I hope you have had a wonderful month of June. I can hardly believe that the year is already more than half over.
We have many new and wonderful artists to introduce you to in this newsletter and I hope you will stroll thru their galleries.
Did you try a new medium this month? If so, what was the experience like? We would love to hear about it.
Meet Don Braben, our Featured Artist. Don is the VP and Fellow member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, and also a member of the International Society of Marine Painters. Born in 1937 in Merseyside, England, Don grew up near the Liverpool Ports (think Beatles) and that is what inspired his interest in ships and the sea. He has quite the interesting story and I hope you will visit his website and Red Easel gallery.
NEWS! Frame Warehouse is offering a 10% discount on their already incredible low prices on frames to all Red Easel Professional Visual Artist Gallery members. You really have to contact these guys, they are the best framers in town and have a selection to die for. Just give them your name and they will check out your gallery on Red Easel and give you a big 10% discount on all your framing needs.
This painting is from Don Braben - "Glengyle at Hong Kong" Watercolor. You can view more of Don's remarkable watercolor work by going to his Red Easel Gallery
I have to share something exciting. Before my stroke 11 years ago I was a professional vocalist, guitarist and pianist. It was my life - my joy. Once lost I "resigned myself" to teaching 20 piano students and returning to my art full time. Well after all of these years I have been given new strength and health and I am once again singing and playing the guitar - well. As a past professional I wouldn't perform again any other way. I still consider myself a much better musician than an artist. SO, now I plan on performing for my own showings and art walks. I would happily throw my guitar into the car and "demo" for anybody interested but in the meantime I need to gat a professional recording on my website. What a great opportunity. This all goes round circle as a blessing. I was "forced into" an art career only to reclaim the lost and now "have it all." As for the piano, I will begin "giving back" soon by playing regularly for retirement homes. I'm doing a happy dance. My new favorite saying is "I know that God is good but now he is just showing off!"
Have an awesome life,
Monet Painting Fetches $80 million at London Auction
By EMILY RISTOW
Associated Press Writer
(Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer, June 25, 2008: www.charlotte.com)
A water lily painting by Claude Monet sold for more than $80 million Tuesday, breaking the auction record for the French impressionist artist, Christie's said.
"Le bassin aux nympheas," or "Water Lily Pond," which sold for $80,451,178, was part of a four-work collection of water lily paintings that Monet put up for sale during his lifetime.
The four large-scale paintings of Monet's water lily garden were signed and dated by the artist in 1919. One of the other paintings is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, while another was sold at auction in 1992 for $12.1 million and is in a private collection. The final painting in the series was cut into two before World War II.
"After a thrilling bidding battle between a number of clients in the room and on the telephones, the painting eventually sold to an anonymous collector for 41 million (British pounds), setting a new world record price for the artist at auction," said Olivier Camu, Christie's director of impressionist art.
We're getting closer to our first 100 artists and boy do we have the best! I am thrilled to be sharing this journey with so many outstanding artists and I hope that Red Easel promotes your work and offers you an opportunity to share your passion with the world - from writing articles to promoting your fine art, we want Red Easel to be a great place for you to be a part. Thank you all for your comments and your stories, please keep them coming!
Okay, enough already, let's introduce you to our New Artists...
On the day I started school in Dunedin, I recall clearly being given a piece of white chalk and being allowed to draw on the black board. I was so surprised. I thought school was about learning to read, write, spell and doing number things but not drawing on black boards! This was so much fun! When I finished I returned the chalk to the teacher thanking her, but she told me I could keep that piece of chalk. It was just for me for as long as it lasted. I thought it was the most awesome thing to have your very own piece of chalk.
Age 7 and a teacher (Miss Stack) gave me an old half used box of paints she found when cleaning out a cupboard. The other kids yelled "teachers pet, teachers pet," but the teacher stopped them saying "Lorna is the only one who would appreciate them. That's why I gave them to her." That was the moment I knew I wanted my future to be in the field of art. I wanted to be an artist, to have my own art exhibitions, and have people come to know my work. In the meantime I would become an art teacher to show other children the excitement of painting and drawing.
Red Easel welcomes submissions by professional visual artists for a directory listing and gallery portfolio. The first 100 artists will receive a free listing and gallery of 5 images with a link to their website.
Send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name Medium Website URL City, State Country
and at least 3 images for review.
Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the directory. Directory listings are juried into Red Easel by our panel of Professional Visual Artists.