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Encouraging young people to experience art! by Gloria Chadwick

With so many schools cutting back on art and music programs it isn’t surprising to find some children may have the desire to paint but not the resources or opportunity. Offering youth classes through various community organizations and museums now that plein air has become very popular can be rewarding for both the teacher and student.An idea for artists working with young people is to suggest that students working in oil use an Art Cocoon to lessen their frustration and fear of damaging their work. Young painters can get frustrated carrying all their paints and supplies to a class and then fuss about how to transfer the painting back home. Starting with a small panel snug in the Art Cocoon can eliminate some of that anxiety and give them the security of having their learning project safe from damage.See below for what Gloria has been up to this summer!

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“Hills of Dehesa”
6″ x 8″, oil on canvas, 2015
Gloria Chadwick

Angelica works in her parents’ store… when she’s not performing store chores or serving customers, she can be found painting. She doesn’t use an easel and sets the Art Cocoon on the register or on her lap and paints away!

TESTIMONIAL:
“It worked very nicely and I LOVE it! The Art Cocoon is very helpful as it helps me have a better storage place for the wet panel. It is not bulky, pretty much can fit anywhere and it is very portable! And I am still thinking on how to decorate the Cocoon, such as put designs on it, and I plan to use it for my art classes. Thank you very much :)”
~ Angelica –  Art Student

Nick can typically be found on the baseball or soccer fields but he’s always open to try something new! Preferring to be outside than inside, the plein air event in New Hampshire was perfect for him.

Selling Paintings Off the Easel by Gloria Chadwick

We asked Gloria how she came to have so much success selling right off her easel.  She sent us the following:

In trying to explore how it was that I had some very recent sales while using the Art Cocoon carriers, I tried to rethink each situation for common patterns. All were in heavy tourist areas during a particular event such as, parade through a park, fairs, etc. In all of them, I quietly set up to the side and not the center of the gatherings. I believe that this filtered out the art lovers vs. the observers and made it easier for people to ask questions. I’m a retired psychiatric RN so listening is what I’m trained to do. So I listen and let people tell me about themselves—not me.

I know that these tourist areas lend to impulsive buying to take home a unique souvenir, a special memory of their visit. I don’t ask names, nor have them sign mailing lists. I don’t like being bombarded with signing lists, while on vacation, so I just don’t do it. I do have cards.

When they tell me how much they like the painting, I tell them they can tuck it away in their luggage and show them how it works and how safe the painting will be in the Art Cocoon. When asked about a price, I tell them how much my wildlife paintings of comparable size are and where I have exhibited. I tell them these plein air paintings are studies and quote the very much lower price. For the one and a half hour of painting that will conjure up happy memories for someone I feel it’s a win-win for both parties. I get the educational value of doing the painting plus some money to pay for my time and gas and they get something that no one else will have. It’s their own unique painting that they can say they watched the artist paint. When they ask to have their picture taken with it and the artist, that’s an added bonus. Then there’s the money collection.  I do carry a Square with me and take cash, check or their credit card with it. Most travelers like that little Square.

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A Note from the Talented Tina Bohlman

TINA AT BIG BEND RIO GRANDE 2014We were thrilled to receive an email from Tina Bohlman!

“I don’t remember the exact year, but about 3-4 years ago, I received 3 each of the small and large as an Honorable Mention award in the Paint Historic Waxahachie plein air event. It’s a really great product. Every time I participate in an event or just a paint out gathering, artists always ask & I show them how “cool” the carriers are & give them the website. I give frequent painting demonstrations and always have my plein air gear, which includes MyArtCocoon! I have no idea how many of these I’ve “sold” for you, but I’m guessing quite a few.

Attached are some photos of my paintings on location inside the cocoon, plus a couple with me in the photo…the one showing me sketching has a fresh sheet of Arches Oil Paper in the cocoon on my easel. I paint on the new Arches Oil Paper and it’s a perfect match for the cocoon; I trim the paper to fit inside the 11×14 then place the 9×12 or 8×10 insert on that if I want to paint smaller. Same goes for carved out 12×16 – trim paper to fit & put inserts over if I want to paint smaller.”RIO GRANDEIMG_2321TINA - SKETCHING AT BIG BEND (contraband movie set)

Tina is a signature member of the following groups:
Outdoor Painters Society
Women Artists Of The West
Contemporary Fine Art International
Artists Of Texas
International Plein Air Painters

Check out her wonderful plein air work:
www.tinabohlman.com
www.tinabohlman.blogspot.com

Offering Plein Air Artists a Low-Cost Alternative to Framing

Women Artists of the WestThe above Facebook post was made as a thank you for our donation of  art cocoons (complete with extravagantly staged photo of awesome rooster painting!).  In their follow up comment, Women Artists of the West makes a valid point about frames being one of their biggest expenses.

There are ways to avoid the high cost.  There are yard sale frames, second hand store frames, clearance section frames and discount store frames.  All of these involve time shopping for deals;  as well as any time/materials spent cleaning, touching up or completely restoring bargain frames. Some artists choose not to frame because their art sells right off the easel in an Art Cocoon.

Art Cocoons offer professionals a way to display artwork before a sale and to protect it after. Our sturdy cardboard carriers last for years. Paint right in them, all the way to the edge of your canvas panel! Display your paintings without removing them from their carriers and send them safely off to their new homes.  The price point drops significantly when you purchase lots of three or six.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

Traveler One (fits canvas panel sizes 4″x6″ – 5″x7″ – 6″x8″ – 8″x10″)
1 – $17.00
3 Pack – $11.65 each
6 Pack – $9.15 each

Traveler Two (fits canvas panel sizes 8″x10″ – 9″x12″ – 11″x14″)
1 – $19.00
3 Pack – $13.31 each
6 Pack – $10.83 each