Announcing Jerry's 2nd Annual Self Portrait Contest- Enter Now!


2014 Self Portrait Contest - up to $4000 in Prizes could be yours!

 Jerry's Artarama is once again excited to announce it's second annual Self-Portrait Contest with up to $4000 in prizes. We had such a great turnout with last year's contest (over 1900 Entries, WOW!!!) that we wanted to start the year off right again with another great self portrait contest!

So from now until April 6th, you can enter your own self portrait submission on our Jerry's Artarama Facebook Page. Our rules for the contest are simple: pick any wet or dry media (acrylics, oils, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, you choose!), then paint or draw a picture of yourself and submit it to our Facebook Page. You can use any media as long as it is you!. Each contestant may submit one portrait apiece and the winners will be chosen from there. Voting will begin on facebook April 30th and 30 finalists will be chosen by a community popular vote from our fans. 30 additional finalists will be chosen by a jury of artists.

All 60 finalists then will then be reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists who will decide the winners for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and 30 Honorable Mentions.

All 33 Winners will be announced April 21st, 2014!

------------2013 Self Portait Contest Flashback-------

See 2013 Winners Gallery.
2013 1st Place Winner 
Mary Chiaramonte


 Contest Rules

So enter today for your chance to win! For the full contest rules and details, check out our contest page.


Artist Lisa Ober Reviews Mungyo Soft Gallery Pastels

New Year, New Reviews!

Happy New Year! Recently, we gave Pastel Artist Lisa Ober a 200 Piece Set of Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels to try out and she gave the world an amazing piece of art in return! The deluxe set of 200 we gave her features every color of Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels in a deluxe finished wood box with 2 trays to hold the entire range of colors. For a professional pastel artist, this set is the perfect indulgence. Because of their hand-rolled softness, they are great for subtle blends, laying down rich colors and lush layering which can create some absolutely stunning works of art like Lisa's:


Lisa's Review:

Lisa tried out the Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels Set of 200 and here is what she had to say about them:

"The full set of 200 is an excellent starter or base set with a wide variety of color choices packed into a beautiful sturdy and classy box which is perfect for travel. The set that I received was perfectly intact without a single break (I don't like broken new pastels). The colors are nicely arranged and AP non-toxic. Each pastel is about the size of a woman's thumb, very similar to Unison Soft Colour Pastels. For me, the size is perfect.

The quality of each pastel was consistent across the range of colors I used. The pigments are pretty rich...at least the blue/green colors that I pulled out for this piece and I assume that is true for the other colors.

Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels have approximately the hardness /softness of something between Rembrandt Pastels and Unisons. They are only slightly less blendable than the Unisons for this reason. The option to subtly shift tones in additional layers is excellent but for some, to significantly change a color with subsequent layer would require a softer pastel such as Unison, Mount Vision, Townsend, or Schminke. This also may depend on the surface you prefer and how much pressure you apply when painting. Still, they are good for blending and layering and are a great base set for professionals and students.

The gallery's handled very well on UART Sanded Pastel Paper (600 grit) which is my favorite surface so far. I imagine they would be good on any professional pastel surface. My overall impression of these pastels was excellent and even more impressive when one considers the value. The full set is priced at $624.99 but on sale through Jerry's (available on sale 1/30/2014, but available for pre-order now) for $499.99, you really can't beat the price at all for the overall value. I'd love to hear your thoughts or any questions you have but I hope this helps. Happy painting!"

-Lisa Ober

And here are some of the images Lisa Captured of the Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels. 



To see more of Lisa's amazing artwork, check out See What You Can Create with UART Sanded Paper and Gallery Soft Pastels!


What's the Buzz - Old Holland Classic Oil Colors

We're back for a New Year and New Products for you!

Happy New Year! This year, get ready for more buzz on your favorite art supplies and materials. Today we're looking at Old Holland Classic Oil Colors because you all cant stop raving about it. 


Old Holland was established in 1664 and is the worlds oldest artists' paint manufacturer! They've been making paint so long, most artists trust them intrinsically. Even the finest painters such as Van Gogh, Vermeer, Van Ruysdael and other dutch master painters used Old Holland. And why not, their colors are almost completely lightfast, are free of any cheap fillers or artificial driers and have a great concentration of pigments. All this together gives Old Holland's colors great covering power, brilliant color strength and intensity. 

Now lets hear what our artists have to say about Old Holland and you can decide for yourself whether you want to try out this great paint for yourself!

"Old Holland provides constant quality. The colours are varied and contribute to a beautifully finished art piece."- Valorie, Ottawa Canada

"The Rolls Royce of paint- in my opinion"- Pam, CT

"I have used Old Holland paints for 10 years and I have introduced my adult students to Old Holland for the past 6 years. I paint and teach landscapes and figures in classical oil and use a lot of glazing and translucent and transparent paints. In both the transparent and opaque paints, the pigment is outstanding."- Amelie, FL

"These paints are expensive at first glance but the tinting strength is so strong that they last much longer than other brands. The chrome is stronger than most other brands and the paint does not dry up over time."- David, Australia

"The amount of pigment Old Holland packs into their tubes is impressive and makes them actually a value when you consider how far the paint will go. You can tell by weight alone that the tubes are packed with pigment which make for incredibly rich color saturated paintings"- Old Pro Painter, CO

"There is very little that I can say about the quality of Old Holland Oil paints as I have used them for years for a reason. I love the saturation of the pigments and the fact taht they go a long way. Also Old Holland offers a wonderful selection of colors. I was happy to be able to purchase these colors on sale."- Wildcloud, NC

"Beautiful, rich colors"

And finally, three quick ones from excited artists

"I love this paint, beautiful colors you just can not find anywhere else! And pure pigment."- Dar, IL

"This is the best of oil paints!"- Shelly, NY

"Vibrant colors, smooth. I like Old Holland the best!"- Rick, FL

These are real artists opinions of Old Holland Oil Colors. I'd say thats some good buzz about this fantastic paint. And for more good news about this paint, it's now on sale for 40% off list price. Get 40ml tubes now for as low as $9.95! This is an unbelievable deal on an unbelievably good paint. Don't miss out!


And remember, keep letting us know what you think about your favorite products and we'll keep posting reviews here each week on Whats the Buzz?

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