Artists are constantly and relentlessly targeted by scam emails
We need to be on our guard and ready to fight these intruders! Today I received an email from Artists & Illustrators, they were forwarding me a message left on my Portfolio. Hum! Nice... may be! It is not the first time I received messages from the Portfolio on A&I as I suggest on my own website.... "If people are not sure my site is genuine, they can get in touch with me through Artists & Illustrators(My Portfolio) So here is the message: First warning by the Magazine: The user is not registered... Most people who contact an artist want to be recognised as genuine too... so they sign.
First mistake. Genuine people call me Beatrice. If they use the term Seller, it has to be a string of multiple messages left to several artists.
"Am interested in immediate purchase of your listed Artwork for Sale on Artists and Illustrators and I would like if it's still available for sale and would love to see our personal website for more artwork if available."
Scammers always tell us they want to purchase immediately. It is a ploy to get you in a panic as we do not like to miss a sale.
Of course they also want to buy several artworks. Think of it... What an offer if you are not tuned to the world of crooks on the internet!
My website address?; It is on the my Profile page!!! 😃
Now as for the turn of phrases and mistakes.... it is the final nail in their box of tricks!
When you are not sure about an email, share it with friends.
Most of the time, scammers use for their email address, a well known name, mostly dead artists or colonel or poets... all kinds.... It sounds good.
Use Google to research their email address. It can be mentioned in forums by other artists, or be on a list of scammers. Of course this one was the name of an old actress, dead a long time ago... I found her photos but did not know her.
By the way, they wanted to put their claws in this painting:
If it was not enough to have to decide which make of paper is best for our style of painting, to confuse the issue, we have also to choose the weight of the paper.
I know, it is a complete nightmare when we start with watercolour painting!
The weight of a paper is achieved while being manufactured.
It happens under a press
Please watch this information given with ARCHES paper
Almost all artists will tell you not to buy under 300grm or 140lb. It is true!
Under 300 grms you will need to stretch the paper otherwise it will buckle while doing washes, which is very frustrating as the paint settles into the creases when drying. Not what we have in mind for a good result!
However, if you are playing with a lot of water, I would advise to stretch a 300 grms paper.
To play safe, you might want to buy a 638 grms paper (300lb). With this one, you surely will not need stretching.
The one drawback with heavy paper is the heavier it is, the more colour you will need to apply.
The reason being, the colour sinks into the paper leaving a weaker colour while drying than on a thinner paper.
I have worked once on a 90lb (190grms) paper. Because of its low weight, the colours remain very vibrant. I really loved the effect. But... no good with washes. It is reserved for dry brush only.
Personally I do not like to stretch paper. I do it once in a while though.
I like to keep the surface as it is to paint on it. If the paper buckles, when the watercolour is finished and dry, I spray the back of the picture, leave it to dry for 48 hours between heavy books. Do not be tempted to have a look, you would disturb the drying time and mess up everything.
And Now we have the surface to think about!
You buy the paper: HP (hot press) NOT (cold press) ROUGH
HP is mostly for illustration work. I have tried to do washes on it, but it did not behave the way I wanted. Some artists use it too for charcoal or pencil drawing, something I will try.
NOT is the surface I like best. It has a very small tooth. I absolutely love this surface for my work.
ROUGH, says it all. A rough surface with a tooth greater than the NOT. It is good for landscape.
Twice in a week, people have told me they were going to start painting in watercolour.
Not knowing if they were going to like it, they do not want to spend much money in equipment.
My concern is when one of them told me the experiment will be on ordinary paper as Watercolour paper is too expensive. In the past too many friends told me they had abandoned Watercolour as "they did not get on with it"
Ordinary paper is a great NO NO...
Painting watercolour on this kind of paper, will put off watercolour painting forever.
It is as bad as experimenting Oil on Glass.
There are ways to get watercolour paper that are on the cheap side:
A pack of 20 Mini starter paper can be bought for £8.95
There is enough paper in this pack to give an idea how the colours behave and what can be done with watercolour.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH PAPER I started with Bockinford paper. I did love it all these years ago. They changed the production. I no longer liked it!!! So I had to do some experiments... Just now I love working with: Arches - Saunders Waterford - Fabriano Artistico. To my surprise, I have found that some paper do not behave twice the same way. This is due to the press losing its felt and not being as efficient. The best of paper can also have some flaws ... Artists have to know how to adapt to different papers but also different behaviour. If you are starting: I would advise you to find out which paper you would love to work with. Once you have made your choice, stick to it until you find your style and way to paint. Buy one large sheet of paper that you can cut to pieces. Some Online shops offer to cut the paper for you to the size required. You might like to see how St Cuthberts Mill produces Saunders Waterford paper
I have had a lovely morning, visiting The Grand in Folkestone.
Folkestone Art Society is holding their beautiful art exhibition in one of the grand rooms.
There is an array of different styles, different mediums with paintings of all sizes and sculptures too.
There was quite a while I had exchanged Art views with other artists, by this I mean face to face..
I have met a few of them and had a great time chatting for an hour about the merit of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel.
One artist showed me his own paintings and explained to me the meaning of it. He also told me, lately he was adding poems by his paintings.
Well, I thought it was a brilliant idea.
I must say, there has been a while I have been able to visit an Art exhibition and I made a discovery!
Looking at a painting on a wall, means looking at a painting. It either talks to you or it does not.
It can be very beautiful but to motivate a viewer and a possible buyer, the artist needs to give an explanation about the creation. The Why and How.
This gentleman's painting was brilliant but when I was told Why and How he had created it, the work took in my eyes another dimensional meaning. It brought emotion. I saw the painting differently and loved it a lot more.
So artists, do explain to your viewers what has motivated you to create, why? how?
Artists and Craft creators are once more targeted by scammers and thieves.
The new trend coming this time from China. Chinese steal photos of Art for sale or craft for sale,
they open a shop (some on Amazon), post photos of the work
and put them for sale.
People think they are buying from legitimate artists but NO.
They loose their money as they will never receive the work!
The SOLUTION is for people to be aware.
Buy only from reputable sites and real artist's websites.
If buyers are in doubt, get in touch with the artist.
Since my posting: One artist has found one of her work for sale on Amazon.com I double checked the link. Indeed, a print of a work was for sale by an individual who had opened a shop on Amazon. I am terribly surprised to find out this person, had no profile. We could not find out anything about him. So why Amazon let people start selling if they are not double checked? It is so bad for buyers and artists who are being robbed of their integrity. I have contacted Amazon. It will be interesting to find if I receive an answer.