Paintings for Ants

miniature paintings

I love these works by the South African artist Lorraine Loots. She started out back in 2013 doing a painting a day for a whole year which became the 365 Paintings for Ants project. Her miniature a day challenge was a success and she has continued the practice each year since. In 2014 she produced the 365 Postcards for Ants series where she explored her home city of Cape Town each day. Lovers of her work can bid on the original miniature painting or a very limited edition print of each piece is also sold.Continue Reading

Crusade for Art

buying fine art photography

I really love this idea. If I wasn’t struggling to pay the mortgage and buy art supplies I would grab one. Fifty shares are being sold for $350 each. Your one share buys you 6 original, signed photographs to be commissioned by 6 different artists. So each work will be an edition of 50 (as there’s 50 share holders) and you’ll receive them over a period of 6 months (2 images every other month). You won’t know what the image will be but you’ll know who the photographers will be. They’re Jennifer Greenburg, Thomas Jackson, Shane Lavalette, Kerry Mansfield, Joshua Meier, and Heather Evans Smith. How cool is that? A surprise in the mail every 2 months! ;-) Continue Reading

Other Criteria Shop

damien hirst shop

I used to mention Damien Hirst almost weekly as he was always up to something new and/or outrageous, but I have been back blogging for two and a half months now and I still haven’t done a post on the man. I’m not sure if it’s because I have matured during my 3 year break from blogging, perhaps because Hirst isn’t doing anything new now, or maybe the novelty just wore off. Continue Reading

Amazon Art

amazon.com art gallery

Just browsing the new Amazon.com Art store online. It has been up for more than a week now so I wanted to see how it was going. At the moment it seems to be somewhere between eBay art and a Sotheby’s auction, with prices starting at $10 and going all the way up to $4,850,000.00.Continue Reading

10 Year Old Mini Hirst

10 year old child painter

Ok, I have been posting too many child prodigy posts lately but somebody keeps showing me new precocious little artists and I really do think we grown ups could learn something from them. I promise this will be my last artist prodigy post for a while though. Kieron Williamson is 10 years old and has sold almost 1.5 million pounds worth of paintings!Continue Reading

Are Art Galleries a Waste of Space?

do we need art galleries

Here in Australia there have been plenty of art galleries closing their doors, downsizing or merging together in recent years. The financial crisis is playing a large part in the gallery clean out, but I think the Internet is more to blame. Artists and collectors have worked out that they don’t have to pay the middleman his cut and everyone is happier for it, except the gallery owner. Gallery owners are no longer the gatekeepers they once were and they’re struggling to adapt. Continue Reading

Amazon to Sell Art Online

Amazon to Sell Art

Amazon.com is planning to start selling art online again according to the Wall Street Journal. They plan to sell more than just posters and prints though, they plan to sell art with lots of zeroes on the price tags. Their cut for their part in the transaction will be between 5 and 20 percent.Continue Reading

A Guide to North American Birds by Matt Sesow

Before I went on my recent road trip I received a painting by Washington, DC. artist Matt Sesow called “A Guide to North American Birds.” I have a thing for birds and a thing for quirkiness so I really like the painting. I also buy art that I couldn’t or wouldn’t paint myself, so I end up buying bright, bold and colorful paintings which are in contrast to my own paintings that are almost colorless.Continue Reading

The Internet and Running an Art Gallery

Below is a comment by gallery owner Carrie Horejs from an earlier post called Running an Art Gallery. She talks about some of the challenges that the Internet is creating for the old artist/art gallery relationship. She raises some interesting questions..Continue Reading

Online Tips for Artists

Brian Sherwin from MyArtSpace has created a list of tips for artists looking to be seen online. Some of his tips include..

  • Answer email that you receive about your art promptly.
  • Be smart about how you list your contact info.
  • Have a website or online community profile that is devoted to your artwork.
  • Create free accounts on online art communities.
  • Maintain an active blog for your art.
  • Establish yourself on social networking sites.

Read the rest of Brian’s artist tips over his My Art Space Blog. He’s also involved with the online art galleries at My Art Space and New York Art Exchange.Continue Reading