• i see lots of folks use Instagram. I am VERY new to it. not sure i get what it is really about…or why one uses. I only have two posts…trying to market my book… I had been on Saatchi while back… must go back to it and update…think i even forgot my password, etc..been so long. I had a few bum deals on it..so guess i dropped it..but suppose…[Read more]

    i see lots of folks use Instagram. I am VERY new to it. not sure i get what it is really about&#8230
    • Beautiful, Diane!

      Like everything, selling takes connections & relationship building, plus being prepared to succeed with the opportunities. Social media is good because it can introduce you to a lot of potential sales but you have to work it.

      • thanks Andrea! I understand about the networking … been hard for me to get around to meet with people. Unfortunately..but i hope to keep finding rides into Detroit when i can. I was asking more in regards to how is that people use Instagram to sell their art. I am told over and over to put my work on it- so far only shared few things as at…[Read more]

      • With Instagram it’s all about the hashtags. Adding hashtags that are relevant to your artwork allows people who are not your followers to see you work if they follow that specific hashtag. You can add up to 30 hashtags to each post. Follow other artists you like on Instagram and see what hashtags they use.

        Another tactic is to follow artists you…[Read more]

        • thank you for the very helpful bit of information! really appreciate it!

          • No problem! To answer the second part of your question about selling on Instagram I’ve had better luck selling art through Facebook, but I can’t say I’ve dedicated much time to trying to sell via Instagram yet. Getting my online store going is still on my list of things to do lol

  • Veronica Merriwether posted an update in the group Group logo of Embrace MentorsEmbrace Mentors 5 months ago

    I am so excited!!!!! One of my pieces was accepted for the Michigan Annual XLVI @antonartcenter. I want to thank all of you for giving me the motivation to move forward in my art journey.

    • Wow, congratulations, Veronica! Can you give us a teaser as to which of your pieces made it into this substantial exhibit?

    • Congrats! thats wonderful!

  • Andrea Bogart posted an update in the group Group logo of Embrace MentorsEmbrace Mentors 6 months ago

    Hanging artwork question: I painted a piece on a 30 x 30″, lightweight board and now need to hang it. What’s a fairly easy to build yet strong, hanging suggestion?

    • Good Morning Andrea. I usually have the same issue, so my husband now makes framing to attach to the back. He uses a heavy glue as not to affect the front of the art piece. please see pic of the back, he puts a piece in the middle as well since my pieces are generally either 48×48 or 48×60, helps keep art piece from warping in the middle. 20181217_100002

      Good Morning Andrea. I usually have the same issue, so my husband now makes framing to attach to the
      • Oh, thank you for this great option, Veronica (especially for the visual). Do you mainly work on board? **I’m hoping other EC Members will chime in with what they’ve done, too so we can learn more.

        • I do mainly work on board, I find canvas is too expensive for the size pieces I create. Yes I would also like to hear from others .

          • @veronicamerriwether aren’t these pieces very heavy? Is this how large the pieces are from your Gallery pics are?

            • Yes Karen. If I use the MDF Boards they are a little heavy, the luan pieces with the back support are not, that is why I use the luan usually. I started making large pieces because my sister is an Interior Designer and needed large pieces for her clients spaces. The smallest piece I have is a 22×26.

    • When I had to hang stretched canvas pieces, I used hanging screws that I bought at Michaels for a couple bucks along with thick hanging wire. I use canvas boards and I put them in frames if need be and use the hanging wire that I still have to hang those. Is it an actual canvas board or stretched canvas Andrea?

      • Thanks, Michael. It’s not a canvas board or canvas. It’s a board… some type of pressed “something”… not wood. I have to look up the name and get back to this thread.

    • When i build a canvas i am thinking about how long the piece will last. the choice of wood being used.How the glues and paints will react to each other. Edges are important. The piece will react to the environment either swelling or contracting. the edges will cut into the canvas over time. so smoothing or rounding over edges is a must
      .I like…[Read more]

  • I was asked to paint a turtle for a coworkers wife…I have known this woman for year and she is probably the most amazing person I have ever met..So I started with an acrylic pour background of blues/turquoise/teals and whites. I added alot of glycerine oil to create “bubbles” – Then I just started layering…I don’t really paint animals and so…[Read more]

    I was asked to paint a turtle for a coworkers wife…I have known this woman for year and she is
  • Purple and Gold Geode IMG_20181111_111135_258

    Purple and Gold Geode IMG_20181111_111135_258
  • Does anyone sell in art fairs, and/or festivals? If so what is your experience and the process? Which are the best ones in Michigan?

  • Here are two that I did on an oval canvas….why…because I could. LOL – The orange one is called Ring of Fire, the other one is unnamed. 20180918_163100IMG_20180907_192703_499

    Here are two that I did on an oval canvas….why…because I could. LOL – The orange oHere are two that I did on an oval canvas….why…because I could. LOL – The orange o
  • Thank you for the invite. I love working with acrylics and have been pouring for about three years. I love too embellish and manipulate the paint and discover new techniques. I also use old records for the canvas , I leave the back as is for a more organic feel and too reveal what the canvas once was. I love the idea of turning something old…[Read more]

  • The Pacific. Flip and drag with a clean puddle pour. The blues and green capture the turbulant Pacific Ocean. The canvas is 12×12 vinyl record coated in high gloss to enhance the hues of water. IMG_20181101_091647_753

    The Pacific. Flip and drag with a clean puddle pour. The blues and green capture the turbulant Pacif
  • Bronze Geode. Flip and drag and dirt puddle pour using glitter too enhance the lines of the geode. Coated in high gloss to enhance the luster and shine. The canvas used is a 12×12 vinyl record. IMG_20181102_144139_930

    Bronze Geode. Flip and drag and dirt puddle pour using glitter too enhance the lines of the geode. C
  • This is a flip and drag combined with a puddle pour using metalic paint on a 12×12 vinyl record. The picture does not do the colors justice. Coated with high gloss varnish to capture all that metallic luster. IMG_20181102_143927_745

    This is a flip and drag combined with a puddle pour using metalic paint on a 12×12 vinyl record
  • This one is called Crashing Waves. This one is sold. I have a technique where I outline the different cells with gold/white/silver or black. It gives the painting depth and makes certian areas stand out and have dimension. Again, high gloss because it looks almost like glass. Crashing waves

    This one is called Crashing Waves. This one is sold. I have a technique where I outline the differen
  • Exciting! Thank you for creating this group, Karen! I have an acrylic pour question – do you use tube acrylic paints? And if so, don’t you go through lots of tubes during one painting?

    • I use liquid acrylics 98% of the time. I look for clearance and scarf up any liquid acrylics that go on sale. I can and do use tube paints, but it has to be mixed very good and sometimes thinned with water or the pour will be clumpy.

  • This was one of my early pours. It is 8×24 canvas and looks like the painted desert. Hours and hours of layers/lines until the right effect was acheived. It’s mainly metallic paint. I high gloss varnished it. The sides are painted black. Pictures never do it justice. Painted Desert2

    This was one of my early pours. It is 8×24 canvas and looks like the painted desert. Hours and
  • Bold Transformations – Shown recently at Fall Festival of the Arts – This is a “puddle pour” and silicone to create cells. 16×20 gallery wrapped canvas. I used “copper” in this…its beautiful. Bold Transformation

    Bold Transformations – Shown recently at Fall Festival of the Arts – This is a “pu
  • For those of us who love acrylic pours- This is a 6×6 tiny one I just did. Tiny Pour

    For those of us who love acrylic pours- This is a 6×6 tiny one I just did. Tiny Pour
  • My seascape abstractions from 2015. By the sea!bythesea

    My seascape abstractions from 2015. By the sea!bytheseaMy seascape abstractions from 2015. By the sea!bythesea
  • Thank you to everyone who posted. My thinking on this matter is very simple. If you want to get better at what you do you must practice, find time and be dedicated. This is true in all things. It takes time to find a way to make time. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
    ― Lao Tzu

  • Good afternoon,
    Was thinking about how abstract artists plan their day. Share the following with others on this group by answering four questions:
    How often do you paint?
    How do you market your art?
    Do you have a studio?
    Where do you market your art?

    Thank you for participating! Have a great day!

    • Hi Diane!
      I paint mostly on weekends, certainly not as much as I’d like. Currently not actively marketing my art — a holiday show, instagram. But plan to start jumping into that real soon.
      How about you?

    • Not often enough. Market on instagram and art shows. My studio is in my home.

      • hello Wendy_ how is it that you market the work on instagram? what seems to work ? ( i really am new to it and really am unsure how to use it for art and my book… ). Still trying to learn the app. thank you!

    • Thank you for asking, Diane. Lately I was working on my writings more then on paintings. I was preparing for market by reshaping my statement, story, photographs of my paintings, website…. I also prepared my portfolio book and all nice details needed for professional approach. Mostly I use Instagram, Saatchi Art, and a few membership forum…[Read more]

    • Thanks for asking Diane 🙂 I tend to go through spurts of painting excessively and then through periods of not painting at all either due to schedule or creative block. I’m currently not in painting mode. I paint in the morning and as the seasons are changing I have trouble adjusting.

      I currently market my art on Instagram and Facebook but I…[Read more]

    • I’ve finally cleaned up my studio space which is a room in my basement so I am trying to use it more. Even though it’s got a window the light isn’t great but I’m hoping to repaint the walls white and add some better lighting to make it better to work in. I try to paint as often as I can but that usually equates to 3 or 4 times a week for a few…[Read more]

    • I lost my studio space, so I am able to create as much as I would like. My pieces are large scale so I need a lot of room. Trying to look into studio space or talk my husband into creating me some space in our home. Art keeps me grounded, but I have not created anything in the last year. Can’t wait to get started, have so many ideas.

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