08/19/13

How To Become A Paid Artist

Sketch of an artist sketchingThere are some people that want to take their love for art and make a career out of it. Although it may be difficult at first once a person takes the time to study a little bit about how to sell their art they can make great money at it. There are plenty of artist that are around that make a decent living from selling their art. It is important to understand that not everyone will appreciate every style of art. Some people like modern art, other people like most modern art, and still others like abstract art. The first thing that an artist needs to do that is thinking about trying to make a living at selling their art is to figure out with category their art fits into. A person that knows that will then be able to figure out which market will yield them a greater chance at sales. Continue reading

04/19/14

How to Safely Move Your Valuable Art Pieces

Relocating to a new home takes a lot of thought and effort because of the numerous belongings you have to bring along. This becomes even more challenging when you have very valuable art pieces. In moving these priceless items, every precaution must be taken since any damage caused by transporting them can result in significant loss of value or even make them valueless. Hence, it is vital to choose art movers who really know what they are doing.

Of course, you can do the moving yourself if you are acquainted with the proper packing techniques; but for large art pieces that have considerable value, moving is best left to the professionals who know how to handle them. Not all art movers are the same, however, and here are some suggestions you can apply in choosing the best one.

At the outset, make sure that the company is legitimate and is properly registered and licensed to move art. This is for you own protection since the government requires these companies to comply with certain standards; thus, a registered mover is one who follows these standards. Further, find the company’s website and read reviews of other customers.

You can also conduct a thorough research if your preferred mover has had experience in moving the kind of art pieces you are planning to transport. Articles such as an expansive wall painting and a heavy sculpture require special packaging, handling techniques and equipment. So, you need to make sure that the movers would be able to accommodate you on these. From your research, you can choose potential movers and request for price quotations from them. You can do this on appropriate forms that are available on the websites.

Once you have chosen your mover, discuss every detail of the transporting with them. Your art pieces will be put on specially-designed crates that will protect the objects during transit. Paintings can be especially vulnerable to temperature and may have to be moved using vehicles with climate control. Also, know about the company’s storage facilities and if they have the proper equipment like forklifts to safely move the objects about inside a warehouse. Movers often have the dilemma of renting vs. buying a forklift for their storage needs; however, according to this website, companies with their own equipment fleets can render better services. Hence, make sure that the art moving company you hire owns its equipment and not renting them. Moreover, if you are really fastidious for service quality, you can check out which storage equipment brands are the most reliable by clicking here to open this site.

After you have worked out the details, get insurance as added protection. Before handing over your valuable art pieces to the movers, have them appraised and insured for their real value. This can significantly minimize your loss in case of mishaps. Once you and the movers have discussed and agreed on the details, you need to finalize it in print. Before signing on the contract’s dotted line, be sure you read every word of it including the fine print.

Art pieces are objects of value that are irreplaceable. For this reason, it is important to implement extreme caution when moving them from one place to another. Thus, if you are relocating, it is important to carefully plan how to move your art.

04/18/14

Breaking Into the World of the Arts from an Administrative Angle

The world of the arts is one that encompasses a very broad range of media but one of the most engaging and fascinating among them is that of museums and galleries. This worldwide network of collections, collectors, curators, and observers is one that is always changing and evolving and anyone who is interested in art or antiquities can parlay that interest into a career. Taking ownership of an administrative or curatorial position in an art gallery or museum requires specific education, strong communication skills, and a certain degree of public speaking ability.

The first and arguably most obvious step in pursuing a career in the behind-the-scenes world of the arts is to get a degree in art or art history. It is essential to have a working knowledge of historical and contemporary art movements both in your native country as well as internationally. While taking on an art or art history-related major of study it is also recommended that you perhaps minor in business or arts administration. This will help prepare you for the sales and management element of your career. Individuals who have a degree in art history ideally have a working knowledge of most or all forms of art and art influences and apply that knowledge to their job on a daily basis.

Apart from earning a degree, however, there are other things that can be done in preparation for a career in the world of museums and art. It is always a good idea to get involved with art in your local area even if it is on a volunteer or internship basis. You make yourself marketable to galleries and museums when you are able to demonstrate not only knowledge about the art world but also a genuine and sincere interest in that world and a willingness and desire to be immersed therein. Choose the type of art that you are most passionate about and establish a presence locally in that particular genre. Creating a name for yourself in your local art community through volunteer work and internships combined with working knowledge of the art world and a degree in art history will put you on the road to a great career.

04/15/14

Art is All Around Us!

While visiting New York I started to realize just how beautiful the architecture of the city truly was. It's very multi-faceted depending on where exactly you are in the city. When people first arrive in New York City it seems very overwhelming but once you compartmentalize the city into certain areas, you realize it's just a grid. Looking at New York as a whole, it's actually organized quite well with each "neighborhood" having it's own feeling and vibe. The artistry of each area is heavily dependent on what kind of art you are interested in looking at. 

Downtown 
The downtown areas of Manhattan, which include the Lower East Side, Chelsea and Soho are the immediate neighborhoods called to mind when thinking about the most "bohemian" areas of the city. This is where you would expect to find rock venues, live music shows, art gallery openings, etc. It's also architecturally more avant-garde than its Midtown and Uptown counterparts. The older buildings speak to a historical city with generations of stories to uncover. This is very similar to the vibe you can get in certain areas of London. I was staying downtown at the time and unfortunately got locked out of my rental unit. While waiting for a locksmith to arrive I took in the city streets. Each doorway seemed to be a piece of art unto itself. The heavy doorknobs, the colorful siding, the embossed numbers… I actually ended up appreciating the mishap and wished the guys from Locksmith Northampton, would have arrived a little later!

Midtown
Midtown seems to be the reason why they refer to New York City as the "city that never sleeps". It is the hub of commercial business and finance for most people working in the city. At 5 pm the city takes on a new life in Midtown with men in suits meeting at various spots to wind down after a long day. It harkens back to a kind of "mad men" era glamour. 

Uptown
Uptown seems to get a bad rap for "bohemia" and is regarded as a more conservative residential area than anything else. The areas of Uptown Manhattan, though, that are "residential" don't have white picket fences. They have doormen… For a photographer, Uptown Manhattan can be a paradise for the discerning eye. The city of New York brings together people from all walks of life. This couldn't be more evident Uptown, where limos ride side by side with bikers and delivery men. It truly is a city of marvelous dichotomy. 

03/31/14

Discovering Art in Europe

 

Often when a person travels, they are seeking for something different that might inspire them, take them away from the norm and set them inside a new cultural setting. Many times people will travel from all over the world to see famous pieces of art and learn the history of the people and their culture. Europe is a land full of creativity and simplicity. They have art incorporated in every aspect of the word, from personal portraits to their impressive architecture, no matter what you are looking for you are guaranteed to find it here in Europe.

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

If you prefer to see art throughout the city, culture and architecture rather than kept away in a stuffy museum you might want to look into Barcelona. Here they have many unique buildings designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi who has combined modern and classic architectural design and produced some rather impressive buildings. Barcelona is a great place to wonder around and observe the scenery.

 

Vienna, Austria

 

For those of you who are big into the art scene and love the vibe of an artsy town, Downtown Vienna is an awesome place to hang out. Vienna’s downtown area is also considered a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Apart from the grand buildings, such as, the Hofburg Palace and the statues that line the streets, here, you can find the Museum of Fine Arts. Vienna was also the home to Mozart and his house is a very popular attraction for many tourists.

 

River Tours

 

For those of you who are looking for more of a relaxed vibe feel in your travels, you might want to check out European River Cruises. These cruises take you from port to port down the main European Rivers and offer much to see in just a little amount of time. They often harbor at a certain ports over night and allow the guests off the ship in order to wander around the towns and view the culture.

 

If you do decide to do an educational art tour to Europe you will not be disappointed. Whether you cruise the rivers on a steam boat or tour the cities on foot, Europe holds many beautiful sites to be seen.

03/2/14

Transporting Large Artwork with a Cargo Van

There is nothing I love more than appreciating artwork, if you are a regular reader then you will already know this. My second love is closely related to my first – buying artwork! There is nothing I enjoy more than finding that special piece in a gallery opening, falling in love with it and then purchasing it to add to my collection. This habit sometimes presents a logistical problem, when the artwork will not fit into my little vehicle (it has happened more than you would realize). Some artists/galleries offer a delivery service, but in most cases I need to organize my own transport.

Transport options I’ve tried

In the past I have hired transport companies to move the artwork for me, but I have had problems with the movers damaging the artwork or even delivering to the wrong address. I also find this very inconvenient because I need to be home to accept the delivery, which can cause problems because I am often away for business or for gallery openings. It was these problems that led me to organize my own transport by using a borrowed vehicle (my friend owned a truck). This was also problematic because I had to wait for the vehicle to be available and I was always afraid that I would damage my friend’s property. However, this solution did solve many of my problems so I decided to try a slightly different approach.

The cargo van

I decided that the next time I was going to be moving large and heavy artwork that I would rent a cargo van from onewaycargovanrentals.net to get the job done quickly and efficiently. These vehicles have such a great cargo area that you can transport all but the largest of art pieces. I’ve even been able to move large statues and visual art pieces by hiring the largest size vans. This really is the most convenient option for me and I can get access to the vehicle on the day I need it. The company I use appreciates the repeat business I offer and they are always able to find a vehicle for me at short notice. Building this relationship has also been a benefit to the art community and now we use vans for all gallery openings and art shows in the region. We used to use professional movers, but now we save money by doing it all ourselves.

Additional Information

There are a few things you need to know when using a van to transport artwork. Firstly, and this is especially important if the artwork is worth a considerable amount, the standard rental insurance policy WILL NOT cover any event causing loss or damage to the items inside the van. This means that if you have an accident and your artwork is damaged or destroyed you will not be covered. This also means that if your van is stolen the artwork will not be covered. However, you can purchase a special insurance policy that will cover the artwork while it is being transported – and this is a very good idea. Another important fact is that the insurance policy will have a large deductible if you do have an accident or damage the vehicle in any way so it is a good idea to take out additional insurance anyway!

02/27/14

A Look at the Early Career of the World’s Best Performance Artist

Marina Djokovic is considered by many art lovers from all over the world to be the best performance artist ever, and for good reason. Djokovic, after all, has pushed the boundaries of art through her unique and amazing works. Currently, Djokovic is touring Canada for her “Body Art” series of performances, and it’s thanks to the fact that she now has so many Candian admirers wanting her to go here. Of course, there was a time when Djokovic was but an obscure artist. In this post, I am going to cover her early career. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll be able to give many of my readers amazing insights into Djokovic’s life and work.

Most people don’t know this, but before Djokovic set out to become an artist, she was an accountant. Although she was already doing well by the time she was 25, she decided to leave her life behind to pursue her biggest passion: creating art. Some people think that Djokovic led the life of a very poor artist during her first few years of her career as an artist. This is hardly the case. In fact, Djokovic was earning a lot of money on the side. Binary options trading was only very new at the time, but Djokovic took advantage of it in order to support herself while she was making her name in the art world. To make sure that she got huge profits from binary options trading, Djokovic looked up binary options trading platform reviews on the internet. Through her research, she discovered that Banc de Binary was her best bet and decided to work with them.

Through Banc de Binary, Djokovic and many other struggling artists have been able to support themselves. The Banc de Binary minimum deposit is only $250, so even artists without means can do trading with them. In addition to this, doing binary options trading with the brokerage doesn’t take much time even though it often yields high returns.  Because Djokovic only had to spend an hour or two a day to profit from binary options trading, she was able to devote most her days having exhibitions all over Serbia. After exhibiting her Body Art series for a few months, Djokovic became very popular in the art world. She is now one of the most famous and richest artists in the entire world. She has already toured much of Europe and is currently on her first North American tour, her first stop being Canada.

By looking at Djokovic’s early career, one realizes that one doesn’t have to be a “suffering artist” to be recognized as an artistic genius. For an artist, Djokovic leads a very practical life. What’s amazing is that this aspect of her is not reflected even in her earliest works. Her earliest works and performances are, in fact, also very challenging. Hopefully, Djokovic ends up inspiring fledgling artists to look into leading a more practical lifestyle. Pursuing art doesn’t have to come at the cost of leading such a lifestyle – everyone should know this. Through binary options trading and other forms of online trading, anyone can now support themselves in case they decide to pursue a full-time career in art.

02/22/14

Challenges of Art Storage for Museum Administrators

Museum administrators and curators are continually challenged by the risk to the collections in their facilities. Light and UV rays, unstable temperatures, humidity, pests, pollutants, poor handling of the pieces, poor storage and mounting of the artwork and artifacts are just some of the potential issues. Natural disasters such as fires and floods can damage collections. Even wars and civil unrest can have a negative impact on museum works. The only way to reduce the damage that may be inflicted on the artwork is to protect it from as many scenarios as it is practically possible. To protect the artwork, the most likely risks must be assessed and understood so the most beneficial preventative measures may be taken.

The first thing which tends to damage museum collections is poor handling of art pieces and poor mounting. Museum staff must be taught and trained how to handle these collections so as to minimize the damage which is likely to occur. Staff should wear gloves when handling artifacts. White cotton or rubber gloves are best for working with artifacts composed of paper, stone, and canvas. If the gloves show dirt, then use a clean pair to avoid making the artwork dirty. When transporting artifacts, ensure that they are well supported and the pathways are clear to avoid bumping or the artifact being caught somewhere which could damage it.

The displays and stands where the collection will be exhibited or kept should be sturdy and firm in order to hold and protect the collection adequately. The display areas should have the right light levels so as to reduce the chances of UV rays affecting the collection. The temperature and humidity levels should also be at the correct levels and the collection should be placed in an area protected from pests or people touching the artifacts and art work on display. Smaller pieces can be placed in Plexiglas cases while larger pieces may be protected behind visitor rails and Plexiglas barriers.

One of the best solutions to combat the problem of poor storage of collections is the installation of customized barcode labels. These customized labels are designed to work with particular levels of temperatures and humidity so that the label stays where it is applied. As museum collections are often delicate, the barcode labels will not damage the artwork and artifacts that are labeled.

The advantages of using this method of storage are numerous. Scanning the labels makes it easier to keep track of all the artwork and artifacts that the museum has in its custody. Barcode labels can record much useful information such as the location and condition of the piece of art or artifact, the environmental conditions, the date for any restoration or inspection, and even who has moved the piece. Mobile scanners can easily update this information and collect it on a centralized database. The collection pieces can even be in different locations but have their information all accessible through one system.

Not only does such a system make it easier to track and manage entire museum collections, it increases staff accountability, reducing the chances of art pieces going missing or misplaced. Understanding the use of wireless technology in managing museum collections is definitely a good skill to see on the resume of a museum administrator or curator.

02/18/14

Why Canadian Hustle Is a Great Work of Art that Embodies the Canadian Film Industry

The Canadian film industry is one of the most exciting film industries in the world right now. Although it has always been overshadowed by Hollywood, the Canadian film industry has always produced high-quality works that critics from all over the world hail as masterpieces. These past few years have actually seen a lot of masterpieces coming out of the Canadian film industry, and this has resulted in it being deemed by film lovers all over the world as one of the most interesting film industries right now. One of the most recent masterpieces to come out of the Canadian film industry is “Canadian Hustle.” In this post, I am going to talk about Canadian Hustle. Canadian Hustle is a great work of art that embodies the Canadian film industry; by talking about the film, I hope to make more people understand what exactly makes the Canadian film industry so exciting.

Canadian Hustle is a film loosely based on a sting operation set up by a group of Canadian law enforcement officials back in the 70s. It stars Mikhail Cera and Jenny Paige in its lead roles. The film has been hailed by many critics all over the world as as a modern masterpiece, and for good reason. There are many things that make Canadian Hustle such a great film, and one of these things happens to be its production design. For the film, Dave Russel, the director, aimed to recreate the look and feel of 70s Ontario. To do this, Russel painstakingly created amazing sets – one of the things Russel had to do to achieve this was have a couple of Toronto homes renovated.

Most directors would be content with only working on sets which are used for long scenes; Russel isn’t one of these directors. Because Russel is a perfectionist, he sought to make every set used in the film exude a 70s vibe. Russel had to hire a home renovations company to work on every part of the each house they used for the movie. Although some people might consider what Russel did to be a waste of money, it actually isn’t. What Russel did gave the movie an authentic look rarely found in mainstream period pieces.

The basement finishing job Russel had done resulted in basements that subtly reminded movie viewers of the 70s. Of course, the home renovation company Russel hired did more than just renovate the houses to look old. The home renovation company Russel hired also renovated parts of the houses they used in the film so that they would be better suited for housing lighting and camera equipment – this made it possible for Russel to shoot from unique perspectives.

There are other reasons why Canadian Hustle is such a great film that embodies the unique quality of the Canadian film industry; the basement renovations done by Russel’s hired contractors (you can visit their website at http://basementreno.ca/basement-renovations-toronto/basement-renovations-gta/) is just one of them. Some of these other reasons include the fact that it has mass appeal despite being very challenging, and the fact that the film is one of few that actually make great use of 3D technology. Canadian Hustle is only one of the many amazing films that come out of the Canadian film industry each year, and most of the films put out by the industry have the same quality and feel as Canadian Hustle. No other film industry in the world is able to produce so many amazing works in a given year right now – when one thinks about it, the film industry of Canada is really at its best right now.

02/10/14

Show Your Artistic Flair for the Outdoors by Growing an Art Garden

Gardening enthusiasts would tell you that if there is one part in your home that needs to be decorated beautifully, it is your garden. It forms part of your house’s façade and before anyone can see any room inside, they will see your garden first. So, how do you go about growing an art garden?

Show Your True Colors

Art is a means of expression, right? Go ahead and express yourself with the colors that you choose for your garden – and not just for the flowers. Sure, they add color but a genuine art garden can display its colors even during wintertime. You can choose flower pots in different colors and patterns or paint the fence posts in bright hues. Instead of just a dull grey color, why not decorate your concrete footpath with colorful stones and mosaic patterns?

Sculptures Work in the Outdoors Too

Gone are the days when the only figures you see on a garden are gnomes. Like indoor art, outdoor sculptures help to create a mood in your garden. A Buddha figure provides a feeling of Zen or if you opt for metal sculptures, your garden will look modern and edgy. Also, you can try to be creative and make a topiary, especially when you have bushy plants growing in your garden. You can hire an expert to do the trimming or you can do it yourself.  Just be sure to clean up all the cuttings when you’re done. This is a time when sturdy trash bags do come in handy.

Green Art

Wouldn’t it be great if your art garden showcased a piece you made yourself? Obviously, the color green is associated with gardens but greening in this sense is being environmentally friendly. Art can be made out of recycled materials. For example, you can produce mosaic out of chipped china; or you can paint an old door or wooden plank with a bold color and use it as a divider; or make artistic lamps and lanterns out of old baskets or painted tin cans and mason jars.

Cleanliness Counts

No matter how tastefully decorated your garden is, all beauty is lost if it is not kept clean. Keep to a regular schedule to gather all the dead leaves and twigs that make the area look untidy. If your garden has trees, you might need to trim them occasionally. If it is too much work to haul large pieces of foliage yourself, consider calling in the professionals to do it for you. To get help with your art garden maintenance needs, click here (http://www.DumpsterRentalZone.com).

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Now that spring is here and summer is on its way, reveal your artistic side to the world and start growing your art garden.

01/21/14

Using Art To Bring Cheer To Those With Health Problems

Bight paints ready to be placed on canvas by a skilled artistAs you know art can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. To some, art is something to be collected. To others, art is something to be created, to have one’s heart and soul put into something for others to enjoy. For some others, art is really something that they don’t understand, they don’t have an appreciation for it. However, I think we can all agree that art, in and of itself does have meaning. It does evoke some feelings for most people, and in this article, we will focus on how art affects people who are sick, ill, or elderly.

Art can be used to make people happy, bring joy to their lives, and to remind them that life is beautiful. One of the best places to see this in action would be in old folks homes. Many people in these places are at the end of their lives and really need some type of lift to their spirits. When we were looking for skilled nursing facility for my husbands mom, we of course looked for one that had both an art program, and a “art tour” program. What is an art tour? This is actually an idea created by a genius where local artists would bring their works to local retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals in the area to visit old people. The reaction to this has been just great. Hundreds of artists have participated in programs like these and the joy they have created have been just fantastic.

Some among us decide to create art for children. Colorful, bright, full of energy and meant to be appreciated by children or adults with a bit of child left in their souls. There are certain children’s hospitals around the country that have actually implemented art creation projects for their patients. Most of these types of programs see benefit to the patients and for a little while at least, you can see smiles on their faces. You see, sickness is really draining on our psyche and art helps bridge the gap between reality, and the beauty of creating something special. Art can be enjoyed even after it is created so the memories can last a lifetime. The beauty of these types of programs is that the art can then be hung on the hospital walls of the patients rooms.

Art can definitely bring joy to those in need. Whether you are an older person in a home, a sick child in a hospital, or someone that just needs a little cheer, art can by that thing that makes an impact. Joy, that is what art offers. Viewers of the pieces realize that someone created that “thing” they are looking at. Someone came to share it with them. Someone took the time to spread the beauty of their creation and that is just a magical thing to watch. As artists, we must always believe that what we do is meant to touch people. Sometimes we create that art to touch ourselves or our families, but let’s not forget to produce art that brings joy to those who have very little in their life. That is our duty as artists.

01/13/14

Art News Across the US


Recology San Francisco Art Studio

The Recology Art Studio in San Francisco has a program where it hosts residents who apply and are accepted in their program. This unique program supplies artists with recycled materials, studio space and a stipend at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. The next exhibit will take place on January 24th from 5:00-9:00 PM and January 25th from 1:00-3:00 PM. Artists who are in residency and will have their work featured are Yulia Pinkusevich, Stephanie Syjuco and Brittany Watkins.

Recycled art is really cool because instead of throwing resources away, these resources are re-purposed into useful things. Many times it’s not even obvious that the new creation was recycled. It’s great for our eco-system. The artists that are in residency at the Recology Art Studio work for for months in that studio space. The materials they use are recovered and the artists also talk to the general public and students as well. There are over seventy-five professional artists that have finished residencies. They are always accepting applications and you can apply on their website.

MOCA in LA Receives Huge Endowment

The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art has struggled for years trying to survive financially. It has been announced that through a fundraising campaign, the museum has raised an endowment of $100 million over the past 9 months. This museum contains pieces from the likes of artists Mark Rothko, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichenstein. This isn’t the first time that the MOCA needed some help to survive. In 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles was near shutting down. a $30 million endowment from billionaire financer Eli Broad is the only reason the museum exists today.

In an interesting twist last year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offered a large bailout too. They would put up the $100 million if the MOCA merged it’s downtown locations with LACMA just west of downtown. The MOCA decided it wanted to remain independent, so instead it launched a humongous campaign to find fundraising. All in all, 30 donors gathered and pondered whether or not they should save the museum. Broad once again was a part of the funding to keep the MOCA alive. He is building his own museum across the street from MOCA’s main location. This museum is scheduled to open in November 2014 and will feature Broad’s personal collection featuring Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Ed Ruscha among others. Overall, the billionaire has over 2,000 pieces of work and come November, the public will get to enjoy it for free.

Cherrywood Wood Art Fair

At The Cherrywood Art Fair, groups of artists, vendors and musicians gather together to celebrate art. A lot of the art here is centered on woodworking. These carvings are usually made with power tools such as table saws and miter saws to make the close bevel cuts in pieces you would see at the fair. The kind of art you would expect to see at the art fair includes 3D art, wood art, sculpture, metal, ceramics, pottery, fine art, jewelry, kids & pet, paper-making, photography, print making, home decor, beauty, textiles and accessories. The cool thing about this art fair is that it’s free thanks to sponsors. Besides live music there are tapas sandwiches, home made artisan sausages, European cookies, empanandas and more.