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Creation of new collage paintings by a fine art collage artist
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New contemporary collage artwork!

I am so excited about the new contemporary collage paintings coming off my easel. My new studio has created quite a stir in my creative self and I am venturing out into the world of doors, buildings and people. Yah!

I recall my university class in linear perspective. We had a grand time drawing buildings, ramps, stairs, archways, rooftops, to name a few of the penciled constructions we made. I thoroughly enjoyed this class. So now, I am using my skills in perspective to draw doors and storefronts and buildings of all sorts. The sky is the limit. I have many, many black and white studies completed which are awaiting a turn at a blank canvas.

I also am going to include figures in my work. They may appear alone or along side the door or building. I am excited to draw these figures from my imagination. They may resemble friends or strangers or whomever I feel like drawing. I like to pretend that I am facing the person I am drawing and then I draw all the features associated with that person. They are almost like caricatures, but not quite. Their facial features are absent because I want you to place anyone you know into that face.

The quirky thing, though, about my doors, buildings and people is that they are skewed and come across the canvas as being crooked, slanted, exaggerated or minimized. This is how I interject humor into my paintings. To not have a precise and perfect rendition of a building or person is not sacrilegious. It is having fun with objects and people. It is giving them more personality, rather than cloning bland replicas of these things.

All of these subject matters for my paintings have a story to tell. For instance, doors have meaning. There are many colors of doors each of which has a specific meaning. There are open doors and closed ones. Broken ones and intact ones. Doors with lights shining from behind. There are revolving doors and doors which open at the top and not the bottom. Well, the list goes on and on. But the important thing to know is that each kind of door can mean something in either mythology, religion, literature, films, dream interpretation or psychology.  WOW!

Did you know that if you dream of a revolving door, you probably feel like your life is going around in circles.  Perhaps, you have an issue at work and you can’t seem to direct your associates attention to one particular detail.  Instead you find yourself having to explain and reexplain all over again so many times. Yes, you are going around in a revolving door and can’t get out.

Now the people I paint have their own personality and story to tell. I imagine my people being actively engaged with their surroundings and with others. Many of my people will be doing something, usually a simple thing. Perhaps a person will be eating or painting at an easel or reading a book. The sky is the limit.

So now you know, I do doors, buildings and people and I do skewed, funny looking ones. But how do I do them. What technique do I use? I continue to love painting with acrylics and doing collage with papers and other found materials.  My new work features these two tried-and-true techniques.

Come find out how I created “Reflections Door.” In the coming weeks I’ll describe my process!

8 WARNING SIGNS of AN ART SCAMMER
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8 WARNING SIGNS OF AN ART SCAMMER

and 6 Words of Advice

Briefly the scamming scenario goes like this (I have received 2 versions of this scenario): Scammer wants to buy your art piece. You are excited to sell. Scammer can only pay for it with a check and must use the delivery services of his/her specified person. After you (the artist) receive the check which pays BOTH you and the specified delivery person, you are instructed to write a check to the delivery person for doing his/her part in this transaction.

Follow the 8 warning signs below to gain a deeper look at the intricacies and implications of completing this transaction.

  1. Email which the scammer uses to make contact with you, contains a lot of awkward English and improper use of words and phrases in English.
     
    1. Examples (these come from actual emails):
       
      1. “I intend to give my husband a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece”, instead of “I’m surprising my husband with this piece.”
      2. “I am buying the piece as part of gifts to him”, instead of “I am buying the piece as a gift for him.”
      3. “I’ve contacted my Boss to issue out the check and have it sent to you”, instead of “I’ve asked my Boss to write a check and have it sent to you.”  (Who is this Boss anyways???)
      4. “Now I’m concluding you’re a responsible person and I can therefore entrust you with this arrangement.  I’ll let you know immediately the check has been sent to you,so you should be looking out for it,” instead of “……..”Oh, you get the point!
         
  2. The scammer is out at sea, either on an oil rig or on maneuvers on the North Atlantic Ocean as a Civil Marine Engineer or somewhere in a place where he is not able to return home soon or easily.
     
  3. The person is having his “home base” moved soon to another location such as to Dubai or Canada or The Hague. That last one should send red flags a’flying.
     
  4. Because the scammer is moving soon, he wants his “official” mover to handle picking up and delivering the art piece to him.
     
  5. The person wants to pay for the art piece by check, because the gift recipient takes care of the credit card and PayPal accounts and would discover the gift transaction before receiving the gift. The check would insure that the recipient would not discover the transaction.
     
  6. The transaction needs to be handled quickly because the anniversary or birthday or Xmas (the reason for the gift) is going to happen soon.
     
  7. What is expected of you is to deposit the scammers check and immediately write another check to the “bogus” mover for his cut in the deal. In reality you lose the amount of the check you write to the mover. And if somehow the art piece is shipped by you to the mover, then you lose the art with no payment for it.
     
  8. The scammer is highly complimentary of you, the artist; and you easily become enamored by all the good things he is saying about you.

Words of advice in order to not be scammed:

  1. Do not accept checks from anyone, unless you actually know the person or know how you could physically reach him/her - like he lives next door or on the next street. 
     
  2. Be wary of emails with broken English which sound like the assembly directions to the latest gadget or piece of furniture which you have to put together at home.
     
  3. Never rush a transaction for the benefit of the customer. Take your time and be sure it is done correctly. Be sure that the money is in your pocket or bank account, without a doubt, before letting go of that art piece.
     
  4. Never let your ego become inflated by anyone’s compliments unless you can determine that they are real and authentic.
     
  5. Never reply to the scammer. Do not even reply that you are not dealing with him. Let him wonder.
     
  6. Always, always, trust your initial gut feeling. If there is a tinge of suspicion, such as a convoluted and detailed transaction,listen to yourself. You are about to be scammed. Don’t be the latest victim.

Have you had this experience?  Pass this Blog along to your art friends. Let’s spread the word and put these scammers out of business!