Thursday, 18 May 2017

Monet in Pourville - collage

I've been studying some of Claude Monets coastal works. I so admire the way Monet takes a simple scene and paints it over and over again depicting different light effects. This is a collage of his paintings looking left from the beach access pathway at Pourville (the blue one somehow flipped itself).

And these are his paintings looking right.

It's obvious that the sweeping view of the beach and headland to the left is the one that caught his attention. However, he did create a popular painting looking to the right. And just look what an amazing job Renoir does in the same location.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Art Battle Kelowna

I have a history of being impulsive, so a few days ago I submitted an application for Art Battle, never thinking I would get in. Lo and behold, I was accepted for the battle taking place on June 16th in Kelowna, B.C. This will either be a great way to test my boundaries, earn some cash and participate in a cool night out, or an absolute disaster!

Art Battle is just that ... a battle between 12 artists in two 20 minute rounds, with the winners of those rounds battling it out for top place. The finished works are auctioned and the artist gets 50% of the proceeds.

Art battles take place around the world. If you would like to enter as an artist, or attend one of these fun events, check out this website.

If you have any idea what I should paint (in 20 minutes), feedback would be much appreciated. I need to pick two things I can paint quickly on approximately 18" x 24" canvas. It should be something that people are inspired to vote and bid on. The last Art Battle I attended the supplied paint was basic colors of very low quality, gloopy paint that all the artists were complaining about, so no fine detail or major mixing possible. You are allowed to bring your own brushes, sponges, palette knives etc. but you can only use their paint. No gel, medium, collage, stencils or anything produced mechanically etc.

These are some of my most popular paintings and I thought I would do something like a couple of them. What do you think?

PS If you are in the Okanagan, please come out and support me. I'll need a few friendly faces around me. Perhaps you can pick up a fab piece of art for a bargain price.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Easy Shipping for Fine Art - Collapsible Canvas

Wow! This product has blown my mind!

I believe that professional artists need to look for creative ways to stay current. One of the growing trends is marketing worldwide, which presents the problem of shipping. Shipping involves a few issues such as bulk, weight and damage.

It will come as no surprise that buyers prefer "ready to hang" artwork, but don't want to pay the exhorbitant shipping rates that come with stretcher canvas. As a professional artist with up to 500 art works to store at any given time, I also don't want to rent expensive storage space for framed and deep wrap canvases. I've found collapsible canvases but they weren't light weight, so it addressed the bulk part of the equation, but not the kilos. Store and ship canvases flat or rolled and most of the weight, bulk and damage problems simply disappear.

I think I may have stumbled on an answer.

As a Canadian artist with most of the suppliers in the USA, we have to pay huge premiums for shipping and duties (free bulk shipping specials never apply to us). As our competitors and most of our buyers are in the USA, we find it very difficult to make even a few dollars profit. Luckily this supplier Spectrum Nasco is in Canada, but I'm sure the canvas can be purchased in other countries. The manufacturer for Quiq Art is in the USA.

With 30 Quiq art canvases taking up only a little more storage space than one deep wrap canvas, I may be able to give up my storage locker and gain more space in my studio. They're also perfect for Kelowna Airport SWAC Gallery, where my customers take their purchase with them on a plane, so I can't wait to order some.

After more investigation it appears that Quiq art are no longer being manufactured under that name, but many suppliers still have stock.

Have you tried these canvases? Please comment.

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by Sea Dean
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