Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wanna know a secret?

Each of my hand-painted jewelry pendants and earrings is unique, but I don't paint each one individually. If I had to do that, I would have to charge WAY more for each piece. What I do is create one  large acrylic painting on paper, and then CUT IT UP. I have to say it is very, very painful to do that, and I've agonized each time I make that first cut because I really, really like the paintings as is. But, if I want to make my jewelry affordable, that's what I have to do. I could save the master painting and have a high-quality giclee printed and cut that up, but then it wouldn't be hand-painted jewelry, would it?

I'm going to do something I haven't done before, which is to show everyone what one of my jewelry master paintings looks like. I completed this painting a few days ago. It's 21.5" x 29.5" and I haven't made that first cut yet. I'm dreading doing it! The pieces from this painting will become my Swirly Gig III collection. If anyone wants to save this gorgeous painting from the cutting board and circle punch, make me an offer I can't refuse! Otherwise, it'll make some fabulous jewelry, which you can purchase from Southern Spirit Gallery in Salisbury, NC, the gift shop at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii (on Kauai), or directly from me by coming to my studio in Salisbury.

- Master painting for Swirly Gig III jewelry collection by Annette Ragone Hall -

Saturday, April 23, 2011

An article by Artist Jack White that all artists should read

12 Steps to Failure, by Jack White
I want to share the article at the above link with you, which originally came to me today via my online subscription to FineArtViews Newsletter. It is an excellent, excellent article that all artists who want to make a living with their art should read and take to heart. It's extremely enlightening. It made me rethink a few things.

"In North America, there are an estimated 20 million people who, by definition, are called artists. Less than 8% of those earn $1,000 or more a year from their talent. Are you one of the millions earning less than $1,000 a year? Are you in hiding?"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beside Still Waters

Beside Still Waters
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 48"
I did something a little different last year by painting this fairly straightforward landscape. I was in the mood for something other than a floral or abstract image. But, like most of my other work, the scene is purely from my imagination. I originally had thought of a different name for it, but someone came to my studio and saw it shortly after I completed it. It was still on the easel. She said it reminded her of the 23rd Psalm. I immediately knew that I needed to rename it, so I did. I think the painting is quite serene and felt like posting it to my blog today.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Daffodils Discussing the World Situation

Lately, I've painted more abstracts than florals, so I decided to get flowery again. It's spring and it's bustin' out all over, so daffodils were the perfect subject. I painted this 36" x 36" piece for Rail Walk Studio & Gallery's "It's Hip to be Square" show. The show runs through May 28th.

Daffodils Discussing the World Situation
Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

Friday, April 1, 2011

April issue of Carolina Arts is online

The April edition of Carolina Arts, a publication covering the visual arts in the Carolinas, is now online. If you want to know where to go to see fabulous art, this is a great resource. It’s amazing what’s going on in the visual arts in NC & SC. It makes me want to leave my studio, jump in my car and start driving! There is an article on page 19 about Rail Walk Gallery's "It's Hip to be Square" show (I'm one of the artists whose work is on exhibit). I have an ad on page 18. Download the PDF and read it at your leisure. At least 45,000 people downloaded last month's issue. Anyone who is an artist, or who has an art-related business or organization, should consider advertising. The rates are very low, and the husband-and-wife team running it are really generous people.

April Issue of Carolina Arts