Listen to the Evening, 11x14, acrylic on linen
Jan Blencowe, copyright 2010
Happy Earth Day! And what a beautiful day it is today! There's a plein air landscape painting sale going on in my ArtFire Shop for Earth Day.
I like to think of my ArtFire Shop as the "outlet" store for www.janblencowe.com. We have an outlet mall just 2 minutes from my house, and another in the next town over. What's great about outlet stores is that you're able to buy top quality products at a price the average person can afford, because trust me I would never pay $400 for a pair of shoes or a handbag!
Because I truly believe that art is so enriching and a necessary part of our lives my ArtFire Shop gives my a way to offer specially selected pieces at prices that are realistic for people who are not "serious art collectors", though I will say that serious collectors would be wise to take a look because there are some gems in the shop that would be a great investment.
Other ways my paintings are available at special prices are through the 140Hours Art4theEarth Auction
which begins tonight at 9pm eastern time.
Also at Brigham Gallery's New Auction site I have 4 large landscapes offered.
Ugh! I'm starting to sound like one long infomercial! LOL Unfortunately with the economy in such disarray artists, galleries, museums, art centers, and the arts in general are really suffering. Sales, attendance, visitors and students are in short supply. Sad when art, owning it, viewing it and making it can be such a healing and uplifting activity. Just what we need in such depressing times.
Along with that thought I will leave you with this poem by Mary Oliver....
With Thanks to the Field Sparrow, Whose Voice is so Delicate and Humble
I do not live happily or comfortably
with the cleverness of our times
The talk is all about computers,
the news is all about bombs and blood.
This morning, in the fresh field,
I came upon a hidden nest.
It held four warm, speckled eggs,
I touched them.
Then went away softly,
having felt something more wonderful
than all the electricty in New York City.