The New Most Expensive Painting by an American is…

 

A new record dollar amount for an American painting was realized on December 4, 2013. The gavel came down at $46 million dollars  during Sotheby’s American Art auction in New York for Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace.” The price does include a buyer’s premium, and the painting was completed in 1951. The previous record for a Rockwell painting was reported by the AP to be $15 million for “Breaking Home Ties”, which was sold at auction in 2006.

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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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10 Reasons To Still Love the Art of Frank Frazetta

"Egyptian Queen", Frank Frazetta, 1969

“Egyptian Queen”, Frank Frazetta, 1969

Like an old friend that comes to visit every few years, I have dug out my old Frank Frazetta books and wiped off the dust. There they are. The warriors, women and creatures born from a creative mind attached to a body with enough skill to make them come alive through paint and brush. The art of Frank Frazetta is still worthy of conversation,  and there is a lot about the artist and the art that is still to be admired…

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Art Marketing – Flootie.com is Up and Running

Art marketing has a new playground and it’s now ready for artists, galleries, dealers and art collectors who want to buy and sell art. Flootie.com ended the beta testing phase and kicked things off with a first class launch party. The concept is solid, the site is fairly simple to navigate, the party was fun, but the most intriguing fact that I want you to get is this…

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Creating Art – Sometimes it’s Roses, Sometimes it’s Weeds

 

Creating Art  - Sometimes its roses and sometimes its weedsCreating Art can be one of the greatest sources of satisfaction life has to offer. It can also cause the exact opposite. When I am creating art, whether it be drawing or painting, or writing for that matter, sometimes it’s a rose, and sometimes it’s a weed and just doesn’t turn out the way I envision it. What about you? Don’t let the weeds you have to walk through stand between you and the scent of a rose…

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QR Code – What is it, and do artists need one?

What is a QR Code and would an artist benefit from having one? Have you seen those things popping up here and there, those crossword puzzle-like looking deals without any numbers on them? They are called a QR Code. QR is short for quick response, and is essentially a different and more exciting way for people to access your website, contact information, or anything else you want to promote.

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Make Compound Interest Work for You

Compound Interest is a powerful thing. Albert Einstein wrote about compounding being the most powerful force in the universe. Benjamin Franklin espoused the virtues of compound interest as the best way he new to become wealthy. People use it every day to their advantage, and you should too. [Read more…]