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Set of three original oil paintings "Aura of autumn"
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I have been thinking lately about the role of art in the ever changing fabric of social life. It seems to me that a painter or a sculptor were more prominent and socially significant in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries than they are today. There can be several reasons for this: the competition from other media, particularly cinema, TV, radio. I think sports also rose as very important part of mass entertainment and public life.Sports seem to command more passion than art does.
There are only 24 hours in a day and these days people simply do not have enough time to go to a museum or a gallery, anymore than they have time to read a book.
The internet is a wonderful means for proliferation of information about and dissemination of classical art but most people go into the cyber space for different reasons.There is just so much to do these days in the real world and cyber space, may be people need art less and less?
Besides, within the realm of creative expression itself the older forms are giving way to pop music and photoshop. High culture seem to being squeezed by popular culture, especially its newer forms, like computer games.
So what is in store for the old-fashioned painter, like myself, in the future? Will my likes be gradually marginalized? Is there a limit to the marginalization? Or may be I am too pessimistic and misinterpret reality?
I'd like to know your opinions. This social network combines people of all continents, social backgrounds and walks of life so we have a unique opportunity to compare views from different perspectives...
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Comprehensive painting course by Leonid Afremov
You will learn to create oil paintings using a palette knife using our online instructions and video demonstrations.
Comprehensive painting course includes 45 thorough lessons that cover subjects starting from the basic to complex paintings and costs $99.
Our course is aimed at dedicated, passionate and committed students who are willing to put the time into developing their skills and soon start to see great improvements in their artwork. It can take a long time to truly become a master at oil painting and our lessons can help you get a strong foundation in painting techniques.
We will start with learning how to prepare your workspace, stretch canvases, choose paint and working materials, manipulate with the palette knife, mix colors on the palette board and canvas.
Then we will focus on understanding the strength of stoke and its application, basic linear, freestyle stokes, circular and linear shapes. Later we will move on to seascape, landscape, simple city and nude paintings.
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You can select any 4 paintings you wish to be printed. You can select any painting from the afremov.com catalog.
The prints will be in medium size, printed on cotton canvas, signed on front and back accompanied by a certificate of authenticity .
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I was born in Vitebsk, a City of about 300 000, located in what is now known as the country of Belarus, a former Soviet Republic of Bellorussia. Vitebsk is an ancient Eastern Eropian city and one of the oldest churches in Uerope, a twelth century building, was standing there before it was finally demolished by the Soiviets in the Nikita Khruschev era. This atrocity makes me think of Taliban demolishing Budda statutes in Afganistan in 2001. Vitebsk has been at the crossroads of Russia, Litvuania and Poland and this gave that little provintial place a somewhat cosmopolitan outlook, as much as it can exist in Eastern Europe.
Historically Vitebsk has also been a very Jewish city. It was located within the so called Pale of Settlement, the western part of the Russian Emprire where Jews were allowed to settle. As of today, most Jews fled after the collapse of the USSR, including my family. It is within the Jewish community of Vitebsk that the artistic traditon, that put the city on the map with the name of Mark Shagall, took place.
Here I have to mention the patriarch, the founding father of the Vitebsk school, the teacher of Mark Shagal and many others, the great Yehuda Pen. It was he who openned the first private arts school on Russia and, while prsonal artistic fame evaded him, he realized himself through he school where I myself claim a place. Yehuda met a tragic end in 1937, being murdered in his own house under mysterious circumstances. It was claimed that his own relatives did him in, to get whatever money Shagall was sending him. Later on many claimed that the murder was in fact arranged by the Soviet State Security servises, as a part of the great purge of the late 1930ties.
I have studied the work of Yehuda Pen and his students at the Vitebsk Musium of Art. I was so impressed by Yehudas influence that I chose it a topic of my graduating thesis at the Vitebsk State Pedagogical Institute in mid seventies. Two weeks before graduation the Dean of the Instutute received a note from Minck, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Belorussia, now the independent county of Belorus, stating that the artistic heritage of Yehuda Pen is not a proper subject for the public and students of art to be conserned with. I was simultaneuosly flabergasted and terrified. I had no idea that the Party has time to consern itself with a graduating thesis of an art student dedicated to an obscure and long dead painter. In addition, I had absolutely no time to complete an alternative thesis and had no idea what its topic could have been.
I was saved by the providence. The Dean, a family friend, had very bad feet and a relative of main was a well known shoe maker. The Dean got a pair of extra soft custom made shoes and got an opportunity to write a thesis on a not too challenging subject of classroom decorating in public schools, which I thankfully completed.
Much water has gone under the bridge since then. After leaving Vitebsk in I have spent my life in Israel and the US, but like with Mark Shagall, it has always remained in my heart and I remain a proud disciple of its school of art. My life school might have been a school of hard knocks but it made me an artist and the man I am, and without my roots there would have been no Afremov.
In my last two posts I covered how an aspiring artist with a limited budjet can get noticed and how much he or she should charge for the art.Today I will instruct you on hadling the byproduct of the artistic success, art pirocy.
This, nowdays, is an issue not only for brand name manufacturers and rock musicians, but for painters as well. As I mentioned in my previous posts, in order to be a sucessful artist today, you have to be on the net and you have to sell on the net. This makes you vulnerable to pirates who will download your art, reproduse it and try to sell it for peanuts.
Let me tell you what they were doing to me. In certain countries thereare whole art manufacturing plants dedicated to copyright thievery. They have an industrial convey belt being set up where a painting, not a pair of conterfeit jeans, comes out as a finished product in the end. They hire skillful highly trained artists and at the slave wage that they pay can reproduce an oil painting to be sold for a dollar and still make a profit. And, I hate to admit it, often they are so good I cannot tell their fakes from my own pieces!
t is being done in the countries not covered by the international copyright conventions; while you still can hire a local council and sue, your chances of an injuction stopping the pirates, leave alone damage recovery, are virtualy nill.
What to do? Do no dispair. The pirates have an Ahilleses hill and that is the distribution end of their operation. They cannot sell art at the impoverished local market and will have to find a way to come to the West with their product. And that is when you can fight back. The number of outlets that the parates will have to go to is limited: eBay,amazon and... And, unlike certain third world countries governments, their management is actually very artist-friendly, as fas as the copiright protection is concerned. For instance, on eBay specifically you have to subscribe to the Vero program to fight the pirates efectively.
What it all biols down to is that pirates are pests. They can never be completely eliminated, but if you do a diligent pest control, then you reach the point when you do not have to worry about them anymore and can concentrate on creating your art in peace
In my privious blog post I have discussed how a novice artist can break into the art market with a miminal initial investment. Today I will share my experience as to how much to charge once you are in business.
Lets say you have spent several weeks on an original oil painting. In galleries you have seen things on display that do not measure up to your own work, yet are displayed at extravagant prices. Can you ask for that much or more, just because, in your judgement, your own work is better? Not necessarily. A gallery owner can afford to wait infefinetely till at least some of his stock sells and for a stariving artist this may not be an option. I speak from experience, having myself been a starving artist with a wife and two kids in Israel. Plus, I still remember being offered about a hundred dollars for paintings that took me weeks to create and that were subsequebtly displayed at thousand of dollars by art dealers who paid me this little.
So how far up can you reasonably go? Let the market help you make that decision. Put you work on eBay asking what you think is the highest reasonable price you can charge and also using the best offer alternative buying option. I usually set the initial price at about $3000-$5000. Sometimes this is what someone actually pays right away. On other ocassions, its the best offer that will determine how much I will get paid. Dismiss without hesitation ridiculously low best offers under a hundred dollars. But out of ten offers youll get a pretty good idea as to what the highest possible price you can actually get. In my case, I usually settle for $1000-$2000. Even if it took you a week of full time effort to create this piece, you can get by on this money. If the market determines that most you can get is only several hundred dollars, better little than nothing. Under a hundred dollars, you might as well keep it.
As you sell more and more and can actually make a living out of your art sales, you will start to work faster and your profit margin will increase: nothing succeds like success.And, paradoxically, you will be able to charge a higher price for what it took less effort to create. Once again, I am speaking from experience, being the third best selling artist on the internet world wide.
At the risk of increasing the competition, I am gonna break it all down. What I am about to describe has worked for me, who came to the US as an immigrant barely speaking English, and will work for any talented novice who is willing to work hard not only on perfecting, but also on promoting, his or her art.
As I mentioned elsewhere, galleries are not a way to get you ahead of the game, unfortunately. Think about it, if even a hundred people show for an opening, its smashing success publicity wise, but how many sales would that generate? Art gallery owners can afford to wait indefinitely until something of their stock actually sells, can you?
Thankfully, now there is a way to get your artistic message out there, skipping the middlemen almost entirely. If you are on Deviantart.com, its a good start, but additional exposure is absolutely necessary. Here is a list of highly recommended websites that you absolute must have your artwork on, from my private stash:www.artbyus.com,ebay.com, esty.com,fineartamerica.com
In addition, I recommend setting up your own e-commerce website www.homestead.com. You can get one for about $50 a month from the Homestead company.
Now some prospective buyers may be initially reluctant to make a commitment to purchase online a painting they do not actually see. You can assuage their doubts with a friendly no questions asked return policy. In addition, display enlarged details of your painting to give the buyer a better idea of the whole.
A painting may take an awful amount of time to produce, yet an unknown artist may not yet demand a price that would make it worthwhile. What to do? Go giclee, which is too say make a limited production run of high quality prints, usually about 25. Once you have the equipment, they are inexpensive to produce and together would make up a fee that would fair for an original painting.
To make a giclee, first you would need a camera. Nowadays I use $40 000 Hasleblut camera, but for a beginner a $650 Canon, giving about 8-10 mega pics resolution, will do. This camera will allow you to make giclee prints up to 30 by 40 in size.
The most important thing in making a print quality photo is lighting. While I use a very expensive light equipment now, when I started I made do with sunlight. Another thing to remember is to use glossy canvass for your prints, not the cheaper regular kind. Believe me, the difference is huge.
For a printer I recommend Epson, and you may purchase a used one for under $2000. Do not be penny wise and dollar stupid and buy only Epson ink cartridges.
I would not have good luck but for misfortune. Not being satisfied with the quality of giclee produced on my initial bargain basement equipment set, I discovered a unique method to improve the print by taking the brush and paint to it.
Our method of giclee production is so unique that I wander if its a giclee that we are actually making.In the beginning, a print is made on a special high quality canvas. However, where the job of our competitors ends, our just begins.
This print is then painted over with oil paint using the same colors as the original using an art brush and a pallet knife giving the artwork a painting like texture. After the paint has dried up, the backside of the print is painted in a similar manner. Then protective epoxy coating is applied. In the end, an Afremov giclee is barely distigushable from the original and will last just as long.
We do not make more then 25 giclee from the original and none of them is comepletely a like, each is unique.
An Afremov giclee is not simply a print, but a work of art in its own right, which has its own collectors value, and each comes with an authenticity certificate.
Hence a multimillion dollar online operation can be started with an under $3000 initial budget. I know it can be done because I have done it. I wish all those who would try to follow my steps the best of luck. I anything I wrote is not clear enough or if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to ask