Congratulations to Dinah Langsjoen, our August Artist of the Month

When I was younger, which seems an odd thing to say for a 24 year old, I always said I was going to be an artist because I simply loved to create. It’s a beautiful and honest answer, but I’ve since realized that for

me there is more to it. When I am lost sleeve deep in paint for hours upon hours of creating, I realize that I am an artist because of being able to escape into my own blissful world. Art becomes a practice on happiness and fulfillment, where I am in charge of each stroke and each held in breath to stabilize my hand. I am able to choose the level of focus that each painting deserves, and thus each painting gets to show me how much I’ve grown. I give to Art, but Art reciprocates kindly.

Recently I have started to discover my abilities through abstract. I remember a particular painting that was going to be for a friend of mine. She told me what colors she was interested in, but allowed no more input. I was so nervous about doing this, about not being able to satisfy what she was looking for, so I asked her about what was going on in her life. She gushed about a new man in her life and how happy he was making her. I channeled that energy and excitement into my painting and tried to think solely on her happiness and how thrilled she was about him. I sometimes feel like a sponge who soaks up the emotions of my patrons and then twists them out on canvas. It’s beautiful, really, to be able to be so conscientious of someone’s life and to produce something that rings so true to them. When I am creating for others, I lose myself by empathizing with my paints. I envision my paintings to be an embrace between me and my patron, a moment locked in color and swirl that sings to the both of us about being understood visually. These creations are my brains way of telling my hands that this is what it FEELS like to see an emotion, a story in oil or acrylic that captures those thoughts and feelings that can’t be expressed through words.

I value all who create and cannot deny the desire to explore my skills within the realm of hyperrealism, impressionism, et al! My schooling at UW-Madison left me with a degree in Art History and has shown me that everything can be beautiful, unique and appreciated. I wish to encourage others with the Creativity Bug to explore daily, and not be discouraged by age, technical skill, nor experience! Emerge!




















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Gearing up for Back to School

Art Supplies 101

It's almost that time of year again: time to go back to school or university, to get back into the rhythm of classes and coursework and learning. And if you're taking or teaching art classes this semester, it's almost time to stock up on all your art supplies: paints, papers, pencils, books, bags, brushes and more! What items are on your class list? Tell us in the comments below!

Here at Jerry's, we're getting ready for Back to School as well! We're collecting all the best art supplies for any type of class, so you can find everything you need in time for the first day of school. Here are a few of the most popular materials in various mediums:




Kids’ Art:

...and so much more!

We want to know! What classes are you taking or teaching this semester, at which school? Email your art class supply lists to so we can be sure to stock everything you need for the upcoming school year!

And teachers, remember you can set up a convenient Teacher’s Cart so your students can find everything they need for your class with one click.

Make sure you start this school year off right by stocking up on all the supplies you need for your art classes right here at Jerry's Artarama!

Let us know in the comments below which art supplies you'll be needing this upcoming school semester!



Discover LUKAS Paints

Legendary Quality Paints, High Performance, Great Prices!

Many of you are probably already familiar with German-made LUKAS paints: with a history spanning back almost 150 years, LUKAS has consistently produced high quality, artist grade paints of the finest caliber — and has a dedicated following to prove it!

If, however, you have never had the LUKAS painting experience, now is the best time to try out these beautiful colors. Until August 31, 2011, you can Discover LUKAS at amazing super sale prices of up to 65% off list! In addition, certain LUKAS paint purchases qualify to receive fantastic free gifts, but only while supplies last.

A bit of background:

LUKAS Artists’ Colors was founded In Düsseldorf, Germany in 1862, by Dr. Franz Schoenfeld. Focusing initially on their flagship moist watercolor line, as well as superior quality pre-mixed oil paints, it did not take long for LUKAS to gain an excellent reputation as a true artists’ resource. Even Vincent van Gogh used and admired LUKAS oils, and wrote to his brother Theo:

"I have ordered colors from Schoenfeld [LUKAS] in Düsseldorf, as there were some colors which I couldn't get here...the picture with the potato eaters is not good in some details...I should have had a better result with the mineral blue that I have now [from LUKAS], instead of the old one."

In 1964, LUKAS combined their century of experience with modern innovative techniques to produce Europe’s first line of acrylic paints: LUKAScryl. As with their oils and watercolors, the newer LUKAS acrylics use only the finest pigments and highest quality binder. In addition, all LUKAS paints rate extremely high on the Blue Wool Scale of light fastness: every color rates between a 6 to an 8, meaning they are very permanent and will stand the test of time. Many colors (over half of many LUKAS paint lines) are single-pigment shades as well, meaning you can achieve clean and beautiful color mixes, without worrying about muddiness.

Along with master quality, professional quality, and student grade oil, acrylics and watercolor paints, LUKAS also produces fine artists’ pigments, painting mediums, and mixing accessories for a truly complete painting experience.

Today, LUKAS is making a big splash amongst artists stateside! Jerry’s Artarama is proud to be the exclusive United States distributor of this exquisite line of European artists' paints, and our customers seem very pleased with it as well!



Some customer reviews of LUKAS products:

  • "I use LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors, which I find to be pure, alive, and beautiful. They are concentrated, intense, mix well, and still maintain a nice luminosity. The LUKAS company seems to be very sincere about making quality products. I highly recommend using LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors."
  • "I love working with the rich hues available in the LUKAS watercolors. I like to paint images using bold tones and the LUKAS watercolors give me the beautiful impact that I strive for. Great product for the money."
  • "I recently completed a painting with LUKAS Pastos Acrylics… This is the first time I have felt like I was using high quality, high pigment oil paint. The texture, strength, and ease of use right out of the tube enabled me to apply the paint without adding any water."

See what professional artist Mike Rooney has to say about LUKAS 1862 and Studio Oil Colors:

No matter your preferred painting medium, you will find a LUKAS color that is perfect for you! Already a fan? Stock up on your favorites during the Discover LUKAS super sale! Unfamiliar with the brand? Try it out now at unbelievable savings! But hurry, these great deals are only available until August 31st!

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