July Artist of the Month - HM Craig

My name is HMCraig, and I currently live in the Boston area. My life has taken me to many places, on many adventures in the US and in Europe.

My work focuses on light and color. My subjects are often flowers and glass. Flowers provide me with limitless opportunities to play with form and color. Glass lets me explore reflection and refraction of light.  The large format of my paintings and the closely cropped compositions enable me to have the viewer thrust into something I find small and beautiful. I hope the viewer sees the same beauty as I did.

Additionally, my paintings serve as therapy. I sustained a mild Traumatic Brain Injury in 2009. I was training for a Half-Ironman Triathlon. After the injury, I couldn't run or ride (which I loved doing). So, I focused on painting which has been a good thing. My injury has changed my art in different ways. My colors are more saturated.  My brushwork is looser. I am less inhibited with my subjects.

 I get inspired every day by beautiful things, whether they are large or small. It's good to see something you find beautiful or fascinating every day, it keeps us grounded and in wonder.





  With Grace                                                Turquoise Smokey Butterfly

  Peace in My Home - Golden Apples and Parrot        Ready to Begin

  Opportunities                                                          Clementines and Blue

 Lillies and Light


  With Grace


Celebrating American Artists this 4th of July

Inspiring American paintings for Independence Day!

This 4th of July weekend, why not brush up on your American art history?  Many great artists -- and art movements -- were born and worked right here in the USA, inspiring generations of artists after them.  From sculptors and photographers to filmmakers, performance artists, printmakers and more,  America has been melting pot not only for nationalities, but for artistic styles as well.  Over the past 235 years, America has borne thousands of talented artists, more than we could possibly name here.

Here are just a very few of our country's most beloved painters!

...feeling inspired? Why not create your own American masterpiece painting this Independence Day? Stock up on all your favorite art supplies at Jerry's Artarama Fourth of July Super Sale, this weekend only!


Summer Plein Air Painting

Bring art outside this summer by painting plein air!

Summer is here! Time for pool parties, barbecues, trips to the beach or mountains — or maybe somewhere even more exciting! Why not record your memories of these happy summer days not with a snapshot, but with a painting? Pack up all your art supplies and head to the great outdoors!

Painting en plein air (French for "in the open air") truly gained in popularity in the mid-to-late 1800’s, coinciding with the development of some of our favorite art supplies today, including French easels, easel accessories, and pre-mixed oil or watercolor paints available in tubes (previously artists ground their own pigments to mix paints from scratch — not a very convenient practice outdoors!).

The Impressionist artists were especially enamored of plein air painting: reflecting the mutable, changing effects of light over a landscape was the epitome of achievement for many artists like Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro. Don’t be intimidated — you too can capture a moment en plein air in any medium you wish: watercolors, acrylics, oils, even pencil and pastel!

Watch plein air painter Mike Rooney explain some handy tips and tricks for painting outdoors!

Some great supplies for plein air painting:

So whether you’re taking a trip or enjoying a "staycation," whip out those paints and brushes and capture this summer’s best moments by painting en plein air!

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