Foundation for Artistic Success

The words used to describe successful art include uncompromising, honest, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, and challenging. While all true, these words don't begin to convey how successful artists achieve both artistic and financial success. It has been my personal experience as a working artist and show director that those artists who make a living doing what they love have these foundations in common. ART QUALITY: Artistic quality is often thought of in two components, originality and technical skill. The successful artist utilizes their skills to focus on communicating their vision. It takes a considerable amount of time to perfect skills, but take joy in the fact that you are pro

Photographing 2-D Art with a Digital Camera

From time to time, Art-Linx's gets a really great guest writer to discuss topics important to our community. I definately could not pass up the opportunity to have Garry McMichael, a professional photographer and painter located in Saint Louis write on how to photograph your 2-D art with a digital camera. You can use these techniques for taking a great booth image as well. I can’t recommend using your smartphones/tablets for photographing 2D art for jury images or online sales. Yes, the image resolution is greatly improved, but there are other factors that degrade the images. This article will discuss the six mistakes that artists make photographing their art (and booth image). Digital “poin

Health Hazzards, Studio Safety and Proper Disposal of Paints and Solvents

If life were fair art would be a naturally green endeavor. You could paint a mural, mosaic a table, or glaze your ceramics without a care. But this is the real world, and paints, glues, and glazes can pose hidden health hazards that we should be aware of. Labels to Look For (and to Look Out For) All art supplies sold in the US must bear the phrase, "conforms to ASTMD 4236," confirming that they have been properly labeled for chronic health hazards, in accordance with the federal Labeling Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA). To go even further when it comes to art materials and safety, also look for labels from the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). ACMI is a nonprofit membership

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