Archive for the ‘Cool Art Sites’ Category

Two Different Ends of the Spectrum: Blogging About Art

October 13, 2008

I guess I am not a real blogger, I don’t usually write about my own thoughts, but instead do a lot of reporting about others thoughts. Works for me, hope for you too.

That being said, here are two art blogs I found today that are pretty interesting. The first one by an artist doing her first art fair, the second by a blog so full of professional information I think I am on overload.

1. Shaping My Way, by Kyra Wilson, a professional artist, certified personal trainer, writer. An experienced artist who has spent her time in fancy gallery group shows, today’s blog entry discusses her experiences at her first outdoor art fair this past weekend in Vermont. It is an amusing account as well as has some good tips for new exhibitors.

2. Making a Mark, by Katherine Tyrell, is so thorough and full of links and details I can’t imagine that she does anything except research and write, yet she is also an artist. Links to everything art related, not so much about art fairs though, it is more gallery and competition oriented, but helpful to just about anyone reading my blog.

If you wander into it, I dare you to get anything else done today. (I just got lost in it for another half hour).

(Maybe you should bookmark this post and come back to it this winter when you snowed in.)


Learn How to Create Better Paintings with Peggy Brown

May 6, 2008

Painting by Peggy BrownYou know how it is when you hear from an old friend. Us old art fair folks have lots of friends who have retired or go on to do other things, so I was very pleased to hear from painter Peggy Brown last week. I’m sure a lot of you remember her and her husband, Jim, one of the original art fair couples.

Over the years we had lots of fun together traveling across the country to art fairs and rendezvous on the interstate in Missouri and Tennessee and we’d celebrate Peggy’s birthday at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.

Recently Peggy was interviewed for an article and it was featured on this very cool website:, and she wrote to send me the link. Not only was it great to see her newest work, but also the web site was very intriguing. It is a subscription-based site for painters of all levels are striving to improve their work. There are step-by-step stories on how painters do their paintings, tutorials, and many great ideas for learning and networking.

The webmaster agreed to let me share the login information for free for the month of May. This is a very impressive business and a wonderful resource for artists.

Here is the information:Peggy Brown
1. Start by going to
2. Click on the Member Log-in link in the lower left-hand corner
3. On the Member Log-in page, input this e-mail address:
4. Input this password: mayguests (all one word, no caps)
5. Click the Login button
6. At the top of the new page, click the link Go To Website Home Page
7. Back on the home page, please click any link to any article of your choice

If you experience any difficulty logging in to the site, please contact the editor, Jennifer King, at Please do not request a new password, as this will re-set the password and lock out all other guests.

And, if you’d like to see more of Peggy’s work or send her a greeting visit her site:

Gallery l998 Los Angeles & Mattel Present: TOYS

April 5, 2008

Dates April 1-25
You are going to love this exhibit celebrating the childhood items we cherished. Over fifty pieces inspired by gems from our youth before video games did all the work for us. The show has been covered by CBS News and People Magazine, so how could I not share it with you?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Hot Wheel by Jim Harker

Love That Transcends by Ben Walker

Queen Bee by benhatzel

What else to expect? Revisit Lincoln Logs, Tonka trucks, Gumby, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Darth Vager figures and for the auto-obsessed among you, lots and lots of customized Hot Wheels.

Here is where you can see them all:

Learn more about the gallery and the press coverage of the exhibit:

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April 4, 2008

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Now it’s even easier to keep up with all the latest from the art fair and craft show community!

An Art Car Visits Last Weekend’s Snowstorm in Columbus, OH

March 12, 2008

Interested in the vagaries of the art life? Here is a fun posting at Jamie Rhein’s Gadling blog:

Yes, I hear you saying you are glad you weren’t there. What are you doing in Florida when you can be in the midst of these freak snow storms?

Yes, that is a car and I believe Jamie says it has a pig snout. The world of art cars is wild and wacky and probably another one of those things about which you can say “only in America.”

Learn more about art cars at this site:

and this one too:

An Interactive Art Project For You

November 18, 2007

Peace by PieceFlorida artists Kiaralinda and Todd, “The Whimzey Twins” produce unique 3-D work made from plastic and aluminum wire, for fun and profit. Their home and car leave no doubt in your mind that these two are devoted to whimsical creation.

They have just returned from a trip to Myanmar and neighboring countries and felt a need to create their second interactive art house project for Christmas. Their website has instructions on how you can participate in their plan for wrapping their house in prayer flags. This one will be called Peace on Earth: Peace by Piece.

If you are a teacher or work with children, this could be a great project to do with them. Work on this with your friends, family, any group you can bring together. The directions are very simple and an easy way for you to raise awareness for this international message.

Visit their website for information on how you can participate. Spread the word about this project with anyone you can!

The Good Stuff: Gallery Opening, Art Website, Marketing, Etc.

October 21, 2007

1. Artist Patricia Hecker ( is having a heck of a good time moving away from her wall pieces to some great furniture and unusual artifacts. She recently opened an exhibit at the Waldron Art Center in Bloomington, IN, with this body of work which she calls “Tattoo Dreams.”

2. Daily Art Attack – A web site you must visit because

  1. it has cool art
  2. it shows terrific Internet marketing
  3. there is a photo competition
  4. maybe you can be part of it also

Visit 20×, an artist’s website that sells! Here is the artist’s formula that she applies to the Internet: large editions + low prices x the internet = art for everyone. This is some serious food for thought.

3. Damn I Wish I’d Thought of That!- Part II – Word of Mouth Marketing
This newsletter is so full of smart marketing ideas I’m talking about it again. Read it, pick up one tip, you are that much wiser a marketer.
How do you get customers to talk about your offline business?

  1. Ask them to recommend you
  2. Replace the matchbook – pass out handouts to get the word out
  3. Do something unusually nice – little surprises trigger talk

Visit the above link for the rest of this story.

4. Treat of the day:
Really, really funny take off on the game show, a program that’s based on an arts oriented concept. The host of the show is named Chlorine…

Artists Just Wanna Have Fun

September 20, 2007

How many art auctions have you attended and just never found that compelling object? Inspired by the upcoming NAIA (National Association of Independent Artists) Director’s Conference, artists Jon and Pat Hecker of Indiana have devised an auction that will thoroughly engage the winning bidder.

What do you know about crop circles? Visit this link for an intriguing adventure and to appreciate the creativity lurking in the fields of Indiana.

A signature mixed media piece by Patricia Hecker

Two Virtuoso Art Links: Drawing & Music

August 15, 2007

Drawings by Don Coons

Ah yes, this blog is for artists and art lovers. Recently friends have sent me two wonderful links that are both amazing. I hope you will enjoy them.

1.   Do you think you can draw? Are you ready for a lesson? Visit this cool art link, courtesy of woodworker/entrepreneur/gallery owner Richard Rothbard.

Take a lesson here:

2.  I first saw this video a week or so ago but its uplifting message has stayed with me. Need a good feeling? Then please visit this link, recently posted by artist Pat Hecker on the NAIA Forum.

I know you will enjoy it and watch it more than once:

Advertising Photographers Have Some Fun

August 7, 2007


Well, yes I do have an extensive background in photography, being the non-photography business partner of photographer Norm Darwish. So, any time I see some creative photography I love to share it. Advertising photographers are constantly under the gun to be creative, meet deadlines and please clients so I have great respect for their work.


Photographer Larry Berman posted the following link on his It should give you a few smiles.