Charlsie Kelly is featured in Basement Magazine!

Nov 12, 2015

Internationally known artist Charlsie Kelly finds inspiration everywhere, and her methods and mediums reflect the diversity of places in which she paints.  The common thread in Charlsie's work is whimsy: from play-on-word idiomatic expressions in watercolor, faux mosaics to trick the eye, and larger than life murals set against an ocean backdrop, Charlsie exhibits a sense of playfulness in everything that she does.

 

Primarily painting vibrant watercolors, Charlsie also works in acrylic, traveling the world painting murals in hotels and private residences as well. Her colorful images have earned her a 6 page spread in this month’s Basement Magazine artist showcase. The feature includes beautiful shots of her work as well as an interview. 

 

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Art Licensing Art Department: Behind The Scenes

Nov 03, 2015

Art Licensing is known for representing amazing artists and supplying our customers with high quality images. What many people do not know is all of the behind the scenes work it takes to make these hi-res files. Many of our artists rely on us to make digital files of their masterpieces. 

We are fortunate enough to have an incredibly talented art department. We can take transparencies or slides and scan them to create digital files. After the scan is complete, our imaging specialists correct the color on the digital file to match the original image. 

We also have artists that send us their original paintings (made with various mediums) to our art department to be shot. We have a fantastic Hasselblad camera. This camera can make a very large hi-res file.  This works perfectly for our customers who create large products (like puzzles, flags or wall murals). Like the scans, the photos are also color corrected in house.

Once our art department has made the hi-res files, they repackage the painting (or transparencies/slides) and return it to the artist. We hold the upmost respect for our paintings and treat them with care (like everything we receive from an artist is a Van Gough)! We have been commended by our artists for treating their work with such integrity; here is a testimony from Chuck Black: “I've been dealing with shipping artwork through the mail for over 10 years and I must say that this is the first time that I had one shipped to me exactly how I would like it to be. It was re-packaged precisely how I had packaged it originally and I was very impressed when I opened it! Thank you very much for taking the time to care for my painting properly!!!” 

When an artist works with Art Licensing, they get an entire team of people working for them! Who would ever guess how much work it takes to make a painting into a licensed product! If you are interested in working with us, Contact us!  

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Mark your calendars: Steve Kaufman Exhibition!

Oct 09, 2015

Steve Kaufman was a brilliant and prolific artist and is known for being the former assistant to Andy Warhol. His paintings have found their way into the homes and hearts of so many, capturing the true American pop art experience.

From November 26 – December 18, 2015 Steve’s work will be presented (along with other world famous artists) at an exclusive Pop up Vernissage Dusseldorf exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany. During the exhibition, people will be able to participate in the auction of his original pieces of art.

His art reaches all age groups because of his appreciation of the wide range of subjects he painted; Icons of the past and present. Using the same silk-screening process he learned from his time at the Warhol Factory, he furthered the process  and hand embellished each painting in his editions, making each one unique with exciting and brilliant colors.  Steve always thought outside the box, He painted not only on canvas, but glass, wood, walls, floors, and just about everything.

To see Steve Kaufman’s licensing portfolio, click here.

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Toy Fair 2015

Feb 18, 2015

This year was the 112th annual North American International Toy Fair. It is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents that showcase 150,000+ products to nearly 10,000 buyers representing 7,000+ unique retail outlets in 100 countries! We went to the show on Saturday (the first day) and it was already packed!

There is so much to see at the Toy Fair and everywhere you look you see fun stuff! It is a challenge to stay on task and not let your inner child come out to play! We saw a little bit of everything; from stuffed animals (like grumpy cat or a life size Chewbacca), to toy bow and arrows, to boomerangs, to costumes, to airbrush paint sets and pretty much everything in between. We were there for 1 toy only- PUZZLES! We have many artists placed with the various puzzle manufactures at the show and we are always looking for new customers to work with as well as new licensing opportunities for our artists. We had a very successful show. We came home with wish lists from our customers, to do lists for our artists, and follow up lists for the sales team.

Here are some photos of the puzzles that we saw at the show.

To view the entire album, please visit the Toy Fair 2015 album on our Facebook

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Steve Henderson's Painting Wins First Place!

Mar 20, 2014

Steve Henderson’s painting, “The Pataha,” won first place at The Northwest Experience, a regional juried show at the Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, WA.

The Northwest Experience holds the largest collection, worldwide, of John Clymer artworks that are not privately held. Located in Historic Downtown Ellensburg, the Clymer Museum and Gallery draws visitors and art patrons from all corners of the world.

 

One viewer commented on Steve’s work, “I literally fall into this landscape. I love the color!”

 

To view more of Steve’s images take a look at his portfolio.

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Joanne Paynter is a featured member of The Surface Pattern Design Guild!

Mar 17, 2014

Art Licensing is super excited to announce that our artist, Joanne Paynter, is a featured member of The Surface Pattern Design Guild! Joanne’s Style is fun, graphic and playful- perfect for many product categories.

   

In Joanne’s interview with the Surface Pattern Design Guild  she says she explains her style. She says, “I tend to tie in a bit of retro/vintage vibe especially in my geometrics and conversational patterns.  Florals, geometrics and conversational prints are my absolute favorites. I love adding a sense of texture and mixing different patterns within each individual print.”

  

Although she has many patterns, Joanne also has some single images that could be used for various products (or easily turned into a pattern). If you are interested in seeing more of Joanne’s fun and colorful work, take a look at her portfolio!

 

To read the entire interview, click here.  

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SURTEX will be here before we know it!

Mar 13, 2014

 

Despite the recent winter storm, SPRING officially starts next week! Spring is a beautiful season… fragrant flowers, birds singing their sweet songs, fresh air, longer days annnnd SURTEX

 

The ALI team is working very hard to finish our last minute “to do” list for the show. Surtex is our busiest show of the year, so this is when we reveal our newest catalog. This year we are super excited to show off some of the new additions to our catalog. For example, each sales representative gave a “thumbs up” to their top 10 artists. We also added theme sections so you can take a quick glance at one genre at a time. For example, if you are looking for Christmas images, you will be able to just turn to the Christmas spread to see the variety we offer!

 

We are also working on our panels. The sales team and the art department spend countless hours gathering  the perfect images to be displayed on our panels.  Our booth is the first thing our customers see, so we want to make sure we have imagery that will draw people into our space.  We are very proud of the way our panels will look, so if you are at the show, be sure to stop by our booth.  At the show, we will be meeting with many manufactures from all over the marketplace, so we want our booth to stand out! We have a surprise for all of our appointments and everyone passing by- it is going to be AWESOME!

 

If you are interested in attending the show, there is still time to get your badges! You can register online until May 13, 2014.  If you cannot make it, no worries! We will definitely be posting photos of the show on our website and all of our social media sites. 

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MasterPieces introduces the new Jigsaw Puzzle App!

Feb 25, 2014

 MasterPieces Puzzle Company has recently introduced an exciting Jigsaw Puzzle App for iTunes and Google Play. There are hundreds of premium MasterPieces jigsaw puzzles that are now available to the digital world! Our artist, Jenny Newland, has her own line of puzzles with MasterPieces and this line has now been extended to electronic puzzles as well!  Take a look at some of her cute images that have been transformed into puzzles!

 

 

When you purchase one of MasterPieces jigsaw puzzles, be sure to look for the “Bonus Puzzle” icon on box. This will automatically bring you to a free premium puzzle into the digital puzzle App. The App is filled with hundreds of puzzles, so there is something for puzzlers of all ages and interests! It is unique to the digital puzzle world because you get to pick your own puzzle size (from 6 pieces to 400). You can also do timed puzzle games to test your speed and ability.  If you're completely stumped, the "auto-solve" and "get a hint" feature will allow you to put your jigsaw puzzle together with ease! 

 

For more information regarding this app, watch this video! For more information regarding Jenny Newland’s images take a look at her portfolio today!

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We're baaaaaaaccccckkkkk

Jan 14, 2014

After what seems like a whirlwind of 3 days full of meetings, art reviews, and LOTS of walking, the ALI team is back from the Atlanta Gift show! We saw a lot of great products featuring art from our artists and we are super excited to share our photos with you. Please take a look at our album on Facebook, so you can enjoy the excitement with us.

While at the show, we got a chance to see some cards, hooked rugs, coasters, wall décor, tapestries and so much more from various artists. One of the most popular products we saw at the show was Fiber Optic EVERYTHING! From wall decor, to ornaments, to music boxes, to tapestries, everything is lit up! You'll be seeing these products around next holiday season in households and markets everywhere.

We really had a great time meeting with all of our clients!  We came back with positive feedback, contracts to write, and a wish list of new art for our artists to produce. Check our website often to see all of the new art that we receive!


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