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The energy of a show is contagious!

by AnnieSteiner , December 9, 2014—12:00 AM

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I recently participated in an Open House, in the building where my studio is located. A few days before the show, the building was a true beehive. Everybody was busily getting their studio ready, displaying their latest work. You could feel the excitement, and the energy was invigorating. It takes a lot of work to prepare for a show! The whole building took on a real festive look. The bonus of using your own studio as the gallery is that at the end of the day you do not have to take anything down, and you can just close the door. It is great when you have sales, but I find that sales are not the only objective for a show. The comments of the visitors make you feel good, and motivate you to do more work. The group show attracts new people all the time, and the neighbors take more notice… Continue reading… 0 comments

The Power of New Artwork

by AnnieSteiner , September 16, 2014—12:00 AM

Topics: Australia, Series

The power of a new piece. Something remarkable happens when you hang a newly acquired piece of artwork in your home. In a way, that new piece completely changes the perception of its surroundings. You find that the whole room is embellished by that new acquisition. Sometimes, it prompts you to change the furniture around, and Presto! Your room appears all new to your eyes. You re-discover every object, and see it in a new way. If the piece is an image of a nice memory for you, it brings back its memory in the most pleasant way. You might even dream about it. I find that switching artwork around can bring a similar result… Continue reading… 1 comment

Money in Art

by AnnieSteiner , February 1, 2014—12:00 AM

Topics: Blog, Cottage Street Studios

Money in Art - An article that was really written about the Art World and the way it is developing in NYC made me reflect on a few points that we should all consider as artists. Art is now directly linked to Money, and Museums as well as Art galleries are money-hungry. This is nothing new. Money has dominated the Art world for a long time. Critics have almost disappeared because the Museums and Art galleries are deciding what is good and what art collectors should buy. "The reality is that, directly or indirectly, in large ways and small, the current market system is shaping every aspect of art in the city: not just how artists live, but also what kind of art is made, and how art is presented in the media and in museums… Continue reading… 2 comments

Artist dies of EXPOSURE!

by AnnieSteiner , November 7, 2013—12:00 AM

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It struck me, after reading the article called "Slaves of the Internet, Unite!" by Tim Kreider published in the NY Times, that other professions go through the same problems artists do. One of these problems is being asked to produce some work for free, dangling the "great exposure" carrot in front of our noses. Well, as far as I know, exposure does not you bring you food or means to live. As Tim Kreider says in his article: "People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn't be willing to write an essay or draw an illustration for them for nothing… Continue reading… 3 comments

Guerilla Marketing to Baby Boomers

by AnnieSteiner , May 22, 2013—04:38 PM

Topics: books

For the book, _____________Guerrilla Marketing to Baby Boomers Author: Kristi Carter In my book I show how large and small businesses can optimize their marketing efforts to the targeted audience of baby boomers. Many businesses are realizing that baby boomers are buying for three generations; their children, themselves and their aging parents. The baby boomers are the biggest sector of consumers with disposable income and they demand high standards in the products they purchase. Baby boomers have a consciousness that past generations were not as concerned about. Boomers have actually helped our society raise the bar for more sustainable items and environmentally sound products. They care about the world around them and what they will be leaving as a legacy to their children… Continue reading… 0 comments

I never really believed that she was going to leave us, even when I saw her body giving up to the cancer. The sparkle in her eyes was gone, her cheeks were getting hollow. She used to have a smile that illuminated her whole face! Her laugh was so communicative that you could not help but laugh hysterically with her! I could not accept the idea that she was going, and was almost surprised when I got the call telling me that she was gone. I had not been able to paint anything satisfying for months while my friend was sick and I felt quite desperate after she passed away. Another friend of hers told me she had been going through the same thing. She would not have been happy with us: she was always bursting with new ideas and creativity… Continue reading… 8 comments

Cottage Street Studios featured on PBS

by AnnieSteiner , March 14, 2011—03:15 PM

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The wonderful old building where my studio is located houses a number of artists of different disciplines. Our association is called Cottage Street Studios, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary next December. We are planning a big celebration. PBS came to film a segment on Cottage Street studios for their "Connecting Point" program. Our next Open House will take place on May 21 1nd 22nd, 2011. Cottage Street Studios from WGBY on Vimeo .… Continue reading… 0 comments

I do not often follow the impulses generated by ads that appear on the front page of magazines, or the home page of websites, but I am glad that I did for once. I tried Signature Canvas, that offers a special discount to ArtId members, and the result I got was very satisfying. This canvas is really strong, smooth, with just he right "tooth". It is perfectly gessoed, and ready to be painted on when it is delivered. The frame is thick, the spine is well conceived, and the canvas stapled with a generous edge. I ordered some canvas stapled, and some spline-fastened. I found that the spline-fastened looked neater, and allowed the painting to hang flat on the wall… Continue reading… 0 comments

I have heard so many artists say that a website is a waste of time and money, because art does not sell on the Internet. I even know of some artists that have canceled their sites "because they had not sold anything". My experience is the proof that, that way of thinking, is wrong. A website is not only a sales tool, it is above all an online portfolio. It is a place where your customers can follow your new work, and keep in touch with you. I am glad Artid makes our sites so attractive, and that they work hard on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which makes our sites easy to find. A gallery owner from Boston, who is also an art consultant was recently looking for new material to hang in a health care facility… Continue reading… 16 comments

The Odd One Out

by AnnieSteiner , August 9, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Fruit

Four pears on a shiny mahogany sideboard. I have always enjoyed painting pears. I guess their shape symbolizes the shape of many women… Continue reading… 0 comments

Good tip for wrapping artwork for transportation

by AnnieSteiner , September 17, 2009—12:00 AM

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I participated in several outdoors shows this Spring and Summer, and have been trying to find a practical way to transport my paintings safely. I first wrapped them in bubble wrap, but that took a long time, and awkward to deal with the tape to seal each piece. I also tried to keep the boxes the frames came in, but that took a lot of space in the van. I finally found something that was as "cushioney" and as light as bubble wrap, easy to cut, easy to handle, and tear resistant. It is sold in the large DIY stoes like Home Depot or Lowes as a basic underlayment for all kinds of flooring. It is sold in rolls of 27' X 2.5', and costs about $27.00 per roll. One of the brand names is Unison… Continue reading… 2 comments

Experiment in uploading

by AnnieSteiner , November 18, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: painting, paintstiks

This is an experiment in uploading a small slide show presentation. I wanted to show the progression of a painting I executed with paintstiks, which are oil paint in the form sticks. I like working with them, as I can use them like pastels, and the end result is a lot more stable than a pastel painting. It is basically an other version of "finger painting" as I use my fingers to spread the different coats of paint. The final details are done with brushes of different sizes. The oil dries a little faster than the traditional oil one buys in tubes. I usually spray the finished piece with a matte varnish to protect it… Continue reading… 1 comment

My very first outdoor show

by AnnieSteiner , September 15, 2008—02:57 PM

Topics: art shows

My very first outdoor show I participated to an outdoor show for the first time last weekend. We got the ___baptism of fire___ as Hanna was menacing to send us deadly winds and torrential rains. We had imagined the roof of our tent flying away, and having to retrieve it from the top of some tree, so we did our homework and it turned out that we were well prepared for rookies: the poles of the tent were well anchored with deep stakes, and we had tied each corner with the ___dog ties___ and cords that the well-seasoned artists and show participants advised us to get. The tent held up to the high winds and the rain, which ended up to be not as bad as forecasted. We had taken all the artwork out over night, not wanting to take the risk of having it damaged… Continue reading… 4 comments

An artist is always excited about selling some artwork. About one month ago, a person wrote to me, saying that he was very interested in buying a painting of mine, that he had seen in a juried exhibition. He promised that a check was on its way, and that he would take care of the wrapping and shipping costs. I received several Emails from that person, renewing his intent on buying my painting ___for his wife__™s birthday___. One month after the first contact, I received, sent through UPS, a check that was almost 5 times the value of the painting. The buyer wanted me to send the balance between the value of the painting + handling and shipping to a third party in an other state. I thought the request was bizarre, and did not feel comfortable about the whole transaction… Continue reading… 6 comments

Website Blues

by AnnieSteiner , June 24, 2008—03:40 PM

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I opened my first site last year. It is a pretty, colorful, well designed site, that includes my bio, a little of my experience as an artist, and where my paintings are categorized by subjects. I contributed to the creation of this site by telling the Webmaster the major colors of the background I wanted, and the main reasons why I wanted this site: I wanted exposure, I wanted a presence on the Internet, as we are now in the 21st Century, and it is a MUST if you want to be respected as an artist who takes her goals seriously. I wanted that site to be a selling tool. I was very happy with my beautiful site. For several months, for I told my prospective clients to check it from time to time to view my latest work, and they liked it too… Continue reading… 3 comments

When things go wrong and Palette knife painting. I took me a long time to start dealing with anything that was artistic after my children were born. There was always something else to do. I seemed to have lost the ability to concentrate on anything but my family for a while. Even reading was impossible, as I could never relax enough to grab a book for at least 15 minutes. When my kids both started going to school (relief!) I investigated the local Community Arts Center, and discovered that they were offering a colored pencil drawing class. As when I was in Art school, attention to details was de rigueur, I decided that colored pencils were going to be for me. And indeed, for several years, they were. I relished in the meditation that the most tedious details drive you to… Continue reading… 1 comment

Vital Blogging

by AnnieSteiner , April 28, 2008—03:22 PM

Topics: Blog

I have been putting it off for a long time. Is this thing really for me? Who cares about what I say, think, even feel? My first language is not even English, and I might use expressions that make people laugh! How do you say Blog in French? I have not been back home for a while, and some new terms are impossible to translate___ Bleeuug? Well, it happens that blogging, this new way of communicating, is very vital to the health of my website. My first website was created last year. An attractive display of my work that I was hoping would get me noticed in the sea of artwork that is now floating in cyberspace. It turned out that it is really just an interesting (expensive) business card, that helps identify some pieces that my buyers have seen in my studio, and are thinking of buying… Continue reading… 2 comments