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Male Art Gallery

Male art has featured less in my portfolio than female subjects. There is no particular reason for this. It is a random thing. I enjoy painting and drawing both the male and female figure. Recently I have attended figure drawing classes and it is much more common for there to be a female model than a male model. This is just  the way of the world.

There follows a selection of male art and a male artwork gallery at the bottom of this page. You will notice the term “Gay Art” or “Gay Interest” appears now and again. I don’t like these terms. However, If I want my artwork to be found in search engines, I have to use these phrases unfortunately.

So here are some celebrations of the male form in paint, pencil, ink spanning about 15 years. Some of these posts are inclusions from my old blog site and male paintings gallery.

Painting Of A Boy

Original Oil Painting – “Boy’s Don’t Cry”

Following a period of painting almost entirely in acrylic, this was my first foray into “serious” oil painting. I love the realism of some oil paintings going back through the ages from contemporary paintings to the old masters. This male figurative art canvas has my trademark white background which was the base for almost every piece of original artwork I was producing during this period.

Most of the male figurative artwork I had created at this point was all overtly masculine. It was at the opposite end of the spectrum from the female paintings I had produced. they were mainly muscled and toned and this painting was something of a departure. Obviously softer and all about vulnerability versus strength, it was inspired by the model who is a very charismatic “glass half full” type of person. He had been going through a bit of a rough patch and I wanted to catch this aspect of him in this oil painting.

At the time of rewriting, over three years on from painting this canvas, I am still pleased with it. There are areas which I would possibly take further but I believe it is one of my more meaningful paintings.

Original Artwork SOLD

Male Art Gay Interest

Male Art – Boxing Sailor

Paintings of boxers are a subject I have created a couple of times before. There is something quite arresting about the image of a boxer and I wanted this painting to mirror some of the opposing elements.

My feelings about boxing is mixed. In my head, I think it’s wrong. I think it’s wrong for two guys to get into a ring and beat the hell out of each other. However, nothing in this world is perfect and if I am honest, I love watching a good boxing match!

I also cannot paint artwork such as this without thinking about Muhammed Ali and what a handsome, witty, gifted man he was and think about the illness he now suffers, wondering if it has been contributed to in any way by his early boxing career.

I have obsessed over this painting as i have over many of the current oil paintings which I am working on. These new artworks have taken much longer than anything which I have painted before because of the manner in which I am working with the paint and building it up.

This male art has now been cropped right back. Several times I considered cropping the face but I finally decided on making the painting much narrower to change the overall composition and I am now happy with the final artwork.

Painting Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches approx (excluding frame).
Medium: Oil on board

Original Artwork Sold

Gay Vettriano Painting

A Different Dance (Dance Me To The End Of Love)

Jack Vettriano is a painter whom I have admired for many years. If you have viewed other pages on this website then you will know that it’s the atmosphere that he creates that I really love. I hate the way he has been treated by the press and certain art galleries.

When I was asked to produce a “gay art” Vettriano style painting, I wasn’t too sure what to paint at first. I didn’t want to go down one of the more risque routes or paint anything offensive: and why would it need to be anyway?

I chose a pastiche of Vettriano’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love., changing the colours slightly to suit the customer’s wishes and also removing the moon as that was deemed to take things just a shade too far.

The result was this original oil painting, “A Different Dance”. Call it “male art” “gay art” or whatever you want. I think it’s quite an amusing painting and I hope that if Jack ever sees it, it gives him a wry smile.

Painting Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches
Medium: Oil Paint on cotton Canvas

Original Artwork Sold

Male Figurative Artwork

“Solo”

Male figurative art has been taxing me recently. Painting this artwork was quite an event. The painting went through several stages of development and I found myself terrified of overworking it.

Many artists don’t know when to stop sometimes and I am certainly no exception. In saying that, it was a painting which I really looked forward to getting in to the studio to work on  After I was happy with the basic anatomy, it was a fantastic piece to add to. Creating the contrast between the figure and the background.

The lighting in this male figurative painting was a key element and also changed throughout.

 Original Painting SOLD

 

Male Nude Painting

Male Figurative Art – “Retrospective”

Male figurative art  and female figurative art have formed the main part of my recent development and experimentation in drawing.

It is interesting to see the way that making different marks and applying graphite and charcoal in different ways completely alters the dynamic and atmosphere of a drawing.

Creating a work in monochrome is, I think , always going to bring a certain atmosphere to the artwork anyway but it has been interesting to work at ways to enhance this recently. I did not want this male art to be a study of masculinity and muscle definition but a softer artwork altogether.

The original drawing is graphite and charcoal on A4 cartridge paper.

Original Drawing SOLD

Male Artwork Gallery

Please note that there are more new male subject paintings and drawings in the Figures & Portraits section at the top of the page.

 

Scottish Landscape Paintings

Scottish Landscape Paintings Glencoe

Scottish Landscape Paintings

Scottish landscape painting features throughout my portfolio. I like to paint the country I live in. Although I have not been to every corner, I have seen a reasonable amount of this beautiful little country.

Painting Glencoe was approached by me with just a little bit of fear. The incredible landscape is so steeped in history and it has been painted by so many artists. I wanted this artwork to really stand out amongst my other Scottish landscape paintings.

I am also very familiar with Glencoe having passed through many times since i was a child.

This painting which represents two of the “Three Sisters” was painted in large part with a palette knife, which is quite unusual for me as most of my painting is brush-based.

Glencoe

Painting Glencoe in this manner took quite some time and it was a canvas I returned to again and again as I was not happy with the initial result. I wanted to work on the painting until I captured some of the atmosphere. If you have never passed through Glencoe, I would say that it is one of the most atmospheric  places and it changes dramatically in different climates.

As Scottish landscpaes go, I have mainly painted scenes which are based on places that have just appealed to me, various woodlands or hillsides which may even not have specific names. It makes a change then to paint somewhere so well known.

I hope that that my first attempt at painting Glencoe contains just some of the atmosphere of this incredible part of the Scottish landscape.

Original Landscape Painting SOLD

 

Landscape Painting

Landscape  Paintings –

Real World Or Virtual Galleries

This landscape looks more English than Scottish and there is a reason for that, but I am keeping it to myself at the moment.

It’s been an interesting week in the studio this week. I am still finishing off some commissions and also dabbling with new canvases in between. It’s just the way I like to work, I can’t work on one canvas from start to finish.

Also this week I have been in further discussion with various parties about solo exhibitions. I am running a bit shy of solo show’s after the unpleasant events of last year. Once bitten and all that. To be truthful, I am so wary of art dealers and art galleries now. For every shark though, there is a good dealer out there. A fellow artist recently proved this by selling out half his recent show on the opening night. This was thanks to interesting artwork, an artist who worked hard and a gallery who did what they are supposed to be doing. Even in a recession, good art still finds a wall to hang on: well that’s my experience .

Online Art Galleries

Talking about galleries, I have been talking to a couple of different people this week who are setting up their own online galleries. I have mixed thoughts about online art galleries. Most of them are mainly money-generating software exercises. A few are run by peopel who really care about art but many are not. It’s quite frustrating watching other artists flock to online art galleries, which almost run themselves. The people who run the website never even see the art. The artist uploads an image and all details, the artist sends the art too usually. As I said, it’ an exercise in website optimisation and who can get the most visibility on Google.

So, back in the real world it’s more painting in the studio tomorrow, and for those of you who are wondering where this month’s newsletter is, it’s simply a shade late. I have been holding off to see if I can firm up on some of the upcoming events bu tin any case it will be sent out shortly.

Colourful Scottish Landscape Painting

Colourful Landscapes & A Brief Annual Review

Colourful landscapes have made a return to my studio.

After a year when 95 percent of my artwork has been monochromatic, in pencil, charcoal and carbon, it was interesting to use colour in such a manner. It was fantastic to work on, I rediscovered my love of trying to bring atmosphere and dare i say it, personality to a landscape.

I have not blogged just so much recently, I tend to go through phases. Since my last blogs, there has been quite a lot happening both personally and professionally. Many artists I know have really struggled this year because of the recession. It is a sad thing that many have had to give up full time painting and in some cases even give up their studios.

The shame is that when recession bites, it affects creativity. I have met several artists this year who continue to produce amazing art despite severe hardship. Just because they are not perhaps adept at promoting themselves and gaining exposure, it means that they don’t gain the opportunities that some others are lucky enough to have put in front of them. One such artist I was chatting to recently has been offered exhibition opportunities on 3 continents. They had to decline due to funding.

More Landscapes

When I  think of this, I feel very grateful that I still have my studio and through people who appreciate what I do, I am still able to explore and create new artwork. Whether it’s creating colourful Scottish landscape paintings,  drawings or kilt art so long as I am working in my studio, that’s all that matters.

I also tend to begin to evaluate my year, as many people do around this time on the calendar. For me, it has indeed been an interesting one. I owe much of it to the 28 Drawings Later project in February which suddenly and unexpectedly altered my artistic course. Whilst part of me is beginning to want to reintroduce colour, I would say that a larger part of me enjoyed my ‘colourless” year and although I will continue to paint, I believe that  drawing and working in graphite and other such mediums will continue to be the main interest for me over the short to medium term future. I am sure at some point in the future the colourful landscapes will return.

 

Original Scottish Landscape ARt

Original Scottish Landscape Painting

 Blue Trees

Original Scottish landscape paintings, “Blue Trees”, painted in oil on canvas. In this artwork I was experimenting with various elements., division of space and proportions, colour and brush strokes.

Developing the ideas of previous landscapes which I have produced, I really want to increase the atmosphere of landscape paintings. Rather than have them simply be records of a scene, which is perhaps the way my landscape paintings began.

The brush strokes in the lower portions take quite some time to apply to the canvas. However, the process is quite calming and almost therapeutic, as landscape painting should be.

When initially completed, this canvas was landscape style rather than portrait. However, the more I “lived” with it in the studio, the more I realised that this painting had more to give. Because of the nature of the vertical brush strokes, it dawned on me that the composition would benefit from being portrait style. Hence, a section of the painting was cropped off to give the final framed artwork it’s appearance.

Painting Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm approx excluding frame.
Medium: Oil On Canvas

Original Scottish Landscape Painting SOLD

Neist Point Scottish Landscape Painting

Scottish Landscape Paintings

Neist Point on the beautiful Scottish island of Skye is a place I have only visited once. It will stay with me forever but I do hope that I see it again. Neist Point Lighthouse just looks as if it has been there for ever and although man-made seems so much to be a part of the view. It is an utterly breathtaking place and I cannot possibly describe it in words.  Therefore I tried to with paint. I am pleased with this landscape painting in which I tried to capture the drama of this incredible place.  Extensive use of the palette knife was employed.

If you do visit the Isle Of Skye, please don’t miss Neist Point out, sas many people seem to. There are views of the islands of Egg, Muck and Rum and huge rocks onto which the sea crashes. I went fishing there for a couple of hours before sunset and knew when I was there that I had to paint. This was about seven years before I began to paint full time. I returned the day after the fishing to sketch and then produced a watercolour painting. This large scale acrylic of Neist Point is based on that.

Original Scottish Landscape Painting – Sold

Please check the Archive area in the top menu or use the SEARCH facility in the top left hand side of this page to find more landscape artwork.

Paintings for Sale Online

Paintings for sale online

Paintings For Sale Online

Paintings for sale online can be found in various diverse outlets today. As an artist who began selling online in 2002, I have witnessed many changes. Some of these have been good and some bad.

Although I have painted and drawn all my life, I was only a hobby artist until 2005. Before that, the main place to find paintings for sale online was Ebay. Around 2002, Ebay was not what it is now. Now, Ebay is like a car boot sale for art. Back in 2002 however, it was a dynamic and vibrant outlet for artists.

My own artwork started selling for around £40. I was happy with this as I was just playing around. What I did enjoy was joining communities of other artists who were also selling their paintings online.

Buying & Selling Art online Is Easy

I learned a lot from these people. We began to have virtual exhibitions and in time, exhibitions in the real world. I even had art exhibited in Chicago USA thanks to another Ebay artist.

The future was looking good for artists selling their paintings online. Ebay however, soon changed everything. Ebay seem to want everything to be cheap. They also now seem to favour organisations rather than individual sellers. Back around 2004 they changed their fees and their listing structure. This made competition more than fierce. It also made the artwork much more difficult to find.

Many artists, including me, did not mind selling art at less than exorbitant prices, however, we did have to make some money from our art.

In time though, it became almost impossible.

I moved away from Ebay and sought other ways to promote my paintings for sale online.

Honesty In Art

The first thing I did was improve my own website. I wanted it to be as honest as I could. To achieve this I invested in a reasonable camera and took good photography. I also described the paintings to the best of my ability. A trickle of internet traffic grew. Never to a huge deluge of visitors but enough.

To this day, I believe that honest photography and honest descriptions are the key to happy customers. In my previous career, I learned that customers are everything. Many artists might not like this but it is true. You cannot just separate yourself from your customers, unless you are at the very top of the tree. If the media create a storm about you then you can just sit back and get on with painting.

This is not the case for most artists however.

Online Art Galleries & Google

One of the things that is a little frustrating is Google’s ranking policies. Google is, rightly all about “user experience”. However, if you want to support an independent artist and type “buy art direct from the artist”, Google won’t return a list of individual artists. No, Google will return a raft of online galleries. These galleries are basically people who could afford to pay for software. This software allows artists to create a profile and upload art. These sites are full of “buy direct from the artist” claims. However, some of them take 50% of the sale price. This is too much for an online gallery.

There are some really good such online galleries of course who do seem to look after the listed artists by advertising on their behalf etc. Some take as little as 30%. Others, such as Fine Art America take no fee from the sale of original paintings. They make their money from print sales.

Paintings For Sale Online: Benefits

There are lots of benefits in buying art online. These outweigh the big negative which is: nothing will beat seeing a piece of art in the flesh.

  • Most good artists will have a returns policy
  • Artists will send you a larger file of their artwork if you ask to let you see detail
  • You can read about the art. In a gallery offline you are relying on what the gallery owner tells you.
  • You can have direct contact with the artist
  • Prospective purchasers can see artwork from artists on the other side of the world that you might otherwise never see
  • You can see “in progress” shots that you would otherwise never see.

I have sent artwork all over the world. This has been to places as far away as Australia, USA, Canada and Greece.

Paintings For Sale Online
Joe Hendry Artwork In Progress

In all the time that I have been selling my art online, I have never had one piece of artwork returned. I do offer a full return policy, it’s just that I have never needed it!

I would finish this article by saying that there is security in buying art online. Most artists accept Paypal and this covers you fully in the event that anything goes wrong. I have again, never had any problem here.

Indeed, it is the artist who is most likely to be  conned by fraudsters online (but that is a whole other article!)

I hope this article helps people realise the benefits of buying art online and in doing so, supports independent artists and good online art galleries.

PS Please visit my Testimonials Page to see what some of the people who have purchased my paintings for sale online have had to say.

Examples Of Joe Hendry Artwork

Original Art for sale

Buying original art online

Shy Girl
Shy Girl

Drawings in pencil

Scottish art for sale

Coloured Pencils

coloured pencils

Coloured Pencils

Coloured Pencils Are A Misunderstood Artist’s Medium

Coloured Pencils. When you see those two words, does your mind drift back to school days and watching everyone colour in with their tongues poked out whilst they concentrated?

 That is the type of image that the coloured pencil manufacturers are trying to shake off and they have been working very hard at it. Most of the work in educating the art-loving public on the topic of coloured pencils, however, has been done by artists.

 There are now “Coloured Pencil Societies” in several countries and a very healthy online community.

 I am going to stick my neck out here and say that whilst some artists using the medium are outstanding, some are doing the coloured pencil a little damage. I am not talking here about the quality of the drawings or paintings (yes, you can paint with coloured pencils), there will always be a grading of artists from beginner to professional and all sorts of skill subsets. I am talking about pet portraits!  I have nothing against pets whatsoever and I have in the past painted dogs but what is it about the coloured pencil and pet portraits? There is an imbalance in the number of people drawing cats and dogs with coloured pencils.

I now feel that I must create some artwork featuring dogs and cats just to fit in. 🙂

When I think of coloured pencils, I think of these:

Coloured Pencils

Best Quality Coloured Pencils

These are Caran D’ache Luminance coloured pencils. They are wax based with pigments that are lightfast and should last over 100 years . These pencils are expensive. Along with some others, such as my second favourite, which are oil-based, Polychromos, by Faber-Castel, they work out more expensive to work in than oil paint.

 It’s the resulting artwork which is important and I hope that people continue to wake up to all that is going on with the fantastic medium of coloured pencils. There is so much that is different that can be achieved with this wonderful medium for creating art.

Polychromos, Caran D’Ache, Prismacolour, Coloursoft

Just like painting, the surface which the medium is being applied to makes a huge difference.

Youtube is full of coloured pencil artists producing amazing time-lapse videos drawing on different papers. Many of these make it look so easy. Part of the reason for this is that they are using a brand called Prismacolour. As far as I know, these are made in Mexico. They used to be made in the USA and apparently after production moved to Mexico the quality suffered. I’ve experimented with these pencils. They are rich in colour and blend easily which makes dramatic effects a little easier.

The reason I do not use these pencils is that the lightfast rating on them is not particularly good at all. There is no point in selling a piece of artwork in a Fine Art Gallery only to have a multitude of customers return artwork in five years saying that the art has faded.

As with ink markers, which are not particularly lightfast, if you are drawing for print then this is not a problem. I intend to sell my originals however. It is therefore just not acceptable to have anything but the best quality.

 

The video above shows me drawing in Faber Castell Polychromos on Bristol Board paper. This is an ultra smooth surface. These are oil based and are very good quality. Blending is possible but is a very different experience than from drawing with Prismacolour. They are not “creamy” as they are not wax based. They glide over smooth paper and are lovely to draw with though. The white is nowhere near as opaque as the Prismacolour white and you have to plan a little when intending for highlight or white detail. A bit like when painting in watercolour.

The lightfast rating is, as mentioned, of huge importance to me. I therefore mainly use Caran D’Ache Luminance coloured pencils. These are the most expensive pencils on the market. They are wax based. They have the best lightfast rating. They are quite soft and creamy and do not have the gritty feel of Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

I really want to like Derwent Coloursoft but they just don’t have the same feel to work with. They are also a pain to work out which ones have a good lightfast rating as it is not marked on the pencil. If it is , it is so small then this artist can’t see it! I went through my first set of Derwent Coloursoft and gave all the lowest rated (mainly reds and pinks) to a friends seven year old daughter.

One of the first coloured pencil drawings I produced was the red-headed lady at the top of this page. She is also painted in pencil. This is achieved by using solvents to “melt” the medium and it is then worked onto the paper by brush.

I have more or less abandoned this way of creating art with coloured pencils now and tend to work with the medium entirely dry.

Drawing Surface

The drawing surface used for coloured pencils is critical. Whilst every artist has their own technique and one each artist will have favourite mediums and surfaces, some surfaces are just no good for coloured pencils.

One coloured pencil artist who produces hyper-real artworks answered a question about which paper they used. I tried this paper and it was very difficult. I noticed someone left a reply saying that they were “lying” and that pencil doesn’t take to this paper. I think this is a bit harsh. I found I got a fantastic end result but it was a painstaking battle getting there.

One of the most popular papers for  coloured pencil artists is Stonehenge. Being in the UK, I have to order this from the United States. It is a very rough paper and it swallows up both wax based and oil based pencils. A little like drawing on sandpaper!

Female Nude Drawing

The above female nude figurative art was created on Stonehenge paper. The good thing is that you can really be rough with this and it won’t rip. To get the smooth , subtle colour and tone transitions, you have to really build the layers up though. If you don’t want that effort, then you need to use a smoother paper.

I like the textured areas though. I also enjoy playing around and experimenting.

Male nude art for sale

This male nude artwork was created in the same pencils but on ultra -smooth bristol board. This was also imported from America. I can see the difference in the smoothness when I compare these two drawings but I don’t know if others will.

You Don’t Need To Draw On Paper All The Time

I’ve also experimented with other surfaces with varying degrees of success. The following drawing of Gary Numan was done on wood which had been painted with Gesso and then sanded. It left a grainy finish which I quite like. The pencil went on “greasily” though.

Gary Numan Art

I took this idea a bit further and tried on different grades of plywood. These were not primed first, so there is a chance that the oil based pencil may seep in to the wood through time. For that reason. the finished piece is fixed with a heavy duty fixative.

Small scale art

drawing with coloured pencils

The square plywood on the left is much grainier than the round plywood on the right. I think the difference shows.

There is no right or wrong here. I believe it is all about personal preference. Sometimes though the paper does do all the work. I saw another artist rate papers for suitability on their website. They rated one of my favourite papers badly.  Whilst they might not like Canford, I love it. It doesn’t take the same amount of abuse as Stonehenge paper but there is something really nice about the subtle texture.

Elvis Presley Art

Canford paper was used for this Elvis Presley artwork and was possibly the first time I really fell in love with it.

I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on this wonderful medium. Please feel free to share and comment.

Art For Sale Online- Buying direct from the artist

Art For Sale Online

Art For Sale Online

Did you know you can buy art direct from the artist?

Art For Sale Online has grown immeasurably over the years. When i first started to put my early canvas art for sale online, the place to do it was Ebay. Believe it or not, in the early noughties, Ebay was actually a hotbed of artistic talent. It was a fantastic place to buy art direct from the artist. All kinds of original paintings were listed for sale. Things changed however, and Ebay is now the online equivalent of a car boot sale.

Online art for sale now appears in many “art farms” and it seems that everyone is getting in on the action. From people with no interest in art right up to Saatchi online.

Think You Know Where Your Money Goes?

Art collectors looking to buy original paintings use these places to find art for sale online. However, it annoys artists when there are phrases used such as “buy direct from the artist”. If you think that all of the money you spend goes to the artist then think again. Whilst it is understandable that bricks and mortar art galleries take a hefty slice of the money, usually 50%. Did you know that many online art galleries also take around 40%?

Buy art direct artists studio

My Favourite Art Gallery – My Own Studio

Some venues which have art for sale online are much better for artists such as Etsy. Etsy actually takes a very small percentage and it’s listing fees are only twenty cents per item. This means that many artists actually sell their original artwork for less and can still make a reasonable profit to allow them to keep painting.

What Are The Negatives ?

Viewing fine art for sale online may seem a poor alternative to viewing it in a gallery and whilst this is true to some extent as nothing can beat seeing a piece of original art for real, rather than a poor alternative, I think it is a good alternative. Most artists go to great lengths to make sure that the images they upload when they have their art for sale online are of the best quality. Some websites, such as Fine Art America and Artfinder, for me, do a particularly good job of displaying artwork.

Also, in most cases, buying art online is pretty much risk free as many artists and online galleries accept returns with minimal cost, if any to the purchaser.

Advantages of Buying Artwork Direct From The Artist

The other, obvious advantage for people who buy original art online is the ease of viewing a huge amount of art compared to the volume of artwork you would see in a day visiting bricks and mortar galleries. I have sold original paintings to art collectors all over the world from New Zealand to Canada and everywhere in-between. This would never have happened if I had not had an early presence on the internet.

Not only this, but I have never had a piece of artwork from this website returned. Art buyers often ask to see larger images and it is easy to email these. This allows art collectors to make a decision before making a commitment.

Other obstacles are easily dealt with when purchasing artwork from an online artist. Costs of sending bulky frames can be addressed by sending an item unframed. Many art -lovers prefer to choose their own framing anyway. I have sent large oil paintings rolled up, suitably protected and they have safely arrived in places as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Phoenix, Arizona.

Searching for an artist selling their artwork direct is something that  I would highly recommend. You are then genuinely dealing with and artist directly and supporting them. You will also be protected in most cases if you ay using a credit card or Paypal so there really is very little risk.

I have had art for sale online now since 2002 without incident.

View Current Joe Hendry Art 

 

 

Affordable Art

Affordable Art

Affordable Art Online

Affordable Art is a fairly horrible term. The phrase that immediately comes to my mind when I see it is cheap art! However, the art world is very diverse and sometimes this area causes a real dilemma for many artists.

As I have said elsewhere on this  site and in my other art blog, I know many artists producing outstanding artwork who struggle to pay their bills. However, I also know famous artists producing pieces of a lesser quality that is as far from affordable art as you can get!

Art Marketing

Other than sticking a banner on a website saying “cheap painting for sale” or marketing 24 hours a day, I still believe that there is a happy medium.  Provided an artist’s work appeals to at least one niche. The bottom line is, it has to be quality work. Quality is what I now aim for with every piece I produce. I don’t object to creating quickly done pieces. However I won’t cut corners for the sake of money or a request by an art gallery owner. At the end of the day, It’s like a one night stand if you lower standards.  It leaves you feeling empty afterwards!

One of the pricing issues I have experienced when selling art online is selling framed paintings. Framed paintings immediately mean increased shipping costs.It can be very expensive posting to the other side of the world. This is why I would always recommend sending original artwork unframed. I suggest to prospective art buyers that they use their own picture framer.

Over the years I have watched my original landscape paintings and my figurative artwork both steadily climb in price. Whilst this has it’s obvious positives, it is certainly not what it is all about for me. It has always upset me when people tell me that they love my art but simply cannot afford it. Over the years I have tried to address this by making certain pieces available at prices way below gallery price. I do this at Open Studio events. I also introduced limited edition art prints in 2007. Even these, however proved too expensive for some people and with the phrase “Affordable Art” in mind, I therefore created a gallery of very affordable art prints on Etsy,

Print Quality

These prints are the same in several ways to my open editions. They make use of archival, top quality pigment inks. These inks will be around when everyone currently on the planet is not . These prints are simply a slightly smaller size and are not mounted. This also cuts down on postage. I could have resorted to cheap, machine cut mounts but I detest them. My limited edition prints are all mounted in double thick top quality hand cut acid free mounts.

The other reason they are affordable art is the fact that they are open edition. Although there is not much profit in these, there is enough to make the project viable . This is provided that they sell in greater numbers than the Limited Edition prints do.

These prints have been received very well. The most interesting thing for me has been seeing ten years of artwork appear on Etsy all of a sudden.  An entire portfolio all in the one place. Many of these prints have never been available before.

 

Glasgow Art Exhibitions – WASPS Artists Studios Hanson Street

Glasgow Craft Exhibitions

Glasgow Craft Exhibitions- Parade Artists

Glasgow craft exhibitions are happening all the time and the competition for visitors can be quite fierce, especially at certain times of the year.

Parade Artists are a group of artists based at the WASPS Artists’ Studios at Hanson Street in Glasgow and we have become quite good at competing with some of the larger events in the city.

Glass Art At The Christmas Show
Glass Art At The Christmas Show

Parade artists was formed in 2007 and we have been working hard since then to create a series of different Glasgow Craft Exhibitions. In the early days, we had around 30 members but in truth, this was too great a number to operate a group such as ours. Over a period of time, we have settled into a group of around 15 artists, with a core who do most of the work. It became apparent after a couple of years that groups ssuch as this are not for everyone. Designing by committee can be difficult , now imagine a committee of temperamental artists with widely differing opinions and you can imagine some of the lively discussions that we have had.

Glasgow Artists Exhibition
More Glass Art

Organisation

The discussions and some of the resultant pain that we have gone through has stood us in good stead however and the group who continue are going from strength to strength as we have learned what things work for us and our visitors and what things simply dont. We often compare the way we run things to the annual WASPS Open Studios event. This is a huge event compared to usual. All of the Parade Artists members are involved . Every year though there seems to be a reinvention of the wheel. This is normal when a group of varied artists come together. We do eventually reach a decision!

Part of the problem is that there are some “old school” artists who simply will not change and seem to think that Glasgow art exhibitions are best left in the hands of galleries. Or they try to replicate what worked 20 years ago at our studio premises. In saying that, in 2012, we held possibly the best Open Studios event at Hanson Street, with  better signage and a better balance in the way in which artwork was displayed.

Art & Craft

At Parade Artists, we are much more streamlined and in addition to showing at Hanson Street, we have held events at Homes & Interiors at the SECC and taken part in both the Glasgow West End and Merchant City Festivals. This May, several of the Parade Artist members will be exhibiting as part of the Southside Festival in Glasgow.

Malcolm Dobson Ceramics
Ceramic Display

Unusually,this year, we are returning to holding a summer exhibition at Hanson Street. have a healthy line-up of painters, textile designers, ceramicists, glass artists and printmakers.

We are now quite confident of putting on a great exhibition. We are confident about the quality of our work and the feedback from visitors is very positive. Marketing an event like this is difficult and word of mouth helps us. As a painter, I have had several comments about taking part in art exhibitions like this. I don’t know if people think it is not appropriate for me for some reason. For me, however, I like working with Parade Artists. I also believe that it is good to put on such events with other artists based at WASPS. (In hanson Street). In a way, I think of it as a “mini Open Studios”.

Glasgow Craft Exhibitions At Hanson Street

The Next Parade Artists Event is:-

Saturday 8th June  from 11am – 5pm

Sunday 9th June from 12am – 5pm

Preview evening with entertainment and wine, Friday 7th June 6pm.

The new Factory Cafe will be open and we have ample free parking.

WASPS Artists’ Studios

77 Hanson Street

Glasgow

G31 2HA

 

Charity Art

Charity Art Glasgow

Charity Art Events

The Cheek Of The Ladies Who Lunch

Charity art, or art events to raise money for charity is something that I have blogged about but I thought I would write this article as it as the subject has raised it’s head again.

I may even have directed you here after you have requested that I donate a piece of artwork for a charity event: if so, I do hope that you read on (especially the part below in red).

Over the past few years, charity art events seem to have become more frequent. This is possibly because of the recession. When I first began to create art and had a presence online, I quickly started to receive emails asking that I donate a piece of art to help raise funds for various charity events. I did this repeatedly, however after a few years and because of the increasing frequency, it became impossible to keep giving artwork away. There are other ways however, that you can sell art at charity events and keep the artist giving also for future events.

The WASP’s charity, who I rent my studio from (they provide affordable studios for artists) published information on their website a few years ago stating that 8 out of every ten artists earn under 5 thousand pounds per year. Why then were artists approached so often by charities and expected to simply give work away?

I believe firstly, that people don’t realise the situation for many artists, or they simply wouldn’t ask. Many artists will give one or two pieces per year and then they cannot give any more (there are exceptions which I will come to later).

Charity Art Events That Work

If you are a charitable organisation, asking artists to donate work, unless they are in to 2 out of 10 who are doing very well, simply means that they cannot give to the next charity who asks. The best method is to give the artist the same fee as they would get from a gallery in the event of a sale (many artists will accept less as it is for charity). This means that the charity still gets 50 or 60 % of the sale price but it allows the artist to keep giving! I have now worked with several charitable organisations and it has worked well.

Not working this way simply puts artists under pressure and prevents them giving again. Please consider this when organising your charity art events.

Not So Charitable

I no longer work with any organisation who give a token amount to a charity and tries to conceal this from the public. Similarly, I do not work with “charity” organisations where one person takes a wage for organising events. They are basically using charity to give themselves an income stream.

This practice is commonplace now.

The charity badge helps sell art but if you are an art lover buying at a charity event would you be happy knowing that apart from the artist, one individual was earning 35 to 30 % for each sale?

Would you be happy knowing that in some cases the charity gets 10%?

I believe that all charity art events should clearly declare where the money goes.

Making A Living From Charity Art

I know several artists and art dealers who use charity to earn a living. They donate one piece of art but then have a car-load outside the venue that they sell to those who “missed out”. I think this is very distasteful.

Similarly, ther is a very well organised company selling art prints under the charity badge who are taking around 70% of the profit, with the remainder going to the artist and the charity.

Please CHECK where your money is going before you buy artwork at charity events.

At the time of writing, I am preparing for two forthcoming charity art events, the first gives the artist 50% of the sale price and 50% goes directly to the charity. The second gives the artist 60% of the sale price. I think this is acceptable and I am happy to be involved in any well-run charity event.

I am also happy to donate where I can but as outlined above, this is only possible once or twice per year.