Can I approach an artist who is painting?

As an en plein aire artist, I know a lot of people enjoy seeing a painting in progress.  The general public usually isn’t sure if its okay to approach an artist or not.  Will you bother them?  destroy their process?  ruin their work?

En Plein Aire painting

If you see an artist out painting and you would like a closer look, follow my guidelines –

  • approach the artist from the side, stand in their peripheral vision so they can see you but don’t block their view.
  • don’t walk in front of the artist when they’re painting.
  • if the artist ignores you, don’t bother them.
  • if the artist looks at you and nods, then goes back to work, wait and see what happens.
  • if the artist turns and talks to you, approach and admire their work, ask questions, offer to buy the painting, ask if they give lessons, ask for a card…

Most artists that you see out painting are self employed and will be happy to talk to a potential customer about their art.

Sometimes I wish the public would see artists painting ‘en plein aire’ in a public place as performance art.   After all, that’s what it is.  Nice comments are good, but how about a tip?  I would like to see people develop a habit of tipping ‘en plein aire’ artists when they stop to watch.   Just throw a buck or two in their paint box.  You can be sure we’ll appreciate it.

I have seen artists that make painting a picture into performance art. They’re usually not painting the view, but a pre-composed painting.  Its even become common for artists to paint a picture to music in a nightclub, although these paintings are almost always abstract.

This artist is incredible, he makes painting into a real performance and people pay lots of money to watch him.




Starving Artists Sale: The real story!

Do you shop at those big convention centers when they have a Starving Artists sale?  Shame on you!  Not only are these artists not starving, they’re not really artists.  If they were they’re stifling their creativity doing this kind of art.

Support your local artists, stay away from the big companies that just use artists and art customers.  Boycott Starving Artists sales!  These paintings will never increase in value.  Its like buying a vase at Walmart and calling it an antique.  Follow the links below to find out what these cheap paintings are really all about.

Starving Artists? Original oils for $19?

Starving Artists Sale: The real story!.

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Want a painting to match your sofa?

In the past, an artist would be insulted if you were looking for a painting to match your couch.  It was a joke among painters, that the public views fine art as a decoration.

These days you can buy a sofa to match your painting, so I think its come full circle.  Today’s art buyers can start with their favorite piece of art and design a room around it.  Many furniture stores will let you choose a design and color for your couch. 

This You-tube video explains  Choosing your couch color through Lay-Z-Boy Furniture Store .  They let you choose style, color, fabric, etc. and see how it will look on your monitor.   At Rooms To Go , you can also choose any couch design and color!  Their YouTube video shows you how to Get any couch color .

Or you can start with your couch color and browse art by size, color, subject, type of art and preferred medium at online galleries like Fine Art America.  Just select your preferences in the menu boxes on the left side of the shopping page.  Be sure to stop by my Fine Art America gallery while you’re there.

The couch pictured is from this interior design blog .