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Jan 21, 2014

For years I've heard the feedback to paint smaller. The truly lovely NY gallerist who participates in The Hamptons Art Fair wanted smaller portrait paintings. To be fair, he pointed to a Rembrandt etching on the wall that was about 4" and said "that siz…

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Category: Painting   Tags: Portraits
Jan 19, 2014

This is NOT the cost of being an artist. I know you want to get your work out there. I know you want to show your work. But please, stop footing the bill for institutions to have a cultural experience. You've already done your job, you made the work. The…

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Category: Opportunties   Tags: Show, publications, Art Business
Jan 14, 2014

How To Sell Your Art Online Documenting, Publicizing and Selling are the three categories in which most of your tasks will fall when marketing your art online. I've discussed the first two in previous blog posts, in this entry, I'll discuss the third cat…

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Jan 12, 2014

In March last year I reprinted the blog How to talk to artists. For the past nine years I’ve been holding my studio open for visitors in Boston, New York and Seattle. Because my mission as an artist is to create a fertile ground for my audience to have ex…

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Category: Art Business   Tags: Studio
Dec 28, 2013

Artists tackle ‘Suburbia: Dream or Nightmare?’ at Linda Hodges This show at Linda Hodges is a strong exhibit. I'm thrilled with Michael Upchurch's review. That swimming pool looks inviting. And that garden is impeccable. But those games o…

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Category: Press   Tags: Accident Paintings
Dec 26, 2013

  And here's the final artwork. See the painting progression here: And look at the individual panels here: Paul Valéry's poem In Praise of Water (posted below) has inspired my newest work. 156 six inch square paintings which all come together to co…

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Category: Nonordinary Reality Paintings   Tags: Poetry
Dec 24, 2013

Kim Anderson, "Reflex" (thumbnail) and "Adjust" @ C. Emerson Fine Arts I get nervous in galleries. If I meet the gallery owner, I start talking and can’t shut up. Lordy knows what comes out of my mouth. Last time I went into a gallery I went on a…

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Category: Art Business   Tags:
Dec 4, 2013

This is a painting in the water series. It's made up of 156 six-inch panels. Each panel is for sale and is titled from a line in Paul Valéry's poem, In praise of water!. Here's the underpainting as I start the process. As of today I've pre-sold 9…

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Category: Nonordinary Reality Paintings   Tags: Poetry
Nov 7, 2013

Art Journalist Lisa Pollman recently interviewed Vrijmoet. Below are the artist’s responses.  Please tell us more about your “Non-Ordinary Reality Painting” series. What do they tell us about the human condition?   M…

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Category: Press   Tags: Nonordinary Reality, water painting
Nov 1, 2013

The work is going up at Columbia Basin College Gallery. This has been 20 months in the making and I'm thrilled to be participating! ELSVELT GALLERY November 2-December 6 2012 Columbia Basin College. 2600 North 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301 The Acciden…

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Category: Show   Tags: Accident Paintings, Press