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How to Get Your Art Noticed?

Be part of the conversation, painters. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Architectural Digest Design Show, and it was intriguing and satisfying to see so many things that painters hold dear are making a big impact in the design world. So if you are struggling with how to get your art noticed, spend some time thinking about how your work is “talking” to the world at large. Granted, art-making can be intensely personal, but it is also exciting to let your work be part of what is going on in the wider world of design, architecture, fashion, or decor. Especially because so many of the aspects of art that many of us value just happen to be bubbling up in the design world.

It’s a Color Story

Rugs, pillows, throws, lighting, knickknacks. Everything that can hold a color did at the design show. It blissed me out! No more stultifying blankness and blandness. Color is queen right now and I can’t but say, All Hail!

As artists, rethink your palette. Add a few colors or maybe even try working straight from the tube–just as an exercise. Play with color in a big way and see where it goes, you will definitely be among friends.

how to get your art noticed -- be a part of the conversation and take note of these upcoming design trends.
Light fixtures from Providence Art Glass
how to get your work noticed
Throws from Johanna Howard
Primary color chairs by Ara Levon Thorose.
Primary color chairs by Ara Levon Thorose
Colorful scarves from Echo New York
Colorful scarves from Echo New York
Colorful patterned pillows, art, and bags from Echo New York.
Colorful patterned pillows, art, and bags from Echo New York.

Stay with Still Life

The grin on my face when I saw objects grouped together repeatedly throughout the show made me say to myself, artists made that happen. Multiples are in. If you are a still life painter, now is your time to shine. I saw groupings as few as five but as many as 15-20 slightly varied objects and the impact was amazing.

If you are painting still lifes, think about narrowing the type of object and go for more. Seems to be the theme…

Vetro Vero jewel bottles
Vetro Vero jewel bottles
Silky tassels that are all different but all the same
Silky tassels that are all different but all the same
A lifetime of trophies and urns displayed en masse
A lifetime of trophies and urns displayed en masse
Delicate glasses grouped together by color
Delicate glasses grouped together by color

Metallics, Metallics Everywhere

I saw more than a few objets d’art blinged out with gold, copper, rose gold, silver, and mirrored detailing. This was definitely a true gilding as opposed to an all-out metallic smorgasbord, so if you have been thinking about adding gold leaf or metallic ink to your repertoire, do it. But let it be a detail and not the whole point of the artwork.

Gold alligators adorn the base of this Koket lamp
Gold alligators adorn the base of this Koket lamp
Gold accents for these ceramics
Gold accents for these ceramics
This wallpaper was overwhelming in a Gold Rush way and I approve wholeheartedly
This wallpaper was overwhelming in a Gold Rush way and I approve wholeheartedly
Pretty mercury glass every color of the rainbow practically
Pretty mercury glass every color of the rainbow practically from William Couig

Fun Geometry Finally

Ugh, you know I hate the maths but the geometry I saw at the Design Show was definitely the kind I could get into. It was playful and full of color or came in a whimsical package.

If you like line and hard edges, but don’t want to be a slave to it, now is the time to explore it on your surface. Maybe it is a pattern, maybe it guides the overall shapes you use — either way, feel free to let the angles in.

Elizabeth Sutton Collection
Elizabeth Sutton Collection
Geometric explorations big and small from Judith Seligson
Geometric explorations big and small from Judith Seligson
Geometry inside and out -- do you see the gleam inside? -- from Leonoff Art Glass
Geometry inside and out — do you see the gleam inside? — from Leonoff Art Glass

 

 

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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