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Keeping Up Motivation

January 31st, 2017

This undated photo provided by Australian Synchrotron and the National Gallery of Victoria shows an image appears, with X-ray fluorescence microscopy, beneath Edgar Degas' Portrait of a Woman. Staff at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, asked scientists from Australian Synchrotron to scan the painting with a high-definition X-ray beam produced by a particle accelerator called a synchrotron to unveil the image. (Australian Synchrotron and the National Gallery of Victoria via AP)
Hello Everyone

Today I want to share with you about how I keep up my motivation as an artist and business owner when I am going through slow and challenging times. I find it easy to keep motivated most of the time but when things are slow or go wrong I don’t feel like throwing in the towel and that is because art is my true love, my passion, my all, there is no other work for me out there, I should know I have done everything else and hated it, apart from being a nurse, surgeon, policewoman, judge, solicitor, doctor and prison officer. When things don’t work out how I expect them to i get angry, frustrated and for a few hours or days I have a rest and go out and do something else, and when I feel refreshed I go back to my work. I do find my inspiration and new found energy is naturally cyclical. Being able to sit and paint is so exhilirating like it is for adrenalin junkies to dive off the tallest building or mountain edge. It is part of me, the way I think and see the world and these emotions and mindset are stronger than the emotion of quitting. I read other artist’s struggles and tales of woe and it is encouraging to know other people go through similar struggles and down times. I have decided this year is the biggest breakthrough year for my art business, where I make the most money to date and take it to a new level and I can’t wait to get started after the New Year, I already have something in place ready to start the first week in January. I hope whoever is reading this takes something away from it and if you are an artist, I hope you feel relieved it is not only you in the world who experiences challenges, and no the featured image is not me, and if it was well, I preserved well didn’t I?

Happy New Year and I hope 2017 is a prosperous year for you all, thank you for subscribing and supporting me over the last three years, and long may it last.

Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already for more content, it is posted every Tuesday at 10.00m.

Joanne

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Art Prints v Original Prints

January 28th, 2017

Art Prints v Original Prints

Sometimes people think they are getting an original painting and they end up getting a print. To avoid confusion, it is becoming important to know how to distinguish a print from an original painting.
Art Prints
are multiples of the same piece, created through a printmaking technique. One of the most common types of prints is the one produced by a photo-mechanical process. The image is photographically transferred from an original source and is mass reproduced. Do not confuse this with original prints.
Original Prints
are artwork from a matrix, which is generally a single metal plate; stone block, wooden block or screen that is hand-made by the artist. Each impression is done by the artist or artisan and the matrix is later destroyed. The prints are traditionally signed and numbered in pencil by the artist and generally called “Limited Edition Prints”. The numbering is done in this format: 149/300. Original prints can also be considered investments and bring with them the level of status that mass reproductions do not.
Before you ask a museum curator, art collector, appraiser or other art expert, these tips can help you differentiate a Print from an Original Painting:
An Original Painting has textured brush strokes. Watercolor or gouache original paintings will typically be in a rough paper with a distinctive grain.
A Print is usually flat and has a dot matrix pattern, the same pattern you find in magazines or book images.
An Original Painting has irregular and uneven paint on the edges of the stretched canvas.
A Print usually has sharp, even and clean edges; where the buyer typically does not look.
An Original Painting examined under a strong light might show pencil lines from the artist’s original sketch and changes made by the artist while painting.
A Print frequently has a number of identification and a copyright logo printed in small letters.
An Original Painting has rich and vibrant colors, and overall, looks, feels and smells like an original.

13 Reasons Why An Original Painting In The Home Is As Important As A Bed

January 10th, 2017

13 Reasons Why An Original Painting In The Home Is As Important As A Bed


Having original art in the home is vital to your well being. Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects. This list is dedicated to the understanding of importance of art from perspectives of interior design, well being, social atmosphere, creating a mood in the home, and more. One quote that stands out about the importance of original art is the following, “You would never put fake books on your bookshelf, so why would you put fake art on your walls?”

1. Creates Mood

Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love Click here for more info. Romantic, sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the bedroom.
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
We all love to express ourselves, be it through clothing, accessories, social media – the list goes on! Original art in the home is a perfect way to express your artistic and aesthetic interests in a way different from most, for original artworks are one of a kind.

3. Makes Memories

Buying an original work of art is an experience. For whatever reason, you were drawn to a specific piece (or multiple). You may have seen it at a show opening, had a nice trip to the ice cream shop before hand. Whatever happened leading up to/during/after the purchase of a meaningful original work will be remembered every time you see it. This will not happen with a poster from Ikea.

4. Provides a Colour Palette
When rooms have a lot of colours, or many shades of the same colour, it can become overwhelming. An original work of art is a beautiful, meaningful way to tie everything together and create a general focal point.

5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
When walls are empty, a room does not necessarily look bad, but by no means does it look finished. Rooms with empty walls are functional rooms in a house. Rooms with original art work are comfortable rooms in a home.

6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
This one is simple – in rooms with no art, artistic expression is lacking and therefore the need and want for creativity is not very prominent. On the opposite end of the spectrum, original artworks foster creativity, expression, artistic inspiration. This is particularly important in homes with children as being surrounded by artwork will allow creative thinking. This idea is expanded on in reason 11.

7. Conversation Starter
As mentioned in reason 2, hanging original art in your home is a way of expressing oneself. That being said, guests will always be curious about the choice of artwork, the story, have questions about the artist, etc. It is a way to show off your art collection while having passionate conversations with house guests.

8. Supports Artists
One of the most important things about buying original artwork is that you are supporting an artist’s career. Each time you have a look at a work in your home, it provides a feel-good emotion that you are assisting an artist in achieving the success and recognition they deserve.

9. It is an Investment
Building off of reason 8, not only does owning original work in the home allow you to support artists’ careers, but it is also an investment. These artworks can be passed down through family and friends, be shared with loved ones for many years all while increasing in worth. This is never something that will be achieved with a $12 print from Walmart.

10. Creates a Livable Environment
Art can make rooms that are not necessarily “home-y” become comfortable working and living environments. A home office, for example, can transform from a place of work and business to one of relaxation and productivity all the with addition of an original work of art. Attached is an article explaining how artwork in office spaces improves employee productivity

11. Keeps the Brain Active
Art is very conceptual, artists use it as a medium to express personal thought, political or social issues, and to make us as viewers think. Some people do quizzes or crossword puzzles to keep their brain active, but another way to do so is to own original artwork in the home, to just sit, look, and think.

12. Relaxation
In a busy, fast-paced world that demands speed and productivity, home should be a place of relaxation. Coming home from a busy day at work to sit on your couch and stare at a TV or a blank wall is not as recharging or relaxing as enjoying an
artwork purchased with the means to create a positive mood.

13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!
Last but certainly not least, curating a gallery is fun! Attending show openings, going to galleries, chatting with artists even, it is a fun experience! After a while you will start to notice a theme, in subject matter, colour, concept, etc. Playing with moods, composition, placement in the home, of all these reasons why to have art in the home, let’s not forget the fact that it is simply something fun to do.

Tips On Buying Directly From The Artist

December 31st, 2016

Tips On Buying Directly From The Artist

Tips On Buying Art Directly From The Artist

Buying art from an artist can be much more casual (and, often, complicated) than buying artwork from a gallery or at an auction. Each artist may handle the transaction differently, and may include different things in the sale. To make the process simpler and ensure that you aren't missing out on anything important, you should enter the situation with a few key things in mind:

1. You don't need to buy the art right away. Typically when purchasing art, you have the luxury of time. Take a photo, bring it home, take measurements of the space where the work would go. It is rare that you would have to buy the artwork right then and there. There are some exceptions to this rule. If you are at a temporary event, like an art fair or an auction, or if you know that there is somebody else also considering purchasing this piece, you may need to expedite your decision ­making process. That's why it's a great idea to get the contact information from the artist and find out how long this work will be available.

2. Always get the facts. Whether you're purchasing the artwork on the spot, or taking time to think about it, there is vital information you should get from the artist.
Name
Website
Contact Information
Price Information
Obviously, the course of the conversation will naturally allow you to discover certain other important elements ­ like their motivation, the stories behind their artwork, and their artistic history. All of these will help you form a deeper emotional connection to the piece in question. However, if you do not receive the artist's personal information, it may all be for nothing, as you may miss out on the opportunity to buy their work.

3. Artists are often willing to negotiate. If you see a work that is above your budget, be sure to inquire about the possibility of a discount. Tell the artist what about the work speaks to you, why you want it, and where you'll hang it. For artists, knowing that their work is going to be appreciated can make all the difference.

4. Obtain a signature and documentation. Even if you are not planning on selling the work later on, it is important that you make sure the artwork is signed and that you have the appropriate documentation. You should have a proof of purchase and a certificate of authenticity. Make sure that these have the artist's signature, date, and the amount of money that you purchased the work for. This will be valuable in the future, whether you end up re­selling the work or if you want to buy insurance for it.

5. Inquire about materials and care tips. Some works, especially sculpture and mixed media, need special care instructions. Even for common media like paintings or photography, the artist may have some special instructions for the works. By taking the extra measure and asking early, you may end up extending the life of the artwork.

6. Stay connected. There are many advantages to staying connected with an artist after the purchase. For one, they may come out with more works in the future that will be of interest to you. Having multiple pieces by the same artist can unify a space and give it a great voice.
Additionally, when you stay in contact, you'll be the first to know if this artist begins to receive international success. There are several ways to stay connected with an artist these days. Follow them on social media. Set up a Google Alert for their name. Some artists will have a newsletter that you can subscribe to-just ask, or you'll never know!
Once you buy your artwork...
Enjoy it! Store the sales documentation somewhere safe, hang the work somewhere it will be appreciated, and relax.

M Year In Review

December 13th, 2016

Hello Everyone

I cannot believe we are a few weeks away from being at the end of 2016, this year has gone by so fast and I am already planning my business goals for next year. before the years starts I always look back at my achievements in my art business, and sometimes personal ones too, and this time I thought I would share them all with you.

At the beginning of the year I struggled with my health, it started 7 years ago after catching a viral cold and I was left with terrible nerve pain in my face, neck and head and a heaviness in the top right of my back which triggered my neck to swell and I would feel dizzy and sometimes get vertigo, this in turn gave me peculiar sensations in my stomach and entire body which resulted in not being able to eat properly. I was determined to find a cure, or some type of treatment which would give me better relief than just taking pills at night. I came across a local acupuncturist who over a period of 4 months restored me back to normality and I am able to eat well and function normally, I count this as a massive achievement. I applied to be a volunteer at an animal charity, a dream I have always wanted and never found the opportunity to do until February this year, it has brought me so much joy and fulfillment having direct contact with all farm and domestic animals I help look after, and in all weathers, later on this year I organised my own art exhibition in the barn of the charity to bring more awareness of the charity and raise funds for it, the Councillor of West Berkshire opened it and bought a painting. The exhibition was advertised in my local paper and three days later my local radio station rang me up and asked me in for an interview, of course I obliged, it was a very proud moment, as a result of the press I have sold more prints and original paintings, and it has inspired me to create more work which I finished in November. It has been a fantastic year for reaching major goals and I am so excited for next year to achieve even greater goals in my business and personal life.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and see you next week

Joanne

New Winter Scenes of Sonning as Xmas Cards

November 29th, 2016

New Winter Scenes of Sonning as Xmas Cards

Hello Everyone

Christmas is only a month away and I am busy buying and wrapping presents, it is an exciting time of year I love the lights in the cities and towns and all the festive parties coming up to attend. Speaking of Christmas I have finished the series of winter scenes of Sonning Christmas cards and they will be available from 7th December from one of my stalls I hold. This year I will be at Queen Anne's School in Caversham, Berkshire on Saturday 3rd December 11am-3pm, drop by and say hello and enjoy the refreshments and of course my cards. Hopefully it will be a regular annual stall in December.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and enjoy a lot of parties and you prosper in the New Year.

Until next week

Joanne

New Painting Reveal From Latest Collection

November 22nd, 2016

New Painting Reveal From Latest Collection

Hello Everyone

Last week I mentioned I am painting new scenes of Sonning in Berkshire for my new collection of christmas cards this year. On Thursday I began painting Sonning Bridge, I recently took the photograph because I accidentally deleted it when it was covered in thick frost, but it is ok that is what my imagination is for.

I mixed the colours for the sky, grass and water using white, cobalt blue and phthalo green, burnt umber and ultramarine blue remembered to erase the pencil lines first, otherwise they will not be able to be erased once the paint is down. I painted in the sky first and then I moved onto painting the grass and water from the bottom of the page up to the bridge. I worked on the trees behind the bridge and mixed various colours to paint in the tunnels, and then I mixed various shades of flesh colour, burnt umber, cadmium red and white to create the brick colour and painted in the bridge, I added greys and whites to make the bridge look more realistic.

I decided to paint the sky, grass and water of two more scenes, but halfway through I realised I had mixed the colours too dark and applied them too thickly, I basically wasted three hours and a lot of paint which was a painful realisation, and I decided to pack up for the day. They will be finished in 2 weeks and I cannot wait to share them with my customers. I will be back in the studio all weekend to draw out the two scenes for a second time and start painting them. My intention is to also work on the other two but I will see how much time I have left. You are the first to see this new painting above. Watch out for the next blog and painting reveal, I post Tuesdays at 10:00am when there are no technical issues like there was last week and I ended up posting the blog in later that day, and don't forget to subscribe for more stories.


Joanne

Second Painting in New Series of Sonning

November 9th, 2016

Second Painting in New Series of Sonning

Hello Everyone

Last week I mentioned I am painting new scenes of Sonning in Berkshire for my new collection of christmas cards this year. On Thursday I began painting Sonning Bridge, I recently took the photograph because I accidentally deleted it when it was covered in thick frost, but it is ok that is what my imagination is for.

I mixed the colours for the sky, grass and water using white, cobalt blue and phthalo green, burnt umber and ultramarine blue remembered to erase the pencil lines first, otherwise they will not be able to be erased once the paint is down. I painted in the sky first and then I moved onto painting the grass and water from the bottom of the page up to the bridge. I worked on the trees behind the bridge and mixed various colours to paint in the tunnels, and then I mixed various shades of flesh colour, burnt umber, cadmium red and white to create the brick colour and painted in the bridge, I added greys and whites to make the bridge look more realistic.

I decided to paint the sky, grass and water of two more scenes, but halfway through I realised I had mixed the colours too dark and applied them too thickly, I basically wasted three hours and a lot of paint which was a painful realisation, and I decided to pack up for the day. They will be finished in 2 weeks and I cannot wait to share them with my customers. I will be back in the studio all weekend to draw out the two scenes for a second time and start painting them. My intention is to also work on the other two but I will see how much time I have left. You are the first to see this new painting above. Watch out for the next blog and painting reveal, I post Tuesdays at 10:00am when there are no technical issues like there was last week and I ended up posting the blog in later that day, and don’t forget to subscribe for more stories.

Joanne

New Winter Scenes of Sonning

November 1st, 2016

New Winter Scenes of Sonning

Everyone

I am starting to think about christmas for this year and how I am going to spend it, then there are presents to buy and wrap, but before that I need christmas cards to send to friends and family. I looked back over the last two years photo collection of many scenes of Berkshire i have taken and I came across some winter scenes in Sonning. Two years ago I stopped in Sonning on a beautiful frosty winter morning on my way to work, and captured many stunning scenes of the village. Tree branches,lawns and buildings were thick with ice and everything glistened as the sun shone down . I have chosen them to be my new christmas card series for 2016. So far I have drawn out four scenes and today I began painting my first one which I am three quarters way through, the painting above is a sneak peak of the collection.

Watch out for the next scene in the collection that I will give you the first glance of

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Joanne

Windsor Castle

October 9th, 2016

Windsor Castle is a second home to me because I have family who live in Eton Wick. In the summer of 1977 we spent the Queen’s Jubilee sitting on the grass outside Windsor Castle watching the procession go by. In my teens me and my cousin used to go clubbing in the town centre at night and walk round it during the day. I painted the castle for nostalgic reasons.

I drew out the Castle and buildings in a light pencil, i paintined in the sky using a mix of cobalt blue and titanium white and then i painted in the castle using a mix of yellow ochre and white. I mixed my own shades of green for the trees and grass, using blues, browns and yellow. I am really pleased with the finished painting and the white mount and frame set it off nicely giving it a fresh appearance.

Thank you for reading, watch out forvthe next flog on Tuesday at 10.00am.

 

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