
5
2014

Did you know- Fabriano Watercolor Papers

Facts about One of Europe's Most Storied Paper Makers

Fabriano, one of Europe's oldest fine artist paper makes has been famous across the globe for their paper and making it for centuries. Today, we thought we'd share some fun and little known facts about this old, wonderful and storied company and their terrific products. 

  • The company is currently celebrating their 750th Anniversary as a company meaning that they've been making paper since the 13th Century.
  • 30 generations of loyal workers have passed since 1264- whole nations, states and empires have been born and died in that time.
  • Artists and creators such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Francisco Goya, Beethoven and Giambattista Bodoni, the Italian typist who has several typefaces named after him.
  • Fabriano is still today one of the largest producers of the Euro, because of Fabriano paper's anti-forgery characteristics.
  • Jerry's Artarama carries about 20 different product lines by Fabriano including best sellers like Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper line.
  • Fabriano watercolor paper makes a great basis for paintings like the one below and has an even and toothy surface for even water absorption and an almost spongy feel that makes it a favorite among printmakers and digital printers as well as watercolors!

 

  • Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper has almost a perfect rating from Users on Jerrysartarama.com and has reviews from real artists like:

-"Fabriano Artistico Paper is my first love in Watercolor supplies. I think a watercolorist needs to have a relationship with their paper. I love the texture, the buttery surface and the way the paper lifts so easily. Fabriano Artistico is ALWAYS my first choice in papers"

-"Fantastic! I have been a watercolor painter for years with emphasis on pen and ink detailing. I really love the Fabriano Artistico 300 lb paper in the cold press smooth and rough. It is incredibly forgiving for those of us who have a tendency to try and overwork our paintings. I'm willing to pay extra for the excellent quality of this paper and Jerry's Artarama has a fabulous price."

-"Paper is smooth and it is perfect for art journaling. I make my own art journals with this paper. I love the way it feels. I can paint with acrylics and use watercolor if I choose. Very versatile."

-"This paper will take a beating without falling apart- water, scraping, lifting- just about everything. I've been using it for years."

  • Right Now, Jerry's is sponsoring the Fabriano 750th Anniversary Art Contest! 

Have you tried Fabriano's watercolor paper? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments below or on the review tab of the Fabriano product pages. We'd love to hear from you.

Apr
2
2014

Win Big with Jerry's Spring Art Contests 2014 with SoHo and Turner

Enter Now for your chance to win!

This spring Jerry's Artarama is more than excited to announce our Spring Contests with SoHo and Turner! Now you have the chance to win with amazing prizes worth up to $1000 in our 2014 SoHo Spring Art Contest and 2014 Turner Spring Painting Contest running now until June 30th. Enter Today!

 


 

2014 SoHo Spring Art Contest

Acrylics, Oil Colors, Watercolors and Colored Pencils

SoHo Urban Artist is dedicated to bringing fine art materials to both amateur and professional artists the world over. From high quality oils, acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils and pastels, studio easels and furniture, canvases, palettes, brush cleaners and more, SoHo supplies artists with a thorough and well rounded studio set up at excellent savings. No matter the medium and no matter the skill level, every artist can benefit from the affordable, quality art materials provided by SoHo urban Artist. 

 

How To Enter

 Up to 2 pieces may be entered per contestant, and each piece may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the piece in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint/media texture of the focal point of the piece.

  • Please name each image with the painting or work title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using SoHo Urban Artist products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 SoHo Spring Art Contest Page


Contest ends June 30th, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners


 


 

2014 Turner Spring Painting Contest

Watercolors, Acryl Gouache, and Design Gouache

Turner's color line is the world's finest for illustrative techniques with acrylics. It possesses incredibly versatile adhesive properties, as it may be used for indoor or outdoor painting on various substances, such as wood, acrylic boards, stone, cloth, clay, metal, slate, glass, aluminum, iron, hard vinyl, styrofoam and artist canvas. It may also be used on properly sized paper without any pre-prep.

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Turner products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 Turner Spring Painting Contest Page

 

Contest ends June 30th, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners


Enter today and be sure to check the Jerry's Artarama Contest Page for updates and new contests!

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