Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Here's some Art


Teaching and Commission Information

FAQ’s for Commissions
Art:
My proficient mediums graphite, acrylic, oil paint, and mix media.

Proficient subjects are landscape and abstract.  None of the less, I can also do portrait, still life, and animals.

In painting, my style is Impressionism, meaning my strokes are loose and unrefined, but can still make a comprehensive picture.  Think of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, or Nicolai Fechin. 

Pricing:
All commissions are priced by the art work’s surface area.  The price is $1 per square inch (2.5 centimeters).  Prices are subject to change in the criteria of: purchasing special materials, the complexity of composition, and optional framing for the work.  

Unfinished commissioned artwork will not to be shown to the patron, unless requested otherwise.
When the work is complete, the patron is free to observe the work, and can request up to 3 changes for free.  Any changes afterwards will cost $25 each.

Payment:
I request 50% of the fee at the starting agreement of the commission.  The artwork does not start until payment is made.  If the commission is terminated for any reason, I keep the 50%.  The final 50% is paid once the finished art work is delivered to the patron.

I’m paid though PayPal great_doggi@hotmail.com.

Shipping:
Shipping will have a flat rate of $10 inside United States, and $15 outside United States.  

Art on paper or illustration board will be shipped in manila envelopes.  Stretched canvas artwork will be rolled into a bolt for shipping.

Things to consider:
When requesting a commission, know what you want.  Be clear and detailed with what you want.  If you’re vague, then the art will be more simplistic, or artistic liberties will be done to make the art look good.

Measure three times, cut once –know what size you want in an area displaying the artwork.

A photographic reference is very handy to have.  It save a lot of guess work for both parties.  Make sure the photograph has as little photo manipulation (Photoshopped) as possible.  All photographs has some amount lends distortion; I will make some minuscule changes to fix the distortion.


FAQ for Teaching Preschool to 8th Grade-

Areas-
I can teach in the Central Valley and some parts of the Bay Area.

Fees-
I charge $40 per class.  I must be contacted 12 hours in advance for a canceled class to receive reimbursement.

I am not charged for supplies.

The lesson-
Each lesson is an hour long. It starts with a 5-10 min lecture.  The remainder hours is for the art and clean up.

The lecture is either an artistic principal, an artist, or historical art movement.  The artwork will relate to the lecture.

Supplies-
Public/Charter/Private Schools -Since I don’t fully know how many students are in each class, or how many classrooms are interested in the lessons, I leave it to the school to purchase supplies.

Home schools –If you don’t have a place to purchase supplies, then provide me the number of students and budget, and I will make the purchases.  I will show the cost and mediums to the teachers before I finalize the purchase.

I am reimbursed for purchase of art supplies.  At the end of the contract, the school keeps the remaining supplies.

Things to consider-
A teacher can request a specific subject for the classroom, but it must be made a week in advance.

I am not a certified teacher.  By Californian Law I cannot be left alone with the students.  A certified teacher or substitute must be present in the room at all times.

With that said, I’m also not in charge of classroom discipline; it is the teacher’s job to discipline.  My charge is to teach and guide students in art.

If you want children's art lessons, a commission, or have any questions, contact me at sameaston@hotmail.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

California State Fair

My submission to the California State Fair Plein Air Special Contest.  I did not win, but then again neither did forty other contenders.  None of the less, congratulations to Denassy Lin, Leslie Philpott, and Ronald Ridley for being the creamy paint of the crop.
6 hours in total in cloudless, windless, 90F (32C) sun.  People stop and look, most of the admirers are younger individuals.  It was good exposure and good fun.
Most of the art is for sale, including yours truly ($160), and many of the pieces are beautiful.  Take a chance to see the whole art exhibit, and all of the other festives of the fair.
The bacon wrapped corn-on-the-cob is good.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pink Flowers



Pallet knife on, canvas board.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Colorfield 2

When landscapes aren't working, apply primary colors of paint liberally on the canvas.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow Scape

Studio study based on a previous painting.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Field in Tracy

While the Earth is still technically in winter (spring comes tomorrow), much of the Northern Hemisphere is still chilly.  But in my Californian valley, spring has long started.  The weather is sunny, wild flowers are blooming, lambs are out and about, and days are growing longer. Near the house, small yellow Mustard Flowers stretch and wash across the fields far as the human eye can see.
When going to paint, the good artist looks to see if his paints on the pallet are skin free.  Noticing the bits of flaking dry paint stuck onto the painting, I covered them up with thicker paint, instead of, you know, scraping them out.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Small Loved Land

A Mid-West desert owned by US Federal government.  No one really cares what happens to the dry terrain, so the place is littered with shells of clay pigeons, twisted meat bits of old computers, and strange art students.

Actually it's a very pretty place.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Avatar Wan

A Chinese aesthetics inspired experiment in water color I've.

Sparkly salt!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Retirement

I'm retireing...

...

...my old pallet board.  That sweet companion on plein air outings, or when I have no access to a studio easel.  After every canvas adventure, I'd scrape, whiped, and oiled it clean, ready for the next job.  After years of use, the pallet has slowly becomed to stained and corroded from paint.  It is beyond cleaning; it needs to be replaced.
For it's last horra, I made use with the remaining paint still on the board.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dapper Rabbit

Whenever a student does outstanding job compaired to the rest of the class, or they've gone beyond their personal ability, I would present them a prize made by myself.  They are small, 15-20 min. paintings, with simple compositions and subjects.  The young students are happy to win them, and I'm content enough to give them away.
Recently, one of the prizes caught my warm, fuzzy, heart.  At completion, the rabbit alone was too dull, even a youth, so I gave the furry guy sensible fashion.
Smart, little, bugger, and dressed for an operetta production of Yeoman of the Guard.
As Will Terrel would say, sneak a story into your artwork for interest.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Plein air sketches


In many ways, the fewer the strokes, the better.