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Artist Spotlight Scott Listfield

This month, our spotlight artist is painter Scott Listfield. Scott’s paintings usually include his iconic astronaut character, some dinosaurs and popular culture icons. His work captures both the idea of the future and world that we all live in today. Watch our video interview to get an inside look into Scott’s work and how he got started on Fine Art America.

Scott Listfield (b. 1976, Boston, MA) is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott studied art at Dartmouth College. After college and spending some time abroad, Scott moved back to america and began painting his astronaut series.

Scott has been featured in many magazines including Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, and on WBZ-TV Boston. His work has also appeared in New American Paintings and Surface Magazine. In 2010 he was named a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant finalist, and was the official artist of 2011 Boston First Night. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and many other places.

Scott currently has a¬†solo show “Astronaut” until July 12th¬†at Chicago‚Äôs¬†Rotofugi Gallery. We definatly recommend to stop by and see it!

Scott’s website >>¬†http://www.astronautdinosaur.com

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Pixels.com First Appearance at Licensing Expo 2015!

Pixels.com (a FineArtAmerica Company) exhibited for the first time this year at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Licensing Expo! The Expo went from June 9th -11th. This was an amazing opportunity for our company to network and also get our name out to the real world. Our Pixels.com booth showcased great products, a fun mobile app bar, and product giveaways! Our team met with the top brands, artists, and photographers to explain our business, features, and products. We noticed that the new Pixels.com iPhone App was a hit with those who came to our booth. We had a great time this year and thought it was really successful for Pixels.com!

Check out the photos from our exciting work week in Vegas!

Monday Set Up Day!

First Day… Set Up Day!

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Our Final Booth Display!

Mobile Apps Bar!

Pixels.com Mobile App Bar!

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Sean, CEO of Pixels.com explaining “The view on the wall feature” from our new Pixels.com iPhone App!

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Pixels.com Team!

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We met Icebat!

Pixels.com Phone Cases!

Pixels.com Products – Phone Cases!

Featured artists include Scott Listflied, Brian James, Joe Hamilton, Lea, Setsiri Silapasueanchai, Printscapes РDana Edmunds, Yury Malkov, Ylli Haruni, Budi Satria Kwan and Kim Fearheiley.

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Have you noticed there has been a minimalist trend recently? Minimal design is defined as simple or primary forms or structures. Simple designs and patterns are becoming more and more popular. This might be because in our society we are always bombarded on a daily basis with information and overstimulation. There is a lot to take in. And less can defiantly be more. Simple designs have recently been integrated into fashion, art, product design, and even website layouts. Trending in our everyday lives.

Fine Art America graphic design artist, Chungkong, is also using this minimal approach by creating a variety of simplified movie posters designs. This Netherlands based artist ‚Äústrips the subjects down to their bare bones and brings them to life in vibrant and playful designs, covering a variety of subjects from cult movies, geek art, books and sports.‚ÄĚ ¬†He takes the most meaningful idea or concept from a movie and transforms into a design. And we have to say, he has an unlimited amount of movie design posters in his collection on Fine Art America. Any movie you can think of, he has created! So here are a few that might catch your eye:

Chungkong Art Minimalist Movie Posters

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The Age of Minimal Design

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6 Tips for a Low Cost Art Studio & Saving on Supplies

One might say it costs a lot of money to be an artist or painter¬†– buying paint, materials, brushes, equipment, and the list goes on. ¬†Yes, while it does cost money, it doesn’t have to always cost an arm and a leg. ¬†After a recent at-home interview with¬†Fine Art America artist (and actress) Lindsay Frost, she explained how she transformed a small space¬†in her house into her art¬†studio. ¬†Lindsay used a combination of yard sales, perusing through alleys in her neighborhood, and special art store sales to¬†gather items to make this art space her own.

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Drawers from a yard sale for $5.

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$20 Eisel purchased on sale at an art store.

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Various-sized wood canisters to hold brushes.

So we wanted to share some tips for saving on supplies needed to create an creative environment as well as getting the best deals on supplies.

1. Garage sales:¬†I stumbled upon an awesome article from The Macs on “up-cycling” garage sales finds. ¬†The file cabinet ($20) shown below is perfect for storing paint tubes and the red tool box ($3) can be your paint brushes new home.

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2. ¬†Art supply stores: ¬†Many art supply stores have sales, so keeping up on those sale announcements is a must! ¬†They often set huge¬†discounts on gently used or defective products/equipment – to be sold “as is”.

3.  Student discounts: Are you a student?  Do you know a student?  If so, many art stores accept a quick flash of your student ID card for a percentage off (usually around 10%).  Nearly 5 years out of college and I still use my student ID card to get discounts!

4.   Build your own equipment: Perhaps you are the crafty, do-it-yourself type.  If so, click here to follow a few easy steps from Lazy Liz on Less, for building your very own easel.

5. Modern day dumpster diving:¬†Have you seen things like old couches, tables,¬†shelves, etc.¬†laying in alley-ways? ¬†Assuming this is someone’s trash, this can now be your new treasure. ¬†OK, so¬†we can probably pass on the couch, but things like old tables, shelving units, etc. are perfect for an art studio. ¬†Try to find pieces that are wood¬†–¬†they are the perfect “blank canvas” for refinishing. ¬†All you need is sandpaper and a fresh can of paint:

–¬†¬†If you have an orbital sander, definitely use that! ¬†It will save a lot of time. ¬† If you are sanding by hand, always rub the sandpaper with the grain of the wood for the smoothest results. 120-grit sandpaper works best!

– ¬†It’s going to get dusty so be sure to wipe away all of the dust with a try towel before you start painting.

– ¬† So here’s the fun part – When you are ready to paint, ¬†you might consider making this its own art piece. ¬†Instead of just a single paint color or stain, you can make it multicolored or add decorative designs – it’s up to you!

Р When you are done, let everything dry overnight.

РI would also recommend applying a paint sealer to prevent chipping and to lock in the color.

 

6. Unconventional Materials: Who says you have to only paint on canvas and paper?

РPainting on unconventional materials like wood and scrap metal is an easy and inexpensive alternative.  Many lumber yards have scrap pieces of wood in all shapes and sizes that only cost a few bucks.

РThe Container Store sells a 12-pair shoe rack that could be a great place for storing paints, brushes, etc.  This items comes in white, so it is also something that can be painted to meet your aesthetic needs and happens to be very easy to assemble (I have two of these at home).

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So hopefully these tips can help you to create the best creative work environment without breaking the bank! Feel free to add your tips too – we’d love to hear from you! And keep painting!

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Photographer Spotlight: April Reppucci

April Reppucci, has been a Fine Art America member since 2012. She specializes in lifestyle, portraiture, fine art and event photography. April loves to capture the simple things in life and believes “that our best retrospect can be found in the pictures that we take”. Watch her video interview with us to learn more about April’s story.

April’s Websites:
http://www.imagesbyapril.net/MeetAprilPage
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/april-reppucci.html

What April uses:
CAMERAS:
– Canon EOS 5D Mark II
– Canon EOS Rebel T2i
LENSES:
– Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L USM
– Canon 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
– Tamron 17-50mm xd Di II LD

"Wear Your Camera" by April Reppucci

"Walk In The Snow" by April Reppucci

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Is Image Licensing for you?

Pixels.com recently launched an image licensing option¬†to the site for artists, photographers, graphic designers, etc. ¬† Image licensing is much different than selling prints, greeting cards, and iPhone cases.¬†¬†¬†Instead of selling a physical product, you’re selling your actual image along with a legal contract (i.e. the license) that specifies what the buyer can and can not do with the image.¬†¬†¬†If you’re not comfortable giving a buyer access to your images, then stop right here – image licensing isn’t for you.

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Image licensing involves a great deal of trust.¬†¬†¬†Once you sell your image to a buyer, there is absolutely no way to guarantee that the buyer only uses the image for the purposes that are specified in the license.¬†¬†¬†For example, if you sell a license that allows a buyer to use one of your images on the cover of 50,000 books, you have to trust that the buyer won’t use the image to produce 10 million books… or use it in a TV commercial… or use it in a full-page print ad in a magazine.

You would have no idea that the buyer was doing any of those things unless you happened to catch him red-handed (e.g. by seeing your image in a TV commercial).

If you don’t trust your buyers to do the right thing, then image licensing probably isn’t for you.¬†¬†¬†However, before you write off the whole licensing industry, consider the following:

1.   There are lots of honest buyers who do the right thing because they WANT to be honest.

2.   There are lots of honest buyers who do the right thing because they NEED to be honest.

The “NEED TOs” are the most interesting to discuss.¬†¬†¬†Lots of buyers NEED to purchase image licenses and use the images exactly as specified by the licenses because there are huge legal implications if they don’t.¬†¬†¬†For example, let’s say that you’re a buyer who’s putting together a 30-second TV commercial and that you want to use a few sunset images in the commercial.¬†¬†¬†You could go to Google Images and grab lots of beautiful sunset images for free, so why bother paying to license images from Pixels.com, Getty Images, Shutterstock, or any other image licensing company?¬†¬†¬†The answer is simple.¬†¬†¬†If you steal images from Google Images and put them in a TV commercial… and the owners of the images see your commercial… then you’re in big trouble.¬†¬†¬†The image owners will sue you… and win… and then you’ll probably lose your job at the ad agency that you work for.

What about the buyers who WANT TO do the right thing?

You can go to YouTube right now… listen to “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones… and download an MP3 of that song to your computer… for¬†free:

Here’s a website that will convert the video into a free MP3 for your iPod:¬†http://www.youtube-mp3.org/

If anyone can download the MP3 for free, then how does iTunes sell million and millions of MP3s for $0.99 each day?

The answer is simple.¬†¬†¬†Lots of buyers WANT to do the right thing.¬†¬†¬†Even though MP3s can be downloaded for free all over the internet, millions of people still choose to pay for them each day because that’s the right thing to do.

Now… if you’re going to use “Start Me Up” in a TV commercial… it’s not a matter of wanting to do the right thing… you NEED to do the right thing.¬†¬†¬†There is absolutely no way that you’re going to try to sneak that song into a TV commercial without proper authorization.¬†¬†¬†You need to contact the Rolling Stones and get them to sell you a license for the song.

Microsoft did just that when they launched Windows 95 back in 1995:

How much did Microsoft pay the Rolling Stones for a six-month license to use “Start Me Up” in that TV commercial?¬†¬†¬†Millions.

There are lots and lots of buyers who WANT to and NEED to license images for a variety of purposes.

A puzzle manufacturer that wants to produce 500,000 puzzles and sell them at Walmart NEEDS to do the right thing and purchase an image license from you because Walmart requires it… and because you’ll sue him for royalties and damages if he doesn’t.

An advertising agency that wants to use your image in a full-page print ad NEEDS to do the right thing and license the image from you.   A book publisher that wants to use your image on the cover of a book NEEDS to do the right thing and license the image from you.   A production company that wants to use your image in a TV commercial NEEDS to do the right thing and license the image from you.   An interior designer who wants to use your image to produce 500 framed prints for a Las Vegas hotel NEEDS to do the right thing and license the image from you.

If you’re interested in generating additional income by working with these types of buyers, then image licensing might be for you.¬†¬†¬†If not, that’s perfectly OK.¬†¬†¬†This is just an additional sales tool for those artists and photographers who are interested in giving it a shot.

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Pixels.com iPad App

In January¬†of 2013, FineArtAmerica.com launched it’s first iPad app where one¬†could browse through millions of images from the world’s greatest living artists and photographers! ¬†Artists and photographers had the ability to show off their¬†portfolios, collectors could see virtual prints¬†hanging on their walls using the iPad’s built-in camera, and of course¬†preview images¬†images as framed prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, and more!

With the growing success of the app, ¬†FAA decided this summer to re-launch the iPad App under it’s parent site, Pixels.com, and released brand new features¬†that could keep any art-lover glued to their iPad. ¬†In addition to the advanced high-tech features noted above, users¬†can now take advantage of¬†many¬†social and “behind the scenes” tools you could only¬†access¬†from a computer.

 

iPadAppVersion2-CommentComment on your favorite images, and reply to comments on your own images!

iPadAppVersion2-FollowFollow your favorite artists and photographers, and discover which of your existing Facebook and Twitter friends already use the app!

iPadAppVersion2-FavoriteAdd images to your “favorites” collection for later commenting and purchasing.

iPadAppVersion2-ProfileUpload your headshot, biography, contact information, and more.

iPadAppVersion2-ActivityReceive notifications whenever someone comments on one of your images… or whenever someone you’re following uploads a new image.

iPadAppVersion2-UploadUpload images to your portfolio directly from your iPad or from Dropbox.

The Pixels.com iPad app (http://pixels.com/app) has revolutionized the way that artistic images are discovered, shared, visualized, and purchased. Have a look at our new TV commercial for more information:

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