May
12
2010

I Want to be a Sellout by Mike Rooney

Thats right, you heard me correctly. I want to be a sellout! Let me explain. I'm Mike Rooney, a plein air painter, living on the coast of NC. I have about a dozen galleries representing me in NC and Cape Cod, and I also teach workshops and make instructional DVD's sold at Jerrys Artarama. This is the first of many monthly contributions I'll be making to this blog. Sometimes it'll be instructional, sometimes it'll hopefully be inspirational, and sometimes it'll be editorial. But it'll always be about making art or the business of art. So here we go.....I've been fulltime in the art biz now for about four years and I'm continually baffled by th... [More]
May
12
2010

On Being an Artist by Valerie (Valry) Drake

My thoughts have been wandering on the subject of being an artist. The idea of calling myself an "artist" is difficult. The majority of my income is derived from my day job. So what qualifies me to claim this title? Or am I being overly ostentatious? Am I an artist solely because I produce art? Possibly it has more to do with the fact that I consistently produce art. I practice. There is seldom a week that I do not produce some art. If I go more than a couple of days without drawing or painting then I start to dream of paintbrushes and the texture of paint, the feel of the paintbrush sweeping across canvas, the smell of oil paint, and intens... [More]
May
12
2010

Art as a Matter of Survival by Cheryl Whitestone

I have been a professional artist for twenty something years. I started painting when I was 10 years old and continued playing in all the 2 dimensional mediums I could get my hands on as a child with no money. My Mom was an artist so I was exposed to her art supplies and her artist friends who also tutored me. I learned sumi painting at 11, watercolors, oils, sketching and everything else, as I tagged along with my mother and her friends. I even went with Mom to do fill-in work on her murals in California, at age 11. I am old now and still work in every art medium I can get my hands on. Nothing has changed, I guess, except I have more of a ... [More]

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