SALE Ending January 9th, 2016

So far I have shipped / delivered several pieces, and others are still yet to go, AND there is still more available.  Please check my previous post for the visual list of extras, and if there is something not there that you thought about or saw elsewhere, feel free to ask…. though it may be at a retailer or sold, etc.

 

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Summer Meadow with Sheep 30×40

SALE until January 9, 2016

These all vary in size, etc., but all of them are only $300 each until the 9th of January– after which any remaining will return to what I would normally retail them for.  Smaller ones may come matted in a frame but measurements are for the image only. As with all art, the image on your computer is not nearly as nice as seeing it in person.  Please email me with any questions (matt@modernmatt.com)

As follows in no special order:

 

 

So, when I get busy….

Sometimes I get away from my computer for way too long. This happens because as a one man operation I not only have to devote a lot of time to making art, but to selling it, transporting it, and building relationships with retailers. Then there is the business aspect of it where I have to document everything and keep my records in order and file receipts, then go buy paint, etc. I wish I had a good excuse otherwise for neglecting this blog lately! Do me a favor and go to my Facebook page to see new images of my work and “like” my page. I would appreciate it! Here is the link: Modernmatt Facebook Page

Trying out something different.

Occasionally,

I paint something that is very far and away from the style I normally sell / work in. To me it’s like artistic exercise or at the very least stretching creative muscles once in a while. This allows me to test out brush techniques, colors, and so on and give me a lot of insight and inspiration towards what I normally do. This painting is 48 inches tall by 72 inches wide.

_DSC2939_Lady of Plenty_webIt’s not abstract, which I seem to sell primarily.  But it does represent some artistic interests and ‘techniques to try out’.  I call her ‘Lady of Plenty’.  It shows some of my Dutch influence and at the same time represents some American “I want it all” attitude of consumerism.  She could be anyone, fairly full bodied and healthy.  She has a lavish assortment of flowers and fruits all around her, some of them only because they are golden.  A couple of exotic parrots?  Sure, why not throw those in there too. Initially I considered painting in a small pile of cash money, but then I supposed that would be too obvious and crass.  After all, to lounge about in this setting on just any given time and day one would need to have substantial resources anyway, right?  I think I will frame it but have been a little torn as to what style of frame to use.  Framing is pending me ever feeling “done” with it though.  I have been poking around on this canvas off and on over the past three years…

Things Every Artist Should Do.

Sometimes the things an artist should do to make good art is to do what so many can’t seem to accomplish on the simplest of terms: pay attention!

To create good output, you need good material for input.  Take some time to go to museums and art galleries to see what is valued as art and try to learn why it is valued as art, even if it is art which you do not personally enjoy.  Even better still, go listen carefully to what other artists have to say.  In my opinion the best way to hear what other artists have to say is by going to “Artist Talks”.  What other artists say in coffee shops and bars may be worthless, but when an artist is giving a talk by invitation at a museum or ‘nicer’ gallery, go listen to them.  I recently had the great privilege and time to travel to the Kimball Art Museum in Ft. Worth, TX to hear a talk given by Ted Kincaid.

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Artist Ted Kincaid in the course of an artist talk at Kimball Art Museum. with Jennifer Casler Price, curator at the museum

 

I saw him speak at a lesser but still well-regarded venue ten or fourteen years ago.  Back then he was receiving a lot of attention for art that at the time I thought was rubbish.  Since then I have grown to appreciate the ‘why’ of his art, and these days he is making some really incredible works of art.  In looking back at what he started doing and looking at what he makes now, it does not take much to realize the value of his creativity and talent.  But am not here to review his art.  What I am saying is that I have learned more from him by listening carefully to his talk (given then and now) than I could from most any other artist in casual conversation or from sharing in online artist forums or communities.  Somewhere I learned that around 4% of what we understand can be gotten from written word.  Another 38% comes from tone and the way the words are spoken around context, etc.  This is why going to listen to an artist, particularly a successful talent like Mr. Kincaid (who also teaches at an area college), can be a virtual bounty of gifts to an upward moving artist.  In my 20-ish years of art-working I still consider that I have a lot to learn, and in one hour of an artist talk I learned a lot.  It was also inspiring and encouraging (things which feed an artist).  Try to understand another artists creation process and don’t copy it, but find what ideas are in common and see how that in turn applies to you, if you are an artist.  For that matter, those reading this article who are not artists can really apply the same principles in whatever field of work they are in.

What Happens Next?

So after a recent art delivery, an employee at the location asked me “What happens to the art when it leaves here?”

That all depends.  But most of the time it goes something like this:

 

When I deliver art new to a location that will sell it, sometimes I pick up work from a previous delivery that did not sell or was used for other purposes. That art then either goes directly to a new retail location or it comes back to my studio.  In either case, but always if it’s at my studio, the art goes through a “general exam”.  Each piece is looked over for scratches, scuffs, and other sorts of wear and tear that occur from shipping.  Then if the wear is on the painting surface itself, it may get a touch up or repaint over the worn area.  Almost always though any wear is on the outside edges of the frame or canvas an not part of the painting itself.

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In this image, you can see wear and tear of the frayed canvas corner that I had to repair.

 

In these cases I repair the edges to look as new because if someone wants to spend money on my artwork, I want every bit of it to be in pristine condition for the money.  One thing many artists seem to overlook is how “finished” a painting looks, and this includes the edges I think.  Everything should be CLEAN and ready to hang on a wall.  Period.  Also, I will look the back over for extra things that could poke out and scratch a frame or wall surface, like an extra staple, piece of something, etc.

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The staple on the top left in this image was removed.

 

 

 

After the painting gets it’s “exam” and cleaned up, then it is back for sale!  Most of the time this means it gets shipped to the next venue that has not had the opportunity to show it yet.