CashArtBlog Art Notes for May 2013

Straight from the CashArtBlog news desk…

  • Artist Mary Maxam announced on her website that her painting “Fair Day” has been accepted into the Oil Painter’s of America Salon show, which will be in June at the Crooked Tree Art Center in Potoskey, Michigan.  Click on this link to read more about Mary Maxam and see some of her work.   You can see the “Fair Day” painting and check out Mary’s website by going here.

 

  • Craig Shillam (that would be me) had two paintings accepted into the 44th Annual Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried Art Show. The juror was none other than artist Stan Miller. The two paintings are pictured below:

 

"Autumn Carnival" Craig Shillam, Oil/canvas, 12" x 16"

“Autumn Carnival” Craig Shillam, Oil/canvas, 12″ x 16″

 

"Roadside Royalty" Craig Shillam, oil/canvas, 16" x 20"

“Roadside Royalty” Craig Shillam, oil/canvas, 16″ x 20″

  • The oil painting  “A Sweet Smile” (shown below) was chosen for the top 15% in the March 2013 Fine Art Studio Online monthly on-line competition. 

"A Sweet Smile" Craig Shillam, oil/canvas, 20" x 16"

“A Sweet Smile” Craig Shillam, oil/canvas, 20″ x 16″

Show your Award Winning Work on CashArtBlog

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  • I am now on twitter. If you are too…let’s connect. catch  me on twitter here: Craig Shillam on twitter. I am kind of new at it so please cut me some slack until I get the hang of it!
  • I am also now on Pinterest. If you are as well, I have some outstanding art boards set up. There are so many remarkable paintings by great artists that I had never seen before. Connect with me and CashArtBlog on Pinterest here: Craig Shillam on Pinterest.

Thank You for Reading CashArtBlog

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A couple of more interesting notes:

"Evening Star" copyright Stephen Lyman

“Evening Star” copyright Stephen Lyman

The Coeur d’Alene Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is having another Stephen Lyman exhibit to coincide with their grand reopening on May, 10th. I attended the last Lyman show at this gallery in their old location and you can read about the exhibit here. There will be originals and limited edition giclee’s featured at the show.

 

The stock market has had a great start to the new year, but hasn’t had a positive May since 2009. Just sayin’…

 

 

 

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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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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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The One Thing You Need Besides Artistic Talent Is…

"Talent and Work Ethic" CashArtBlog

Talent and Work Ethic” CashArtBlog

The world is full of people with talent. Talent in all walks of life. Artists, writers, musicians, singers, designers, etc. If you have many years under your belt at all, you’ve heard the “he’s so talented” or “she can draw anything” descriptions countless times about many different people. I am sure you have known many people who have a lot of talent in one area or another, but were missing a key ingredient that could have helped them develop that talent into something special. That missing ingredient is usually a good old-fashioned work ethic…

 

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A Rock n’ Road Trip to a Bruce Springsteen Concert

Bruce Springsteen

Along I-84 near Arlington, Oregon and the Columbia River

 

A road trip to a Bruce Springsteen concert. I should just stop right there, because you could fill in the rest with your own experience or imagination. But I won’t. How about a father-daughter, 360-mile trip from Spokane, Washington; down along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to see the Boss and the E Street Band at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon? How about having a little fun by sticking custom-made decals at various landmarks all along the way? If this sounds remotely interesting, read on my friend…

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Still Life Painting With An Old Gumball Machine

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“Sugar and Vice – Detail” Craig Shillam

An older Carousel gumball machine was a great model for this particular still life painting. It didn’t move, wither, complain, smell, or take a break. It didn’t even ask for money, although I couldn’t help but notice the coin slot every time I laid eyes on this yellow beauty.

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Still Life Painting with Fresh Peppers

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“Still Life with Peppers” Craig Shillam, 11″ x 14″, oil/canvas

One of the best parts about “still life painting with fresh peppers” was actually going to a local market and examining all the possibilities in the produce department. When it came down to setting up the actual still life, the peppers were really cooperative models in the process. This painting had a particular purpose, and that purpose was to be part of an auction for the local art association…

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Patriotic Art for the 4th of July

 

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“USS Constitution HMS Guerrierre” Artist Unknown

How about a little patriotic art for the 4th of July? Independence Day in America is a celebration, and should be  a lot more than an appliance sale, a used car deal, or a special on a big screen TV. So before you fire up the barbecue and pop open a cold one, how about checking out some patriotic art

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Art Smart – Under Promise & Over Deliver

Part of being a little art smart is knowing what you can’t do. Most of us end up learning this the hard way; or never learning it all. Making a promise that you can’t keep is no way to build a relationship, a business, or an art career. Start now to know what can do, what you can’t do, and what you won’t do. When you learn to under promise, and then back it up with an over deliver, the stress level in your professional life drops off a cliff. The sooner you do this on a regular basis the better off you will be…

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A Landscape Painting of The Lone Cypress

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“The Lone Cypress”, Craig Shillam, Oil/Canvas, 12″ x 16″

A Landscape Painting Featuring The Lone Cypress

Why paint a landscape painting of The Lone Cypress? After all it is probably the most photographed tree in the world, and almost everybody has seen it before.  So why do it then? I painted this particular subject for three reasons…

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