Thursday, January 15, 2009

Impressionist Landscape Field of Poppies SOLD

Impressionist Landscape Field of Poppies, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: Bright and cheerful, breezy and carfree. Feel the warmth of the sun!
Title Field of Poppies

Artist: Jan Blencowe

Media: acrylic on linen
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD plus $5 s/h in the USA


Today was the first day of the smARTist Telesummit! I really enjoyed the speakers and the earnest questions sent in by fellow artists and the insightful answers from the panel. Questions and answers ranged from the nitty gritty practical to deeper more introspective and inspirational issues. Here are a few nuggets of gold I took away from todays session.

First on the nitty gritty business side...."something for every pocketbook" Wow, this struck a chord with me. I am such a firm believer in the notion that art is for everyone. Today's small format painting, offered at just $75 is a perfect example. While I deeply appreciate my collectors who are willing to spend $1000 or more on something I've created and humbled by their faith in the paintings beauty and value I also know there are a lot of people who could benefit from having the joy and beauty original art brings into their lives but are restricted by their budgets. That's why I'm always committed to offering smaller paintings that many more people can enjoy.

A few powerful one liners...."beauty gives hope", "If the path has a heart, than follow that path." "artists have healing power". This last one is of particular interest to me. I believe art does have healing power. Making art, viewing art and incorporating art of all kinds into our daily lives is a powerful path to healing. I know it's true in my own life, in the life of my autistic son, I see it in my students lives and in the lives of people who collect art also.

Strong Medicine

Another powerful message I took away today was from Nancy Marmolejo. She talked about art as medicine, not perscription medicine from the pharmacy, but medicine in the Native American spiritual sense. Art is a powerful spiritual gift. Your calling as an artist is part of that medicine. Then we let go, get out of the way and let the medicine of the art go out into the world. I'd say the world needs some healing medicine right about now!


rebeccashapiroart said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I like exploring art for everyone.

Atul Pande said...

Jan: Love it!

Michael said...

I appreciate your comment about making your art available to those with a smaller budget. I have gone back and forth between "giving it away" to pricing myself beyond my small local market. My compromise so far has been to make Giclees of some pieces available and cheaper repros at cafepress. This has worked on occasion, but not frequently enough. I usually put a lot of detail into each painting or drawing, so it's hard to get much return for my hours. Maybe I'll try your approach and work smaller.

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for visiting! Art for Everyone is a concept that I've been firmly behind for a long while. Art doesn't have to be intimidating in content or price. Sure there will always be artists who do edgy, provocative work (thank goodness) and there will always be art that sells for tens of thousands and millions. But to really serve people and educate them about art it needs to be something that they can access. If it's way out of line for their budget they'll never even consider buying original art. If it's affordable, or perhaps a little financial stretch, but they love a painting, they'll buy it and who knows where that will lead for them. Hopefully a great door will open up and they will embrace collecting art and bringing that powerful, beautiful side of humanity into their lives. Perhaps they'll only ever be able to collect "affordable" art, but we all know there are thousands of very gifted and talented artists whose work is certainly worthy, but remains affordable because they are either "undiscovered" or the artists herself has chosen not to pursue international fame in favor of simply painting for the love of it. Truly, art for everyone!

Jan Blencowe said...

Atul, Thank you very much! Encouraging words are always appreciated!!

Jan Blencowe said...

Michael, I think it's wholly possible to create a quality product with an affordable price tag. Artworks can be smaller in actual size, and in scope, using simpler subject matter,composition etc. Yet, we can still take the work very seriously and put our best creative efforts into it and use the best tools,and materials to create it. For me, I've decided that even on my small pieces I will use museum quality panels or stretched linen canvas from now on. I put as much thought into developing small, simplified compositions and color schemes as I would larger works. No need to "give away" your art unless you want to. Just find a way to create quality, scaled down pieces that use less (but still quality) materials and take less time to execute, but still approach creating them with reverence. Then the lower price makes sense coompared to your larger work, but remains affordable for many more people.

Michael said...

Jan, thanks for your comments. I think I may be trying to work against my natural inclinations. Whenever I set out to paint in a more impressionistic style, I find myself drawn to the details. I also do mainly figurative work and have done many portraits through the years. In portraits, likeness details are important and I bring that same sensibility to whatever I do. Recently, I painted a still life with pears. That went quicker, but I still had close to 20 hours of prep and painting time involved. I suppose these things help me appreciate those who can accomplish the impressionistic style well. Keep up the good work. If you get a chance, visit my Web site and give me your feedback. Thanks.