Art for Good
As artists we have the opportunity to make and share our art for a good cause. April is National Volunteer Month, a good time to find ways to pay it forward by volunteering and donating. You can donate a painting to various fundraisers, such as school PTA, scholarship dinners or other fundraising events that offer gift baskets and auctions. It is a creative method to clear out older paintings, incentive to paint new art and help a worthy nonprofit organization. If you give regularly to a specific fundraising event, your donations are sought out and result in acquiring new fans of your work. We all have some paintings that are stored away, and once matted and framed, become a prized possession to a lucky recipient.
Another way to help in your community is to volunteer. Teach children art, spend some quality time giving demos, instruct at a nursing home or senior housing, or volunteer at local art events. A link to Volunteer Match (choose an area near you) https://www.volunteermatch.org/. Art All Night Trenton is a 24-hour event (free to submit and free to attend) that draws thousands of art enthusiasts on June 16-17. Always in need of volunteers in shifts of several hours each, it is the place to be for art and music in June. Many well known artists drop in. (I have witnessed one paint on site in the middle of the night!) See www.artallnighttrenton.org/ and click on the tabs at top to Submit Your Art or Volunteer. -- C. Sue Beym
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -- Pablo Picasso
GSWS members who wish to publish their exhibition news (one line, please) should email email@example.com a month before the next issue. Clara Sue Beym and Margaret Simpson will publish Cold Press seasonally as an online link via the Adobe Spark app. Short articles are also welcome. Several samples are below. Note: The editors and president reserve the right to edit copy. The next issue will be this summer, so send in your recent exhibition news!
Mike Scherfen’s watercolor “Fontana del Pantheon” is showing at the American Watercolor Society’s 151st Annual International Exhibition held in the historic Salmagundi Club in New York, New York, through April 28, 2018.
Clara Sue Beym exhibited four landscape watercolors at Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences Planescape and Plein Air exhibit in conjunction with Pine Shores Art Association.
Margaret Simpson's watercolor painting, "Opalescent Unveiling," was juried into the Abstractions exhibit at West Windsor Arts Center in Princeton Junction, NJ.
Tips for Artists from Artists
In Mario Andres Robinson's book, Lessons in Realistic Watercolor, he suggests we visit www.artistsnetwork.com and type "How to Photograph a Painting, Step by Step" in the search bar. You'll find photographer Ric Deliantoni, who shoots professionally for The Artist's Magazine, has tips for you. And Mario's book offers wonderful guidance in portrait painting.
"How to Prepare Your Digital Image for Watercolor Exhibitions Entry," by Linda Doll is listed at https://nationalwatercolorsociety.org/page-1770845. You can view the digital image prep video, which uses the Adobe Elements program.
Members may submit their questions on watercolor painting to Joanne Amantea. Joanne will publish an article with answers to those questions in each issue. www.gswcs.com/contact-us.html.
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To Be Successful
1. Focus – Keep acquiring new skills for professional growth.
2. Be ambitious – Network/socialize for success.
3. Stay motivated – Seek inspiration!
4. Utilize Emotions – Try to understand your emotions and your viewers, then channel it in your art.
5. Persevere – Consider setbacks as stepping stones; work at your art often.
6. Be courageous – Take risks for greater gains.
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