Pastel paintings are beautiful and luminous, and require a little extra tender loving care when being shipped. I have shipped work all over the country without any trouble. Here's how I shipped a framed painting to NYC for inclusion in the Pastel Society of America exhibition:
It is important to be sure to have the proper shipping box. I can't praise AirFloat StrongBoxes enough. You may visit their website here. The boxes are made of cardboard that is remarkably sturdy. I have been using these boxes for years, preferring the boxes with puncture proof linings. You may reuse them a few times using commonsense. Don't continue using them when you recognize that the box's strength has been compromised by being bounced around in shipping.
Years ago, a friend asked, "So, you can paint a good landscape, now what"? I have given that question a lot of thought. Since that interchange, I have made two installation pieces, and worked on a sculptural form. Now, I am beginning a series that has my head reeling with excitement.
The series that I have begun explores amazing and interesting trees. These are some of the largest, oldest, trees of historical significance, or are just plan interesting trees.
"Norway Spruce," is the first of these paintings to be completed. Although not native to the United States, Norway Spruce grows well here. It is not invasive, and is a beautiful tree. In fact, Norway Spruce trees are often used as Christmas tree specimens. This particular tree is located in Great Falls, Virginia, and was saved because it was on a parcel of land that was too small for a gigantic home. Sometimes survival is just the luck of the draw.
Here's a play-by-play so that you will see the work as it progressed.
So, you have a spot on the wall that is crying out for artwork, but you are not sure where to start in deciding what to buy. There are so many options today, in all price ranges. Here are a few to consider:
— You may buy a reproduction. This is a cost effective alternative to original art, and with newer technologies, you do not have to resort to buying posters from your local big box store. You may support a living artist. Artwork can be printed on canvas, on paper, or even on metal. When purchasing from an artist, you know, you are more likely to get something that has been individually created to your taste. To see my print shop, check it out here.
— You may buy a piece of glass art designed to hang on the wall. This will add dimension that can be beautiful and interesting.
— If you enjoy the idea of dimensional treatments for your walls, another option is a fine art quilt. These can be absolutely beautiful to display.
— Maybe you prefer ceramics. Well, there are ceramic pieces that hang on the wall as well. Here is a great example of a whimsical ceramics piece that is intended to hang.
— Finally, you may purchase an original painting. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor or collage are tried and true objects to grace your walls.
... But... how do you decide? Here is my advice. Buy what you LOVE. The wall colors, the light fixtures, and the flooring will stay in your home when you move out, but the artwork can move with you. So, if you have an emotional response to a work, and you love it, that's the piece to buy. If money is an issue, see if you can arrange time payments. Most artists that I know are happy to accommodate you.
What are the reasons that you buy (or haven't bought) art? I'd love to know. Leave a comment below.
Every once in awhile, it's fun to try something a little different. For example, I love historical fiction, but sometimes I like to read a great biography. It's also so much fun to do an abstract painting after working on representational art for a long period of time. In the case of this painting, I stayed put with regard to my love of trees, but I kept the colors very muted, which is unusual for me. I also rarely paint from someone else's photograph, but this is a portion of a collaboration that I am doing with another artist. She took the photograph, and this is my interpretation. Just for grins, I thought that I would share the process. So, here goes:
Do you remember Paint-by-Numbers? Along with coloring books, this childhood activity has made a comeback.
I should have known that I would be an artist when I was growing up because I HATED Paint-by-Numbers. I didn't want someone else telling me where to put the color. I also didn't like the idea of being told what color to use in the first place. In fact, I hated someone telling me that I had to paint a boat in a particular color, or in a particular position. To tell the truth, I didn't want to paint a boat at all. How about a tree? I guess I wanted to experiment and do things differently even when I was young. Worked out okay for me.
Did you like Paint-by-Numbers, or hate it like I did? Let me know in the comments below.
If you want to paint your own thing, you may join me in classes. I will be teaching Pastel Painting at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia again starting Wednesday, September 21. For more information and to register, click here: http://www.lynngoldstein.com/classes--workshops.html
A few years ago, while paying for a purchase, I noticed gift boxes tossed into a receptacle. When I spotted a box that looked like a book, I mentioned how much I liked it. The salesperson immediately gave me the box letting me know that its destiny was the landfill. Making art with the little object seemed like a much better idea. "Book of Memories" is what came of the unexpected gift. Since this piece just sold, I have been giving it thought, and wanted to share it. Here is the result:
I wish that I were one of those neat people. Sadly, I am not. After 5 years of neglect, I finally cleaned and organized my pastel trays. These trays were made for me years ago by my wonderful stepdad, Sam. He was so handy, and I miss him. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not going to show you how beautiful they look without showing you the "before" pictures. Here goes:
Years ago I read that Edgar Degas would visit the homes of his collectors, remove his work from their walls, and take the art home to make changes. Not sure if this story is true, and I can't possibly compare myself to Degas. However, if it was good enough for him, it is definitely good enough for me.
Below is an image of a painting that I did years ago. I always liked the composition, partly because it reminded me of the place that inspired the art. I was visiting Glacier National Park (heaven on earth) with my family when I was riveted by these beautiful birch trees. The sun was hitting them in what felt magical to me. I took a photo and this painting was the result.
Fast forward several years, and I still have the painting, but found that changes were calling out to be made. So, I took that painting off the wall, removed it from the frame, and began making changes. Whew, it feels like the work that I would make now. Thanks to Mr. Degas for the permission to make changes as time progresses if possible.
Reaching- Late Winter, Pastel, 36 x 24 inches, ©Lynn Goldstein
This was the first painting of mine that won an award in a national competition
Have you ever wondered about entering a juried art show in your community or elsewhere? Here are some short (and hopefully sweet) tips for being successful:
1. Enter what you deem your best work, and display it professionally. I just judged a show in my local area this afternoon and was impressed with the quality of the work. Living in the Washington, DC area, where there are some terrific artists, I was’t surprised to find professionally crafted work. There have been instances in the past when I haven’t selected work for an award because of shoddy framing. That didn’t happen today. Yay!
2. Do your homework. Take a look at the judge’s background and work. Don’t do this with an eye toward entering work that looks like the judge’s work. I can say from experience, that I rarely select work that looks much like my own unless it is exceedingly well done. I hold work that is similar to my own to a very high standard. Study the work of the judge to learn more about art, and also to see if you respect the artwork that the judge makes.
3. Enter work that is exceptional, not safe. Collector’s may select safe art, but judges rarely do. Work that wins awards is exceptional. When looking to enter a show, ask a respected artist for their opinion if you can to get help in your selection process.
4. Read the prospectus carefully, and follow it to the letter. This just makes sense. Print out the prospectus rules and read over them more than once to ensure that your work is presented properly. You wouldn’t want a great piece to be rejected for a silly technical mistake.
5. Don’t take a rejection (or an acceptance) too seriously. Selections for juried shows are completely subjective. The results are the opinions of one or a handful of people. My artist friends and I have had work win awards in some shows while the same work wasn’t even selected for others. Remember this so that you are able to keep juried shows in proper perspective.
In 2011 I was fortunate enough to enjoy an artist residency in Dinan, France. Dinan is in Brittany, a place that now owns a part of my heart.
The King Arthur story has always interested me. Imagine my delight upon discovering that the King Arthur legend has ties to France—it makes sense—after all, I was in Britanny.
About 45 minutes drive east of Dinan, the Forest of Paimpont is all that remains of the vast forest that covered ancient inland Brittany. Legend has it that the 25 square miles of woodland is also the location of mythical Brocéliande, the forest of King Arthur. This painting was inspired by my visit there.
The day that I visited was dreary, chilly and misty, but I didn't want to portray the forest that way. The Arthur legend has lit my imagination for years, so it was important to me to indicate a bright light in the distance of this piece. One of my favorite books is "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley which is the King Arthur legend told from a decidedly female perspective. But I digress. Legend has it that the adventures of Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, occurred in this forest. Also, Vivianne, the Lady of the Lake, was said to have imprisoned Merlin the magician here after learning all his secrets of magic. It is also said that excalibur, King Arthur's sword, is in the lake within the area. In fact, the painting that I made that was selected to remain in France was a painting inspired by that lake. It was the only painting to which I gave a name while in France.
Art and Life. Here you will find out more about my life as an artist.