Durga Garcia’s ABCs on Getting Your Work Out There Part I

Durga Garcia is a professional fine art photographer who, for the past five years, has made her business flourish.  In 2013/14, she was not only inducted in NAWA (National Women Artists Association)  but also exhibited a SOLO Show at NAWA’s headquarters in New York City!  The Rickie Report is pleased to share a two-part article, with Durga’s clear-cut system to “Getting Your Work Out There”.

 

 

 

“The ABC’s

of

Getting Your ArtWork Out There”

by

Durga Garcia

 

 

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Durga tells The Rickie Report, “This is what I have learned after 5 years of entering art shows… From my first local show in Delray Beach, living through those first rejections and not winning 1st prize, to now entering international level competitions, exhibiting Internationally and winning awards.  I have now graduated to being asked to review portfolios and be a juror to shows.  These experiences have given me a special insight for helping to ensure success and not taking rejections personally.”

 

 

First – Be Prepared

 

  • Have good images of your artwork

 

  • Be able to re-size and re-name files

 

  • Have Artists Statement(s)

 

  • Have Several: CV / Bio, short, long, specific

 

  • Have a Head shot

 

 

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Not all competitions ask for the same information nor the same size file, be prepared.  If you need help managing these computer-related tasks, contact The Rickie Report.  Rickie has a list of resources who can help!  You need to ask yourself: Do I want to spend time and energy on the “business” part or would I be better off hiring someone and use my time to CREATE? 

 

 

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Where to find:

Art Shows, Exhibits, Competitions? 

 

 

Durga Garcia, "Canoes uo the Loxahatchee River"

Durga Garcia, “Canoes Travel Up the Loxahatchee River”

 

 Portfolio / Competition Sites

 

www.megashot.net

www.500px.com

www.flickr.com

www.pBase.com

www.ndmagazine.net

www.instagram.com

www.faso.com

www.see.me

YourOwn.com

 

 

Durga Garcia, "Allegory of the Maidens"

Durga Garcia, “Allegory of the Maidens”

 

 Call to Artist Sites

 

www.onlinejuriedshows.com (1920px @72dpi)

www.callforentry.org  (min 1920px on longest side @72dpi)

www.juriedartservices.com  (between 1400 and 4000px on longest side @300dpi)

www.smarterentry.net

www.TheArtList.com 

 www.allartcompetitions.com

www.artistsnetwork.com

 www.asingularcreation.com

www.artdeadlineslist.com

 www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com

www.artpoints.net

 www.competitionsforartists.com

www.artshow.com

 

 

Durga Garcia, "Mossy Woods"

Durga Garcia, “Mossy Woods”

 

 OnLine Competitions – 2D

 

www.lightspacetime.com ( largest side 1000px @ 100dpi)

www.jerrysartarama.com/art-contests

 

 

What Should I enter?

 

 

Image by Durga Garcia

Image by Durga Garcia

Inspiration / Exposure sites

 

www.viewbug.com

www.stumbleupon.com

www.pinterest.com

www.artfinder.com

www.Facebook.com

www.theartstack.com

www.newmasterartist.com

www.artspan.com

www.ceramicartsdaily.org

 

And….

 

Carry your image portfolio in your phone, show it to friends and listen to the feedback you get.

 

 

Durga Garcia for Susan Renick

Durga Garcia for Susan Renick

 

 

PLUS:

 

  • Go to Art Openings, see what is being shown, be inspired, meet people, support other artists.

 

  •  Be active in art groups (most have exhibit opportunities)

Armory Art Center,  Artists of Palm Beach County,  Lighthouse ArtCenter, Wellington Art Society,  Delray Art League,  Florida Scape Artists Plein Air  Painters,  Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches (to name a few)

 

  •  Sign Up for www.therickiereport.com  ART news e-letter to keep up the area art happenings,  and it is free!!!!
  • Have a signature on your emails

 

 

 

Both Durga and Rickie feel that this is a lot of information to absorb.  

We want to give you some time, so this article will continue tomorrow.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Manon Sander Shares Inspired Impressions of Florida With Passion

Manon Sander paints everyday scenes with brush strokes that impress the viewer. Her wonder of nature has inspired her work since her childhood.  The Rickie Report hopes you will see Manon’s work and meet her on December 14th at the Juno Beach Town Center sponsored by the Friends of the Arts of Juno Beach.  You will have another opportunity to see her work and meet her when she does a two-woman show at the Palm Beach Cultural Council in the Spring, 2013.

 

 

Juno Beach Friends of The Arts

Juno Beach Town Center

 Oil Paintings by Manon Sander

 

 Juno Beach Town Center, 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach

 

 Show runs from December 12, 2012 – February 5, 2012

Artist reception – December 14th

5:30-7:00pm

   light refreshments

 

The Circle of Life

Born in West Berlin, Germany, Manon grew up in Berlin and Bavaria. Being exposed to the best of both worlds led to Manon’s appreciation for a metropolitan city’s cultural riches but also to her intimate connection with the outdoors of  Bavaria’s beautiful lakes, mountains and quaint little villages. Her childhood days were mostly spent either drawing and painting or roaming around outside. Manon’s parents instilled the importance of never losing one’s sense of wonder to nature’s beauty.  It is easy for us to see how this translates into Manon’s attention to details.  She truly finds inspiration where ever she goes!

 

“Afterglow”

She tells The Rickie Report, “Creating art to this day never feels like a pastime but like a necessity”.  After moving to Chicago in her late twenties as a newly wed, Manon pursued her love of painting with a successful business painting murals which are represented in numerous private homes and stores in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and California.

 

In 2006, being introduced to the work of well known California impressionist painters while living near San Francisco, Manon plunged herself into plein air oil painting, supplemented by studio work.   She says, “Living in Marin County provided a unique opportunity to study with the best and to finally combine my love of the outdoors with the portability of oil paints to create on the spot. Oils quickly became my favorite medium, allowing me to have an ongoing communication with my subject”.

“Catching Up”

 

Manon studied how to make a painting that combines rich texture and vivid color while capturing the expression of her subject and the impression it left on her. Over the course of several years she learned to simplify and to paint the big shapes before going into detail. Manon learned about her new medium and the importance of value, temperature, and design. She learned how to use technique while conveying what drew her to her subject in the first place.

In 2010  Manon and her family moved to North Palm Beach where she dipped right into painting the trademarks of a tropical setting which proves to provide her with a never-ending stream of inspiration and “an almost magnetic attraction to the ocean and its surroundings”, she says.

“Surf Camp”

Manon puts down her impressions in thick succulent oil paint,  applied with verve and a palette knife.  She describes her paintings as if we are reading a colorful novel,”…the sunlight that creates lavender shadows on the white clothing of people walking by the water’s edge deep in conversation; surfers and paddle boarders catching an aquamarine wave; boats at rest and on a journey; sea creatures and birds that call Florida their home, are among the countless things that get me so excited  that I can’t wait to get out my paints, easel, and big umbrella to capture them on canvas”!

 

“Morning After at the Square Grouper”

It is that happiness and love of life  Manon hopes to share with the viewer in paintings that reflect the color, light and joy that she is surrounded by and is always grateful for.  Manon’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in California and Florida, have won awards and are in private collections in the US and abroad.  

 

Locally she has exhibited at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.  We look forward to seeing Manon Sander’s work and our spirits are buoyed by her enthusiasm!  To reach Manon call: 415-606-7685, visit www.ManonDesigns.com or go to: www.facebook.com/ManonSanderArt

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291