Twitter Art Exhibit 2017 In The UK

So my donation to the Twitter Art Exhibit 2017 being held in Stratford upon Avon UK is safely in the hands of the exhibition curators! This is Cool Llama In Purples.


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Measuring in at just a smidgen over 6 inches by 4 inches, this mixed media postcard sized art was created using colored pencils, ink and a tiny bit of acrylic paint on the red sunglasses. This whimsical llama art in purples, blue, yellows and greens was based on my original Cool Llama design created last year for a funny tee shirt competition held by Redbubble.com. Cool Llama can be viewed and purchased in my Redbubble shop.

This is my fifth year participating in the Twitter Art Exhibit. I thought it was my sixth donation because I was convinced I had participated in the 2011 exhibit held in Moss, Norway. I forgive myself for that since my first participation was actually in 2012 BUT I created that postcard in late 2011 so, I got mixed up on the years!

Founded by fellow artist David Sandum in 2010, the annual Twitter Art Exhibit raises funds for a different charity each year. The first show was held in the Moss Public Library in Norway and featured 260 artists from 24 countries to raise funds for new books for the children of Moss. The event has gone global, with art exhibitions from Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA then back to Moss, Norway and then New York, NY in 2016. This years event in the United Kingdom has just closed it’s call to artists with over 1,600 artists participating from 65 countries! The charity this year is Molly Olly’s Wishes and the exhibition will run from April 1 to 19, 2017. Online sales will also be offered, so if Cool Lllama In Purples does not sell at the event, you may have a chance to purchase him even if you are no where near the UK.

Plans are already in the works for 2018 and the location will be announced on opening night. We already have a tease that it will not be held in Europe or America. Mystery! As an artist, I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to donate to the Twitter Art Exhibit every year and while I don’t travel much, my art goes around the world. :)

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Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 – Moss, Norway

The 2015 Twitter Art Exhibit, held this year in Moss, Norway and curated by founder and fellow artist David Sandum, opened on March 12th and closes March 26th. This year’s international exhibition of original postcard art is benefiting Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need.

My contribution to the 2015 postcard gallery is this colorful red, purple, orange and yellow polka dot zebra titled “One Of A Kind”. This piece is a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ original acrylic painting on heavy card stock.

This is my third Twitter Art Exhibit and it’s wonderful knowing my art can travel the world and help others!

Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles

Call for artists – #twitterartexhibit

WHAT: Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles | Benefiting Art Division
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2013 | 7-10PM
Show runs January 12 – February 10, 2013
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 4th, 2013
WHERE: Exhale Unlimited (E.U.) Gallery | 953 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
CURATED BY: Nat George, Virginia Arce
FOLLOW: Website: www.twitterartexhibit.org | Twitter: @twitrartexhibit | Facebook: /twitterartexhibit

Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles is the third installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, the Los Angeles show marks a global launch for the concept by founder David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist who conceived the Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.

In its first year, Twitter Art Exhibit received postcards from over 260 artists in 24 countries, raising funds to buy 221 new children’s books for a struggling library in Moss, Norway. The second installment received entries by 360 artists in 32 countries, raising $4,000 USD for an abused women’s shelter, also in Moss.

With the Los Angeles show, Twitter Art Exhibit hopes to expand the concept to support small, local nonprofits around the globe while opening new markets and exhibition opportunities for participating artists. The L.A. event will be held at E.U. Gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown’s Arts District, neighbor to Coagula Projects, The Company, and Charlie James Gallery.

The event will be highly publicized and well attended by art buyers and enthusiasts, members of the press, local artists and the community, as well as members and young students of Art Division.

Of course, social media plays a major role in the Twitter Art Exhibit. It’s our intention to tweet, share, seed and promote our artists to thank them for their participation, and to make this event a huge success.

For details on submissions, the Gallery Show and such, check out http://twitterartexhibit.org/callforartists and follow @DavidSandumArt and @twitrartexhibit on Twitter.

Abstract Artist known for colorful glyphs

Acclaimed Washington artist Tom Green dies of Lou Gehrig’s disease at 70

Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST - Artist Tom Green in his home studio on November, 3 2011 in Cabin John, Md.

By Michael E. Ruane ~ The Washington Post

Tom Green, the acclaimed creator of colorful and inventive abstract art and a longtime teacher at Washington’s Corcoran College of Art and Design, died Sept. 3 at his home in Cabin John.

He had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and died in his living room amid a regular Monday gathering of local artists and friends, his wife, Linda Green, said. He was 70.

Mr. Green, who taught at the Corcoran for 40 years before retiring in 2009, was influenced by the Washington Color School that emphasized abstract, geometric paintings in bright colors.

He is perhaps best known for his large paintings of colorful “glyphs” — big, curving, figures that resemble letters from a mysterious alphabet. His paint-spattered home studio was filled with them, and the American University Museum hosted an exhibition of Mr. Green’s work last year.

In 1988, former Washington Post art critic Paul Richard described an enigmatic Green painting as “like a comic strip for Martians,” but with understanding “just around the corner . . . one train of thought away.”  Continue reading

Artists: What’s Your Potential?

Don’t underestimate your possibilities. They’re greater than ever!

By Carolyn Edlund

Over the past few months, I’ve talked to many artists, and heard some self-defeating comments, like:

– It’s not like it was back in the 1990’s; you just can’t make money like that anymore.

– I’ve never been able to take my business past being a start-up.

– I know that the market is saturated for my type of work, so I can’t make much money. I don’t want to price my work any higher, or I won’t make any sales.

– I get frightened that I’m not thinking the right way, or making the right choices, and so I freeze and do nothing.

Have you been thinking along the same lines? It’s easy to fall into that trap. Many artists aren’t born businesspeople. Creating business plans and marketing strategies are not familiar activities. Fear of rejection and lack of confidence combine to grind everything to a halt. You “freeze and do nothing.”

There is very good news, however. Is the market shrinking? No. Are opportunities going away? No way. In fact, with today’s global marketplace, there are more possibilities than ever to sell your work and make money as an artist. The key is to understand those potential opportunities so that you can unlock them and position yourself. Continue reading