Announcing the 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners!


Chocolate and Roses are great Valentines Day gifts, but soon after V-Day, they're gone. Your art is a labor of love and lasts forever! We had many contestants show us their art and tell us their story and then we let you viewers pick the winners. While everyone who gives and receives art are winners, you all chose these three to be our winners in our 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest


First Place Winner

by Michelle Irizarry

"I painted this daylily as a gift for my mom who has been there for me for years as I battle a long-term illness...without her help and understanding I would not have made it this far."
Acrylics on canvas(22x28 inches)


Second Place Winner

"For the love of birds"
by Pringle Poirot

"This inseparable pair of cockatoos found each other after being placed in a parrot sanctuary. They represent all neglected animals who have been taken in by humans who teach them what it is to find love and peace."
Blackwing drawing pencils on Canson Bristol drawing paper


Third Place Winner


by Keighsie Liu

"This is a portrait of my husband. I love him to pieces, and I tried to capture in this painting his personality: confident, charming, ambitious. I want to show the world with paint this great man that I love, the best in the world."


 Lets all give a big hand for our winners, and to see more entries, be sure to check out our Contest Page. Also be on the lookout for more wonderful contests where you can win big from Jerry's Artarama!



Whats the Buzz- Weber Permalba White Oil Colors and Value Packs

What people really think about "the ultimate in artists' white color"

If you haven't already tried Weber Permalba White in your oil paintings, you might want to consider it for a couple of reasons. Its received so many positive reviews on our website, artists will not stop talking about it and sharing with us their work they've done with  it. Permalba White is an exclusive blend of titanium and other pigments giving it a brilliant white. It is acid and alkali resistant so it wont yellow or discolor. This fine paint delivers true color value with exceptional brilliance and has no tendency to crack due to it's buttery consistency that dries to an elastic-like film. 

The real question is, do the artists who use Permalba white agree with this positive description of it? And whats more, does it have a good value? Should you try it yourself? Let these satisfied reviewers help you make these decisions in this edition of Whats the Buzz:

Painted with Permalba White, The Old Days of Surfing sent in by Ron from CA 


"As a full time professional artist, I go through many tubes of paint each week. It seems like white is the one I run short of most often. Purchasing Permalba White oils in a very economical three pack assures me that I will have what I need when I need it. Original Permalba is a superb white, soft and buttery from the tube, but with a surprising weight and opacity compared with other brands. Original Permalba White in a three pack is a best value and quality paint for professionals or beginners."- Frank Wilson, CA

"The buttery texture, solid and even color, and blending ability of these paints are the best I have found. The value packs available are one of the best deals anywhere."- Chafinworks, NH

"As a professional painter I love a great buy. I always use Permalba paints, they are crisp and beautiful everytime."- Tee, PA

"I use a lot of white paint, doesn't everyone? I shared this with fellow students, no one can beat this price."-Rosemary, CO


 Weber Permalba oil colors are a great value. As an oil painter, white is one of the colors you will use most as an underpainting and by blending it with other colors to make new ones. The value pack being referenced in the reviews above is Jerry's exclusive Impasto Combo Value Pack including three 150ml tubes of Permalba White with an added bonus of 150ml tube of Permalba Impasto Medium (Shown Above). But besides the great value being offered with Permalba White oil colors, lets see what else artists are saying about it:


"I am an artist and this is my first choice for white in oils."- Connie, NC

"Because of how smooth it is, it is so easy to work with...especially when you mix it with the color! It saves a lot of time!"- Barbara Lee, CA

"I use Permalba for all my oil painting needs. It's super smooth buttery quality is terrific for my style and working wonderful with a loaded brush."- Ron, CA (see paintings=>)


If you need more proof of why you need to start using Permalba White in your oil painting, rush over to the Weber Permalba White and Value Packs page at Jerry's Artarama Online Superstore and look at the other reviews under the "reviews" tab where it currently has a 4.5/5 star customer rating. And as always, keep letting us know what you think of your favorite products. We always appreciate your feedback and watch out for more What's the Buzz coming up soon where you might see your own review!




Learn your Brush Strokes and Save on Jerry's Creative Mark BOGO Brush Sale

A Handy Guide to Painting How you Want


Obviously, there wouldn't be different types of brush strokes if there weren't different styles of brushes. But how many of us really understand what using different styles of brushes does for our painting? How many of us can accurately describe what kind a stroke a filbert brush can give us compared to a flat style brush? Well, with a little bit of help from Jerry's Artarama, you will be a master of knowing which brush to use when! 

And for a limited time only, Jerry's Artarama is having a Buy One Get One Sale on Creative Mark Brushes! From Filberts, Rounds and Brights to Flats, Creative Mark Paint Brushes are all BOGO until March 23rd, 2014.



  • Filberts- Flat brushes with domed ends. They allow for great coverage and the ability to perform some detail work.
  • Brights- Shorter than flats, Brights are flat brushes with short, stiff bristles that are good for driving thinner paints into the weave of a canvas. They also work well with thicker paints like impasto. Used in oils and acrylics. Used for oils and acrylics. 
  • Rounds- Rounds have a pointed tip with long, tightly arranged bristles meant for detail work and creating smaller details. Used for oils, acrylics, watercolor, alkyds, gouache,etc. Generally excepted for all media.
  • Flats- Long haired, with flat bristles, Flat Brushes are fantastic at spreading paint evenly and quickly over a canvas or panel. If you are laying down a base layer, using a flat will over your canvas very evenly. Used for oils, acrylics, watercolors and all types of painting.

Other popular brush types include:

  • Fans- Wide bristled brushes that are used for spreading paint widely and blending broader areas of your paint. Used in oils and acrylics
  • Angles- A lot like Filberts, Angle brushes are great for spreading paint with lots of coverage and can also be used for detailed work. Their bristles are shaped angular and cut down from one side. Used in watercolors and acrylics. 

You may also want to know that for fine artist brushes, short-handled brushes are commonly used for watercolor, while long-handled brushes are used for oil and acrylics. 

Now that you know a little more about the tools you use to paint, you can make educated decisions on what kinds of brushes you need to handle your artwork. You should explore your brush usage with our Creative Mark BOGO Brush Sale! Creative Mark brushes and brush sets are buy one get one free only through March 23rd, 2014. For full sale details, check out our sales page-only Creative Mark BOGO items apply.And remember, if you don't need two brushes or two brush sets, they make great gifts for other artists. Teachers, and Small Businesses can also benefit by this amazing sale-get your students professional grade artist brushes at an unbeatable price. Get double your moneys worth and save!

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