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Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion

October 19th, 2019

Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion

With holidays just around the corner as they say. Everyone begins to scramble around and get upset when thinking of that perfect unique gift.
How about giving some original art? If you're gift giving budget cannot afford original works of acrylic, oil, water color etc. How about prints, or unique
original art on apparel and home decor products. Just about every home decor product you could think of has the potential for original art work to
place on it. Here's a short video presenting one of my shops with original art: Clyde's Art Story Episode 24 Make sure you do some shopping price comparison here's the page listing all the art sites where my art is available on various
home decor and apparel products. CJ Kell's Art Works

Top quality products all with 30 day money back guarantee, plus the sites offer discounts at various times, so keep any eye for some great savings.
Give a special gift of original art to create that lasting joy all year long.

Determine Your Aesthetic Taste

October 11th, 2019

Determine Your Aesthetic Taste

What one likes or dis-likes in art is something very personal. A piece will speak to you or touch your soul. You will identify with what the artists is trying to say, or not! However, when starting an art collection on a budget one can become so frustrated or even depressed. You don’t have the funds for an original Van Gogh, or Picasso, Thomas Kinkade to name a few. Prints, are available, however you are also interested in creating a collection that may mature in value.

Why not consider, current working artists? There are thousands of artists world-wide that create works very similar in style, to the named famous artists
and more. When developing your aesthetic taste. You can utilize many of the various artists platforms available on the internet.

Fine Art America is one of the largest. You can search by artist name, or style, and categories. Red Bubble, Society Six, Art Pal, are
other sites to name a few.

Once you find an artists work that touches your soul. Search Face Book, and Twitter, Instagram, and Google for their personal web site. Reading the artists statement, biographies should give you an idea as to the state of their career and if they’re on an upward trajectory. Plus, with the above sites,
you should be able to see the progress in their craft. All key pointers to future value of their works.

You don’t have to be wealthy to start collecting original works of art. Especially works of art that matter to you! We’ve all read about art collectors that choose pieces based on how much they’ll appreciate in value over the years. You should be buying art because it moves you emotionally, it touches your soul and gives some kind of fulfillment.

Collecting starts with “knowing what you like and what you can afford.” Research, research, Look for artists that inspire and capture your imagination. Search through Instagram, Face Book, and Fine Art America, artists sites. Also, attend local art walks and fairs. There, you might find art for your collection, or make meaningful connections with local artists and galleries.

You don’t have to have millions of dollars to start building an art collection. But how you allocate your art collecting budget matters. Let’s say you have $100 to buy art with. You have a decision to make here: Do you want to spend that money on several less expensive pieces or one to two more impressive ones? Choose quality over quantity, but what about covering the white space on your walls? I once read a statement from an art dealer, “If you’re just looking to fill space to avoid visual boredom, that’s decorating, not collecting.”

With emerging artists who are still experimenting with their styles and working to grow their fan bases, it’s “impossible” to make such predictions.
There is one area where you can improve the chances the value of a piece will hold or increase. When you find artists you like, choose iconic pieces that best represent their body of work. For example, if a particular artist paints both nature scenes and portraits, but is best known for their paintings of mountains at sunset, a mountain painting would be the better buy.

It’s best to buy your art directly from the artists or a gallery. Either way, there’s a guarantee that the work is authentic. Establish an art collection budget, on a monthly basis, put way in a savings account a few dollars specifically for art. Based upon how large your budget grows, plan on purchasing at least (1) new piece each year. Of course this is all up to how fast you want to grow your collection and how much you spend on each piece.

Creating an art collection budget may seem obvious. Sometimes we have to be reminded of the obvious. Setting aside a few dollars each month specifically targeted for collecting art, can and will grow!

What a wonderful feeling to know that not only are you collecting something of beauty. But you’re helping another human being grow in their potential and provide a living for their family, the artists!

Art Collecting Terminology

October 2nd, 2019

Art Collecting Terminology

In the process of learning how to collect original works of art. You will come across some strange terminology. Emerging artists, a term you will often encounter. Cheryl McGinnis, art curator/collector, gave the best explanation I have ever heard. Most artists are “emerging” regardless of how many exhibitions or how many art galleries that represent them. In her opinion, unless the works of an artist is in the collections of the worlds major museums and galleries. High level, respected national and international institutions, the artist is NOT established. This is only important for pricing and appraisal's.

Thus most artists are still emerging in their careers. Please don’t confuse this with your love of a particular artists work, or quality. It is simply a term that you’ll hear and read while researching the background of working artists. Galleries and professional art dealers use the term all the time.

Speaking of galleries, the traditional way that art is sold. Bargain’s can be found, and in some cases an easy way to finance their higher priced works. However, always keep in mind that a gallery usually splits the price 50% or less with the artist. The pricing will always be higher because of exhibitions, operating costs, etc.

If your favorite artist is represented with a gallery, check out this service as a possible method for financing. Artmoney.com An artist friend recommended this site.

Art Aesthetics

What one likes or dis-likes in art is something very personal. A piece will speak to you or touch your soul. You will identify with what the artists is trying to say, or not! However, when starting an art collection on a budget one can become so frustrated or even depressed. You don’t have the funds for an original Van Gogh, or Picasso, Thomas Kinkade to name a few. Prints, are available, however you are also interested in creating a collection that may mature in value.

Why not consider, current working artists? There are thousands of artists world-wide that create works very similar in style, to the named famous artists and more. Some artists copy exactly, and are very proud and good at it.

Collect With Your Heart

Last and the most important thought! You must really love the work, and it will be pure enjoyment looking at the piece everyday of your life. Buy with your heart, and not only as an investment or expectation in future value.

Art Work Pricing SECRETs

September 26th, 2019

Art Work Pricing SECRETs

For new collector's of art the number one confusing or disturbing issue they encounter is price. Why is their such a diversity and range of prices for some works of art? Some works of art with what appears to be very little detail sell for a high price, and other more detailed intricate works are priced low. Why? There’s a very long answer for this, however I promise to keep it brief.

I’ll use my own pricing structure as an example. When I started this art journey, pricing created a lot of anxiety. I spent hours researching YouTube and other internet resources to come up with a comfortable consistent structure. I start out using the square inch method. I take the width, height and multiply, then take that number and multiply with a dollar figure. This gives me a base rate for any size of art work.

I then spent some time searching the internet for emerging artists with a similar background and style. Reviewed their web sites for their price range.
In addition I searched my target market area for what art similar to mine are selling for, and I adjusted down or up my prices. In this manner, my own price range is not that drastic from one piece to another. There are also other factors to add in, framing, material, shipping, packaging etc.

As a new collector, look for consistent pricing, across all sizes, and price growth. Large swings up or down, may be a risk, unless the artists can really justify a major event in their career. For you the collector growth in pricing is a good thing, as long as there is a gradual climb. Because you're collecting art for beauty, legacy, investment, and most of all FUN.

Pet Portraits

September 24th, 2019

Pet Portraits

Creating pet portrait works is something very unique and special. For me a great responsibility to capture that special nature of the dog or cat or other animal pet. When I started this art journey I created several pet portrait works for my non-art co-workers. I don't have the time to take on that many commissions anymore. However, they still give me a very humble feeling that another person will cherish my art work for the rest of their lives. Here is an episode of Clyde's Art Story Episode 22, displaying a few of my past works. If you would like a pet portrait completed for the holidays, please contact me asap. cjkell@mystery-otr.com

In The Dark

September 4th, 2019

In The Dark

We take so many things for granted in this our modern day society. When you turn the switch on, you have lights to guide your way
through your residence. You have 24 hours 7 day access to the internet, and thus communication with the world. You use an app to order almost
instant transportation, food, or any other service or product.

Needless to say one can list all of our modern technological conveniences, available to improve our daily lives. However, what happens when
“Mother Nature” decides to snap it all away from you? When a raging storm attacks your comfortable community and turns the power out?

Suddenly you’re in the dark! Pitch black, and silence! Here’s an episode of “Clyde’s Art Story” where I tell the story of what I did during a recent
power outage.

Penny Less With Hope

August 17th, 2019

Penny Less With Hope

Where does the time go? It has been a few weeks since I last made a blog post. I have some very exciting news to share with you. When I started this artists journey, or rather when I chose to pursue a career in art. I enrolled in a professional artists career strategy on-line course. After completion, and
following the advice of various artists mentors and coaches. My pursuit of a career as a working professional artists was launched!

Two key strategies all artists coaches seem to suggest. One, pursue a relationship with gallery owners and directors, and two, enter in various exhibitions
through “artists calls”, online or locally.

However for me a starving artists, finding the funds to pursue the recommend strategies can be really difficult. Plus, if and when you’re accepted into an
exhibition or contests. The entry fee, can be anywhere from $15 to $50 dollars and seems to always be non-refundable. Not a lot of money,
but terribly expensive for one living on a tight budget!

Out of frustration with my situation, I made the bold statement of “the galleries, and art market was going to have to come to me”. I have then followed an
internet only method of marketing my art. Through social media and various artists platforms throughout the internet. I have presented my works of art to
well over 100,000 viewers!

My method of madness has worked! During the month of October one of my pieces will be entered in a group exhibition in a gallery in Zurich Switzerland. In true internet fashion the digital image will be displayed inside the gallery walls on large 55inch monitors.

Plus, I was invited and have been accepted to enter 25 pieces of work in an international online art competition. The key thing to remember is that these are no-cost exhibitions for emerging artists, and they FOUND me. They contacted me through my artist sites, and social media!

There is hope and opportunity for a poor starving artist, if you stay the course. Keep faith with yourself and continue to create!


Artists Friends Podcast Episode One

June 19th, 2019

Artists Friends Podcast Episode One

I am pleased to announce a new creation of The Artists Friends Podcast an audio recording of our weekly meeting of artists online.
For about the past three years I have held a casual video conference online with some artists friends from around the world. The main purpose of
the hour long and sometimes longer meeting each week is to share marketing, and craft techniques with each other. Plus, we provide inspiration,
motivation and encouragement in our art careers. Some of the material and the fun that we enjoy with each other should be shared with the world
and other artists that may feel isolated and need some morale boosting. Here's the YouTube link for your listening enjoyment. Artists Friends Podcast

If you're a working artists feeling isolated and want to learn more about marketing online, and want to meet other artists and participate in a lively
conversation. Please send an e-mail request to: cjkell@mystery-otr.com

There's no commitment, and if you only wish to be a guest on an episode. Feel free to send a message.

Every week in advance, I search YouTube for interesting art related video's and ask the Friends to watch and we hold a discussion.
Sometimes, we stay on topic, but our meetings are completely organic and we have a lot of fun.

See ya there!

Ripe Pumpkins Hitting The Ground

June 7th, 2019

Ripe Pumpkins Hitting The Ground

As part of my personal D-Day celebration, every year I watch war movies based on the event. In particular I re-watch “Saving Private Ryan” and
the 1960’s movie “The Longest Day”. This year I re-watched the PBS series “The War”. It seems like every time I watch that series. Something new,
a fact or a personal story is noticeable.

With the third or fourth episode a new fact was made very clear and chilling. When the paratroopers were sent in June 5, 1944, many of the
men lost their lives due to complete blunders. There was low level cloud cover and so the pilots missed their drop zones. A very large number of the
planes flew to low and the men jumped without their parachutes opening.

Here’s the chilling fact, witnesses said they heard what sounded like “ripe pumpkins hitting the ground”. When daylight came, they found their
buddies bodies. The night before the sound they heard was the bodies of men with unopened parachutes hitting the ground.

Have you ever cut into a pumpkin, gourd or watermelon? It emits a very distinct sound! The next time you’re upset about the stop light not changing quick
enough, or the slow cashier at a store.

Think about June 6 1944, and ripe pumpkins hitting the ground!

Followup On Getting Old

May 21st, 2019

Followup On Getting Old

As a followup to my last blog posting I think I should clarify. I don’t normally do this, but so many wonderful comments posted on social media has prompted the need. I’m not going to recap, but some readers focused on my non-art work environment. Please understand those statements were not coming from
a whine or begging for sympathy! My thoughts drifted to a conversation with myself. Why I loved creating my junk car and abandoned boat art works? Then, a conversation within my own mind, came up with the non-art work environment. Somehow the negativity was creeping into my art. We are humans and as artists outside events, personal encounters inspire, and can influence our art work. So I shouldn’t be that surprised, right?

However, I never give much thought to the why or reason for my work. I CREATE and let it stand on it’s own, without explanation. I’ve always been curious as to why or what other people think when looking at my art. Comments such as “that’s beautiful” or “I like the color” or “I love the old cars” etc, etc. Don’t get me wrong, these are very important and heart warming to me, and appreciated.

This insightful commentary really touched me, and not everyone has the skills to write such, and I want to share with you with the writers permission:

“There is something both morbid and invigorating at the same time, at least to me. You wonderfully capture the beautiful shades of corrosion and decay thereof, giving it a new life from a creative perspective. It is almost like a wilting plant, still alive, still full of memories, yet transcending into another realm where there is both equally appreciated, the beauty of the now and the evanescent. I can very much relate to your passion of those junk cars. There is a vividness in the state between birth and entering into a different realm. Actually, there is no end, as I see it. The coloration of those junk cars remind me of processes taking place in nature, whether this might be the unfolding of blossoms and wilting thereof, or the different shades of coloration a hematoma is presenting with. There is a distinct beauty thereto that we are often not allowed to appreciate.” Luna Sconty

You can read that “Luna” is a writer and probably has had to write several introductions for her art and others for art galleries or exhibitions. She has the ability to put into wonderful words, what I wish I could say! I am so very honored and gratified for her commentary.

Back to the non-art work negative environment comments. I am very happy with my life to date. I have lived a wonderful life and look forward to living more. When I think back, about my adventures etc. Every decade I have changed and I hope grown as a living human being. Maybe taking one direction or another I might have regrets, but for the most part I have enjoyed my life.

I am so very thankful for the love and support of my adult daughters. This artists journey is for them. My legacy remains for them, when I finally depart this earth. In fact both of them have pointed out certain pieces of art work for themselves. I said, hey I have to sell something, right? They agree, but if not they WANT it all! This gives me such a comfort level as a working artist, and peace of mind.

I create for my girls, and if I sell something fine, if I don’t well that’s fine to. I am only 60 years old and looking forward to taking early retirement so that I can concentrate on creating FULL time without enduring a negative non-art work environment.

My life is wonderful, and hot damn I am having so much fun! Thank you for reading this long rambling blog post. I'm curious about what you think?



 

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