Painted Blossoms...the book!

May 10, 2016

Our CEO, Jack Appelman, is excited to share a book by our artist, Carrie Schmitt.

Carrie’s Book, “Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art with Mixed Media” encourages you to welcome creativity with ease as you discover ways to tend the garden within.

 

Carrie believes that “flowers are organic, wonderfully forgiving subjects. Each one is unique; you can't paint one wrong!”

Her book teaches the reader how to create basic design elements, gives techniques for creating a wide variety of flower shapes and provides tips and advice from over a dozen established artists!

   

To see Carrie’s full licensing portfoliocontact us

 

 

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Susan Brabeau wins "Best of Show"

Oct 29, 2014

We are SO excited to announce that our artist, Susan Brabeau, received “Best of Show” (first place) at the North Carolina State Fair as a professional artist  again. She has won “Best of Show” every year since 2009! This year, her first place award at the State Fair was for her painting, “Hydrangeas.”  This is her newest piece and it will be hung on display at Logan's Trading Post in Raleigh, NC. The score card for judging the competition included quality of concept, design, creativity, and innovations.

This is the breakdown the judges used to judge each competitor:  

I. Impact: effect on viewer, catches the eye and holds attention, mood and story telling techniques

II. Composition: arrangement, completeness and balance of picture elements                                                                                                                     

III. Technical Quality: sharpness, clarity, etc.

IV. Workmanship: prepared and mounted neatly and securely to meet requirement

In addition to winning awards at the state fair, Susan has also received local first-place awards in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina. In 2013, she was a finalist in the “Artist's Magazine's” annual art competition with one of her still life pieces: “The Book box” which is inspired by Raleigh's historical landmarks, the beloved first train station. She also has several pieces in the permanent collection of the city of Raleigh and also at the Disney Studios.

To see more of Susan’s images, take a look at her portfolio today!

To license some of her images, contact us

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Jenny Newland's video and story bring awareness to Spasmodic Torticollis

Apr 05, 2014

Jenny Newland’s video, "The Creation of Grandpa's Puppies," is now being featured on the ST Dystonia's website along with her story. As a way of giving back to everyone at ST Dystonia & Abigail Brown at STRC, Jenny has dedicated her video to bring awareness to the cause. Jenny has suffered with Spasmodic Torticollis since 2003, and despite all of her setbacks with this debilitating disease, Jenny still continues to paint!

ST/Dystonia is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping people, like Jenny, who suffer with Spasmodic Torticollis. Spasmodic Torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition is also referred to as "cervical dystonia.”

Jenny said that the ST/Dystonia gave her the tools to beat this terrible disease. She has been following the program taught by Abbie which includes daily exercises & stretching, alkaline diet, massage, daily walks & talks with God and learning to listen to her body.  Today she is not holding her head up with her hands and she still feels great. She experiences stiffness in the mornings and some mild spasms, but after a hot Epson salt bath and stretching she feels much better. She asks everyone with ST to please be encouraged and don't give up!

You can see how talented she is by looking at her 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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Steve Henderson Painting raises money for infants!

Nov 06, 2013

Our artist, Steve Henderson, donated his painting, “Dream Catcher,” to a charity to help raise money for twin girls.

The Taylor Twins Throwdown event was sponsored by CrossFit Gyms Northwest, Tucson, AZ. The benefit auction was for Paige and Cooper, twin girls born at 27 weeks. The subsequent hospital and medical care mounted costs for this family, and the CrossFit Gym family put on the event to help cover costs. In addition to the auction, the event consisted of a competitive event involving 85 two-person teams signing up for the physical challenges people pursue in CrossFit. When Steve and his wife found out about this charity (through their daughter, Sierra, who works out at the gym) they decided they wanted to help this family out. Steve was generous enough to donate his painting to auction.

 

The auction was a success and the painting entered in the top tier level of prizes. The day the painting arrived at the gym, all activity (including classes which were supposed to start within a few minutes) stopped as staff and members crowded into the office to see the work. The winner of the painting said:

 

“Such a priceless piece especially knowing its history, the cause, and the people surrounding it. Thank you Henderson family for your wonderful donation. It will be up on my wall very soon!”

 

Here is a photo of the organizers of the TaylorTwinsThrowdown as well as Steve’s daughter, Sierra.

 

This photo features the Taylor family, including the two adorable baby girls.

 

Through Art Licensing, Dream Catcher is licensed to Great Big Canvas, where it’s in the top 30 percent in sales for Canyon Art, and the top 18 percent for Figurative Art. For more information regarding Steve’s art, take a look at his portfolio.

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The Evolution of a Painting- Part 2

Sep 03, 2013

Have you been curious to see the finished product of Karen Middleton’s painting from our blog “The evolution of a Painting?”

 

Here are some more photos so you can see the rest of her journey while creating the painting of her painting “Fire Fluffies.” 

 

Here is the final product: 

If you are interested in licensing this, contact your sales associate today! 

 

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Dan Monteavaro around the world!

Aug 19, 2013

Our artist, Dan Montevaro, is being recognized world wide for his pop art. You can see his fun and colorful images plastered all over NYC, Paris, Rome, London, and Geneva!

 

   

 

  

  

To see his whole portfolio, click here

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Watch this painting of Santa come to life!

Aug 14, 2013

International artist, Steve Henderson, puts the oil painting sequences of his Christmas work, "These Gifts Are Better Than Toys," to the music of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, featuring Metallica. Make sure to pay close attention to the details on the nativity figurines near the end! Take a look at this amazing video

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The Evolution of a Painting

Jul 31, 2013

When people are purchasing items in the marketplace, they are looking at the finished goods. They will admire the art on the product, but never stop to think about where the art came from.  Licensing art is such a fascinating industry because we ALWAYS think about where the art came from.  It is our job to help the artists make images that will work for each manufacturer and eventually become a finished good!

 

We thought you might be interested in seeing how one of our painters, Karen Middleton, will transform her idea into a finished good!

 

Step 1: The artist comes up with an idea for a new piece.

 

Step 2: Rough Sketch.

 

You can see that Karen has sent a rough sketch of "firemen pets" (dogs and cats) to show the general idea of what she would like to paint. The agents provided her with feedback of ways to make the image more marketable.

 

 

Step 3: Revised Rough Sketch

 

 

You can see that Karen made the requested revisions. Then the agent gave the “thumbs up” to begin her color sketch.

 

 

Step 4: Review Color Sketch

 

 

The ALI team suggested a few more "tweaks" and then she will be "OK" to begin painting this image.

 

Stay tuned to see the final product!

 

If you are one of our artists and would like assistance with your creative process, contact the art director, Zoe Anderson. If you are not signed with us, but would like a portfolio review, click here to learn more!  

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