Enjoy a video with Cathie Crawford
As you might notice, I found a treasure trove of wonderful posters and handbills that I will be posting on this blog
For this post I’m offering up some wonderful links to famous art, great sketch books for artists (I get no money if you buy one) and some wonderful things you should know about…wait for it…COFFEE
Here’s a link to all 36 of Jan Vermeers incredible paintings including the Dutch Mona Lisa
Because I love Coffee here’s a bunch of things (around 15) that you definitely should know about Coffee
Creative market put out this interesting list of sketch books and pads that I thought I’d send along to you.
Oh and I DO NOT receive any money if you buy one
So that’s it for now. Carry a sketchbook and a pencil because you never know when you might want to make your mark. And of course remember
Last week I told you I got a new coffee pot. Well a number of you wanted to see what it looks like so this week I’m posting a picture of my 1940’s Flamingo, Hall, Drip O Lator
So sit back enjoy your drink and let’s look at blogs
Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious,and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. I’m not going to get into the number of awards they’ve received or the fact that they have over 70,000 subscribers (I’m a bit jealous), I’ll just leave it to you to enjoy…or not.
This site has great interviews and an immense amount of podcasts.
This site is more a gallery site than a blog but the artists they show have a lot going for them. I love the quality of the reproductions on the site.
If you have a favorite blog let me know, I’d love to go read it.
This past week I was with some friends at a local coffee shop, all right it was Panera’s, and we got on the subject of how much inventory artists have. This of course led to how do you keep track of the stuff. Not surprising most artist don’t keep track of their art or they hope their spouse or partner will magically do it for them. Personally I run about 50 50 when it comes to keeping track. At least I did until the beginning of this year. That’s when I was surprised by multiple sales of sculpture and paintings from the gallery that represents me, and while this was a great thing, I realized I didn’t have a clue as to which ones sold. I know that sounds silly but somewhere along the line the gallery and I had different names for the works. It took weeks of searching through computer files to match up the sculptures. It was then I decided that this was NOT going to happen again.
So I devised a plan to inventory my work in a coherent fashion that would not be labor intensive. After all I’m an artist and my mind tends to wander to more creative endeavors, meaning art marketing overwhelms me. You can make up a spreadsheet for this but I don’t keep a computer in my studio. Besides I thought a basic handwritten log would be a good starting point. My laptop is way to distracting. However I do try to transfer this information periodically to an Excel sheet which I’ll go over at another time.
I need to interject a small note here. YOU WILL MESS UP THE ORDER OF NUMBERS ON THE BACK OF ARTWORK. So what, its your reference, you don’t get marked on it. I wrote the same number on 3 separate works and had to go back and change them. No one laughed at me. So if it makes you feel better go ahead and list a bunch of numbers in the book now but skip a line between them. That way you can jump to the rest of the information you need to record. Let’s look at that now.
It takes a little work but if you start now with any new work you can go back and tackle all that other stuff laying around. Remember these do not need to be in sequential order. This list is for you to inventory your work. It will be important later!
Let me know how you keep track
Imagination is never still. The marks we make are verbs!