New project full steam ahead

This has been a great day! Today I have two mock ups for two different projects. (If you click on the link it brings you to photos of the pieces.)

Mock up one is for a client in SC who lives on Lake Wylie.  This one has been approved and is ready to get rolling.

Mock up number two is for Starbucks, but it has not yet been approved.

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1st day at Winthrop University, intro to MFA

I arrived at around 2pm on Fri. the 14th, and I found the school to be incredibly welcoming, but far different from the fresh and new construction of UNC Charlotte I have come to know so well.  THere are about 7 new MFA grads starting this fall (myself included) and I have met about 6 more grads who have already begun their adventure along with the faculty as well.  I know I am going to grow so much because I am one of the youngest by far and therefor the least experienced.  But I am there I guess and that’s what matters.

My mind has already been racing about one idea.  The most obvious benefits of going to grad school for art are 1. become a better artist and 2. increase my art value.

But from where does art value come? Or, rather, where does the art value exist? If I make the best painting ever, what makes it the best?  I am not asking a retorical question, rather hoping for some type of a response.  I have some idea of a list of sources of the value for a single piece of work.

Tell me which you think is most important in determining its $ value if you would be so kind.

1. Aesthetic (how pretty it is) 

2. Artist’s name (who painted it)

3. Ownership (who owns the artist’s other work. Are they famous?)

4.  Associations (With whom is the artist associated? Famous artist? Famous museum? Great school?)

5. Credentials (What major work has the artist accomplished? Biggest mural in the world? The Sistine Chapel?)

6. Quality of final product (Did the artist use pure gold leaf or the finest materials instead of cheaper supplies?)

7. Subject matter (Is the painting presented powerful or moving?)

I honestly would like to know.  Can I get some opinions?

Most appreciatively,

Stephen

Life is good.

“Time keeps going, so I will to!” That’s what my friend said yesterday.  Progress is necessary, at least for me it is anyway.

I just put up a painting on a client’s wall yesterday and was filled with that satisfaction that comes from a accomplishing something really respectable.  “I’m proud!” It is actually the best painting I have finished so far in my opinion.

So now I have two more commissions to work on.  Starbucks Coffee company is commissioning me to make a painting for a store in Charlotte.  My aunt who is an interior designer has also gotten me a commission for a family who lives in Lake Wylie, SC.  I am going to try to knock these out before school starts in a couple weeks…. We’ll see… I’ll post the preliminary sketches when they get approved. 

A co-worker today also asked me to think about doing art for his band.  The idea is that I make the pieces and they sell at his shows.  I keep a majority and they get the rest.  A kind of mutually beneficial business deal I think.  I’ll definitely do the band’s art once the other two sales are out of the way.

Well I hope your day is great.  Hope to talk to you soon.

Stephen

Day one. Getting started.

The idea of a blog has been brought to my attention by my friend Josh. He said that it would be a good idea to keep a record of each project I work on.

Well… A little history about me is…

I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2007 with my B.A. in Art with a concentration in painting.  I have sold approximately 14 pieces over the last year and a half.  I enjoy using oil paints the most, but I have used everything from pencil, watercolor, stain, gold leaf and acrylic media as well.

One of my more proud sales include a sale only a few months ago to Starbucks corporate. I completed a commission of an 8′ wide x 3′ tall painting.  The piece is now hanging in the Lake Norman Starbucks on West Catawba Ave. (exit 28 off I-77) 

Business seems to be increasing with never ending opportunities.  I am thankful and excited about my future in art.  If you are ever interested in information regarding a piece for sale or an idea of a piece you would like for me to complete custom for you, please don’t hesitate to write. 

You can reach me directly at Stephenlursen@gmail.com

 

Thank you!

 

Stephen