Still Life Painting with Pansies

 

"Still Life with Pansies", Craig Shillam, 12" x 16", oil/canvas

Still Life with Pansies”, Craig Shillam, 12″ x 16″, oil/canvas

 

If you would have asked me three years ago if I would ever paint a still life painting with pansies as the subject matter, I would have told you that you have been inhaling way to many paint fumes. Thanks for not asking me back then. But the real catalyst for this particular still life painting was not flowers. The reason for this painting is none other than my mother. It was her birthday, and I had not made or painted anything for her in a long, long time. It was time to change that, and she likes pansies.

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Patriotic Art & The Protester…Happy 4th of July

 

Remembrance of 9-11, Leoma Lovegrove, On Display at the Southwest Florida International Airport

Remembrance of 9-11, Leoma Lovegrove, On Display at the Southwest Florida International Airport

 

 

Do patriotic art and the protester have anything in common? Yes indeed. That doesn’t mean they are friends however. A patriot can be a protester, a protester can be a patriot, and they can both be woefully uninformed. An artist can be all of these just like anybody else. I just wanted to celebrate the fourth of July with you by presenting some patriotic art and  some protest art because they are both interesting and both have their place…

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Check Out This Video on Pricing Your Art

I watched this video about selling art entitled “Pricing Your Artwork to Sell” by Jason Horejs and Barney Davey and thought I would share it here. Mr. Horejs is the owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Davey is the publishers of ArtPrintIssues.com.

 

 

If the video window is not showing, here is the link:  http://youtu.be/IONhi5I9Jvg

 

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If You’re In A Rut, Start Drawing

Market Man - Sketchbook Drawing, pencil, 2013

Market Man – Sketchbook Drawing, Craig Shillam, pencil, 2013

 

Drawing can be the cure when the chaos of life comes knocking at your door. You know what I’m talking about. Those times when life happens to you while you’re busy making your own to do list. Good intentions can morph into lost causes if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you, but getting back to drawing for just my own personal pleasure and/or practice is good mojo for me…

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Maximize Each Piece of Art You Create

Are you getting the most from that new piece of art you just created? After all, you’ve prepared, thought, created and completed something that is unique to you.  What now? A gallery, website, or what? Whatever it is, don’t just let that new piece of art sit there, make the most of it. When you are ready, let that piece of art go to work for you not only know, but into the future too.  Below are several ways that can help you maximize your art so it can be seen and sold…

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Art Marketing – Hunting or Fishing, What is the Difference?

This guest post was authored by Art Collector, Art Supporter and Marketer extraordinaire, Dean Cameron. I think you’ll find it useful…

For starters, EVERYBODY who has something to sell, even art, wants to make the sale. When a sale is made it is exciting and validates you, your art, and what you have to offer.  It may or may not be our sole source of income, and maybe it is just to cover expenses, but everybody wants to complete the sale.

Herein lies the great dilemma.  If I had a dollar for every time I have heard “I am not a salesman” I would not be writing this article.  I would be in some tropical location with my feet up and a suntan. The truth is that we are all salespeople. Now before you get defensive and claim you are not like that guy on the phone who won’t hang up or the person who tried to sell you the vacuum cleaner or used car, let me explain…

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Art Prints – Canvas or Paper, Does Any Body Care?

"Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store" Colored Pencil/Gouache

“Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store” Colored Pencil/Gouache, 16 3/4″ x 26 1/2″

 

Do people really care what material your fine art prints are produced on? All this talk over the last few years about “limited edition giclee′ fine art prints” and how these prints look like the original and will last for a long time, etc. I do like them personally. I have produced several prints and they have turned out to be quite successful for me. However, recently I was having a long conversation with a gallery owner about producing some prints of my work, and she  told me nobody cares if the art prints are on canvas or paper….

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Marketing – A Quick Social Media Reminder for Creative People

Social Media Marketing? I just want to share my art work and see if somebody likes it or not. Maybe somebody might want some art to hang in their home or office. Imagine that. As you know there are a few choices out there at the social media carnival, and its way to easy to get distracted. You start out with a plan and good intentions, and before you know it, it’s two in the morning and you’re trying to figure out if you have accomplished anything or not. I found myself getting a little sideways in all of this, so I had to visualize something to help me keep focused…

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Personal Success – Six Steps to Get What You Want

What Do You Want?  CashArtBlog

Personal Success – What Do You Want? CashArtBlog

 

Whether it’s success in art, business, relationships, athletics or horse shoes, one of the most basic things you need to do is decide what you want. What do you want? Ask yourself that one question over and over again until you get an honest answer. For some people it will be easy. Others are going to struggle because they are either not sure what they want, or they want the moon  served to them on a silver platter in about thirty seconds…

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Another Still Life Painting, Another Gumball Machine

 

Sometimes you just can’t get enough, even when it comes to still life painting. Having recently completed still life painting of an old gumball machine, I decided to paint another. I admit to having a certain affection for these older machines. They are fun, interesting, and embody a certain amount of Americana. This new still life painting is to be a compliment to and part of a set with the previous yellow gumball machine painting…

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