Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (01-22-2023)

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Congratulations, Jamie Lindholm! Her painting The Interconnectedness of Life and Environment (18x18", Oil on panel) has been selected for the upcoming Pushing Forward/Reaching Back exhibition. The juried show is organized by the American Women Artists (AWA) organization and will be held at Brookgreen Gardens Museum in South Carolina. AWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts. The exhibition will open to the public on May 13th and run through July 23rd, 2023.

We are all excited for Debra Keirce and her five artists’ friends for their successful travel exhibition. The ladies traveled and exhibited around the world, sharing a common goal—painting with their chosen medium in sizes ranging from 3 inches to 3 feet! The exhibition will be held at Waterworks Visual Art Center, NC, from February 13 to May 26, 2023.

Sketching in pencil and paint with Maria Hock and Debra Keirce is a one-day workshop at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, NC. Debra Keirce will teach attendees how to recognize and draw a likeness from a photo regardless of your medium while Maria Hock will teach alla prima portraiture from a photo reference.

We are so proud of Debra, her painting Big Fish in a Little Tank (15x16", Oil on Panel) is now part of the MonDak Heritage Museum permanent collection!

Julie’s Beck painting Jeez Louise (17x12", Oil on Panel) is currently on display at Susan Powell Fine Art Gallery as part of the Annual Holiday Show. Seventy-five oil paintings and pastels by thirty award-winning artists are on display. The show is filled with various styles and subject matter, including still lifes, landscapes, seascapes, avian art, florals, trompe l’oeil, and figurative and abstract works. The show opened till January 28th., 2023.

Thank you, Julie Beck, for sharing an email she received about a job opportunity for a skilled artist. Please see the details below:

The GIG:
An individual is looking to hire some painters. His normal “medium” is sculpture. I put that in quotes because while he does know some info and technical aspects of sculpture, he hires sculpture houses and other artisans to fabricate it (like highly skilled Italian marble sculptors…think Jeff Koons, Wiley, etc.)

The next series that he is looking to begin is a series of paintings, and he doesn’t have the same knowledge about painting that he does about sculpture. He is normally not hands-on with the sculpture fabrication, but he wants to be more hands-on with the paintings so that he would be painting with the artists. I don’t know anything about his drawing/painting abilities off hand, so I would assume the artists he hires will need to take the lead on the process and technical info. He claims to know how to draw, but the thing he doesn’t know much about is the actual technical painting process.

The concept:
You may be familiar with the paintings from the past in which the composition is a salon-style group of paintings in a room, like this dude. This individual is looking to create a contemporary version of these paintings. He already has a few reference images to work from, plus connections with high-end collectors who are willing to have him come in and stage/photograph their collection. These are not commissions, and he may even “bar” the collectors from buying the painting of their own collection. He seeks skilled craftsmen who can help to execute these elaborate paintings in order to show a kind of “proof of concept” so the money can start rolling in with investors, blue chip galleries, buyers, etc. For now, he just wants to get the idea off the ground and needs relatively skilled artists to help him.

Millerton, NY - he wants to do this onsite at his studio. People may need to relocate for a bit to work on this.

Roughly $20-40 an hour, depending on the person, this could be negotiable. If he has a highly skilled individual, he may be willing to pay more, but he said he doesn’t need THE BEST, just competent. With projects like this, apparently, he bankrolls the first few, and then investors come in.

Time: Open… he said the working times are flexible (like you could also work on your own stuff intermixed with the project), and supposedly it is a fun environment. If anyone wants references of people who have worked with him before, let me know, and I can get those for people.

Size: 6-foot by 7-foot paintings. He would have to supply the materials, I assume.
Process: He doesn’t care if each person wants to work in their own process.
Source: Working from a reference photograph

If you are interested, please send an email to Julie Beck EMAIL with your name, contact, and website where he can see examples of work.

Otto Stürcke and his business partner Mike Butkus are currently working on a table family top board game titled Mad Monster Bash™️ under their company Mad Monster Company. The company is seeking a board game graphic artist and a website designer. If anyone is interested or knows of anyone who would like this opportunity, don’t hesitate to contact Otto at this EMAIL.

Alla prima Challenges.

What is it with the guys’ focus on “palette” sizes?

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