Recovery

Recovery abstract art
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Recovery - Abstract Painting

I have painted this piece titled “Recovery” with artists acrylic paints on canvas board.

It shows us the vibrancy of the bus as it recovers after a fire.

While the Australian bush can look much fresher and more “alive” after a bushfire, please, please, if you see anyone deliberately starting a bushfire, report them to the authorities.

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Christmas Shopping

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Christmas Shopping On A Budget

This Christmas is shaping up to be the most expensive ever. I believe that you can celebrate Christmas without spending a small fortune.

The marketing gurus would have you thinking that you must buy expensive gifts. TV advertisements are continually telling you that you are getting a bargain Christmas present when you buy a “smart” $250 soundbar as a gift for the man in your life.

I think this is terrible. The adverts make you feel that if you do not spend hundreds of dollars on each gift you buy, you are being stingy.

Sure, you can use services like afterpay to enable you to spend money you do not yet have. And that is the whole problem in a nutshell. Say, for example, I buy the soundbar for $250 on afterpay. $50 now and 4 monthly payments of $50.

That means that just that one purchase at Christmas puts me in debt for a further four months.  When you or I do this, we tend to forget that there are perhaps two birthdays between Christmas and the end of April. Will you have cash on hand to buy these birthday gifts as well as meet your afterpay commitments?

Your friends and family do not want to see you struggle with debt. I am sure a true friend would much prefer that you spend only what you have available, and not put yourself needlessly in debt.

The joy of giving is just as good, if not better, when you have peace of mind that you will not have to tighten your belt after Christmas.

Christmas Tree

I think the best places to buy Christmas Trees this year are, Kmart, Target and Big W. I heard that Big W are reducing all their Christmas trees to half price this Thursday.

What do you think? Would Christmas be more enjoyable and less stressful if it was done without any debt?

I am an artist who donates to the Fred Hollows Foundation whenever I sell my art.

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Looking To Buy Art?

Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

lillies acrylic painting

Buy Art

If you are in the market to buy art you need not look any further.

Just click on the “browse art” button and you can view all of my paintings for sale. There are paintings to buy suited to all budgets.

Some paintings include a free frame which could easily cost you upwards of $100 to get done elsewhere. I change the paintings that get a free frame from time to time, so if you like one, do not hesitate to buy a painting straight away.

If you feel the price is a bit too high for your budget, you can always make an offer to buy art.

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Opportunities For Artists

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist – blogger – author

Local Opportunities For Artists

As artists, we are always looking for outlets where we can show our art. One of these outlets that can provide multiple opportunities is our local council.

These opportunities are usually only open to artists that live within the council or shire boundaries. Opportunities that we can find include

  • exhibition opportunities
  • public art opportunities
  • studio space
  • grants
  • Artist in Residence programs
  • prizes and awards
  • art trails
  • artist Networks
  • involvement in community projects
  • professional and practice development workshops

Our councils need to provide these opportunities for artists as they are committed (or should be) to creating employment, bringing tourism, and promotion of festivals etc.

Some councils have rooms withing historic buildings that are available for rent if we want to put on our own art show. There are several arts and crafts fairs held each year that are supported and advertised by councils. Renting a space in the fair could be a way to display our artwork for sale economically.

If you are an artist that has an ABN, there are chances to tender for the contract to deliver artwork for a council event, celebration or to beautify the locale.

To get started, contact your local councils Art Coordinator or Cultural Development Officer.

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Art Exhibition – A Guide For Artists

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Your Art Exhibition

If you plan on having an art exhibition, there are a few things to consider before jumping in at the deep end.

Artists selling art should consider the following points.

  1. Is the art gallery a reputable one and how long has it been in business
  2. What will the cost to you, the artist, be
  3. Consider the cost of getting your art to the art gallery
  4. What about transport costs and insurance, both theft and damage in transit
  5. Does the gallery have public liability insurance
  6. Does the gallery ask for you to waive your copyright
  7. Will the art gallery advertise and promote your art exhibition
  8. Is the art show to be all yours or a shared one
  9. Will the art exhibition advance your standing as an artist in the wider art community
  10. Does the art gallery have good access

While this list of items may appear daunting, do not be put off by it.

Take your time checking the preparations for the show and good luck

Winters Glory Art For Sale
Winters Glory $265

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