Reprinted with Permission by Artwork Archive - Business of art expert Barney Davey maintains that there are four times as many interior designers as art galleries in the U.S. The interior design market is vast and the need for new art is endless. What’s more, when interior designers find the artwork they’re looking for, they don’t mind if you lack years of experience or training. They can also become repeat buyers if your style meshes well with their design aesthetic.

So how do you break into this market, sell your art to interior designers, and increase exposure? Get started with our six steps to add interior designers to your art buyer repertoire, and add to your overall art business income.

STEP 1: Keep Up with the Design Trends

Pay attention to the colors and patterns that are trending in the design world. For instance, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, which means that everything from bedding and paint to carpets and sofas has followed suit. Designers often look for artwork that complements but does not match the interior design trends. Knowing this, you can create art that works well with the current styles. No word on what 2018’s color of the year will be. Stay tuned!

STEP 2: Build Up Your Body of Work

You never know exactly what an interior designer is looking for or how many pieces he or she may need to purchase. It’s always sensible to have a wide array of pieces for an interior designer to choose from. Also according to designer James Saavedra, reasonably-priced, large works (36″ x 48″ and up) are hard to find and often in the greatest demand.

If you have a technique or process that allows you to sell large works at lower prices and still make a good profit, use this to your advantage. If not, consider showing designers smaller pieces that create a statement when hung together.

STEP 3: Go Where the Interior Designers Go

You can find interior designers via the American Society of Interior Designers, by joining the ASID Industry Partners LinkedIn group, or simply by googling interior designers in your area. You can also sign up for Houzz.com– check out Marie Kazalia’s post to learn more. Interior designers often flock to studio tours, art shows, and gallery openings when they’re in the market for a new piece. These are great places to make connections.

STEP 4: Check if Your Work Is a Good Fit

Research interior designers and their style before reaching out. You want to make sure you find a designer whose work is in sync with your own. Look at their websites to see if they focus on modern minimalism, a monochromatic look, classic elegance, or bold colors. And, be sure to hone in specifically on the art they choose to showcase in their portfolios. Do they only use photographs of sweeping landscapes or bold abstract paintings? You want to make sure your art will complement their designs.

STEP 5: Use Social Media to Your Advantage

Social media is quickly becoming the new place to discover art online— especially Instagram —and you can be sure that interior designers are keeping up with this trend. Todd McPhetridge revealed—in his guest post on Lori McNee’s blog—that interior designer Patrick J. Hamilton discovered artist Nicolas Guerrero because Nicolas friended him on Facebook.

So, post-striking work on your channels and follow interior designers who you want to work with. The more interesting and unusual the work, the more attention it will draw. For instance, if you usually create square works, test out a circular work instead. If you’ve worked with an interior designer, ask if you can share a photo of your artwork within their design.

NOTE: Make sure you’re on Artwork Archive’s Discovery so you can increase your exposure and sell more artwork. Learn more here.

STEP 6: Reach Out to Interior Designers

Interior designers’ work is very much intertwined with that of fine artists’. Many can’t complete their projects without the perfect artwork, so don’t be afraid to reach out. If you’ve done your homework, your art might be just what they’re looking for.

Once you’ve honed in on which designers you want to work with, send them a few digital portfolio pages and direct them to your website or Artwork Archive Public Profile Page. Or, give them a call and ask if they’re in need of some artwork. You can offer to stop by their office and show them art you think they’d like.

Put These Steps into Action and Reap the Benefits

Interior designers are an excellent way to increase exposure and supplement your income as you sell art online and work to achieve—or achieve more—gallery representation. Word of your art will spread when people see your work in the homes of their friends and family, and when designers see their colleagues’ portfolios.

However, remember that while the interior design market is immense, clients' tastes and desires can be mercurial at best. It is important to use selling to interior designers as another way to increase your income and grow your audience, instead of making it your sole business strategy.  

Need more tips on selling your artwork to interior designers? Check out Barney Davey and Dick Harrison’s book How to Sell Art to Interior Designers: Learn New Ways to Get Your Work into the Interior Design Market and Sell More Art. The Kindle version—which you can read on your internet browser—is currently only $9.99 on Amazon.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Maureen Ravnik has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Maureen is an award-winning artist based in Colorado, USA. Maureen was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 21st Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Maureen’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Maureen’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Maureen Ravnik was born and raised in Minnesota.  After attending college in Colorado, she stayed and never looked back.  Working and traveling opened her eyes to the wonders of the American west and reawakened childhood tendencies to creatively document her discoveries.  She began making images of the American west in hopes of preserving the history, the culture, and the dreams that shaped the west. Today, Maureen’s time is spent outdoors taking in and capturing the scenery, wildlife, and exploring other methods for interpreting and sharing what she sees and experiences along the way.

Maureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national and international juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, Colorado, and many images selected as editor picks on National Geographic and for publication. Her work has been the subject of several newspapers. She has co-authored 2 books that document the history, beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country.  Maureen has also served as a juror for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Colorado.

Maureen’s goal is to continually look for new ways to challenge herself and express what she feels. That is what inspires her to never reject possibilities in subject matter.

Artist Statement

My techniques are largely self-taught. I am deeply inspired by Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe. My greatest reward comes from developing composites. My work is delivered in an array of styles that arc between passionately abstract and doggedly figurative.

Maureen’s website is www.maureenravnik.crevado.com.

The gallery’s competition for July 2022 was the 12th Annual “Seascapes” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s August 2022 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Seascapes” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art. The submission process and competition for the artists began in June 2022 and concluded on July 27, 2022.

The gallery received 556 entries from 20 different countries from around the world, as well as from 28 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into two media categories.  Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital categories.  Due to a limited number of 3 Dimensional entries, these artworks have been included in the Painting & Other Media category. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the twelve (12) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 2022. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Seascapes” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Top 12 Winning Artists & Artworks

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Please go to the results of the Seascapes Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category to read about each of these artists.

Top 20 Painting & Other Media Winning Artists & Artworks

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To see all the Painting & Other Media artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Seascapes Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Top 20 Photography & Digital Winning Artists & Artworks

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To see all the Photography & Digital artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Seascapes Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

Special Merit Award Category

In order to streamline our exhibitions, make them simpler to navigate and give artists fewer pages to visit, the Special Merit Category is being merged into the Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital Category pages.

 

Every month we receive many “untitled” artworks for our online art competitions.  Because of this, we suggest that artists title all of their artworks.  Titles provide a judge with a better understanding of what the artist wanted me to see and feel. 

When artists titles their artwork, the title also helps the viewer distinguish that particular piece of art from all other pieces of artwork.

There are additional reasons for titling an artwork.  Here are a few of them:

  • A title provides an art judge or an art jury with a deeper insight into that piece of art. This also holds true for galleries and art buyers.
  • A title guides and provides a hint to the viewer about what the artist was thinking when the work was created. An untitled piece leaves the viewer with only their own interpretation (which may be totally wrong).
  • A title will help your art to be discovered when someone searches online for art. For SEO (search engine optimization) purposes, you should also have a description of the art since search engines cannot “see” the art. They only recognize descriptive words.

Here are a few helpful tips when titling your art:

  • If you cannot come up with a title for a certain piece of art, have a friend or family member help you to decide. They will look at the art differently than you, its creator.  They can provide you with ideas and help to stimulate your imagination for naming your art.
  • For cataloging and sales purposes (unless it is numbered as part of an edition), when titling a piece of art remember that it is a “forever” name and it should not be changed for the purposes stated above. Art buyers and collectors want to know that this art is unique and a distinctive title for each piece will help confirm that.
  • If you are not sure about the title, look for inspiration in titles from songs, poems, famous artists, colors etc.
  • Keep your titles short and to the point. Use a thesaurus to find synonyms.
  • Finally, if none of these ideas help you create a title, try an online title generator to get ideas about the title for your art. They ask for keywords (describing the art) and then provide you with possible combinations of titles. Search for the term Online Title Generator to find these sites.

Some artists title their art after the piece is completed and others title their art prior to creating it.  In the end, it really does not matter.  Have fun with this procedure on your own or try involving family, friends or other artists in the title making process. 

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 12th Annual “Landscapes” Online Art Competition for the month of August 2022.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s September 2022 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best abstract or representational art.

The “Landscapes” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of the natural world, outdoor scenery, geographical environments’, scenic vistas and related landscape subjects. Artists should submit their best work in any media before the deadline of August 27, 2022.

Here is a link to the "Landscapes" 2021 Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (August 1, 2022). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $16.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $18.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $26.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of September 2022.

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   July 7, 2022
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   August 01, 2022
Deadline for Receiving Entries   August 27, 2022
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   September 01, 2022
Art Exhibition Opens   September 01, 2022
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   September 30, 2022

Winning artists (12 Overall Category Artists) of the 12th Annual “Landscapes” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 12 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

The exhibition and winning artists will be marketed and promoted extensively through the gallery's website, in hundreds of online press release announcements, email marketing campaigns to over 28,000 buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, online event calendars, through art news websites including ARTFIXdaily, Artweek/Artjobs, Art Guide and Art.base.co and through our extensive and growing social media network.

Artweek.com has 40,000+ newsletter subscribers and almost 300,000 website visitors per month, Art.Base.co has over 10,000 newsletter subscribers and in excess of 35,000 unique monthly visitors, the Art Guide is one of the most online referenced resources for art events locally, nationally and internationally, and ARTFIXdaily is the industry leader in curated news from the Art World.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best representative and/or abstract art before the deadline.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 22nd “Solo Art Series” Online Art Competition.  The gallery will judge the Top 12 artists who have the most complete “Body of Work” to show.  From that group of 12 artists, the gallery will award 4 monthly Solo Art Exhibitions and the next 8 artists will be awarded and featured in the gallery’s Artist Showcase Section.

The first of the four Solo Art Exhibitions will begin on September 15, 2022, and each solo exhibition will run for approximately 30 days through January 14, 2023.  Artist Showcase features will also begin on September 15, 2022, with one of the 8 artists being shown on the 1st and 15th of each month.  The Artist Showcase content will be the artist's Solo Art Series entry package posted on the website and promoted in the gallery’s social media networks.

The gallery invites online submission of 2D and 3D art (including photography and digital art) from artists around the world for possible selection as one of the Gallery’s 4 Solo Art Exhibitions or 8 Artist Showcase Features. 

Light Space & Time is trying to identify and promote artists who have a complete “Body of Work” to show and it encourages artists, regardless of where they reside, to submit their best abstract and/or representational art.  There is No Theme for this “Solo Art Series” Competition.

This LST Solo Art Series offers emerging artists the opportunity to showcase a full body of their artworks (from 10 to 25 images) in an individual month-long online solo art exhibition.  

For guidance as to the type and quality of art that was featured in prior shows, view our prior shows at Solo Art Series Exhibition Archives. The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery Website also contains several “How To” articles to assist artists with their entry preparation and entry materials (See Our Helpful Articles Below).

How to Write an Effective Artist’s Biography

How to Write the Perfect Artist’s Statement

Comparing an Artist’s CV with an Artist’s Biography

Do You Have a Body of Artwork to Show? – Part 1.

Do You Have a Body of Artwork to Show? – Part 2. 

The 8 Artist Showcase artists (selected from the Solo Art Series Competition) will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Important Dates for Participating Artists

 

Solo Art Series Competition Opens   July 6, 2022
Deadline for Receiving Entries   September 05, 2022
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   September 12, 2022
First Solo Art Exhibition Opens   September 15, 2022
First Artist Showcase Feature Opens   September 15, 2022

Winning artists for each solo art exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and Social Media Inclusion. 

The winning images will be seen by an international audience of gallery directors, art collectors, and art consultants. News of each winning artist’s participation is also emailed to the over 28,000+ subscribers. Those who subscribe to our newsletter bulletins include gallery owners, corporate art representatives, art collectors, and decision makers in the fine arts field.  

The winning entries will be featured on the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery website for one month and then remain in the gallery’s Archives.

The exhibition and winning artists will be marketed and promoted extensively through the gallery's website, in hundreds of online press release announcements, email marketing campaigns to over 28,000 buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, online event calendars, through art news websites including ARTFIXdaily, Artweek/Artjobs, Art Guide and Art.base.co and through our extensive and growing social media network.

Artweek.com has 40,000+ newsletter subscribers and almost 300,000 website visitors per month, Art.Base.co has over 10,000 newsletter subscribers and in excess of 35,000 unique monthly visitors, the Art Guide is one of the most online referenced resources for art events locally, nationally and internationally, and ARTFIXdaily is the industry leader in curated news from the Art World.

By having their work on the LST website, winning artists should increase exposure to their work, enhance their professional resume and create a high-quality backlink to their own website.

There will also be a video of the winning artists' artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel. The gallery’s YouTube Channel has more than 126,000+ video views and thousands of shares.  Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.  

For a complete list of art exhibition promotions and benefits see our Benefits Page here.

The competitive process will encompass not only the quality and depth of the artist’s artwork but will also include an evaluation of the overall presentation of the artist’s biography and artist’s statement as included in the entry package.   The purpose of this competition from the gallery’s point-of-view to judge the artists who have a complete “Body of Work” to show. 

The requirement of a complete entry package creates an opportunity for the artist to craft and or to polish their current artist statement and artist biography.

Amateur or professional 2D and 3D artists (including photography) with or without prior group or solo art exhibition experience are encouraged to submit their entries to the Solo Art Series.  

Artists may only be selected for a solo art exhibition once in a 12-month period. After 12 months, artists may again qualify for a solo art exhibition, but only with different body of work. Artists may qualify and be selected for an Artist Showcase more than once per year, but also only with a different body of work.

Any art that was previously entered and shown on the Light Space & Time website September also be entered for the Solo Art Series.  

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Art Competition for the month of September 2022.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s October 2022 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best interpretation of the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” theme by submitting their best abstract and/or representational art.   

Artists should submit their best work in any media before the deadline of September 26, 2022.

Here is a link to the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” 2021 Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (September 1, 2022). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $16.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $18.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $26.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of October 2022.

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   July 28, 2022
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   September 01, 2022
Deadline for Receiving Entries   September 26, 2022
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   October 01, 2022
Art Exhibition Opens   October 01, 2022
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   October 31, 2022

Winning artists (12 Overall Category Artists) of the 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The #1 overall top winning artist will be the Best in Show winner of the exhibition. The Best in Show winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The cash prize will be paid via PayPal in U.S. dollars. The winner must be able to receive the cash prize via PayPal. If the artist does not have PayPal account, it is easy to set one up HERE.

The top 12 overall winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000+ page impressions per month, 280,000+ website visitors per month and has 30,000+ newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000+ page views per month, 35,000+ monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital award certificate, digital award ribbon, digital event postcard, and press releases for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best “Patterns, Textures & Forms” representative and/or abstract before the deadline.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Judy Fan has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 21st “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Judy will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Judy is an award-winning artist based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network. Judy’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 21st “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below are Judy’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 of her digital paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Judy’s information and to take a look at her artwork.

Artist Biography

Judy is an award winning artist. Her artwork was selected as a juried finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition. Her work was published in Southwest Art Magazine and Artist Portfolio Magazine. She was also named the cover artist of Artist Portfolio Magazine. “My art is mostly from my own life experiences: my home, the town I've been living in for years, places I visited in the past, my children’s activities and people I met. I painted people or the moments in my life that moved me. I hope the viewers will relate my artwork to their own life” remarks Judy. While Judy paints various subjects, portraits are always Judy’s favorite. She is fascinated by every human face, whether an old woman in Nepal or a little girl next door. She not only wants to paint an individual's face but his/her soul. When asked about her painting style, Judy described her style as classic realism with a contemporary approach. She wants to show painterly quality of her work not photo realistic or total classic realism. She likes to use an abstract background to her portrait to show some contemporary feeling and use bold brush strokes to evoke emotions and inject energy. For medium choice, she loves Oil. Judy studied at Watts Atelier of the Arts and Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.

Artist Statement

To me, art is a way to document my life and express my feelings. My art is mostly from my own life experiences: my home, the town I've been living in for years, places I visited in the past, my children’s activities and people I met. I painted people or the moments in my life that moved me. I hope the viewers will relate my artwork to their own experiences.

Please visit her website judyfan.com to see more of her artwork. Please also follow her on Instagram. She can be reached via her Email.  

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Hazel Thomson has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Hazel is an award-winning artist based in the United Kingdom. Hazel was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 21st Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Hazel’s work is a mixture of realism, contemporary and impressionistic. Her landscape paintings capture the atmosphere of the different seasons and times of the day, giving her viewers a sense of calm and solitude, as though they are physically in the scene.

Hazel’s paintings are in collections throughout the UK and aound the world including the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Finland, and France.

Hazel’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Hazel’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Hazel Thomson is a contemporary award-winning English painter. She paints with a pallet knife and brush, adding multiple layers of texture, giving her work a sense of depth. Thomson’s work is described as a mixture of realism, contemporary and impressionistic.

She has won People's Choice Awards nine times, two times was in Top 5 artists in American Art Awards - first time for the category World’s Best Artists of Landscape Impressionism and second time for the category World’s Best Artists of Realism Landscape. Circle Foundation for the Arts awarded her in 2020 with Certificate of Excellence.

Artist Statement:

It is important to me that my work helps people to engage in the spiritual side of nature, to improve our mental wellbeing in this ever-changing chaotic world.

Hazel’s website is www.hazelthomsonart.com.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce it has launched a new archive website to host our past exhibitions.

As many of you may know, over the last several weeks, the LST website has been experiencing intermittent slow loading and downtime. This “intermittent” has become more frequent after our hosting company migrated our site to a newer, supposedly faster, server. However, as a result of the continued issues with the website, we have changed hosting companies and created an archive site as a complement to the main Light Space & Time gallery website.

As one of the longest running online art gallery websites, the LST site has hundreds of exhibitions and, as such, is a very large, image heavy site. Websites with the sheer amount of content and number of images as we have can sometimes become unstable and experience issues.

After extensive consultation with our web development and technical support team, it was decided that moving older content to an archive website would help ensure we could preserve our older exhibitions and continue to provide artists with a place to showcase their talent long into the future.

Prior to Fusion Art purchasing LST from John Math in 2018, the oldest exhibitions were already being purged in an effort to make room for the newer exhibitions. We did not want to continue to do this, and have artists lose elements of their portfolios, so the solution was the creation of an archive website to host these past exhibitions for the long term.

Therefore, all monthly and special exhibitions, solo art exhibitions and artist showcases prior to January 2022 will now be hosted on our new archive website – LightSpaceTimeArchives.art.

In order to access any exhibitions prior to January 2022, just add the word “archives” to the current URL of your exhibition. It will then take you to the archives site and directly to the exhibition you are looking for.

Alternatively, you can visit the main LST website and click the LST Archives button in the menu bar at the top of every page. This will take you to the archives site and you can find your exhibitions in the applicable section.

All other content, including current art competitions and exhibitions (January 2022 and beyond), art marketing articles, artist news and testimonials remain on the main LST site.

The gallery’s competition for June 2022 was the 12th Annual “Open” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s July 2022 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Open” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art. The submission process and competition for the artists began in May 2022 and concluded on June 27, 2022.

The gallery received 635 entries from 25 different countries from around the world, as well as from 29 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of July 2022. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Open” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Top 10 Winning Artists & Artworks

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Please go to the results of the Open Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category to read about each of these artists.

Top 15 Painting & Other Media Winning Artists & Artworks

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To see all the Painting & Other Media artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Open Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Top 15 Photography & Digital Winning Artists & Artworks

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To see all the Photography & Digital artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Open Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

Top 10 3 Dimensional Winning Artists & Artworks

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To see all the 3 Dimensional artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the  Open Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

Special Merit Award Category

In order to streamline our exhibitions, make them simpler to navigate and give artists fewer pages to visit, the Special Merit Category is being merged into the Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Category pages.

 

 

by Guest Blogger, Katie Brenneman - An online portfolio is an artist’s bread and butter in this digital age. Maybe you’ve already put a lot of time and effort into building a beautiful portfolio or website showcasing your work.

However, it’s not exactly effective if no one is looking at it.

Unfortunately, you’re facing an uphill battle. Search engine algorithms will automatically skew toward more established artists. So, it’s time to step into the world of branding and marketing.

Thankfully, you don’t have to have a lot of experience in the advertising industry to make your portfolio stand out. Let’s cover a few quick tips on how you can boost your portfolio’s presence and get your work the attention it deserves.

Familiarize Yourself With SEO

If you already have an online portfolio, one of the easiest ways to get more visitors is to master the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You’ve likely heard of keyword searches and how important they are to getting noticed. However, there are also things you can do to optimize your site internally, including

  • Including a site map
  • Optimizing visual content
  • Easy navigation
  • Fixing broken links
  • Updating content regularly

By making your portfolio a priority, you’ll naturally boost SEO. But, if you’re still struggling to attract visitors, take the time to learn the basics when it comes to keywords and what people are searching for, and you’ll see an even bigger boost in your digital audience.

Utilize Social Media

Even if you’re not a marketing pro, almost everyone is familiar with at least one social media platform. Use that to your advantage to market your portfolio.

For example, Instagram is an ideal platform for sharing photos and artwork. It’s a great place to share pieces of your work and inspire people to head to your website or portfolio for more. It’s easy to use, but make sure you’re always optimizing your photos and sharing the right sizes, or they could end up looking blurry and unprofessional.

You can also use Instagram and other social media platforms to connect with potential fans and followers. It’s a great way to spark conversation and boost word-of-mouth interest in your portfolio.

Don’t Ditch Traditional Portfolios

While it’s true that everything seems digital these days and you should absolutely have an online portfolio, there’s still something to be said for print media. People still like tangible things, and something as simple as a flyer with a QR code that leads back to your portfolio can be impactful and interesting. Consider leaving flyers or brochures in places like

  • Coffee shops
  • Art galleries
  • Libraries
  • Book stores

You can also choose to work with an existing publication that caters to art lovers or even other artists. Doing so will help you hone in on your target audience and can bring your brand and portfolio to life in a way that digital can’t always capture.

Whether you’re a budding artist trying to get your name out there or you’ve enjoyed a long career but need a marketing boost, use these ideas to boost the presence of your online portfolio, and engage with those who want to support you and your work.

Katie Brenneman is a passionate writer specializing in lifestyle, mental health, education, and fitness-related content. When she isn't writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a book or hiking with her dog, Charlie. To connect with Katie, you can follow her on Twitter.

For over 12 years, the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (LST) has been an advocate for artists by helping them to market and sell their art online and around the world.

As a subsidiary of Fusion Art, the gallery’s mission is to promote artists though online art exhibitions, our extensive social media and marketing networks and through our combined newsletter subscribers list of over 35,000+ subscribers. Our extensive mailing lists includes gallery owners, corporate art representatives, art collectors, art consultants and decision makers in the fine arts field.

Through both our online art galleries, Fusion Art and LST provide one of the most advanced and widespread art marketing packages offered by any other online gallery.

As we are constantly searching for new ways to promote and provide marketing and sales opportunities for our artists, LST is thrilled to announce we have new awards and marketing benefits that will launch this summer.

Cash Award to Overall Top Winner

The gallery is pleased to announce that is will start awarding a monetary cash prize to the Overall Top Winner of its monthly online art competitions. In order to be more competitive, we have decided to offer a cash award to the Overall 1st Place winner of each exhibition. The amount of the monetary prize will be determined by the number of entries that are received in each competition.

Newly Updated Art Marketing Success Manual

Our previous Art Marketing Success Manual was getting outdated so we are working on a new updated version to encompass our more recent and most up to date information and recommendations for artists to market, promote and sell their art. The updated Art Marketing Success Manual will be available starting with the awards presented in September.

Discount for .ART Domains

We have always encouraged artists who are serious about their art, want to advance their art careers and increase sales, on how important it is to have a have a modern, professional, up-to-date website to display their art. The introduction of the .ART domains in 2016 was an ingenious way for artists to differentiate their websites, from the average website domain, and to emphasize their artistry.

Through a new partnership with the .ART domain registration service, we are going to be able to offer a discount to our top award winning artists who want to take the next step in their art careers or even upgrade their current website and brand to include the .ART affiliation.

Discount for Artspan Art Marketplace

We have now partnered with Artspan Art Marketplace to offer our top winning artists discounted plans for their platform. Artspan was the first artist-specific website builder company, formed in 1999. Particularly for artists who may not be computer or tech savvy and may want an easily designed website to showcase and sell their art, Artspan is a leader in the market.

Artists who sign up will receive a personal branded website, which is also integrated into the Artspan marketplace, thus giving artists two venues to use in selling their art – their own individual sites and the Artspan Marketplace.  Similar to our partnership with Artwork Archive, Light Space & Time's top winning artists will receive special discounts that are higher than is offered to the general public.

All of the above new awards will be offered starting with the August competition, the 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” competition, which launches on July 10th. As a means to defray at least some of the costs for these new awards, the gallery will be increasing entry fees slightly, starting with the June competition. To see the current competitions that are accepting entries, visit the LST home page.

Many of the partnerships we are forming with companies offer affiliate referral programs. We have waived and/or drastically reduced affiliate commissions in exchange for offering higher discounts and more benefits to artists who are referred by Fusion Art and LST.

These new awards are our way of saying Thank You to all our artists for being part of the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, for sharing your talent with us and allowing us to help you promote and market it to the world.

 

As an artist, you probably cringe a little when someone says the word "marketing." It just sounds so sales-y. But even if you think of yourself exclusively as an artist and not a marketer, there's no denying that marketing and selling are interconnected. Thus, if you're desperate for a marketing approach that is not sleazy or shouty, you should consider delving into video marketing. In this article, we'll share some tips to get you started with this strategy and help you get over your fear of marketing. Let's dive in!

What is video marketing, and why do artists need it?

Video marketing is utilizing videos to promote or market a product or service. In the case of artists, you can leverage videos to display your work, connect with fans, and, most importantly, convert them into regular clientele.

People love watching videos on the internet - whether it's for entertainment or educational purposes (or both). Not only does it allow you to share your work with the world, but it also builds a connection with potential fans and customers. So if your goal is to promote your art online in hopes that more people will see it and buy it, then video marketing should be part of your strategy.

Popular video content types of marketing your art

If your opinion about video marketing is complex because it’s challenging to develop content ideas, worry no more! Here are some video content types that you can use:

1. Meet the Artist

Introduce yourself and explain why you love creating art. Let your viewers know you as an artist and learn about your process. You can also share some exciting facts about your life that aren't directly related to art, such as where you grew up and why you started painting in general terms.

2. How-to Create Art

If you have a knack for teaching, this video content fits you. You can create a tutorial on specific art mediums (watercolor, acrylic, oil) or different styles (abstract, realism, etc.) and provide tips on creating a masterpiece.

3. Art Demo video

This video is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate your artistic techniques. Film yourself in action and post a time-lapse video for your audience to get a glimpse of how much hard work you put into your pieces.

4. Art history/theory lectures

If you are an art history/theory enthusiast, do a famous artist/movement course. You can introduce your favorite artist and how impactful their influence is to you.

5. Behind the Scenes

Filming behind-the-scenes will give viewers an inside look into your creative process - from inspiration, sketching ideas all through production time until finished work is displayed at galleries/exhibitions, etc.

6. Q&A Session

Allow viewers into a more personal side of you by doing a question and answer session where you talk about anything and everything. You can answer questions about your artwork, hobbies, or anything else that comes to mind.

7. Tools/Art Supplies review

Introducing the art supplies or tools you use can be valuable for artists looking to purchase new materials. Showing how you work with different mediums and tools can influence people in deciding what might work best for them.

8. Documenting exhibitions or events you are participating in

Attending gallery openings and exhibitions is a regular occurrence for many artists, so why not film it and turn it into a video? Doing so gives viewers a virtual experience of what it's like being at one of these events while indulging them with the inside story of the featured art collection.

9. Artist talks/interviews

Get insights from other artists about their creative processes and inspirations. You could talk about how they got started in the industry. If two people are working together (like a collaborative piece), interview each other, and discuss how they combine efforts for the project.

Video creation tips for effective marketing content

1. Choose a topic relevant to your artwork and create content that adds value to your target audience.

2. Make videos that are short and sweet. The attention span of internet users is shorter than ever, so you want to capture their attention within the first few seconds.

3. Include interesting visuals. Don't just rely on talking head videos. Display your artwork, studio, tools, etc., to keep viewers engaged.

4. Include a CTA (call to action). Ask your viewers to do something after watching your video. It can be anything from visiting your website or social media page, subscribing to your channel, or leaving a comment.

5. Be yourself! The way to connect with viewers is to be genuine and authentic in your content. Let them see the real you, and they'll be more likely to stick around for more.

6. Make sure your videos are high quality. It means editing your footage to get smooth and free of glitch videos.

7. Use keywords in your description box when uploading videos to YouTube so that they'll have a better chance of being found by the search engines and people who are looking for content related to those topics.

How to share your videos online?

Once you've made your video, it's time to share it with the world! Here are some tips for promoting your art through social media and other platforms:

1. Facebook

There are a few methods to share your videos on Facebook. You can post a link to the video on your timeline, post it as a status update, or share it in a group or page.

2. Twitter

You can post a link to the video, embed it in a tweet, or post a video tweet. Use relevant hashtags so that your video will show up in searches.

3. YouTube

Uploading your videos on YouTube can get more views since it's the second-largest search engine in the world. Plus, including links to your videos in blog posts and other online content contributes to driving traffic your way.

4. Instagram

To share a video on Instagram, you can post a link to the video, embed the video in a post, or post the video as a story. You can also use relevant hashtags to help people find your videos.

In conclusion, you can use video marketing to share what you're selling online and encourage individuals to appreciate your art (and ultimately buy them). An artwork is an end-product of hard work and talent; thus, it deserves a formidable marketing strategy. And video marketing can be your passage to growth in sales over time instead of just getting some one-time customers.

Roxanne Panibio is a PR Outreach Specialist at VEED.IO. She's an avid reader, mostly found with a book in her hand. When not reading, she enjoys watching crime mystery movies to satisfy her inner detective.

Every January here at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery we post an article with ideas and suggestions for artists to kick start their New Year’s art marketing goals. Our mission as a gallery is to help artists advance their career goals and market their art.

Many of these ideas have been presented in previous “kick start” posts but they are basic, however, consistently implementing them is not.  They are essential for artists as a means to market themselves and their art successfully.

1. Evaluate & Update Your Website

For artists who are looking to advance their art careers and increase sales, it is important for them to have a modern, professional, up-to-date website to display their art.

For those of you who already have a website, if you haven’t reviewed it in a while, now is the time. When was the last time that you went page by page and link by link through it? We all need to do this to find broken links, pages that do not load quickly, graphics, images and other items that have moved or been deleted, along with pages with misspelled words and similar issues.

The presentation of your art is as important as creating it. Take some time to review your site and make any necessary changes and corrections. Make sure all of the images on your website are sized properly and have a low resolution (a resolution of 72 helps your site load more quickly and protects your art from being copied by unscrupulous people).  The images should also be color corrected if necessary, as some cameras and lighting do no always capture an artwork’s true colors. There are many free programs on the internet for this.

Also, do you have better images or graphics to replace what now exists on your website?  Do you have new artwork that you just have not had time to photograph and add to your website? Do it. 

While checking your images, make sure that they are labeled and tagged properly with good image descriptions.  Search engines will only index your images if they have descriptions.  By doing this, your images will show up in the image search results and when the images are viewed, viewers will be directed to your art website.

For those artists that don’t have a website, now is the time to take the next step and get one. The annual cost to purchase or renew a website domain is typically less than $20. The cost of basic website hosting can be as low as $3-$4 per month. A website is an investment artists need to make a priority.

2. Rewrite/ Update your Artists Bio and Statement

A well-written biography and/or artist statement is also essential for artists and now is the time to review and update them.  An artist does not have to be an accomplished writer to create a well-written biography and artist statement, but it is necessary for an artist to have at least one. It is also important to know the difference between a biography and artist statement as many artists mistake one for the other. Please read our article “Comparing an Artist’s Biography to an Artist’s Statement” for clarification.

Also, update your CV by adding any new exhibitions, new awards and/or new publications or other pertinent information that has taken place since the last time it was updated.

3. Use Social Media

Social media is a part of our everyday lives and is an important platform for all artists to employ in order to help market themselves and their art. Why is this? In our opinion, it is easy to identify and connect with the art community when using social media.

It is also an effective medium because it is a visual and simple way in which to present your art. Particularly now, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram and even Twitter provide artists with opportunities (if targeted properly) to reach viewers who were previously unreachable.

Read our articles “Top 10 Reasons Why Artists Fail with Social Media”, “Using the 70-20-10 Rule to Succeed at Social Media Marketing” by guest blogger James Baxter, and “How to Write Social Media Posts That Sell Art” by guest blogger Frank Hamilton, along with various other social media articles on the LST website, for further advice and instruction on how best to use social media to grow your audience reach.

4. Press Release Marketing

Press release marketing is a low-cost way artists can market their artwork to a wider range of potential viewers, particularly when they have an award or exhibition to announce. There are many “Free” press release websites, which take, publish and market an artist’s press release copy.  One such site is PRLog.org. PRLog’s free press release submission includes a PDF version to send to your mailing list, a search engine optimized page, hyperlinks in the content, and the option to select location/industry and tag listings. In addition, companies like Star One Public Relations offers press release distribution services for as low as $10.00 for distribution to 70+ press outlets.  Read our article “Successful Press Release Marketing for Artists” and 6 Benefits for Press Releases for Artists to help guide you in these efforts.  Also check out our article “5 Ways Artists Can Promote Their Art Online” for more ideas.

5. Start a Blog

Artists should seriously consider starting an art blog as a way to attract and direct additional interested viewers to their art websites. An art blog is a great way to expand an artist’s target audience. It is also an effective platform to help artists market their art.

Read our articles “Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Have an Art Blog” and “How Artists Can Attract Readers to an Art Blog” in order to fully understand the power of a well-executed art blog.

6. Have Your Art Portfolio Reviewed Professionally

A professional Portfolio Review provides an artist with an evaluation of their art and a critique of how their art is being presented to others. Usually, during a portfolio review, the reviewers provide artists with additional ideas on how they can effectively market their art.

Much like art competitions, a portfolio review is an additional way in which artists can have their artwork evaluated and measured against other artists. While some artists don’t see this as valuable and can sometimes find it discouraging, it is a way to help artists improve their presentations and their craft.

In 2022, we hope you will make at least some, if not all, of these suggestions part of your art marketing efforts. By implementing these recommendations, artists can experience increased traffic to their websites, find more people interested in their art and ultimately, sell more of their work. 

However, as with any marketing program, it is important to focus your efforts. All artists should view the marketing of their art to be as important as the creation of it and an art-marketing plan needs to be well planned and performed consistently in order to be successful.  Check out our article “5 Tips for Creating an Effective Art Marketing Strategy” by guest blogger Wendy Dessler, for more suggestions.

A new year can be a fresh start for artists with their planning and executing an effective art marketing strategy. Even if you haven’t previously implemented any of the above suggestions, it is never too late to start.

Good luck and have a creative, successful and prosperous 2022!

 

It’s that time of the year again when we at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announce our “Year in Review” recap. In this annual feature we highlight and promote again the gallery’s top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions and any other special online art exhibitions the gallery conducted, which in 2021 included the gallery’s “555 Special” art exhibition.

In 2021, the gallery received more than 11,787+ entries for our art competitions and the following artist’s and their art are what we consider to be the best entries from our online themed exhibitions. 

The gallery received a broad array of media and artistic styles throughout the year.  We tried to showcase the various media received in our art exhibitions and we hope that you will take some time to view the various exhibitions that we have posted in our Gallery Archives.

Please enjoy reading about these extremely talented artists.

“All Women” – January 2021 – Merrilee Soberg – “The Timekeepers”

“All Women” – January 2021 – Merrilee Soberg – “The Timekeepers”After retiring from a successful career as a professional potter, Merrilee turned to photography and digital art to fill the creative void. She honed her digital art skills in Sebastian Michael's Photoshop Artistry online courses. As a result, she has been published in numerous editions of "Living the Photoartistic Life" magazine and was featured in the February 2020 edition.

In 2020, Merrilee received first place in Fusion Art's "Leaves and Petals" competition plus second overall (first place in photography division) in "Light Space & Time's" Nature competition. Many of the photos used in Merrilee's compositions were taken at home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada or during her world travels.

She is passionate about photographing wildlife, especially birds, in their natural habitat. As she lives on the edge of a seasonal wetland, other elements of nature regularly find their way into her artistic creations. These photos combined with digital painting are the building blocks used to create inspired, unique works of art that can be beautiful, intriguing, moving and at times thought provoking. She focuses on the resilience, strength and connectedness of the human spirit.

Nature and the human form....what a magical combination.

Merrilee’s website is www.merrilee-soberg.pixels.com  

“CityScapes – February 2021 – Sandy Friedkin - "Schnippers for Lunch”

“CityScapes – February 2021 – Sandy Friedkin - "Schnippers for Lunch”Sandy received a BS Degree from Columbia U., School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced as an OTR for many years. She had training in many artistic & craft media and enjoys taking pictures and post - computer processing. Sandy was born & spent most of her life in New York City. Her family still lives in the New York Metro Area & if she has an opportunity to visit NYC, she takes her camera & goes there. These pictures were taken on one such visit.

Sandy has lived in beautiful South Florida for the past 30 years. She loves the year-round warm climate and the outdoors. There is always something of beauty to photograph, whether wild birds, wildlife, flowers & botanicals, people, architecture or Land and Seascapes. Sandy has had her photographs displayed in many juried shows, galleries, and in many homes in South Florida. She has won a number of “Best in Show”, Special Merit, and Honorable Mention Awards.

If you would like to see more of her work, visit her website: https://sandyfriedkin.smugmug.com/browse

“Abstracts” – March 2021 – Ingrid Black – “The Cosmic Eye”

“Abstracts” – March 2021 – Ingrid Black – “The Cosmic Eye”Ingrid Black is a self-taught artist who has worked with acrylics for over 35 years. Since retiring from her real estate career in 2008, she has devoted herself to art. She has had four solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions since then. Her cityscapes were very popular in the eighties. She went on to paint a series of portraits of performing artists, capturing her subjects’ energy on stage - depicting them in a surrealistic style. When she submitted her portrait of Bob Marley to the Bob Marley website in 2012, it went viral.

While she was painting portraits, she liked to paint birds and other animals, on occasion, which led to a series of bird paintings - realistic depictions of birds in settings normally associated with human beings. Also very popular, these paintings tell a story, often with humorous undertones.

She ventured into abstracts in 2016. Her fascination with texture, colour, contrast and light is evident in her abstract creations. In 2020, David Stark, Editor/Publisher of two websites, who has been involved in the music scene in London, England for many years, purchased the right to use Magical Mystery Tour, her psychedelic painting of the Beatles, for the cover of his new book, It’s All Too Much.

Ingrid Black’s work comprises a wide range of styles and subject matter - she tries something new just about every year. Not doing so would make her feel as though she is standing still. She is a member of The Lakeshore Association of Artists in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and The Society of Canadian Artists.

Ingrid’s website is www.ingridblack.com

“Figurative” – April 2021 – M. Gilmour - "Sitting. Waiting.”

“Figurative” – April 2021 – M. Gilmour - "Sitting. Waiting.”Based in Munich, Germany, Michael is a Senior Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. With no formal training in fine art (Michael's formal education is in accounting and law), Michael is a self-taught painter who has relied on practice, casual advice, books and videos to develop his painting techniques since he began painting in 2012.

Michael favours representational art with the aim of giving the viewer a high sense of realism to create the illusion of life. Michael prefers still life and figurative motives, and generally works with photographers to find natural compositions.

Michael’s website is www.gilmourfineart.com

“Botanicals” – May 2021 – Cher Pruys - "Coneflower”

“Botanicals” – May 2021 – Cher Pruys - "Coneflower”Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, watercolor and gouache.

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 99 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non-juried shows. She has won 75 awards for her work at the International Juried Exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA Open Juried Exhibition, The SCA 1st place award of distinction twice respectively, 2016, and 2017 at The Canada’s 150 show. The Gold Medal recipient for Figurative Painting in The Mondial Art Academia’s International 2018 Competition. The Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 14 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar.

Her painting “The Bubble” had the honour of being part of the Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She was elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honour. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has-been featured in over 50 international publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.

Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works.

Cher’s website is www.artbycher.ca.

“Animals” – June 2021 – Kaz Turner - "Rise to the Bait”

“Animals” – June 2021 – Kaz Turner - "Rise to the Bait”Since a very young age, visual art has always been of great interest. Kaz began to paint and illustrate from a very early age and continued to do so as a hobby. Kaz pursued an artistic career for a short while, although circumstance led her to a change in career.

Eventually after a long break, she returned to the art world and enrolled onto a part time class at a local college. This transition intensified her eagerness to create a personal style of decorative imagery; consequently, this progressed to the foundation course in Art and Design. It was here her drawing strengths were apparent and subsequently Kaz went on to gain a BA Hons in Illustration for Children’s Publishing at Glyndwr University Wales where she experimented with a plethora of materials, and found the amazing result pastels could produce when creating a design.

As a professional wildlife artist not only does Kaz have an avid interest in animals and their welfare but her love the natural world has been the inspiration to create realistic works of art. Her aim is to capture the spirit and character of the animals she paints, paying particular attention to the assiduous detail, their energy and form. Her portraits are a true representation capturing a pet's personality.

Kaz also offers one to one tuition, at her home studio in which she enjoys helping others to improve their own painting skills. All age groups are catered to, from beginners to advanced. Commissions for pet portraits are always welcome. As a consequence, she considers it an honour and a pleasure to illustrate nature and animals in art.

Kaz’s website is www.kazturner.com

“Landscapes” – July 2021 – Barbara Mierau-Klein‏ - "Tetons Sunset”

“Landscapes” – July 2021 – Barbara Mierau-Klein‏ - "Tetons Sunset”I enjoy combining my photography skills, education in graphics, and love of painting to create mixed-media digital works of art. Using all three disciplines enables me to diversify my style. My first love will always be abstracts. I create these with more of a feeling rather than starting with a vision of the end result. As I get older, I find myself leaning toward more of a modern style of work. The less complicated feel and composition appeals to my "less is more" aesthetic. I am an optimist and generally positive person. I focus on creating art that is colorful, has movement, light and uplifting. There's enough darkness in the world, I choose "HAPPY"!

Michelle’s website is www.woitzelphotography.com

“555 Special” – July 5 – September 5, 2021 – Jon Bøe Paulsen - "Dead Ringer”

“555 Special” – July 5 – September 5, 2021 – Jon Bøe Paulsen - "Dead Ringer”Jon Bøe Paulsen’s (1958) paintings are hauntingly realistic. His impeccable skills give filmic qualities to his works. The artist studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (US) and graduated from the Norwegian State Art Academy in 1984.

His portraits tell many stories in one single image, and his dynamic between light and dark add a “carravaggistic” feel. Jon’s success as an artist was translated into various commissions, awards, and publications, including a documentary film on his life.

The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Norway, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

Jon’s website is www.artrenewal.org/Artist/Index/7440

“Open (No Theme)” – August 2021 – John H Diephouse - "Carriage for Hire”

“Open (No Theme)” – August 2021 – John H Diephouse - "Carriage for Hire”I am a primarily self-taught photographer who began exhibiting my images about fifteen years ago. I seek to share images with which I has a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

My creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, searching for the combination of elements that produces an instinctive but undeniable connection. Most often, the images that provoke the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time.

I exhibit widely and have received awards in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.

John can be reached via his email.

“Patterns” – September 2021 – Christopher Brown - "Firmament”

“Patterns” – September 2021 – Christopher Brown - "Firmament”I am a working artist with a master's degree in fine art. Included among my abstract works are wall sculptures, paintings, and drawings. I use a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials including canvas, paper, charcoal, chalk, pen, pencil, oil paint, varnish, plywood, wood, steel, and epoxy resin.

My abstract artworks are informed by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism (Surrealism in that I give the unconscious/subconscious mind considerable liberty while working and Abstract Expressionism in so much as the pieces are not rooted in, nor do they mirror or seek to translate, objective reality). The artworks exist (for the most part) independent of direct visual reference to the physical world. When a direct reference is made, via a representational image fragment or a material that comes loaded with associations, it is done to induce a sense of memory, of fading or forming thought.

Free from the tethers of objective "subject", I use color, line, shape, material, and composition as “notes” struck in dynamic, gestural ways as well as quietly and reflectively played. These “notes” occupy visual spaces that are emotive and contemplative—internal, inward-looking spaces.

My large-scale pieces are intended to envelop the viewer and immerse them as they experience the work. Through this experience, I hope that the viewer may find respite from the noise of the “real” world, a breathing space, and calm found through quiet reflection.

Christopher can be reached via his email.

“SeaScapes” – October 2021 – Laurie Snow Hein - “Sailor's Delight”

“SeaScapes” – October 2021 – Laurie Snow Hein - “Sailor's Delight”Laurie Snow Hein has been painting since first grade when she first picked up a paintbrush and watched the bright paint colors dripping down the paper. It was love at first stroke. Her parents had convinced her that it was impossible to make a career as an artist; but it was in her DNA. Both parents, brother, and grandmother were multi-talented in the arts. At age twelve she started studying with Graham Ingels, a retired illustrator, famous for “Tales from the Crypt.” Her high school teacher encouraged her to apply for a scholarship which she received from Columbus College of Art and Design. She decided to major in Industrial design to be practical. At the end of her first year, Laurie was the first freshmen at CCAD to be awarded the Katherine M. Tuttle Scholarship.

After college, she married considering art as a pass time. Six children later at age 40, she was suddenly in need of supporting her family by herself. Her strength was the arts, portrait painting primarily, so she immediately started advertising to paint portraits. Her garage was converted to a teaching studio. She took a job instructing art in all mediums, teaching at two local country clubs. When her paintings of children and animals were noticed by a national publisher, her career in art licensing and reproductions was launched. God blessed her and provided the opportunities and ability to support her family with artistic talent. Had it not been for the necessity of using her artistic abilities she would have never grown to be the artist she is today.

Working 30 years as a professional artist, teacher, licensed artist, illustrator, showing at art festival circuits, Laurie now shows primarily in Florida. Her subject is concentrated on local landscapes, beaches, botanicals, wildlife. The beauty and variety of God’s creation is all the inspiration needed when exploring the amazing world there is to enjoy. Large paintings making you feel in the moment are her forte. Although very realistic, her brushstrokes are bold, rich with colors, transparent glazing, textures, and energy. You feel like you could almost step into the painting. The pace was so fast and demanding for many years that there wasn’t time to consider entering competitions for awards. Now at 70 plus there is a focus to share her art more with her peers and enter competitions creating greater value for her many collectors.

Traveling is a passion, while she searches out the heart of locations to paint. In 2019 Laurie traveled across the US on a 90-day trip starting a new collection of plein air artworks representing our National Parks. In 2021, she created several more plein air paintings during a white-water rafting trip down the Colorado River, flanked by the majestic Grand Canyon.

Contact her directly from her website: www.laurieheinartist.com/ for originals and commissions or custom made giclee reproductions. Follow her art and videos on Instagram and Facebook and collections on Pinterest.

“Nature” – November 2021 – Carolyn Dakin - "Full Moon"

“Nature” – November 2021 – Carolyn Dakin - "Full Moon"Carolyn is a digital artist and photographer, whose art is inspired by the beautiful natural environment of the South Island of New Zealand. She spends time photographing many images, which she layers together to create painterly and timeless stories. Her work integrates themes of joy, beauty and delight, often with humorous or playful aspects.

Carolyn’s website is www.dakincarolyn.myportfolio.com

 

 

“Primary Colors” – December 2021 – John Jaster - "Boat Reflections”

“Primary Colors” – December 2021 – John Jaster - "Boat Reflections”John was born in Columbus Ohio, graduated from Ohio State and lived in Southern California for 30 years. Although John learned to draw and paint as a young boy, his degrees are in the computer science field. It wasn't until 2010, when his wife bought him a large easel and encouraged him to start painting again, that he began to take his art career seriously.

Since then John has been selected in over 130 gallery shows and juried contests, including the National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society 2013 International On-line Exhibition and 2014 Best in America show.

John's Carousel Horse #1 was featured in the June 2014 issue the Artist's magazine Competition Spotlight, and he was featured in the 'Artists to Watch' section of the Southwest Art March 2016 edition.

John's acrylic painting have been included in AcrylicWorks Best of Acrylic Painting volumes 1-6+8 and his paintings have been voted FAV15% in Bold Brush on a number of occasions.

John’s website is www.johnjasterstudio.com

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