Saturday, August 31, 2013

Let's Do Lunch!

Let’s Do Lunch!

 Lunch and Learn – mini art consultations

I firmly believe that part of the artist code of ethics should be one of  sharing knowledge. There are a lot of questions out there and I get asked quite a  few, some technical, some about marketing, some regarding the business of art.

 The "advice over lunch" concept is one that I use frequently in my business  and wanted to extend that opportunity to artists, but online instead  of  in person.  In a busy world, one on one conversations are the best way  of transferring information.

If you have an art technique that’s frustrating you, a painting or drawing that needs a constructive critique, are looking for answers to art business or marketing questions or don’t know where to start in developing your artist statement or bio, then let's do lunch!

When I officially launch this art consultancy program on September 15th, I will offer these
mini consultations for $19, the price of lunch. The introduction to this email service is just $10.00 until September 15, 2013!  Charges for Skype consultations are not reduced during this period.

How do we connect?  
Email me with a description of your art issue to  I will respond by email to confirm whether I am able to help you.  If  I am, you will be provided with a PayPal invoice and on receipt of payment I will email you with a comprehensive answer within 24 hours. (If there is a deluge of responses to this offer, response time may be longer than 24 hours and I will tell you at the time of your request what the expected response time will be).

If your question  is complex and needs additional time to provide appropriate assistance, there will be an additional $19 charge required.  I will inform you of the cost and provide you with the option to decline or proceed with the additional charge prior to invoicing you.

If you would prefer to talk one on one, there is an option for a 15 minute ($30) or 30 minute ($75) Skype consultation.  If you would like to book a consultation on Skype, please request this in your email and I will confirm a mutually convenient time and date for this service in my response to you.

So buy me lunch and let me help you solve your art problems!

Areas that I can assist you with
  • Explanations of technical painting and drawing techniques
  • Constructive critiques of paintings or drawings
  • Templates for artist statements, biographies and art resumes
  • Ideas for marketing your art and increasing your visibility
  • Art blog or website analysis and recommendations
          www.jeanette          709-746-9968

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Constructing a shell - slideshows

UPDATE: I removed the sound file from this slideshow.  It was making me crazy and I presumed it was doing the same to you. Seemed like a good idea at the time...brain fart. Sorry :)

I have embarked on a series of workshops that I am offering from my home studio and the interest level in these classes is beyond my expectations, especially for the Introduction to Drawing Workshop series.   The first two workshops are filled and the last available one for 2013 begins on December 7th.  The painting workshops are rapidly filling and I know people often wait til the last minute to register for something that's a couple of months into the future.  However, there's just one spot left in the Painting Realistic Water.  This workshop was originally planned as an online workshop and I still hope to offer it that way.  The preparation of video and demo pieces is very time consuming but I promise you'll be the first to know when I have it available!

I love to see that desire to learn to draw.  For me, of course, its a no brainer.  To do any kind of art well I firmly believe that you need to have a good grounding in drawing.  Often people jump in to painting without the security of the structure that only a good drawing can provide, to find they need to make endless corrections and become frustrated with the whole process.

It seems there is an eager group of people anxious to learn the tricks of the trade and I'm happy to share my information with them.  There is no feeling better than seeing someone succeed and being there when the lightbulb goes on over their head as they realize its really all down to technique and practice, not talent.  Yes, of course, an interest needs to be present, but there is no smoke and mirrors, no magic.  Its a learned skill, no different than driving a car or playing the piano.  However, art is looked on as a "gift" or "talent", but people would never place skills such as driving or playing a musical instrument in the same magical category.

If you want to learn just how easy it is to draw,  register for the next Introduction to Drawing workshop, or maybe you want to learn more about painting. I can help you there too. You can register for available workshops through my website.  Dates for 2014 workshops will be posted in late December.

I put together this little slideshow of a drawing of a shell as an example.  Its a simple shape but complex too. It uses traditional drawing techniques including observing shapes, contour drawing and measurement of points to ensure accuracy.