Be sure and join in the conversation on Facebook and become a Fan! Speaking of which, have you got a Facebook page? Many artists have discovered the advantage to stepping into the social network. Sites like Facebook and Twitter enable you to market yourself and your work, to showcase your paintings, to market your upcoming exhibitions and so much more! Getting your "face" out there also gets your name out there too. The way to get noticed is to get on the bandwagon before you miss it altogether.
Communication is key, and that is what sites like Facebook allow you to do - communicate with friends, fans, collectors, galleries, and more. It really is amazing, because when you have just one friend on Facebook, then you have a connection to their friends and their friends and so on and so on. It's a mover and shaker if there ever was one. I am new to Facebook myself this past month and finally figured out how to create a "page" for Red Easel from my personal Facebook profile. Before I knew it, the fan base started to grow. And, if that isn't enough - as that fan base grows, so does the interest of collectors and galleries in your work. So if you haven't considered a Red Easel Gallery before now, you may want to take a look at what we offer you in the way of marketing and promotion - on a personal level.
Just this past month, we added the new Lightbox feature to the Red Easel Gallery. We are adding this feature to each artist's gallery one-by-one. It is a tedious job but well worth it. Take a look at the artists in the letter "A" Gallery and most of the letter "B" (I told you this was tedious :) I think you will love the new artist galleries - how they are set up and how the larger images display in a lightbox. We have over 100 artists in the Gallery and are updating each artist's gallery to the Lightbox as soon as we can - doing several every day, we will get there. Thank you for your patience.
As I said last month, Red Easel is getting back on track and I couldn't be happier. I have spent the last 3 months redesigning the site and I am proud of the results. I have heard from many readers too that they love the new site. Thank you! I love hearing from you as it is validating.
Again, I need you, my artist friends, to write and contribute stories from your studio and experiences, tutorials, and more. Ron Sanders shared his success in winning first place in the portrait category in the Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition.
Cara Bevan shared her success in having her painting "Writer's Block" featured in the November issue of Artist's Magazine, and she also shared with us the other creative things she is doing.
Gloria Perkins shared a sad story with us. Her dear friend, Johnnie Liliedahl, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Many of you know Johnnie from her video tutorials and DVDs. She contributed a great deal to the artist community and will be dearly missed.
My goal with Red Easel from the beginning is to have an online magazine where you - my artist friends - can write and share your stories, your goals, your dreams, your successes, your failures - things that you have learned, and anything that you believe would be of interest to other artists. And, don't think that your story won't be of interest because it will. I believe that we all share an inner desire to create and to write. Your contributions have been wonderful, but I need more. Enough to fill a daily story on Red Easel.
Contribute regularly, occasionally, or only once in a while, but please contribute - and by "contribute" I mean please write stories, take pictures, and send your stories, articles, tutorials, history lessons, or whatever is on your mind to email@example.com!!! Please include images!
I know I'm repeating myself, but with every contribution you make you add value to your own art career because your by-line and link to your Webpage and Red Easel Gallery page are included at the top of your stories and a short bio at the end of your story. If you go to Google and search Red Easel or any of the content of the articles that we have published, you will find that we are at the top of the list in the Google search engine. Why? Because I know what Google and the search engines want. Google likes clean content, meta-tags, and keywords. And the best part is that you can put your story contributions with a link to that story in your biography (resume) and post it under "Publications."
Just know that Red Easel is "your" site. We are here for "you." We want to read your stories. We want to read about your struggles and your successes. We want you to share. Give and it will give back.
I am looking forward to your holiday stories, your seasonal stories, your life stories. Let's publish them on the new Red Easel!
Speaking of "new" Red Easel, if you haven't stopped by the site lately, you need to check it out! Hope you like all that I have done to make it a great place for you to read other artist stories, share your own, and find loads of information and inspiration.
And then join Facebook. (I just had to throw that one in for good measure).
The painting above is from Colin Bailey - "Slip Down Mermaid Street" Oil on Canvas. You can view more of Colin's remarkable artwork by going to his Red Easel Gallery
Susan Vaughn Editor-in-Chief Red Easel
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I Know You Want It ...
By: Susan Vaughn Editor
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .... and I'm going to make your Christmas a little more creative this year. Every day this week (Monday - Friday) between now and December 21st, Red Easel is going to have a giveaway. Something for you or the artist in your life. It is my way of saying "Thank you!" for being a part of Red Easel!
So, let's get started. Today, we are giving away ...
Frederic Sackrider Remington (October 4, 1861 - December 26, 1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry.
As many of you may know by now, my very dear friend, Johnnie Liliedahl, has lost her brave and courageous battle with cancer and left us. The entire art world has lost a gifted artist and teacher...I have lost a very dear friend. It makes me very sad that I will not be spending time with her again, but I am grateful for all that she gave to us all while she was here. Her greatest legacy is people like you and me, whom she shared what is good about life. She loved life. She was also a master painter and shared these skills with all of us in the Art Community.
The Artist's Magazine is a premier art magazine around the world. They have an annual contest that always attracts attention. Last year I had two artworks become finalists - this year, I had another finalist and one reach honorable mention! My painting "Writer's Block" (pictured below) won and a picture of it, with artist's commentary, was published in the December issue of the magazine (on store shelves Nov. 1st). This is only my second year entering the contest and I am ecstatic to be featured. If you'd like to see my work and the many more fantastic works of art in this issue, please look for it wherever magazines are sold (or order it online, there's even an e-version!)
This is Doug. Well, this is Doug when he was a child. He tells us that he wasn't always a charcoal pencil portrait artist, although he started drawing at the age of three or four - he can't remember exactly when. I think I started about the same time - whatta ya know. Although, now that I think about it, I can't draw like Doug Boomhower. Like most kids, he drew cartoons, animals, trees, flowers, houses, and birds. He drew a lot.
When he was a boy, his parents rented a room to a teacher. Doug would draw pictures, leave them on the stairs in his home that led to the teacher's room, and he would listen for her comments as she passed by. "How else can you get objective criticism at the age of four?" says Doug. He says parents are biased and will always tell you that your drawings are good, even if they are not. Thanks to some very positive, objective reviews, he continued to draw.
Personally, I think Doug was a pretty saavy and smart 4 year old.
I look back now and it is at least 18 months since I last wrote for Red Easel. A lot has happened in my life since then as it does for all of us and I would like to share with you some of the things that have happened since then, dreams achieved, inspiration found, and new and exciting interests.
For those of you who may not have read, or have forgotten my previous story, "A Piece of Chalk and an Old Paint Box" was the story of how, as a young girl, I had a dream to become an art teacher and to share my passion for art and the beauty of the world around me with others, and how that dream was never quite to be. Instead, I led a fairly ordinary life, although at times creating some art.
Ron Sanders Wins First Place in Portrait Category!
North Port, FL, artist and art teacher, Ron Sanders, won first place in the portrait/figure category in the Artist's Magazine's 26th Annual Art Competition for his painting "Triple Self Portrait."
Judges in five categories offered awards to the best of 250 finalists out of a field of nearly 12,000 entries. Sanders was awarded first place by "esteemed teacher and (internationally) renowned portrait painter Nelson Shanks."
When asked what he looked for as he made his choices, Shanks responded "Competence, originality and emotion." Sanders' Triple Self Portrait "appealed to Shanks because it shows a good composition and eloquently expresses a rather dejected mood." Winning paintings are featured in the December issue of the Artist's Magazine.
Big Bear is still out of work. He networks daily trying to find work, but not even as much as an interview in the last month. My brother, Bill, in Florida, has also been out of work for
over a year, and although this past month he has been on several interviews, nothing has panned out for him either. We continue to count our blessings and believe that although we have faced
some tough challenges this past year and continue to face them daily, we trust that the Lord has a plan for us and we are otherwise doing well. As such, we continue to believe in finding the
silver lining around every cloud.
Directory Listing Promotion
Red Easel welcomes submissions by professional visual artists for a directory listing and gallery portfolio. The first 100 artists received a free listing and gallery of 4 images with a link to their website and blog. As of this month, we have over 100 artists! All artists who send me their work for consideration and who are accepted into Red Easel by the end of December will be able to show their work for an annual cost of 25.00. What a deal!
Send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name Medium Website URL City, State Country
and at least 4 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.