The Impact of Instagram for Artists

Instagram has had an amazing impact for many Artists, Galleries, and Art Publishers as the social media app primarily focuses on image sharing, liking and @ – ing.  The nature of the app allows artists to reach new audiences by capturing new followers and cultivating those fans into collectors!  This is a great way to share your work as an artist and grow your fan and collector base by simply posting images of your artwork.  Instagram for artists is a great way to share insight into their creative process, which creates a wonderful connection between the artist and the audience, and that relationship can easily lead to sales.

Brooklyn artist Jean-Pierre Roy has recently experienced the wealth of an Instagram post with the sale of one of his works to Hollywood elite Leonardo DiCaprio that was prompted through Instagram.  art net News has published an article about the sale to Leonardo DiCaprio that came through Instagram.

Jean-Pierre Roy Nachlass (2015) Photo: The Creators Project

Jean-Pierre Roy Nachlass (2015)
Photo: The Creators Project

Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Art on Instagram at PULSE Art Fair

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Lighting an Artist’s Studio a Custom Home for a Still Life Painter

We’ve talked about the importance of lighting an artist’s studio before in previous posts.  Recently Houzz posted an article about an architectural project for a still-life painter that brought together the function of the studio, the natural elements and history of the surrounding area.

Light-Filled Artist’s Studio in the Pennsylvania Countryside

by Becky Harris Houzz Contributor

“Well, first take me to your studio and show me how you paint.” This was all architect Matthew Moger had to say to a still-life artist to win the job over all the other architects who had arrived to bid for the job armed with models and plans without ever asking about how she worked. While the artist’s studio was in Philadelphia at the time, she was planning to move to the rolling horse pastures of the Brandywine River Valley and establish her life in the country full-time. These same fields inspired Andrew Wyeth, who also had a studio there. “This studio was about combining her passions — her work and her horses,” Moger says.

Amazing Coloring Books for Adults

British Illustrator Johanna Basford has found a niche market in the world of Book Publishing…Coloring Books for Adults.  Her intricate line drawings, which are inspired by gardens and estates that she’s familiar with, border on fantasy as she leaves room for you to not just color within the lines, but let your imagination flow!

BuzzFeed News Reporter  posted a nice article on Johanna Basford’s impressive coloring books for adults.

Meet The Woman Who Sold A Million Copies Of Her Coloring Books For Adults

British illustrator Johanna Basford was working as a commercial illustrator for major brands like Nike and Absolut Vodka and drawing to unwind when she had a brilliant idea: Why not create a coloring book, but for adults?

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A Cute and Easy History Lesson on Michelangelo’s David Sculpture

For many people Art History can put you to sleep faster than an Ambien, but that’s because too much of what is taught in art history is about dates and bullet points that pretty much mean nothing to us and end up going in one ear and out on the floor.  However, when you consider the life of a piece of artwork; the reason that an artist painstakingly took to create it, what was going on in the artist’s life at that time, what was going on in the world at that time, the history that the artwork has lived through, the changes that it’s seen, what’s been lost and rediscovered about it…the history or life of a piece of art can be incredibly interesting.

TED-Ed Originals have produced a short animated film that brings to life an easy history lesson on Michelangelo’s David Sculpture.  Titled The Many Meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David by James Earle, the original post from TED-Ed is below:

The Many Meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David – James Earle TED-Ed

We typically experience classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo’s statue of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emblem, and later iconized for its aesthetic beauty. James Earle walks us through the statue’s journey, to show how art gains layers of meaning over time.

Hidden Street Art that Reveals Itself in the Rain

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Street Art That Reveals Itself in the Rain

This is quite literally one of the most creative and brilliant techniques for street art I’ve ever seen!

Peregrine Church, a Seattle-based street artist, has created brilliant series of street art pieces that can only be seen when when they get wet!  Using a superhydrophobic spray, which repels water from surfaces, Peregrine Church creates images and messages on the streets of Seattle that reveal themselves when it rains in the city.  Given that Seattle sees it’s fair share of grey rainy days, Church’s messages are often mood lifters and restore people’s spirits on dreary days.

Peregrine Church, a Seattle-based street

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