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REFLECTIONS: GOALS…NOT RESOLUTIONS

REFLECTIONS: GOALS…NOT RESOLUTIONS

January 30, 2014

Hello. This month is over and of course some or a lot of you made resolutions before 2014 came around. I used to make resolutions a long time ago, but for the past several or more years, I’ve nixed it. Reason is because let’s face it, if I say that my resolution is to lose weight or take up a class, for the most part, I wouldn’t stick to them. I know me. Most of you probably do the same thing. You make your list and don’t even touch them.

To be honest, I think making resolutions are a complete waste of time. I call it goals or life goals. We all have goals in our lives that we want to make. Doesn’t matter  if it’s professional, personal, or spiritual. For me I have some goals that I want to stick with this year of 2014, but it’s not only for this year only. Like I said, these are life goals. I have not only professional, but also personal.

Art wise, I want to do better with my artistic skills, to focus on what’s important and not about the petty stuff. We get so caught up with all the drama and stupid hoopla, that we’re not focusing on the important things. I know I get all spazzed out about the most idiotic stuff, my focus is thrown out the window. Another thing: time. We waste so much time, just procrastinating. That’s something I’ve been working on for years and yes it a goal I’m still reaching.

So some advice. If you have goals you want to reach, start writing them down. Stick with them, don’t let anything or anyone distract you from those goals and don’t procrastinate. It’s not going to take overnight. It takes time and effort. Don’t worry about the small things, just keep your focus on what you want in life.

February 2014 is up so check back tomorrow for what’s in store. Have a good Thursday and as always, be blessed!

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ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: FESTIVALS, GEMS OF WISDON….

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: FESTIVALS, GEMS OF WISDON….

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January 29, 2014

Hey there art peeps! The week is going by and there is a lot to get done. For the past few months, I have posted about art fairs and festivals. There are some of you that illustrate or draw professionally, for others a hobby or maybe your just starting out. These fairs and festivals are another way of showcasing your hard-earned work. You want people to know about the quality, and don’t be surprise if you have to answer questions about the work. This is where you pretty much do the talking.

I’ve been keen to read advice from some good sites like Artsy Shark and Arts Business Institute. Yes, those are the articles you have seen posted on here. They have a wealth of knowledge about everything about art from illustration, photography, or jewelry making. I like to call these gems of art wisdom. So we got an art fair or festival and some other good stuff!

Anyone living in Novi, Michigan?

SPRING GREAT LAKES ART FAIR

April 11 – 13, 2014

Suburban Collection Showplace / Novi, Michigan

Artists expected to attend: 200.

  • April 11: Friday, 1pm – 8pm
  • April 12: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
  • April 13: Sunday, 11am – 5pm

For those interested to attend its $7 for adults, free for children 12 and under. There is free parking as well. Application fee is $30 and the deadline is February 10, 2014.

For more information, you can go to www.GreatLakesArtFair.com or contact Jackie McMahon: 248.348.5600 ext. 208 or info@GreatLakesArtFair.com.

 

If you live in the state of Illinois……

11TH ANNUAL MIDSUMMER ARTS FAIRE

Washington Park/5th & Maine St. in the Historic Quincy Business District Quincy, Illinois

  • June 27: Friday 5pm – 9pm
  • June 28: Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • June 29: Sunday 11am – 4pm

Artist, you have plenty of time to fill out the application. The fee is $10, the booth fee is $100. Deadline date is February 28, so again you have plenty of time to pounce on this opportunity.

Just a bit of info for artists: over $5,000 in awards including $11,000 Best of Show Purchase Award.

Learn and apply at www.Zapplication.org. You can also visit artsfaire.org to get more information.

It’s time to get some advice from Arts Business Institute and Artsy Shark.

Artsy Shark:

 

Arts Business Institute:

You can read a lot more at Artsy Shark and Arts Business Institute. The more you know about what do with your art and the business of it, the better!

Hope everyone stays nice and warm….be blessed!

CHANGES AGAIN…..

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January 28, 2014

Hello….it is snowing and cold in my neck of the woods. In the South, we pretty much shut everything down. Alright. I’m letting you guys know that I’ve made changes to the blog site…..again! At The Museum page is now replace with Art Tips, but don’t worry, At the Museum will now be posted every other Friday. Did you also notice that there was just one Spotlight Artist post? Well that’s how it will be. I’m not going to put too much on myself, so I decided that one spotlight artist is good enough.

There is some work to be done on this particular theme, so be ready for more changes. Thank you and please keep warm!

Be blessed always,

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REASON FOR ANTI-ZIMMERMAN REPORT PULLED OUT

REASON FOR ANTI-ZIMMERMAN REPORT PULLED OUT

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January 25, 2014

Hello everyone. First off, I want to apologize to my followers and visitors. If you are looking for the Esquisses Report about the eBay Bans Anti-Zimmerman post, I’ve made the decision to remove it. The reason is that I wasn’t too comfortable with Michael D’Antuono‘s painting of The Tale of Two Hoodies. I should have thought about this through and never posted it in the first place. It feels like I’m being the hypocrite. If I am, I’m sorry, but I did say that the painting was very disturbing and it did offend people as well.

To be honest, I feel ashamed. Sometimes even writers and editors make mistakes and I feel that this was a mistake. So again I sincerely apologize.

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ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: EAST LANSING ART FESTIVAL

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: EAST LANSING ART FESTIVAL

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January 25, 2014

Hello there! As promised a piece of news. Esquisses has an art festival to share with you….

EAST LANSING ART FESTIVAL

MAY 17 & 18, 2014

East Lansing Michigan

Produced by Art Festival Board of Directors under the auspices of the East Lansing Art Commission/City of East Lansing

200 Artist expected/ Deadline is January 31, 2014.

Saturday, May 17: 10am – 6pm / Sunday, May 18: 10am – 5pm

Jury Process will take place between February 3 – 7, 2014

Artist Notification is in early March 2014Apply at this website: www.Zapplication.org.

There was a discount application rate of $25 through November 30, 2013. It increased to $35 on 1, December 2013.

So the application fee is $35. Booth fee for invited artist is $300 for a 10′ x 10′ space and for a space of 10′ x 20′ is $600. There is an additional corner for $50.

For more information:

Michelle Carlson, Art Festival Director

East Lansing Art Festival

(517) 319.6804 / mcarlson@cityofeatlansing.com / www.elartfest.com.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend and check back next week for more!

Be blessed 🙂

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: MORE ART TUTORIALS

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: MORE ART TUTORIALS
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January 22, 2014

Hello! Art Tutorial time….I’ve said this before on this blog, artists, illustrators sometimes need a brush up on their craft or fine tuning. For those of you who just draw and sketch as a hobby, it doesn’t hurt to try it out. Let’s just say that your having a problem with how to draw an eye, that’s where art tutorials come in. Each artist has their own style of drawing. Once you get the hang of it, pretty soon you’ll develop your own style as well. Take a look at these:

If you’ve haven’t drawn in a while and need to spruce it up a bit, an art tutorial can be very useful and will help you in the long run. Again, once you get the hang of it, you will have your own style. Remember, each artist is different and unique.

 

Lastly words of wisdom from Stephen Silver on Developing Ideas.

There is no shortage of tutorials, you will see a new tutorial page added about this subject very soon. The newsletter will be back this Saturday, so please check back and be blessed always!

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST JANUARY 2014: JODEE TAYLAH

January 15, 2014

The twisted talented Jodee Taylah. Courtesy of jacketflap.com.

Hello there! Esquisses has the talented Jodee Taylah as the first spotlight artist for January 2014.

Jodee is from Melbourne, Australia. She is not only an illustrator, but also a concept artist and storyteller.  I first spotted her work a few years ago and I’ve become a fan ever since.

Beautiful piece by Jodee Taylah. Posted from Laura Wood Illustration.

When you visit Jodee’s website, her work weaves gothic, fantasy, with the whimsical. Also you’ll find on there that Tim Burton is one of her creative inspirations. She attended and graduated NMIT in Melbourne. Since then Jodee’s career has taken off in every positive direction.

In 2010, Jodee was a finalist in “Tim Burton Wonderland Gallery”, part of the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne.

Jodee also illustrated Children of the In-Between, a gothic and dark horror tale. You can visit her website: www.jodeetaylah.com to see her what’s she’s all about.

Children of the In-Between. Dark and twisted….

Enjoy the rest of your week and come back Friday for a special post. As always, be blessed!

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: ABI WORKSHOP: CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS

January 15, 2014

Good Morning…..humpy, hump day.  There is just one piece of art news that you need to know about, courtesy of Arts Business Institute.

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ARTS BUSINESS INSTITUTE / IN PARTNERSHIP W/THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF CRAFT ARTISTS PRESENTS

CONNECT TO YOUR CUSTOMER

MARCH 1 & 2, 2014

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

The topics that will be covered are:

  • Who Is Your Customer?
  • Creative Marketing
  • Building Gallery Relationships
  • Selling Strategies
  • How To Wholesale
  • Pricing For Profit

If you not interested in wholesaling, there are alternative topics.

Connect To Your Customer:

  • Online
  • Through Images
  • With Grants

The speakers will be Wendy Rosen, President of The Rosen Group and Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark.

If there is anyone that is interested, please go to www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/nashville-tennessee.

Space is limited, so again if anyone is interested, now’s the time to participate.

There will be more tomorrow, so keep coming back to visit.  Enjoy your Hump Wednesday and be blessed!

P.S. No information on the location for this workshop, but they will have that soon!