| 17 March, 2013 13:12
This is for the benefit of my fellow artist friends, especially other acrylic artists. I made a super boring video of a live paint test to see if the companies claiming to have acrylic paints that feature NO COLOR SHIFT are actually telling the truth. The three brands I tested were Pebeo, Winsor&Newton (Artists' Acrylic), and Daler-Rowney (Cryla). In this video, you'll see me add the fresh paint to the already dried samples of the same paint mixtures, thus letting you see any color shift difference. Find out which one(s) passed the test and which is worth your money.
| 15 August, 2012 00:33
I recently came across an old blurb about Matt Wheeler, the first collector to acquire all 43 presidential portrait cards in the 2011 Goodwin Champions Masterpiece set. I was privileged to paint 22 of the 43 presidents for Upper Deck's Goodwin set. It's a great article and interview about his jaw-dropping set, featured above. His boys hold up their favorite cards and just by looking at their choices, I can tell they each have great taste when it comes to art.
It's worth a read, simply to see the massive set that Matt has compiled. Click HERE to read the original post.
I appreciate Matt's enthusiasm and support. He's one of many who are successfully raising the next generation of collectors!
| 04 August, 2012 21:34
Over the last 5 years or so, I've had the great opportunity to give paint classes at
Camp Smile-A-Mile. It's a camp that's for children, teens, and young adults who are
dealing with cancer or who have dealt with cancer in the past. The young adult class
is perhaps my favorite class to teach each summer. I have YET to hear ONE
complaint from ANY of the campers, even though their struggles with cancer give them ample right to complain. On the contrary, I've never seen a happier group of teens!!! They're simply amazing.
One camper in particular, Adam Quarles, sent me a thank you note after attending one of my paint classes. It's the first time anyone has mailed me a thank you note for teaching them. It was a moving gesture and I have pinned that note to my studio wall ever since. As a huge "thank you" in return, and to show Adam just how much I enjoyed his kind gesture, I presented him today with one of my favorite paintings. In fact, I have refused to sell the bulldog painting in the past because I loved it so much. I hope that Adam is able to enjoy it for years to come. So from my studio wall to Adam's wall, here's to you, man!
| 02 August, 2012 15:25
A few weeks ago I posted a negative review of some Jack Richeson brand unprimed panels. My gripe was that the packaging said they were 8x10" but upon placing them in my field easel, I realized that they were not so. I then measured the panels to discover that they were actually 7.75x9.75"! I was very annoyed since I had purchased two boxes full of these panels. Well......... I was contacted by the Jack Richeson after I posted my gripe on FB. Here's what happened:
Colleen Richeson Maxey contacted me on FB and eventually in email. She straightway expressed her concern for my defective products and asked if I could send her a picture of them. Now, you should understand that these panels were bought via Dick Blick, which had them discounted at the time of my purchase, but after I purchased my bulk supply, the panels sat on my studio shelf for more than a year before I started using them. Of course no company honors returns after 30 months, so I knew there was not much I could do.... except complain. Therefore, when a representative of the company (the daughter of the company's namesake no less!) actually wanted to rectify the situation, I was surprised. Richeson had no obligation to even respond to my grievance, yet after I sent Colleen the photographic proof that she requested, which showed that the panels measured .25" short on all sides, she promised to make it up to me. And she did!!!
Yesterday, I came home to a RUSHED delivery from Jack Richeson Company headquarters in Wisconsin. Inside the large box were two more boxes, substantial in size themselves. These boxes contained new panels, and unlike my luck on Dick Blick, these panels actually measured 8x10" and were gessoed, ready to be painted. Colleen sent me three of such panels. And........
....... 2- .75"cradled 9x12 gessoed hardboard panels, 2- 2"cradled 9x12 gessoed hardboard panels, 1- 12x16" Tri-Art paint palette, 1-Casein Color Theory 6-color Paint Set, 1-Casein Basic Underpaint 6-color Paint Set, 2-Shiva Series 6-color Paint Sets, 1-Tri-Art Liquid Acrylics 6-color Paint Set, 1-Tri-Art paint container, 1- Tri-Art High Viscosity 60ml Transparent RedOxide, 1- Tri-Art High-Viscosity Quinacridone Magenta 60ml tube, 1- Tri-Art High Viscosity 120ml Arylide Yellow, and 1- 120ml bottle of Brush/Hand Soap! It's a package of supplies valued at over $400!!!!!
I must say that the level of customer service, the determination to achieve customer satisfaction, and the readiness to support artists is unparalleled at the Jack Richeson Company. Their products have found their way into many art supply stores throughout the country and I will definitely be using their products from here on out! I hope that Colleen and the rest of the folks at the Richeson business will accept my sincerest thank you and will know just how amazed I am at the business they are running! If you're an artist, I urge you to give Richeson products a chance. If they work half as good as their customer service, then they'll be exceptional items in your art material arsenal. Please stay tuned to see my paintings using these fine Richeson products. Thanks again, Colleen Maxey!
| 01 July, 2012 00:02
This is one of the two historic hockey scenes that I painted for In The Game's History of Hockey product which will be on shelves soon. The other scene will feature Martin Brodeur after breaking the All-Time Wins Record. The square cutout on this card will feature a swatch of Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins jersey. There will be multiple handpainted cards, all will be unique and one-of-a-kinds. Stay in touch for more details.
| 10 June, 2012 12:34
I ordered several dozen 8x10" painting panels from Dick Blick about a year ago. I used a gift card that was given me for a birthday and chose the Jack Richeson & Co. paint panel (item#140000). It was economically priced so I bought a lot.
Well, a year has passed and I opened the first of the panel order only to find that they don't fit in my 8x10" travel easel, which is really weird since the packaging on each panel clearly states they are 8x10". After measuring with a ruler, I realized that every panel is a precise 7.75x9.75". This missing quarter inch must save the company a penny during manufacturing, but now everything I paint on these will have to be custom framed. But the worst is that they advertise a false panel dimension.
If you're a fellow artist, stay away from the Richeson brand. Shop others so that you get what you expect and not some deceptive piece of garbage.
FYI - Dick Blick no longer carries the brand. Hmmm..... I wonder why?
| 22 March, 2012 14:28
I noticed one of my Gordie Howe cards is up for bids on Ebay. This was part of the 2011 Parkhurst set that Upper Deck issued. I only painted three athletes (10 of each) for this set but it's been fun to see them pop up on Ebay here and there. This card is a great catch and with only 2 bids, it's already at $300!! There's still time to bid on it. It's extremely rare and will be a great card in any collection. Enjoy - Jared
| 14 March, 2012 23:20
I have a friend who's starting a new business and would like anyone in the Spokane area to look him up if they are interested in any kind of fence work. He's a huge funnyman and never takes anything serious. Come to think about it, I've never seen him work with his hands before, so I'm not even sure he can build a fence. But he's spend all his family's life savings, has a wife that's terrified and ready to leave him, and depleted his children's college fund to start up this business during these hard times. In hindsight, it might have been wiser to wait till the banks start loaning money again and until the economy starts to pick back up. I mean, if I was a Spokaney and trying to put food on the table with just an unemployment check and the loose change I get for my weekly blood plasma donation, the last thing I'd be thinking about is the aesthetics of my home, on which mortgage I'm probably 6 months delinquent. But since he's a friend, I'd ask that you look up his business when you're ready to wall yourself in to ride out the marauding bands of theives that will soon develop after the Mayan calendar ends and civilization implodes. Thank you.
Here's his link : Spokane Fence & Other Stuff.
| 14 March, 2012 16:40
For all you collectors out there, pre-orders of the Sportkings Series E set are now available at Blowout Cards. There are three price tiers: 48 Box case @ $4,495, 16 Box Case @ $1,520, and 1 Box @ $100. For details about what comes in each box, visit Blowout Cards.
The Sportking product is much more limited than other brand products, such as Upper Deck or Topps, and for that reason, the Sportking product commands a greater per-card value on the secondary market. Collectors of the Sportking brand will pay top dollar for this quality product and it's a great set to collect since intrinsic value is sure to grow throughout the years.
No doubt, these hand-painted art cards of mine will fetch hefty sums at auction. I suspect that the average auction sell will be in the several hundred dollar range, similar to if not greater than the Goodwin Masterpieces I did back in 2011 which had an average sell price of $700 each. I expect that even a few of the more prominent and highly collectible athletes will go for prices in the thousands. We're talking just one trading card folks!
So don't miss out. There are limited amounts of this product and it goes fast. Get your pre-orders in and keep those fingers crossed. I hope to see your art card hits this summer. Best of luck - Jared
| 04 March, 2012 14:12
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Calendar Of Posts
- Which Acrylic Paint Brands Have No Color Shift?
- Collector of the Month Retread - Matt Wheeler
- Painting with the Crew at Camp Smile-A-Mile
- UPDATE to Jack Richeson 8x10" Defective Panels
- History of Hockey Artcards for ITG
- Don't purchase Jack Richeson & Co. painting panels!
- Gordie Howe Card on Ebay Now!
- My Friend Builds Fences
- Sportkings Series E Pre-Orders Now Available