Red Easel: A Studio Full of Artistic Inspiration launched on September 19, 2007, and was begun out of the necessity to find information for visual artists on the web without having hundreds of bookmarks to search through, but it has since grown to be much more and has seen a multitude of positive changes over these first years.
Mary Susan Vaughn, a professional visual artist, had spent hours on her computer searching for framers, appraisers, artist information, art history, art instruction, art supplies, art books, artist organizations, workshops, art festivals, and the list goes on and on. It seemed as if every day she was searching for something relevant to visual artists. It became a daunting task, so she decided to start her own online magazine that would provide a continually growing catalog of information and inspiration for the visual artist - thus began "Red Easel Magazine."
Inspired by a friend, Liz Sorenson, whose baby blog and business, The Daily Stroll, was a huge success, Susan decided to start Red Easel, applying much of what she learned from her friend's business of babies and applying it to the art business.
Continually growing and expanding its database of information for visual artists, Red Easel offers a wealth of information from artist directories that are categorized by name, state, and genre, to fine art critiques, book reviews, and where to find art instruction on the net. Also, Red Easel has a continually growing database of galleries in the United States categorized by state. Red Easel is also home to many professional visual artists, juried in by an ever-changing team of curators. Susan wanted the quality of artists in the Gallery to be exceptional, valuing quality over quantity, thus creating more visibility for each artist member as well.
But that's not all, most importantly, Red Easel has become a personal space for artists, where they share their stories, provide art demonstrations, and interesting, inspiring stories of their artistic journey. It is these stories, together with educational stories about master artists and art history that has made Red Easel a unique online magazine on the web for visual artists.
Red Easel boasts a subscriber list of over 600+ artists who enjoy the online magazine newsletter every month. And, every month, Red Easel promotes the work of one artist on the front page and front-and-center in the newsletter.
Artists do not have to be member artists to submit their stories either. Susan believes that it is the shared experience that inspires and motivates artists to continue their artistic journey and encourages artists to speak up and share their experiences.
Red Easel welcomes visual artists to submit their work for review for inclusion in our Professional Visual Artist Gallery. There are currently over 100 artists in the gallery. The Gallery is currently undergoing a few positive changes as well. Each artist's gallery will feature a lightbox for their artwork, a biography, and links to the artist's blog and website. Artists have a choice of Basic Gallery (4 images); Premium Gallery (8 images); or a Pro Gallery (16 images). You can read more about each gallery offering HERE.
Red Easel Magazine is a wonderful resource for visual artists. Spend more time painting and less time searching the internet for inspiration and information - get it here. When artists put their heads together, the creative energy is extraordinary, and that is what Red Easel has become - extraordinary.
So go ahead, dig in, read, learn, comment, contribute, become an Artist Author, and share your creative energy with a magazine that cares about your creative journey.