Friday, April 24, 2015

Hot art hashtags on Instagram right now

I am a huge fan of blogs and I always have been, especially those written by the makers, manufacturers, and distributors of product with art on it.  I use Feedly to organize and read all of the blogs I follow (well over 100).

Sometime last year my Feedly feed started getting really sparse and some regular bloggers started disappearing all together.  It was a mystery to me.  Where was everyone going?  Was everyone at a party that I hadn't been invited to?  YES!  Everyone is at a different party and that party is Instagram.  Holy jackpot of fresh and beautiful art.  I can't stop scrolling through art, art, and more art.

I discovered this week that the HOTTEST spots at the party are the hashtags #nss2015, #surtex, and #surtex2015.  The National Stationery/Surtex show is coming up next month. Hundreds of artists and manufacturers are toiling away making their best art and posting it on Instagram.  The above screenshot is the last 16 images posted on #nss2015.

I actually decided not to attend the show this year because I'm going to watch the whole thing unfold on Instagram.  I'm already spotting a lot of fun new trends.

So go check out those hashtags.  Your eyeballs will thank you!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

LOUIE Award finalist!!

I am jumping up and down right now because the "Santa Train" card I conceptualized, illustrated, and engineered for the Museum of Modern Art is a LOUIE Award finalist in the category Christmas/Seasonal Boxed Set Above $2.  Hooray, hooray!  If you aren't familiar with the LOUIE it's the highest honor in the greeting card industry.  This is the third time I've been a finalist and I even won once before.  Soooooo exciting!  Okay, I think you get the picture that I'm excited.  If you would like to see all the finalists you can view them here:  27th Annual LOUIE Awards Gallery.  It is quite a remarkable display of greeting card excellence!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Follow me on Instagram

I took the plunge and started an Instagram feed.  I am fully committed to posting fresh, original content for your enjoyment.  The plan is to post a lot of sketches of my art experimentation in hopes that this will inspire others to sketch and grow their style too.  Here are the first three pictures I've posted.  If you enjoy them I hope you will follow along with me.  My Instagram feed is https://instagram.com/marybethcryanartist/ . If you are more of a Facebook person I am going to post all of my Instagram photos there too.  Here is my Facebook feed https://www.facebook.com/marybethcryanartist .  Thank you in advance for following!!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exploration of a creative idea

I am a little behind on my fashion show watching lately so I just saw the photos of Viktor and Rolf's Spring 2015 couture show.  Wow, wow, wow!  These guys know how to take a concept all the way.  I love how their shows always have a clear, concise idea.  My mind is officially blown for this week.  They start out with a cute dress, a cute straw hat, and some flip flops and go on a journey to a mind blowing dress, a mind blowing straw hat, and some flip flops.  You need to see the progression for yourself.  They are genius.  You can see the whole thing unfold here Style.com.  I think this piece is my favorite:
Photo from Style.com

This reminds me of sketchbook exploration.  When I sketch in my sketchbook, I keep my eye out for a tiny glimmer of an idea.  Then I try to stretch it and stretch it until it takes me somewhere really special.  This is when the best art is created.  Watching this fashion show feels like watching Victor and Rolf's idea evolve in the same way.  It's a great example of where you can go if you persist on a creative journey until you reach something amazing.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Do your research!

I was just reading the book "Cardboard Design Now" by Black Dog Publishing and I'm shocked to read their excerpt about Charles Eames.  It reads, "Charles Eames, along with his brother Ray...".  How on earth could a designer not know Charles and Ray Eames was a husband/wife team?  They were only the most famous designers ever.  That is pretty bad!

What can we learn from this?  Always do your research!

Friday, February 20, 2015

I love a free summit

I don't think I've admitted this before but I love me a free art summit!!  I really enjoyed Bonnie Glendinning's Thriving Artist Summit.  Everyone she interviewed has a class, book, or paid mentoring program which they talk about during their time.  So if you love someone, you can follow up and learn more from them.

I listened to almost all of the interviews and my favorite was Samantha Bennett.  She has AMAZING advice on how to get out of your own head, get unstuck, and get your art out to the world.  I'd go so far as to say her interview changed my life.  I listened to her interview twice and took notes.  I also listened twice to Ilese Benun's marketing advice and Lisa Congdon's living as a working artist views.  Both were excellent!

I just signed up for Jennifer Lee's "The Right-Brainers in Business video summit."  One of the interviewees is SARK.  What?!  My roommate in college had her inspirational artist poster hanging in our dorm room.  I can't wait for that one.

And of course, everyday is a free summit over at Smart Creative Women.  I've listened to A LOT of Monica Lee's interviews.  But I've decided I'm going to listen to them all over again in alphabetical order this year!  There are 156 guests and some have more than one interview.  Do you think I can do it?  We'll see.  So far I'm still on the Bs so it's not looking good.  I think I'll skip my own interview.  Only 149 more to go.  Ha-ha.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MoMA Comments

I just noticed that the MoMA has an area for customer comments.  What a nice surprise to see all the very nice things that people said about my holiday cards.  Thank you to everyone who commented for making my day!