Monday, May 23, 2016

It’s a Paint Party at Art & Frame!!
With Andre De Journette
 Next Party: June 6, 2016  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Have fun painting while enjoying free Wine and Lite Bites in a creative environment with friends and family. Great girls night out, bridal party or date night!!! Within 2 hours create a masterpiece you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. Call 941-366-2301 for reservations.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

ShinHan TOUCH TWIN brush markers have arrived

Get the TOUCH of real brush strokes with a marker
The TOUCH TWIN brush marker features a distinct fine brush nib on one end and a medium-wide chisel nib on the other, allowing users to express a wider range of techniques. The newly broaden color spectrum of 204 brilliant colors allows artists and designers greater possibilities and freedom of expression. The innovative and durable design of the nibs ensures they will not lose their firmness over time.

Optimum ink flow and drying rates allow for seamless execution of even the most detailed artwork. Refillable ink and replacement nibs add to the longevity of the TOUCH TWIN Brush Markers.

Ergonomically designed body for the perfect grip
Now in 204 brilliant colors
Double-ended with brush and medium broad nibs
The finest control of ink flow, absolutely no smudging or bleeding and Odorless
Refillable ink and replaceable nibs

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Midnight Madness SALE & More!

Friday, March 18th
Midnight Madness SALE & More!
Our Lowest Prices Ever!

Come celebrate our 25th anniversary
serving the artists of Sarasota,
with Donna, Robert and the whole staff of
Art & Frame of Sarasota.

To celebrate, take an additional 25%
off our regular discounted prices on our complete inventory!
Open: 9am till 6pm
Closed: 6pm-8pm to reset the store
Re-open: 8pm until midnight

Demos and sale prices all day
No sign up necessary
10am - Katya De Lusia  -  Collage Mixed Media
11am - Holly Williams  -  Zentangle Demo
1pm  - Celia Buchanan  -  Marbling Demo
2pm  - Tom Ruthz  -  Oil Painting on canvas
3pm  - David Amos  -  Silk Screen Printing
4pm  - Andre De Journette   -  Painting Party Demo
5pm  - Mike Grecian  -  Color Mixing

Door prizes and free samples: 8pm-midnight
Don't miss this annual event.  We have $1000s of free samples and door prizes to give away.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

What Can Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

The International Art Materials Association - NAMTA® recently published this article in their news letter.   

Read, enjoy and pick up your sketchbook!

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop  Go ahead, give your inner artist some space to grow.
"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with  a person attached," artist Irwin Greenberg said. OK, but what if you're not an artist? Or, at least, not yet. Can you  still gain something from incorporating a sketchbook into your  everyday life? The answer is yes, yes, a million times yes. And here's why.
Exercising your creative mind is just as important as exercising  your body. Studies have shown that just seeing, never mind  creating art can lower levels of cytokine interleukin 6 ‐‐ a marker  of inflammation that can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer's. And while coloring books  have recently become the trendy artistic outlet of choice, I'd like to make a case for their humble grandfather, the  sketchbook.
Coloring books are great for unwinding after a long day, but they're not the easiest to transport and whip out on the go.  A sketchbook and a pencil, however, can (and should!) easily become part of your everyday routine. Slip it in your purse  or backpack or back pocket and just like that, you can make art anytime, anywhere. Your pencil and paper become your  secret weapons, or secret friends, depending on how you look at it.
"I draw like other people bite their nails," Pablo Picasso famously declared. If you want to begin your own personal  journey towards Picasso levels of mastery, you best start biting your nails now. If you commit to living the sketchbook  life, prepare to witness some beautiful changes. Here's what can happen:

1. You'll have no excuses. 
There are plenty of legit reasons why art making often falls by the wayside for those of us who are trying to squeeze a  little creative experimentation into a busy schedule. But if you have your pencil and paper on you, the only thing  stopping you is yourself. As 14th century Italian artist Cennino Cennini put it: "Do not fail, as you go on, to draw  something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good."
Just make sure you draw something.

2. The world will look richer. 
How often do you pay attention to the squiggly line formed by the city's tallest buildings? Or the slouched posture of a  stranger on your Subway car? The agile physique of your neighborhood cat? The pile of junk in your garbage can?
Drawing isn't just a way to depict the world around you, but to discover the world around you. With your pencil poised  to paper, you suddenly become a creative hunter, eyes darting to locate the most visually enticing subject matter in your  periphery. You may soon find that the familiar people, places and things in your life look fresh from new angles, in new  lights, and utterly alien as they begin to break down into shapes, lines and shadows.

3. You'll stop worrying about perfection.
No judgment about having too much judgment. I know the feeling all too well of spending under five minutes "in the  zone" only to pull back and, in a moment of horror and embarrassment, rip the work in progress into shreds. Of course,  no artist starts out being perfect, or even great, and the true sign of an artist is someone who keeps going.
If you accept the fact that your work will not be perfect (and no beginner's, or person's really, is) you'll save yourself a  lot of grief. Learn to accept your flaws, learn from them, and even appreciate them. Do you tend to draw eyes too big?  Have trouble capturing a person's face in profile? Have a shaky hand you wish had more grace? Some of these things can  be worked on and eventually changed and others just may become your artistic signature. You never know.

4. You'll spend less time on your phone. 
Consider this an added bonus. Now, when you're waiting for the bus, letting your face mask sit, killing time on your  lunch break, etc., you won't have to find yourself in a dark social media spiral refreshing your high school nemesis'  Instagram to see if she uploaded more wedding pics yet.
You can now use brief spans of downtime ‐‐ even five minutes will do ‐‐ to create something beautiful. Trust me, this will  make you feel better about yourself than you will scouring the top Facebook trending topics to discover BeyoncĂ© went out to dinner.

5. You'll copy everything. And this can be great inspiration.
How many moments are there in a day when you pass an image ‐‐ on a T‐shirt, a mural, an Instagram post ‐‐ and you  think not just "I could do that" but "I want to do that." You'll be surprised how good it feels to actively incorporate the  images that inspire you into your work.
Pablo Picasso allegedly lived by the motto, "good artists copy, great artists steal." So, go ahead, copy, steal, what are you  waiting for?

6. You'll physically observe your own personal style develop. 
It's hard to know your style or aesthetic from a single image, especially one that feels unnatural or new. But over time,  you'll begin to see the quirks that define your work reveal themselves. The way you cross‐hatch to make shadows, or  need to fill up an entire page to feel finished, or love to draw every individual strand of hair.
You'll watch your style adapt and react ‐‐ maybe after watching an hour of cartoons you'll change a little, and after  visiting the MoMA you'll change again. You'll begin to notice which parts of your work are malleable and which are a  part of your artistic DNA. The little habits and peculiarities will start to operate as a second signature.

7. You won't just illustrate, you'll create. 
After all the copying and stealing and seeking inspiration from the world around you, something will click. Instead of  paying attention to whether the flower on your page resembles the one outside your window, you may let the drawing  do the talking. How do the lines speak to you? What do the marks on the page suggest?
In short: you'll let go, find your happy place, respond to what's in front of you, and simply connect the dots.

8. You'll have a visual diary of your life. 
If you love the feeling of leafing through an old scrapbook or journal and seeing the different versions of yourself that  make appearances along the way, you will love getting a personal sketchbook collection. It juggles the places you've been and the people you've seen with images of your hopes, fears and interior imaginings. You can look back not only on how you used to draw feet like golf clubs, but also on the places you've visited and abstract images you've conjured  in your mind.

9. You'll zen out. 
Drawing demands presence. It calls for attention. It requests you be in the world around you, aware of your internal and  external environment. Drawing needs an active pause.
A funny side effect of drawing is, without even realizing it, you start to meditate. Connected to the world around you but  free to stretch the boundaries of your own mind, drawing is a wonderful alternative form of meditating for those of us who can't seem to stay still and breathe. You may notice a feeling of calmness washing over you, a visceral sense of  being in the zone, the comforting awareness you're right where you need to be.
Basically, put a little notebook in your pocket and your life could be altered forever. Whether you hope to become the  next Picasso or just a little less stressed at work, it's worth a shot. The Huffington Post:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Gallery Wrap Style Canvas

Special Purchase -Now 6 sizes  
Come see our mountain of canvas!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Free Color Pencil Demo

Sign up for a free demo with award winning artist Kristy Kutch

Date: February 6th, 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Albrecht Durer Water Soluble Pencils

Everyone attending the demo will receive a free sample!

Colored pencils- whether conventional or water soluble- offer an appealing combination of rich colors, non-toxic convenience, easy control, and gorgeous results. Kristy Kutch is an author and experienced workshop instructor who teaches colored pencil workshops throughout the country. She will demonstrate a surprising array of techniques for "conventional" (non-watercolor) colored pencils, including color-layering, burnishing, grating, and incised lines.
Watercolor pencils are popular among both watercolor artists and colored pencil enthusiasts. Kristy will also offer tips and techniques for their use: layering, painting from the point, making a customized palette, spattering, grating, and using complementary colors.
Make the most of this wonderful "crossover" pencil that bridges the world of drawing and painting.
Gather some hints and spark some ideas to make the most of your colored pencils!

Kristy will autograph your copy of her book “The New Colored Pencil”

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Artist River Cruise

The representative from AMA Waterways will be at Art & Frame of Sarasota, Thursday, January 14th 6:30 PM

Give Jodi at Cruise Planners a call if you are interested  in coming to our informational meeting.  941-713-6844   Wine and cheese will be served.

Artist River Cruise  -- Budapest to Munich -- 10 Nights - Melodies of the Danube

Sail the beautiful Danube river with AMA Waterways and Art & Frame of Sarasota.
We will be visiting: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Weissenkirchen, Emmersdorf, Grein, Linz, Passau, Vilshofen, Regensburg, and Munich
The ship is the brand new AmaSerena.

 It is the most  advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation.  This ship has a total passenger  capacity of 164 people.
Gourmet Dining with unlimited fine wines and multiple on-board dining venues; heated sun deck swimming pool with a swim up bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide WiFi and in-room internet and infotainment; and a fleet of bicycles carried on-board for passengers to enjoy on their own or guided bike tours.
We will provide a multi-talented, highly skilled artist, who will be conducting ship board classes as well as on location instruction.

Tentative dates:Oct 2, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016

We have been talking about a trip like this for years.  Now it is going to happen. 
We are planning a meeting with  MAWaterways that everyone interested will be invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Collage Workshop

Paper Mosaic Collage 

Instructor: Raven Skye McDonough

3 Day Workshop
Saturday’s January 30th,
Febuary 6th, & 13th, 2016
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
(30 min lunch break)
Cost: $55.00 per day ($165.00)
Space is limited, sign up today!

Advanced Level Workshop: Using an array of different papers and collage medium, you will learn how to “paint with paper” onto canvas or birch panel to create a truly unique piece of art.

Artist must have a good understanding of composition and values. 

Raven Skye McDonough is an award winning Florida artist with deep ties to her native New England upbringing. Raven started as a painter and now creates using 2 different Collage techniques that she developed over the years, to create truly unique artwork.
Classically trained at The School of the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, Raven currently draws her inspiration from nature, wild life and her nightly dreams. Her deep spiritual connection and social awareness also has her tackling subject matter ranging from war, environmental issues, political concerns, woman's issues and mans journey to become enlightened beings.
Raven has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, Florida, New England and other East Coast art markets. She’s sold many works of art to private collectors, and was selected as Florida Artist of the year by Twin Cities TOSCA Art & Culture magazine for its American Artist series 2013.  For more information about the artist, please visit