Sunday, September 6, 2009

Online Art Order

Thought of posting a little art-related material about my current adventures in online-art-supply-ordering... As of today, I have yet to make my first online purchase of art supplies, but that is all about to change. This past Christmas I received two gift cards for Blick Art Stores. While living in Chicago this seemed like the best idea since there were two major stores (HUGE! kid in a candy store type feeling) both downtown and in a neighborhood a bit further north. Since then, I have in fact moved... with the closest store around 350 miles away it would appear that it might make more sense to place my order online. The site promotes free shipping on orders over $200, which any artist would know is easy to rack up quickly. 15 tabs in my browser later, I am overwhelmed with online art supplies! I'm particularly finding it hard to order brushes not knowing exactly what they feel/look like other than a description and picture. Trusting a description and picture is like a drive through any tourist spot trying to find "THE BEST HOT DOG," because you could take your pick of about 16 possible impostors. Conveniently, I remember most of the brands/types of brushes I have purchase in the past but I'm trying some new ones... hit or a miss? We'll have to wait and see.

-Josh Grabowski

the way i'm feeling after a couple hours on this site. somebody save me.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Newest Commission Piece

This is the newest piece that I was commissioned for. It now holds a residency with my other "Yellow Rose" piece in a private collection currently in Downers Grove, IL. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT ERIC! :) For those of you that would like to pay close attention to detail, you can see a picture of the backside here (originally took this picture for myself to reference the way I framed the picture and attached the hanging hardware). You might notice the style of this painting was inspired from the Autumn painting I created a couple months earlier for's monthly painting project. Heavy paint and palette knifes create an interesting texture for the leaves. Eventually when the piece is dry enough, I like to run my fingers (VERY CAREFULLY) across the surface; visual and physical appeal! This piece came around after a recent sale on a website, comparable to eBay but tailored to artists, You can take a look at my personal page here. Since the sale of my work went so well on this site, I plan to post more material on my page in hopes to keep the art sales going!
Hoping everyone is well! Now GO! Be creative everyone, it feels wonderful!
-Josh Grabowski