How to start an Art group – “Snowy Farm” 15″ by 22″ watercolor by Shanti Marie

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If you are out there in your studio working on your art and feel a little alone, believe me you’re not alone. Artists everywhere like to work without distractions but even though we like to work alone. We often need a little support. It’s difficult to get an honest opinion from family and friends. They aren’t professional Artists and their opinions although nice are not always helpful. Every Artist can improve their work by joining an existing art group or creating an art group specially to fit their needs.
There are many benefits when you start your own group, you can attract other artists with similar interests and needs. It’s actually pretty easy to attract other artists, you can use on-line forums, or social networks like Facebook. Of course you can go old school with flyers at local colleges, neighborhood coffee shops, well just about anywhere Artists may congregate.

You should consider setting up some preliminary guidelines for your group. They might be helpful to make sure you create a group that will meet your needs. We’ve all joined groups only to find the group’s focus is not aligned with your own. You’ll want individuals who are interested in pursuing the same goals. Decide what these goals will be and place this information in your ad. Some other things to consider; How large of a membership? Often a small group of like-minded artists working in the same medium will work better than a large group with varied interests. Will you have membership fees? If so how will the fees be utilized? What type of Artists will make up the group? …Professional, amateur, or Sunday painters. What activities will the group sponsor? Will you have non-profit status & officers? Or just meet in each others home informally. After deciding these few things and a few more, the rest will be easy. You should be able to find other Artists who will support you and your work should improve.

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December Snow

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Watercolor on paper  $100.0 7.25 by 9 inches. I’ve been trying out some different palettes for snow.     This one is painted with  Burnt sienna, Manganese blue, antwerp blue, raw sienna, cobalt lavender, ultramarine blue.  You could also use Sepia instead of ultramarine blue and  and burnt sienna.  You could skip the cobalt lavender as not much is used…   The raw sienna is barely used also..   I had more  raw sienna in the background and it looked very good but I ended up glazing over it because I decided not to place as much emphasis  in the back.