In the history of art, specifically the mid-sixteenth century, artists had a different place in the community than they do today. For sure they still had to rely on their abilities and performance of duties as today but it was an assumption that they would join with a ruler or patron in the same spirit as a secretary or chaplain would join the wealthy's household. It was part of a noble's obligations and responsibility to provide for the artist. The powerful patrons would give financial aid, commissions, introductions, surroundings and supplies. •
This week for The 10 Steps of an Emerging Art Collector we are going to explore a new form of patronage -
Adopt an Artist
Though there are still patrons in the old sense of the word we are going to look at it with a new view. You have looked through much art, subscribed to an art magazine, bookmarked some websites and have picked one or two genres to focus on. You have come across many artists. Now is the time to -
1 Pick An Artist
Out of the many online galleries and artist's websites you have visited pick one artist that you particularly enjoy. If you have a local artist that you would like to support this would also work. Or maybe there is an emerging artist that you know that you could give aid to. The intent is to practice patronage either virtually or locally.
2 Research the Artist
Read the information the artist has on their website - bio, resume, awards, work experiences, artist statement, publications, collections, galleries, who they studied with, organizations they're members of - to become more familiar with the artist and their outlook. You want to make sure it's a match that you can maintain long term.
3 Subscribe to the Artist
Sign up for notification on their website. They may also have a blog that gives up to date information that you can subscribe to. Watch how their work progresses. Make comments on their blog and develop a supportive relationship with them.
4 Introduce the Artist
Introduce "your" artist to other's. Send their link along in an email to have friends view the artist's work and maybe subscribe to the site as well. Also, send their link along to those who you think might be interested in purchasing some of their work.
5 Interact with the Artist
Some artists get involved in other projects or charities. See how the artist asks for help and get involved. If the artist is local you could arrange an Art Speak Event. Invite the artist to come speak to a group of interested art lovers about their art or anything art related.
6 Record Artist in Art Journal
Don't forget to use your art journal to record what you find interesting about this artist's personality and paintings and how you'd like to patronage them. What makes this artist unique to you. Also, look to see if the artist has a self portrait. Study it for inspiration then do a self portrait in your book.
Date Night Idea: Since we're talking about the uniqueness of the individual how about an evening out at a local outdoor cafe, taking your sketchbook(s) and doing portraits of each other. Here is a website Poets and Artists Self Portrait Issue for inspiration.
Winners of the Drawing Farm Fresh
Thanks for signing up for the drawing. I hate to assume people want to have a print of one of my paintings so that's why I ask for the sign up. I wish that I could give one away to everyone but the winners of the drawing are Eric Woodward, Tricia P. and Sarah Jensen. I'll mail/deliver them soon. Hope you enjoy them.
Art & Interiors is about taking art and building a room around it. Furniture, paint, counter tops and accessories. Usually designers build the other way around - room then artwork. Not me. I think the art speaks louder than its other parts. I have a lot of fun designing with the specific artwork(s) in mind.
I did a room with Melissa Peck's artwork and today I am featuring mine. I wanted to do mine to see how it would look in a room setting. Now I just have to find a room to do this in.
If you have artwork that you want to send me images of I will add it to my list and design a room around it. Maybe it will give you ideas you can use.
Also, I have two giclee prints (5"x7") of the smaller painting Farm Fresh that I will be giving out. I know that there are only 9 of you following (my family) this blog but if you add your name below I'll do a drawing (from the names) next Friday.
It was an exciting end to the workshops - A Youth Art Exhibition. The kids did great and got the experience of
personal art making to the culmination of public art sharing.
Some of the youth even made sales on their artwork.
Through the last 4 weeks of The 10 Steps of an Emerging Art Collector your art education has been below the surface. This week your art interests are breaking ground and your personal preferences are going to see the light of day. The focus will be
Assign an Area of Art Interest
You are going to assign yourself an area of art that interests you. There is so much wonderful artwork out there that your art advancement can suffer from over crowding. Interest could end up all over the place without any coherency. Assigning an Area of Art Interest will -
This section is to help you recognize what you are drawn to. This is all about you. It doesn't matter what anyone else likes or if anyone likes your inclinations, it is about what you like. You do not need permission to have your own point of view about art. If you thought you did you are free from that idea.
Answer these questions in your Art Journal.
Answering these questions will start to point you in your preferred genre.
Hopefully, you have written notes in your Art Journal during the early process. Your ideas, impressions and inclinations about the art you have viewed over the last 4 weeks. Go through your Journal and find art styles that repeatedly drew your attention.
Also check your internet bookmarks (from step 2 - Appreciate Art) for the types and styles of work that you saved. Note the genres.
Review of your art journal and answering the questionnaire will help you pick 1 or 2 genres that you will concentrate on over the remaining weeks. You don't have to stay with one genre forever. It is a starting point for your emerging art collecting.Here is a link to a more in depth definition of Genres.
Just a short list of possible genres (to add to the one under the Genre definition post) - figurative, still life, portrait, realism, fantasy, folk art, marine, military, indian, western, religious, symbolism, conceptual, pop art, victorian, rococo, modern, graffiti, impressionism, landscape, etc.
Here is a genre distinguished by content - cups. It makes for an interesting, yet focused, collection. Click on an image and you'll be taken to that artist's website.
Now from exploring the above suggestions pick 1-2 genres you'll be focusing on. Post them for us.
Date Night Idea: Invite some friends (maybe your Art Allies) to go to a diner and get a cup of hot chocolate and discuss what Area of Art Interest you are going to assign yourself.
Art Speak - Define: Genre
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A distinct kind or type of artwork
A similar feature creating a unifying category
A particular class of artistic pursuit by one or more artists
Groupings can be divided by
form, content, technique, style, geographic, time
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These are just some of the art genres to give you an idea.
We've seen those time lapse videos of plants growing from seed, seedling, to full grown plant in a matter of seconds. It's a fascinating peek into a slow process. Reality is that a plant takes time to grow. It also needs the cooperation of all the elements at play. Every member - seed, soil, sun, water - doing its part.
Up until now, you've been the sole supporter of your seedling efforts of art exploration. The next step of The 10 Steps of an Emerging Art Collector is -
Acquire Art Allies
This week requires the involvement of others. Art Allies. People who will help tend your art ambitions. There are reasons why other's contributions will increase your intentions and be of benefit to them as well -
There are a few ways (and probably more) to do this. The basic pattern is
Have a Art Tweet Tuesday that involves tweeting the link of some art related event, article, or image. Short and tweet.
Here's another -
Something like a What-do-you-think-about-it Wednesday lunch bunch. This could be virtually or an actual lunch visit. Have everyone get 2-3 art images of styles they like. Tell who the artist is and why they like it. Summed up.
Yet another -
Do a Blog Swap Saturday email exchange. Everyone can find 1-2 blogs (or websites) that have to do with an artist or art and pass it along to the group. Simple.
I've even tried to make it a little easier for you by including text for the invite.
I'm on a quest for my inner art muse (or geek, freak, heart, smarts, etc.) As in collecting art. And I would be pleased if you joined me and a few others on this exciting art adventure. Here is what it would entail - (insert your plan) Let me know if you have any latent art ambitions that can become part of our group.
Write it down -
Date Night Idea- Invite friends over for French bread, fruit and cheese. They bring cheese and an art book they are intrigued by. Share talking about the artists and art. And the food.
Tweet me what your group of art addicts are up to @studiogal
BlogHer Art Auction & My Art
I am participating in the BlogHer 2010 Art Auction as a contributing artist. Each artist was given a blog post from
one of the finalists of the Voices of the Year. I was given
Jessica Bern of BernThis.com's
blog post as the inspiration for the artwork.
(The painting will be auctioned off
- in a couple of weeks online -
to raise money for the Gulf Area.)
Here is a part of the post I was assigned.
"I wish there was a “Biggest Loser” for bloggers.
I would love to have Jillian and Bob
hanging around my house day after day yelling at me:
...WRITE!!! DO YOU WANT TO SUCCEED?!! DO YOU?!!! THIS ISN’T A GAME, THIS IS YOUR LIFE!!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!!!
Every day, I’d go and get “weighed” in except I wouldn’t be judged by the pounds lossed but by my number of page views and how many people retweeted me on a daily basis."
There were several considerations I have when doing a project like this.
First, the art composition has to connect with the content (Jessica's blog) while still being able to connect with others (art collectors.)
Then, the art has to be in the same vein as the article. This was interesting for me because Jessica is a humor blogger. I am not a humor painter. So it was a challenge. You can't force funny, it just doesn't work. And to force a funny painting is even tricker, especially so on your first time. So I didn't go there. Instead I went for playful, along the same line as funny.
And finally, I wanted to add my own genre to the artwork, which stories, symbols or secrets. Jessica supplied the story.
And here is some of the symbolism -
Let's start with Jessica herself. I didn't want to be too literal while including her but I definitely wanted to have her in there. So I went with her name as she does in her blog - Bern This. There is a match and the burned edge of the paper. She also uses bread on her website as her logomark so the burned edge of the paper is a bread shape.
Then there's Jillian and Bob from The Biggest Losers. I used plumb bob's to represent them - weighted, finding center, 'bob". Also, in the post there is reference to their personalities. For Jillian, Jessica wrote that she would "look me deep in the eyes and whisper in her therapy voice..." representing a calming influence. Which led me to leave her in a calm, motionless position. And she writes for Bob, "...he tends to express himself better physically..." so it made sense to me to put him in motion.
There are the numbers for the weight that goes down and the page views and retweets that go up. The numbers are all under 365 (except the year 2010) to represent the days of the year. The idea being that there needs to be a consistent, even daily, effort to writing or working on any goal. And the white numbers being the potential of the writing days ahead.
And the magnetic, refrigerator numbers and checkerboard pattern representing the playful, game-like, fun nature of humor writing about life.
There are other little things but the real secrets to this painting are the ones other's will 'read' into it and the view that they'll disclose.
Feel free to share your secrets about the painting.
Update: Watch for the speed video of this painting coming soon.
Last week was Appreciate Art. It was pretty intense art viewing week but gave a good idea of many different styles and subject matter. To help you continue to be art aware throughout The 10 Steps of an Emerging Art Collector here are a couple of iPhone apps of artists to add to your growing interests.
Allocate Art Funds
We're not ready to go out and purchase a painting but it is not too early to start saving for one. Decent small paintings can be found for around $60 - $200 from an emerging or established artist to tens of thousands of dollars for a high demand artist. Assuming that you will start out small plan to set aside $25 - $45 every couple of weeks. I bring this up now so that you will have funds in a couple of months to buy a painting - to actually make your first purchase as an emerging art collector.
To give you an idea of what you're saving for here are a few links to painters whose prices are on the lower side for their small paintings.
Daily Painters - Over 50 artists (not all are great but many are)
Examples of Paintings I'd Purchase
I am choosing paintings out of the Daily Painters blog for Aug 5 and other artists to show you an example of what you can expect on a small budget. These are paintings I would actually bid on.
The bid for the one below, Abbey Ryan's Watermelon Slice, is $99 on ebay and is an auction forum.
This is artist Justin Clayton's Orange with Bowl and the bidding started at $1 (yes, that's one dollar) and ended up on ebay's auction selling for $100.
This painting by Jacqueline Gnott's Peony Family bidding starts at $99.
Carol Marine is another artist that does smaller paintings. This one Side Dish sold on ebay for $127.50
Not all paintings are auction style. Here is Duane Keiser who is doing a series of 1000 small paintings (3" x 2.5" Oddments) @ $150 each.
My Daughter's First Purchases
My daughter, Leila, made her debut as an emerging art collector on small painting purchases. Here are a couple of paintings by Andres Ortega that she bought online.
Set up and art savings account. Do an automatic withdrawal into a savings account or hide cash in your pillow. However you do it doesn't matter as long as you do it.
Set A Goal
You don't need massive amounts of money but you need some money. You will be excited to purchase your first art so don't hinder yourself by not having the funds to do so. Determine what dollar range you are planning for your first purchase and write it in your art journal.
Set aside a certain amount. You've made a cash commitment now save it on a regular basis. Also, look for ways to add extra money to the fund. Take whatever you are going to spend on coffee, convenience stores, clothes or fast food set aside and watch your art savings grow.
Date Night Idea: Whatever amount of money your were going to spend on a date put that money towards starting your Art Fund. Do a costless date night - go around town, walk and talk together.
I was never a big fan of Dr. Suess. It was just a little 'out there' for me with a tinge of creepy. I know probably the only one in America. Just sharing. But maybe I would have been a convert had I grown up in a room like the one above. I LOVE the bold red and white stripped wall. With just enough Cat in the Hat. Click here for more photos. Feed from PainterMommy
I've done a mural or two. They are very distinct not for those weak on opinion. This one probably has copyright issues but it is in a private home and likely won't ocme to the attention of anyone. But us bloggers.
You just gotta love the contemporary feel of it.
Any mural artsiness on your walls?