Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (04-16-2023)

Greetings, you are receiving this newsletter because you are registered for our Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions. We will be sending a follow-up newsletter like this after each session to highlight the key points discussed during the roundtable.

We would like to offer some serious gratitude for Julie Beck’s generous and insightful walkthrough of her utilization of Instagram tools. Even though she stated she would “rush through it,’ the information was clear and incredibly valuable. Big thanks Julie!!! Please check out THIS presentation that Julie put together along with some Art Tools that she uses.

Thank you Natalie Featherston for recommending content editing apps. The apps listed below are easy to use to format multiple images, add text, and edit video.
Canva (website)
InShot (app)
CapCut (website and app)

Thank you, Alexandra Smith, for sharing some of the knowledge you gained from the Loomly Instagram course. These were the key points of importance:
• Make sure you brand your Instagram profile and maximize the limited space.
• Optimize your content with the latest features to boost engagement.
• Publish content consistently to build your presence on the platform.
• Build an active community to help amplify and promote your content.
• Analyze your Instagram marketing performance to see where you can improve.
You can read more about social media management at the Loomly website HERE.

Check out this podcast Victoria Herrera did with Gabriela Handal - A Conversation About Art with Victoria Herrera. In a series of episodes Gabriela attempts to define the meaning of art and beauty through conversations with colleagues in different artistic fields.

Artist, educator and all around “cool guy” Frank Musto shared this recent article about art and education with Anthony. Check it out here: Art in our Community. (And he mentions Anthony which of course feeds Anthony’s enormous ego. LOL!!)

We spoke about the issues of certain shipping/packing materials coming in contact with painting surfaces. (Bubble wrap is a big “no-no.”) Some of the materials that have been put forward that CAN be used to cover a painting surface with minimal issues are:
Silicone release paper

I am sure this happed to all of you numerous time - dropping a paint brush and staining your clothes. Thank you Deborah Kommalan for sharing her process on how to remove paint stains.
“Immediately saturate the spot of paint and cloth with soap, no water at this point. Use either laundry detergent or dish detergent. If you use dish detergent, choose a clear one with no dye. Saturate the spot with soap and rub it in gently. Allow it to sit and permeate the fibers. Then just toss the garment in the wash.
There is a possibility that it may not be perfect, different fibers react differently, but I have not lost a garment yet.”

Deborah Kommalan

If you would like to share your techniques, please send the to Anya.

This past week, Julie shared that she has been experimenting with a new varnish called Soluvar. It is a “harder” varnish than the softer Regalrez she normally uses. Hopefully she will keep us updated on her experience with it. In the meantime, here’s where you can find both:
Liquitex Soluvar Varnish
Conservar Regalrez 1094 Varnish

One of the texts that we discussed this past week was Ralph Mayer’s The Artists’ Handbook of Materials and Techniques: Fifth Edition, Revised and Updated.
Since 1940, when it was originally published, The Artist’s Handbook has been indispensable for thousands of practicing artists and art students. The book has remained continuously in print through many editions and has some more than a quarter of a million copies. It is, as American Artist Magazine calls it, the “artist’s bible,” an invaluable reference for the painter, sculptor, and printmaker. During the past few years, however, new art movements and new research have led to many changes in the technology of artist’s materials. With the assistance of Mayer’s widow, Bena, and his colleagues, Viking and Steven Sheehan, Director of the Ralph Mayer Center at Yale University, have prepared this latest revision of the book, which is now completely updated and expanded.

Pleasure Bomb T-Shirts are out! And they are amazing! ( I got one :slight_smile:
Roundtable member and professional graphic designer Mark McDermott created the first official t-shirt for the 2023 Diagnostic Painter. The t-shirt is available in his Etsy store, markonthesurface.
Mark generously gave his time and talents to design this shirt, and it would be awesome if everyone could support him by favoriting and following his store, liking items, and leaving a five star review.
Diagnostic Painter attendees get a 15% discount at checkout with the promo code ARTCAMP.

We have been talking about copy rights a lot recently. Thank you Christine Young for sharing this opportunity to take a FREE workshop on Copyright + Licensing Basics for Visual Artists. Members of the ARS team will go over important terminology, how to approach licensing, and commonly-asked questions about copyright, followed by a brief Q&A. The free-of-charge Zoom session is open to all ARS members as well as prospective and non-member artists.
Date & Time April 25, 2023 01:00 PM. Make sure to SING UP.

Consider joining Anthony Waichulis and Victoria Steel this May 10 at the ÀNI Art Academies America in Red Bank, New Jersey, for a special one-day walkthrough of basic representationalism utilizing the alla prima. With simplified representations, we will explore the following:

  1. The nature of representation: “the map vs. the territory.”
  2. Ensuring recognition survives abstraction.
  3. Practical considerations (ranging from painting tools to memory)
  4. The SNAG concept (Survey, Notan, Anchors, and Gradations)
  5. How an alla prima exercise can show us what and how to practice.

Anyone interested in these topics can join us for the day and even paint along, but please note that space is limited. For those interested in attending, please contact Anya Dribas. Hope to see you there!


In between our bi-weekly Artist Round Table Sessions feel free to come and join the discussions on Smartermarx.