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John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.”
– John Lennon

St. Lambert Lions Club 5th Annual Art Show

St. Lambert Lions Club 5th Annual Art Show (2014)

Over 30 local artists. 

• Great art at wonderful prices! Paintings are all 5″x 7″ and priced at $20.00

• 50% of proceeds will go to the Lions Club and a donation will be given to a local charity.

I will have 6 new paintings in the show (they can be pre-viewed in my “Small Paintings/Studies’ category: ‘Cuppa Warmth’, ‘In a Blaze of Glory’, ‘Sunlit Barn’, ‘Country Road’, ‘Lake Shore View’, Lac Hertel_2′)

Friday, November 21st, 6:30 pm  to 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 22nd, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Maison Desaulniers: 574 Notre Dame, St. Lambert (please use door facing the parking lot). Free parking.

• Fruit cakes and cherry cakes will also be on sale. Coffee, tea and cakes served downstairs.

 

 

 

Van Gogh meets Monet: A conversation

Van Gogh Meets Monet‘:

Concept, Text, Art Direction, Set-up, Background Painting (‘Country Road, PEI’), Photography: Robert Kramberger

(Van Gogh, Monet Figures: “Little Thinkers” series, The Unemployed Philosophers Guild)

Imagine if these two gentlemen had been painting side-by-side (they did meet in Paris, but never worked together) on a lovely day, in the French countryside (my painting, ‘Country Road, PEI’, substitutes for rural, 19 century France).

The premise of the scene:

Van Gogh’s paintings have fetched some of the highest prices for art; but he had sold only one painting during his lifetime (for a relative pittance). Unfortunately, he had difficulty garnering attention and respect for his work and never realized financial gain prior to his death in 1890 (self inflicted gunshot, or not).

Monet, on the other hand, had become somewhat of a sensation by 1886 (when this fictitious “en plein air” meeting would have taken place). His paintings were fetching handsome prices by then, allowing him to finally enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle, up until his own passing in 1926.

What would have been the tone of their conversation? I have added my suggestion below.

And what do you think they would say to one another? Go  ahead, add your own caption.

Van Gogh: “Bloody hell! You get 200 francs for that? Hrmph!

Monet: “Umm…is it time for lunch, yet?”

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“What A Choice!”: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 36″

“What A Choice!”: Oil on Canvas 30″ x 36″

Call it “Food for Art”, or just simply “Foodscapes”. Another  in my new series devoted to food that is both delicious and delectable to the eye. Art that looks and tastes good!  (A figure of speech, of course; please do not attempt to eat the canvas).

Pricing a Painting, Inch by Inch

‘Tugboat: Pictou, N.S.’ 2014 – Oil on Canvas, 24” x 30”

The price? How much is this painting really worth and how in the world did the artist come up with this apparently arbitrary figure?

Well, this mysterious amount does have a rational origin, and is not merely pulled out of thin air. So how is it determined?

There are numerous methods to determining the price for a painting. Some artists will simply assign a table based on a few categories of size, i.e. small, medium and large. Others may opt for a more precise, calculated model to establish value. And it’s not just labour that should be considered: materials are also a factor. Oil paints, depending on their quality, can cost two to three times that of acrylics. On a large-scale painting, this could be a considerable cost of production.

Then, there is always the market to consider: how does a particular artist’s work compare to other works of similar caliber? What is the history of sales for the artist? And what can the market support?

Framing is another issue. Often times, art buyers are not aware of the costs of quality, custom framing vs. ready-made products found off-the-shelf. For this reason, artists may offer works “framed or unframed” as options. (Note: I plan to delve into this topic more thoroughly in a future blog).

So, what is the price of ‘Tugboat: Pictou, N.S.’?

I have used the tried and true “dollar per square inch” model. Depending on variables mentioned earlier, a dollar figure is determined (I have established $0.85 per square inch for this work) and then multiplied accordingly.

This painting is 24” x 30”. Therefore, 720 square inches multiplied by $0.85 = $612 (rounded to $625 for uniformity and clarity), unframed. Note: This is my private sale price. A mark-up would likely be applied if sold through a gallery, as they tend to take as much as 50% in commissions on final sale price (another major topic to explore in the near future).

Would you like that framed or unframed?

– Robert Kramberger

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a good painting is priceless.

 

 

My Artistic Influences: From Comics to Canvases

I have often been asked what my artistic influences are/were. A very complex question that would require an equally complex answer. Here goes:

Basically, the influences change over time, just as one’s work adapts and modifies over time, as part of an artist’s maturation process.

From my early childhood days, I would list some great comic book artists, who could easily hold their own in the world of Fine Arts. These artist were instrumental to my development with my earliest drawing and painting efforts, and  they also inspired me to pursue art as a career. Amongst the greats: Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, and Barry Windsor-Smith.

Through my mature period (still developing as I write this) would be the Barbizon School of artists such as Corot, Constable, Millet who, in turn, influenced the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Sisley), and reluctant Impressionists (Degas).  Then came the proto-Post Impressionists such as Vincent van Gogh.

The work of Tom Thomson, from the early 20th Century, has recently been compelling me to take a fresh look at how I compose my paintings, and use colour.

All of these, and many of their contemporaries, have had a profound influence, not only on my work, but on my view of the world, and the role I can play in recording it on canvas.

If I had to pick one constant, it would be Claude Monet: his influence goes well beyond his artistic mastery. For my “Dream” gathering of artists at my table, Monet would be one of the people from history that I would definitely want to sit down with  for dinner and conversation.