Friday, October 16, 2015

Advice from gallery-owner Jason Horejs: less is more

Jason Horejs offers tons of advice for artists on his Red Dot Blog.

Excerpt from this article:

"I have long maintained that it’s a bad idea to try and show too much art at once. Whether the art is being shown in a gallery, or at a weekend art festival, I believe it’s better to show a limited number of pieces instead of trying to cram everything you can into your space."

Artist Jeremy Sams

North Carolina artist Jeremy Sams creates beautiful, light-filled paintings. Below is an example. Be sure to visit his web site.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Orange Is Comforting

This is a purely abstract image of organic shapes, with strong, warm colors predominating. Scraped shapes add texture.

Orange Is Comforting
© Annette Ragone Hall
acrylic on canvas
48" x 12"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Turquoise Garden

I completed this colorful abstract floral. I had started it quite some time ago, applying a red background with white and dark areas. I set it aside and almost forgot about it. The first thing I did when I began working on it again was to add turquoise phthalo and it just took off from there.
Turquoise Garden
acrylic on canvas, 24" x 12"

Stormy Red Sky

Most of the time I create paintings from my imagination. This time, I wanted to do a sky painting and use a reference image, so I went through my photo reference and found a dramatic stormy-sky photo that had a lot of red in the clouds. The photo was taken from the front yard of my house. The colors were amazing. I used creative license in the bottom part of the painting because the photo had sidewalks, cars, and houses at the bottom.

Stormy Red Sky ©Annette Ragone Hall
acrylic on linen, 24" x 30"

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Tendrils"

I finished this new piece today. I was in the mood for an expressive, abstract floral with vibrant colors, and this is the result. I used only five colors in this piece: turquoise phthalo, quinacridone red, cadmium medium red hue, green-gold, and white.

Tendrils - acrylic on linen, 24" x 36" © Annette Ragone Hall

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Special Garden"

"Special Garden" - acrylic, 24" x 36" © Annette Ragone Hall
This is another painting I completed recently that heralds the coming of Spring, even though the snow is deep upon the ground.

"Wild Flowers III"

"Wild Flowers III" - acrylic, 6" x 6" ©Annette Ragone Hall
I have a large supply of 6" x 6" canvases on which I often use the leftover acrylic paint that is still fresh on my palette from larger paintings I have just completed. This little painting was created using the leftover paint from "Wild Flowers II."

Wild Flowers II

"Wild Flowers II" - acrylic, 36" x 24"© Annette Ragone Hall
With all the snowy, cold weather that most states have experienced for so long this winter, I felt like doing a colorful floral painting to sooth the eye and the heart. Spring will be here soon!

I have completely redone my hand-painted jewelry web site

I just finished redoing my hand-painted jewelry website from scratch. It was originally created using Microsoft Publisher. Microsoft stopped development of Publisher as a website-creation tool after the 2007 version. It took me quite awhile to find a replacement for Publisher that I was satisfied with. I didn't want a web-based app either because I like the control I have using a program on my computer and then uploading the files when I'm satisfied with the results. I don't have to be online while I'm working with the software, only when I need to upload files.

The replacement software I found is Xara Web Designer 10. Its page layout and design features are similar enough to Publisher's that it lowered my learning curve quite a bit. It has far more to offer than Publisher ever did and, of course, it's completely up to date with the latest web technology. Publisher 2007 was behind the times since it was so old, and it was limited because its primary purpose was as an application for print-based publications. My first use of Xara Web Designer 10 was for my art web site (ragone.com). I did that last year. Now, I've completed my jewelry web site. I had procrastinated doing it, but finally got down to business last week and finished up today. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Image of Home page for RagoneDesigns.com