Was It Good For You?

This article is by Carolyn Henderson, the managing half of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews and her freelance writing appears in regional newspapers, online magazines, and her humor blog, Middle-Aged Plague.

So, for all practical purposes, this is the end of the year. Yup, you could still make a sale, but by the time you get the check or PayPal payment (if the sale is through a gallery), then you’ll be posting that transaction in 2012.

Was it a good year?

It was a rough one, I’m sure; it’s been a rough year for a lot of people who aren’t artists, but for those who depend upon other people’s sense of security in their jobs and bank accounts to move inventory, then any year with the word “recession” in it, as in “lingering recession,” “long dr

Interesting Point of View....

The following article is by Keith Bond of Fine Art Views…

There are givers and there are takers..

Takers think first of self. They feel a sense of entitlement. They seek happiness by focusing on what they can gain, who they are, what they accomplish, or what recognition they receive.

Givers think of others. They have compassion. They find happiness and joy by focusing on others; by giving; by sharing; through service; etc.

There are givers and takers among both the rich and the poor. There are givers and takers within relationships. There are givers and takers at work or church. There are givers and takers in your neighborhood. There are emotional givers and takers and there are those who are givers or takers in the way they communicate.

It isn’t quite as black or white as I

My Work Published by Readers Digest and Quarto Publishing...

I am happy to announce that several of my paintings along with my trade secrets, are featured in the book shown below…I just received my copy and I am thrilled….the publication is beautiful and one of the most comprehensive watercolour books I have seen in a long time….

The publisher, Quarto Editions in England, approached me earlier this year indicating that they loved my work (they saw my portfolio here), and wanted to use some of them in a new book they were planning to publish later in the year…
I was familiar with their publications, so knew it would be really well done

Just like having a painting tutor on call 24 hours a day-this book is packed with inspiration and know-how for both beginners and more experienced painters. With over 200 tips and step-by-ste

Police Report, Novel, or Poem?....

This article was written by Keith Bond, and appears courtesy of FineArtViews…the discussion is directed mainly at painters but is really for all artists, regardless of medium.

Suppose a crime happened in your city or town. Three people write about it.

First is a police officer who responded to the incident. The officer writes in exacting detail everything that happened. Nothing is left out. It is a completely thorough and meticulous report. But reading it is very cumbersome and tedious. It puts you to sleep on about page one.

The second writer is a novelist who is able to explain the same event in an exciting way. The novelist’s version is enthralling and captivating. The details are controlled so that you read them only when necessary. They are carefully composed to l

Some Myths Debunked....

“Some Artistic Myths Eviscerated” was written by Stapleton Kearns …..He gives his opinion about some current myths that are taken for granted by society and the art world, and in this article seeks to debunk these myths….
It appears courtesy of FineArtViews and is written in the first person….it applies to any medium of art…

“I would like share my ideas about popular sayings about art with which I disagree. I don’t mean to imply that you should disagree, but I’d like to examine some ideas that float about our studios unchallenged. Some of which might be doing us more harm than good. Be forewarned these are sacred cows I am about to throw on the grill.

  • Happy accidents.

I don’t think I want accidents happening in my work, again you

The Perils of Giving it Away.....

We are nearing Christmas, the season of giving…are you planning to give your art away as gifts? do you regularly give away your art at Christmas or at any other time?…
I have given away art as gifts to friends and relatives, and donated to charity as well….each situation presented me with certain problems, and I learned valuable lessons from them

Read what Robert Genn and his readers had to say on the subject ….

Yesterday an artist from Ontario, wrote:
“Recently I’ve been asked for a painting as a wedding present, as a birthday present, and as a keepsake. Of course all these requests, while flattering, take time or cost money. What does one say?
I recently asked my brother-in-law to pose for me while we chatted over a beer. He was disappointed when I t

Art and Work

As a follow up to the previous post “Words of Wisdom” here is a brief description of Glaser’s book “Art is Work” from you enjoyed the post you might be interested in purchasing a copy.

From book jackets and LP covers to ad posters and soup cans, Glaser has designed them all. This new volume is his showcase. In the introduction, he suggests that we substitute the word work for the word art , in order to “restore art to a central, useful activity in daily life.” By subverting commonplace words, objects, and symbols in his own work, Glaser has accomplished that goal. For example, his highly recognized I [love] NY ad campaign turned T-shirts and bumper stickers into a mass of moving canvases. A follow-up to his first collection publish

Can 200 Million People Be Wrong?

Yes I know, stats can be boring, but believe me you want to know these facts….what do buyers want these days, what kind of art do people like, and will knowing the stats affect what you create?….
Are your pieces doomed to languish in the back of a cupboard or are they going to be embraced wholeheartedly?
Will thousand of likes change your direction?….these are real people with real opinions as evinced by their personal pages…
Take the time to go through it…photographers, digital artists, mixed media artists and painters, are all mentioned…’s a fascinating read and at the end, let me know your thoughts

The article is by Brian Sherwin, regular contributing writer for FineArtViews. Brian Sherwin is an art critic, blogger, curator, artist a

The Four'o'clock Reboot.....

The following article was written by Robert Genn a Canadian artist of international repute who heads an art listing site called The Painters Keys….

Recent studies of teenagers’ use of cellphones and other electronic devices have revealed some interesting results.
Apparently, if you deprive kids of social networking for a week or so, a high percentage become significantly depressed. They also lose efficiency, will, enthusiasm and sleep. Their marks go down and their lassitude goes up

For many artists, something similar happens when “the work quotient” is taken from their lives.
A couple of unproductive days can send some creative folks into the dumps. They may not even be aware of what’s happening to them. “Fear of restart” and permanent creative

A Question of Ethics

The article below was adapted from the Empty Easel Newsletter

  • Is it ethical to sell more than one “original” of the same artwork and what about repros like prints and cards, without the permission of the buyer?

An artist and collector, bought a painting at a prestigious art show. She loved this new addition to her collection and hung it over her computer so she could look at it every day.

Recently, she decided to buy another painting from the same artist, so she looked online and was directed to a gallery website. When she clicked on the artist’s name, she was shocked to see the same painting she had in her office for sale, again.

Well, it wasn’t her actual painting, but it was a darn good copy.

True, the copy was a few inches larger and it had a slightly different name,

More About Successful Selling.....

Here are some further posts which will help enhance your marketing skills

Traditional Marketing and the Internet

Selling Art…another point of view

The Latest Marketing Trends

Who is your audience

Is your profile page attracting visitors?…here are ways to improve it

Can you tell your story?

People are talking about you…Join the conversation

Do let me know if you find these posts helpful by leaving a comment below the articles…it helps me to decide whether I should continue adding them to my journals

Getting Your Confidence Back

This article is by Carolyn Henderson, the managing half of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews and her freelance writing appears in regional newspapers, online magazines, and her humor blog, Middle-Aged Plague.

Knitters are normally easy going, accepting people, but I met one once whose goal in life was to ensure that everyone else approached the craft with the same limited, narrow confines that she used to run her circumscribed, seamlessly regulated life.

“I’ve never seen anyone knit the way you do,” was the first full sentence after the introductions. “It’s odd.”

“A German woman taught me,” I replied.

“Well, she taught you wrong. I’ve lived all around Europe for the last 20 years, and I can assure you that no one on the continent knits that w

Delivering It Right....

With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature
…Elizabeth Barret Browning

Do you struggle daily to deliver it right either in your art or other areas of your life?

The Whole Story

As a follow up on my previous post here is the back story….it is all part and parcel of the belief that if it’s on the net it’s free game, but when you also pretend that it’s from your own experience, that’s an outright lie..


RB gets a mention in the NewYork Times

A forum topic of mine in PIMT was mentioned in a comment in the New York Times…a link was added to a discussion about plagiarism and Cindy Schnackel found it….you never know who is watching us or reading our various posts and journals
Dylan Paintings Draw Scrutiny click the links to read the article and forum posts, and scroll down to see the comment which mentions my post in PIMT…BTW the article again raises a whole lot of questions about copyright

Is an Art Community the Best Place to Grow?

I posted the article below to get some discussion going about art groups and communities like this one and whether you find them helpful or not in your development as an artist…
It is by Carolyn Henderson, the managing half of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews and her freelance writing appears in regional newspapers, online magazines, and her humor blog, Middle-Aged Plague

Even triple AAA obsessive and aggressive terriers take a day off now and then, and Sunday is mine. The primary assignment is getting through the newspaper and three pots of tea, with some knitting tossed in for intellectual relief.

This Sunday’s offering included weekly prose from the pulpit, the author asserting that people should belong to a group because, wi

Hacking...and I don't mean the flu....

Recent news about how a hacker (click to read the article), got access to a young women’s email addresses and posted nude pictures of them on the web got me thinking about how easy it is for someone to get your email address and post your private information around the world..

I did a bit of research and found some very interesting information..

  • “There is an actual guide to hack/retrieve passwords of Facebook accounts. It is not at all complex, involving just the uploading of a phishing script (freely available) that is identical to Facebook’s login page to a web server and lure the targeted user to enter their credentials on the phishing website. These credentials will be saved as plain text and the phisher can use it to login to the victim’s Facebook account..
    A chain is on

Resale rights...

Did you know that you might have a right to a percentage of the sale price if your art is resold through a gallery or auction house?

The Artist Resale Right (ARR) entitles visual artists to share in the ongoing commercial successes of their work by entitling them to a percentage of the sale price each time their work is resold through an auction house or commercial gallery.
The ARR was first introduced in France in 1920.
This initiative was subsequently widely adopted by the European Union, and today, 59 countries world‐wide have endorsed the ARR.
In September 2001, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe issued
a directive requiring member states to institute the ARR in their copyright policies. A number of European countries – including, recently, the United Kingdom and Irelan

Painting In Public..Tips and Techniques to make it Easier...

For as long as I’ve been painting, I’ve been painting in public, from small classes of five or so to University classes of 40 people, to trade shows in front of thousands, to television in front of millions…regardless of numbers, five or a million, it can be a nerve wracking experience if you’re not prepared..
Before online marketing, it was much simpler, I knew exactly what I was going to demo, ads went up beforehand and people came prepared to learn and that was it.
I was asked to show all sorts of techniques from full blown painting to faux finishes, card crafting and more…life was much simpler

Then came online marketing and the game changed considerably…now painting in public became a marketing tool not only for the people sponsoring me, but f

Announcing...Sojie 12...A Unique Experience


Between the Darkness and the Light
by Janis Zroback


by Janis Zroback


The WasteLand….
by Janis Zroback


Simple Abundance..Onions

   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to exhibit in SoJie 12. SoJie 12 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 12th one, ever, and 120 other members of the Solo Exhibition group, besides myself, are represented.

This exhibition is based on a workshop, in which I participated, where member artists translated member photographers’ images to traditional art medium.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on August …

Flash Mob Painting....or photographing...

This is a new phenomenon in Toronto…it’s called flash mob painting…sort of like flash mob dancing, a bunch of people get together and paint up a storm..
I just found out about it tonight and though I would pass the idea on so others who like the idea might start a mob in their own city

From Toronto artist, Moshe Mikanovski’s blog..

Artist Gary Smith, who is constantly looking for ways to not only enrich his own art practice, but also to connect with his students and give them opportunities to create, has come up with this brilliant idea! In addition to his regular Sunday figure drawing classes, summer art escapes and plein air painting sessions at the Toronto Islands, Gary started recently his “Flash Painting sessions”.

Here is how it works – a day or two befo

Scam or Opportunity

The topic of vanity galleries has raised it’s head again today, so I thought it was time to add yet another post on the subject.

The following article is by Brian Sherwin, an art critic, blogger, curator, artist and writer based near Chicago, Illinois. He has been published in Hi Fructose Magazine, Illinois Times, and other publications, and linked to by publications such as The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Juxtapoz Magazine, Deutsche Bank ArtMag, ARTLURKER, Myartspace, Blabbermouth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Modern Art Obsession, Citizen LA, Shark Forum, Two Coats of Paint and Art Fag City. .

An artist recently responded to a FineArtViews article about vanity galleries that I authored…she suggested that vanity galleries are not exactly a bad thing for artists. She men

I miss them...

I really miss seeing work from these artists…anyone know if they’re still around or gone forever?

  • Salena,
    Elisabetta Trevisan,
    Lorus Maver,
    The Painted Soul,
    Holly Cawfield,
    Colin Cartwright,

Moonlight in Progress, or how to take risks with your work...

I have been asked about my practice of doing a complete painting covering it up and then removing some of the camouflage…I thought I would share a brief expose on my technique which I used on a current Painting “In the Moonlight”

There were many interim stages to this work, but I have included only the main ones here to give you an idea of the process I used to get to the final result…
Except for where it was covered in black, at any stage this painting was complete and could have been posted as such…in other words each stage was a finished work and then I went on to do another finished work….
The procedure takes a lot of practice……to cover up a painting till it completely disappears requires nerves of steel…you must be prepared to lose


The Following article was written by Robert Genn whose postings I have often published in my journal

A reader recently wrote, "I’ve just toured a wide range of private collectors’ homes in Los Angeles. Couples greeted us with open arms, holding their pets and catalogues with great smiles of anticipation; others had their own curators and held back.
Many of the homes had similar works of the same artists, which made me think it’s all about, “Look, I have one too!” Is it all for competition and ego or is it the natural joy of celebrating creativity? Do collectors give birth to new collectors? Is this how to reap the flurry of fame? The artist wins, but it reminds me of "He who dies with the most toys wins

Genn’s reply…Many serious c

The Flavour of the Month...

The Following article was written by Robert Genn whose postings I have often published in my journal

Have you noticed that almost everything advertised these days comes with a statement or two about who also owns it? Like Jennifer uses this shampoo, or Brad and Angelina have one in their bathroom….it seems like advertisers think we can’t make a decision to buy anything without some kind of endorsement whether it’s genuine or not…..well that extends to art as well and has done so for a long comes and goes in fashion just like anything else and it seems what’s in and what’s out is in the hands of just a few curators and critics…but is that really right or just?
Robert Genn has something to say on the subject

A reader recently wr

Video Marketing Anyone?

I must confess that this is an area where I have absolutely no experience…I am excerpting this article by Keith Bond from Fine Art Views and if you are interested in learning more, (I know I do), I promise to do lots more research in this area…if you or anyone you know have done or have started to incorporate videos into their marketing schemes (websites, blogs, etc..I don’t mean the ones on their art pages here) please add a link to your comment…Janis

Videos are becoming more and more common in email campaigns, blogs, newsletters, etc. I subscribe to a couple newsletters that frequently include a short video clip. I’ve seen some industry claims that suggest that in a few years, 60% of all emails may be video. Who knows if this is true, but it does underscore th

Before you post anything more to this...

Have you got a fan page, wall, blog or website connected to Facebook?…then you need to read the information below which was written by Clint Watson editor of Fine Art Views….

Don’t Publish Your Full Blog Feed To Facebook:….

  • Facebook can choke on full feeds:
    First, Facebook seems to choke easily on full feeds. Artists occasionally open a ticket with us saying that Facebook didn’t “like” (pun intended) their blog’s feed.
  • Facebook changes the formatting:
    Another reason I don’t recommend that you use your full blog feed is that Facebook changes the content from a blog feed. That’s right: they strip out formatting, they strip out links, they don’t show all the images. I don’t spend time formatting my blog just

What's in a Name?...A Lot These Days...

What’s in a name?…a lot, if you want Google’s search engines to place you higher in the ranks

The article below was written by Clint Watson editor of Fine Art Views..

Want the ultimate SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tip for artists?

(Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page (e.g. your RB art page) in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.
In general, the earlier (or higher on the page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, acade…

Insubstantial Aesthetic Mannerisms?...Hmmm....

“The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public."…Henry Geldzhaler

This month’s British Vogue Magazine (in the pursuit of information I cast my net wide) there is a long article about Tracy Emin, the “artist” I simply call that “woman with the filthy bed”…
Emin has been criticized for being nothing more than a biographical documentarist, concerned only with the mundane minutiae of her narcissistic personality….I totally agree….
I skimmed the article aware that nothing in it was going to change my mind…
I find her work offensive to my sensibilities, but that’s my personal opinion


Getting it Straight...

In looking over my gallery here, I realized that several time I used the word series instead of collection…purely inattention I think…luckily it was only a few times, but I wondered if others did the same thing, and thought I should set the record straight…
Though I do paint in series, mostly I paint collections of a similar subject matter…though I really enjoy creating a series, I find painting collections much more exciting

  • Series explore a single theme, Collections a similar topic…Note it would be the same for photography, digital or mixed media work…

Many of the artists of the past painted in series…I have included two of them below…Van Gogh and Monet, showing both examples of their series paintings and samples of collections…

Thoughts? Opinions?

“It reflects no great honor on a painter to be able to execute only one thing well — such as a head, an academy figure, or draperies, animals, landscapes, or the like — in other words, confining himself to some particular object of study.
This is so because there is scarcely a person so devoid of genius as to fail of success if he applies himself earnestly to one branch of study and practices it continually
." Leonardo Da Vinci…

You already know my thoughts on this subject as I have mentioned them many times in the past….
I know what gallery owners and curators would say, but how about you…any thoughts or opinions on the subject of confining oneself to one type of subject matter….do you agree with the master or disagree

The more they understand you, the more they will like what you do...

Continuing the previous articles on marketing through connecting with your viewers, the post below discusses the importance of sharing your stories

The article below is by Keith Bond, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews. ..FAV allows subscribers to share information

A few years ago, I read something an artist wrote and it had a great impact on me. I hadn’t heard of the artist before that, and therefore knew nothing about him. I didn’t know whether the artist did realism or abstraction or who knows what. But his words were inspiring. I would stumble across things he wrote from time to time and eventually began to receive his newsletter. Most of the time, I truly valued his insights.

I finally decided to look up his work on-line about a year after first learning

Selling Online....Alternative Ideas #1

I have quite a few posts on how to improve sales in my journal here…
E.G…See How to sell more art
I’ve decided it’s time to add to those posts with some alternative ideas and lucrative ways that artists are now marketing their works and at the same time driving potential buyers to their online galleries…one of these is through affiliate marketing

  • Affiliate Marketing is an Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts. It is an application of crowd sourcing. ..Wiki
    In other words you offer friends, family, and even strangers a percentage of any sale they secure on your behalf…a number of artists are using this method of marketi

Understanding Breeds Tolerance

This post is by Donald Fox and was excerpted from Fine Art Views, a newsletter about Art and Fine Living..FAV allows subscribers to share the information it contains…

The highest result of education is tolerance… Helen Keller 
I have had the privilege of meeting many artists over the years, but I have seen far more art than the number of artists I can claim to know. Of those artists I have met, however, about the only thing they have in common is a love of the arts, whether they be visual, musical, kinetic, or literary.
Most of them passionately believe in one’s right to express one’s self without restriction or without regard as to how the expression may be received.
Quite a few would impose self-restrictions, however, because of personal beliefs that may be colored by spirit

Painting with Ice....

In June 2008, I posted a painting that I had created the previous winter called “Winter Pears”.
Yesterday I released it from it’s hidden spot behind the scenes…if any of you are interested in learning more about the technique of freezing paint overnight, please return here with your questions where I can answer more fully than on the art page

Click HERE to view the painting…

Be Humble...Get Connected...It's Vital to your Success...

The article below is by Brian Sherwin, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews, a newsletter that is about art and Fine Living. Brian Sherwin is an art critic, blogger, curator, artist and writer based near Chicago, Illinois…FAV allows subscribers to share information with others..

  • In this age of fast-paced— and ever-growing— social connection, you never know who may end up viewing your art after someone spreads a link to your artwork on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites.
    When someone who appears to be of little importance posts a link to your website or blog, the gesture may become viral….suddenly his or her friends spread the link further and one of those friends happens to be friends with someone who shares the link with her friends… and

An Artist's Fall from Grace sets a Precedent for Artists Everywhere...

If you read my journals you will know that I am rabid on the matter of copyright violation, never more so than in recent days when it has reared it’s ugly head right here where I post my art…
I have always held the opinion that it’s a pathetic act of desperation to appropriate another’s work in hopes of riding on their coat tails and Artist and writer Brian Sherwin agrees..
In the article below (I excerpted parts and it’s still long but well worth reading), he reports on a recent supreme court case where a photographer won a lawsuit against a prominent “artist” known for the appropriation of other artist’s works and the gallery who represented him

Brian Sherwin, is a regular contributing writer for FineArtViews. Brian Sherwin is an art cri

Time to change those FB settings...again

The following was excerpted form an article in Life’s Little Mysteries, posted last week

The popular social networking site Facebook has made the decision to loosen its user privacy restrictions, a decision that angered U.S. Senators and confused Facebook users.

PERSONAL INFORMATION that was once private WILL NOW BE VISIBLE to the public automatically, and users will have to change their settings to avoid sharing their information, according to Facebook’s privacy policy site.

This loosened privacy policy has raised concerns among some members of the Senate. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Al Franken (D-MN) wrote Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg a letter on April 27, voicing their concerns and asking him to reconsider the

Keeping a Journal...Illustrated

I have kept Art Journal for years and have a number of them, some really large, some as tiny as 1×4 inches…lately I have been posting works from my Pear Journal, where most of the images are fully completed paintings.

I am illustrating this article with some of my journal images and links to the art pages of my other journals ….

The following article was excerpted from a newsletter by Courtney Jordan in the Artist Daily

Art journals can combine several media including watercolor,
collage, text, and drawing

Some of my Art Journals

So many of us keep sketchbooks to make quick drawings, work through compositional possibilities, and just practice mark-making. An art journal is exactly what it sounds like, a bound book of artistry that can take all of your exploration to the ne

How to Photograph Your Work to the Best Advantage....

When I first joined RB I had to quickly learn how to photograph my paintings so that they would show to the best advantage, and be as close to the original work as possible…the fellow in the camera shop was very helpful and I had few problems…
I am still learning and varnished works are my main problem right now…however I am beating that demon very quickly..
Looking around the site I see many beautiful works that would benefit from proper lighting and even a better camera shot…some look dark and dingy, or are crooked with slipping edges and white margins…
If you want to sell, it’s important that the work is photographed well…
I thought it might be time to post a few links to articles about photographing your work to the best advantage…I hope you


I haven’t looked for pirated works of mine for quite a while, but tonight I thought of another way of checking and decided to try it…
I googled my images…just used my name and a bunch of my images came up…lo and behold I found two of them decorating blogs…at least they were not for sale and my name was written below, but no link to RB of course…something they could have easily done….
Why do people think that because they add your name it’s not a copyright violation?
I have contacted one of the bloggers, as she had a place for comments…she had my favourite Hardy works adorning her blog…will see what she says…
Most of the time I don’t mind but for goodness sake ASK FIRST

Try googling for your images and click on eac

Have I gained anything?

Below is a painting of a sunflower, that I proposed to add to my sunflower collection…having bought PS Elements for use when creating TShirts I decided to play around with added textures just to see how it would look and if in fact it would improve the painting in anyway

What do you think?…see below

The original painting ready to be posted

Photoshop Elements paint daubs and outlines, as an experiment…have I gained anything with this process?…

My Work has been nominated for the new SoJie 10 Exhibit celebrating Earth Day


Earth Songs….Symphony
by Janis Zroback

Earth Songs….Secrets
by Janis Zroback

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected for the special Earth Day celebration theme to exhibit in SoJie 10. SoJie 10 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 10th one, ever, and 100 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on April 27th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to v…

Tips and Techniques..The Bamboo Pen..

When I decided to write this post, I thought I would look to see what has been written on the subject…to my surprise I found tons of articles…a closer look revealed they were all about Bamboo Pen with a Wacom Pad…wow things have changed while I wasn’t looking…
I decided then and there that no one would be interested in my traditional bamboo pen which was made of real bamboo and was used with black ink…however on second thoughts I decided to post it anyway…it’s short and sweet, and is just meant to describe one of the many ways I use bamboo pens
This post is about the FIRST stages of the painting…

Above is an UNFINISHED painting intended for the Hardy series executed only in pen and ink

  • You will need..
    Bamboo Pens..
    Inks in black or

Tools and Tricks....Working outside the Box...

The following article was excerpted from The Artist Daily Newsletter by Courtney Jordan…..

Breaking out of a painting rut sometimes requires a little more oomph than just adding another color to your palette or going from a still life to a figure painting. Sometimes your whole process needs an overhaul. A few years ago, artist Francis Di Fronzo took a fairly drastic measure to take his work to a new level. He set aside the traditional painting brush for a tool of his own invention—a “comb” with individual hairs seated along a length of wood.

In 1998, Di Fronzo was facing what he describes as an artistic dead end. He’d been working on non-traditional trompe l’oeil paintings of unusual objects like mechanical tools that were no longer satisfying to him. H

Pass this along...

On Friday, actually last Friday….Facebook started using YOUR OWN PHOTOS in ADS that will appear on the profile page of your contacts. It’s legal and in the fine print when you create your account. To STOP THIS do the following: Account, Account Settings, Then click on Facebook Ads, choose “No one” on the drop-down menu and save changes. Copy this and use in a status update.

Also if you have not already done so, while you’re in accounts make sure you have it set up for safe browsing…Check account security and email alerts…if it is not checked it means you are open to hackers

How Deep they actually Dig...

Further to my last post on scraping art works, here is another post which shows how deep they dig for information on you


At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website noticed suspicious activity on its “Mood” discussion board. There, people exchange highly personal stories about their emotional disorders, ranging from bipolar disease to a desire to cut themselves.

It was a break-in. A new member of the site, using sophisticated software, was “scraping,” or copying, every single message off PatientsLikeMe’s private online forums.

Bilal Ahmed wrote about his health on a site that was scraped.

PatientsLikeMe managed to block and identify the intruder: Nielsen Co., the privately held New York media-research firm. Nielsen mo

"Scraping"...another kind of theft....

The article below is by Clint Watson, former art gallery owner/director/salesperson and founder of FineArtViews, a newsletter about art and fine living. .

There have been several articles lately on FineArtViews and around the Internet about visual art and copyrights.

In this post, I want to look at a different but related practice that falls into what might be considered a “grey” area.

I’ve discovered a type of company that engages in the practice of “scraping” artist websites and taking their images. These companies store the artists’ images on their own servers and use them in various ways to serve and profit from their users.

Now, if you’re a strong copyright proponent, don’t get upset just yet. Let’s consider the pros and cons o

My Art is on the Home Page Today

I am really pleased that "Tulip Time made it to the Home Page…what a thrill!

Thank you so much Home Page….

I am far away in another part of the world, on a different computer, and can’t add the screen shot, but if someone can do that for me it would be great….

What is Art...finally a definitive answer?...

What is Art….the age old question…
I came across this definition by Robert Genn in his newsletter and I thought it was worth posting

  • Art establishes and makes tangible a time, a place, a thought, an idea.
  • Art, properly made, enhances and enriches the lives of others.
  • Art gives an opportunity to endow new life and new meaning into the ordinary.
  • Art gives an opportunity to design your own world, and, as in your children, create a significant immortality.
  • Art is hard-earned work that is its own reward and has a degree of permanence.
  • Art, because it’s so easy to do, and yet so difficult to do well, encourages humility in the human soul.
  • Art is an apprenticeship that can be stretched into a lifelong education.
  • Art thrives on democratic ideals, freedom of expression and rugged indiv

Changes in the Art Marketing World...Something to make you go HMMM.....

This imperial-era Qianlong vase sold for $85.9 million last fall, becoming the most expensive Chinese artwork to sell at auction

LONDON— The Western art world’s hegemony is on its last legs, or at least so it would seem according to a recent report showing the extent of the Chinese art market’s fantastic boom.

According to “The Global Art Market in 2010,” a study commissioned by the Netherlands-based European Fine Art Foundation, last year China became the second largest market in the world with a global share of 23 percent. The United States remained in first place with 34 percent, with Britain downgraded from second to the third position with 22 percent (59 percent of the EU total). Already impressive, these figures were then questioned by the analysis of Artprice

My Work has been nominated....join me at the Show...


Pacific Rose
by Janis Zroback

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 66000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie9. SoJie9 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 9th one, ever, and 77 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on March 30th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gallery size&…

Solo Show...View 45 Galleries....


I have my very own Gallery in HOST HULLABALOO!,
the second annual event produced and sponsored by
the Solo Exhibition group, to celebrate art by group
hosts of RedBubble.

Here’s a clickable tear sheet from my gallery at the second annual Host Hullabaloo!
click it to go straight to my gallery there

View all 45 host galleries!

While only members of Solo can comment, EVERYONE can look. If you’re not a member of the group, then you can comment here, in this journal, about the show.

Just click on my tear sheet to see my gallery, or the square Hullabaloo logo, at the top of this journal, to get a bird’s eye view of the show. There, you will see two full pages of gallery links. What a great way to support participating hosts, who support your wor…

Art as a Spiritual Experience....

I’m walking a labyrinth in Sedona, Arizona. I’m repeating the words, “My higher self is guiding me.” As well as thinking of something else, I’m wondering if there’s "something else."

Sedona is one of those spiritual hot spots where visitors come for all sorts of body work, yoga, self-improvement, or guru-inspired transformation. In the USA, this kind of stuff is a $10 billion-a-year industry. Sedona is also the place where three fine folks allowed themselves to be cooked to death in a spiritual sauna at the end of a labyrinth. This was at the urging of the now bankrupt and criminally implicated guru James Arthur Ray. If only those folks had been aware of the life-centering force and personal power one gets from the harmless little activity kno

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