Thursday, February 9, 2012

“What do you mean by the safe use of art materials?”

At Martin/F. Weber Co., we are proud to be a leader in the continuing effort toward improved safety and health labeling for art and craft materials.  As such, we are dedicated to ensuring that professional artists, teachers, students and hobbyists who use art materials, can do so in a safe and enjoyable manner.  Artists will often ask us what the phrase "safe use of art materials" encompasses; therefore, we have composed a list of guidelines we feel are essential to follow and teach for studio safety. 

What Makes a Work of Art Good?

After having recently attended several lectures on new museum theory, we noticed a wide spectrum of what different exhibition curators consider "good" art.  What makes one painting any better or worse than another painting?  Is it the use of bold color or texture?  Is it the thematic elements?  Is it the draftsmanship?  Does a good painting have to pull deep emotion from the viewer or can it just be something that would look lovely over a couch?  Here are some of our favorite quotes from several of art history's most renown painters: 
  • Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain. ~Georges Braque
  • There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. ~Pablo Picasso
  • A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. ~Paul Cezanne
  • Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~Edgar Degas
  • Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. ~Claude Monet
  • I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness. ~Joan Miro
  • I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.' ~Vincent Van Gogh
What elements do you think are necessary for a painting to be considered good?  We'd love to hear your opinion!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Six Tips for Promoting Your Art

If you are an artist, than you understand how challenging it is to build or maintain your business, especially in a depressed economy.  Whether you are in fine arts or crafts is irrelevant; the key for successful self-promotion lies in developing a multifaceted approach to your marketing campaign.  As artists, you need to go a step further than identity branding and product packaging if you are serious about growing your business. Those are crucial first steps, but there are several additional strategies that should be included in your self-promotion.  Here are six tips to help you get started:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Hello and welcome to Paint Talks!  We've just launched our new blog, where we hope to provide a place for art professionals, students, enthusiasts and consumers to come for the latest information on what's happening with our company and the industry.  This is your space too!  We hope that you will share your ideas and experiences with us.  If there is an art-related topic you'd be interested in reading about on a future blog post, let us know.  Come and join the conversation!