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Democracy in Art

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Democracy in Art

I found this interesting video explaining basically how the art community works through the eyes of galleries and others. It highlights just how crazy things can be. It also tries to convey the reason for types of art popularity at any given time. It attempts to answer the question "Is there Democracy in the Art World?".

So what's your opinion? Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time!

Tom

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Life as an artist in the art community

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Life as an artist in the art community

I have been very fortunate this year in having my work accepted into many shows and exhibits as well as appearing in some great Public Relations articles and videos. As previously mentioned, this all takes time away from the canvas. Today was spent running paintings to a show fifty minutes from the studio. I then had to pick up some work and I took the opportunity to check out a new frame shop in the area. By the time I had navigated a number of road detours and got home, the whole process had taken me four hours! Where does the time go? This is all in a days work as an artist and the part that people don't tend to think about.

I spoke about shows and membership in my last blog comments and I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on that subject a little. For me, the most wonderful thing about the shows and joining new groups is meeting people. If you hold the belief that we are all here to help each other whilst enjoying life to the max, then art organizations are the best example of this. Artists share information about everything needed to succeed almost by nature and even strangers are very open to conversations and discussions, artistic or otherwise. The arts are a wonderful experience for anyone and I love to share it with all I can.

Until next time!

Tom

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Why Artists are Exhibitionists

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Why Artists are Exhibitionists

Shows and exhibits are a big part of my efforts this month. Juried shows and exhibits are especially important to enter for anyone wanting to succeed as a professional artist. Of course artist are not required to ever enter a show, however if you want investors in your work to see you as a serious artist it's part of the business. Most artist will tell you that the time it takes to market themselves would be better spent creating their artwork. Unfortunately, most creatives do not have that opportunity. Today marketing has been supersized with the explosion of social media, tweeting, instagraming and Facebook posts galore. Techniques used to market yourself with social media could fill a book. I'm sure there are shelves full of books providing guidance on this at your local book store or library not to mention somewhere online.

For the actual juried shows, the entries are selected and narrowed down to those who will be in the competition. Sometimes just being accepted to a prestigious show is winning. There are many juried shows all over the world. Today with the internet and mass media you are no longer confined to your local area. The shows I entered this year require the artist to supply a good digital photograph or scan of their work which the judges will review and choose who gets into the show. Some shows are actually judged for awards by these photographs supplied so having good scans and photographs of your body of work is critical. Shows and exhibitions also come at an expense to the artist. Entry fees can range anywhere from $10 to $100 a submitted work. Some exhibits allow artist to submit two to three works as well. Whilst other shows may require membership in the organization, which again adds membership fees. This is just the tip of the iceberg with entering shows and exhibits. I'll share more soon.

Until next time!

Tom

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2015 Brings Hope and Exhibitions

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2015 Brings Hope and Exhibitions

Well another month has passed. February brings lots of hope and promise. There are many shows and exhibits coming and I will try to get into as many as possible to get my work into the public eye. I have been accepted into the Artsbridge, 2015 Member’s Show. The opening is tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th from 2pm until 5pm. I will be attending the opening if you would like to come along and meet me in addition to viewing my painting, Chimney Tops from the Port Issac Collection. You can find out more about the exhibition and how long it will be running here from NJ.com. I'll post more on the other exhibits I have entered as I hear back about my entries. As always, I'm a strong believer in the power of social media and the internet to spread the word about my work.

Last week, I completed my modern floral series and have now scanned them all. They are currently being posted up in the shop here. There is a total of six new oil paintings on canvas size 11 inches by 14 inches. Each painting presented a different challenge. I painted each subject just a little different by using different brush strokes, color temperature, and chroma. One lucky aspect of completing this project is the opportunity to exhibit in the Art of the Flower 2015 Philadelphia Sketch Club Exhibition. Their deadline is February 15th.

In other news, I'm not sure which direction I will take this month with painting. I have been taking lots of photographs with the snow we have had recently. I have several large paintings I would like to complete. The Hostas painting is one of them. I also have been working on a statue painting which has some deep hidden secrets within the layers of paint. It's my blue winter piece. I need to get back to just sketching and drawing to keep my hand in it.

Lastly, I wanted to mention how excited I am about the revitalization going on in Bristol Borough. Bill Pezza invited me to visit the recently purchased building on Mill Street for Raising the Bar. This building is part of the work Raising the Bar is doing to bring Bristol to it's rightful glory. The building will serve to expand the opportunities of all the Arts in Bristol and bring the Arts to those otherwise would not be able to enjoy them. Bristol is a great Historic town filled with wonderful and friendly people. It has slowly been revitalized over the last forty years, but the Raising the Bar committee has put that speed into super drive. You can read more on their plans here. I hope to play some small part in this endeavor. I've let them know I'm willing to do whatever I can for the Arts and Bristol.

Until next time!

Tom

 

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