Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nitram Charcoal Art

Charcoal drawing work-in-progress by artist Kelly Borsheim
Charcoal Work-In-Progress by Kelly Borsheim
Dear Art Lover,
I have always loved black and white images, and am typically pretty impressed when I see a well-done charcoal drawing. I never thought that I would have the patience to even attempt such a thing. But love is love and oh so hard to resist.
Just before Christmas I received a wonderful e-mail from Jerzy Niedojadlo. He is the new owner of the famous Nitram Charcoal company. I was dismayed years ago to find out that the Nitram in France would no longer be producing its quality drawing products. I bought as much Nitram charcoal as I could afford, in fact. Nitram (the founder Martin Gros’ first name spelled backwards) began from humble beginnings after World War II made it difficult to find work. Not actually born as its own company until the late 1960s, it dramatically improved its quality after a large order boosted the business. You may read more about Nitram’s beginnings here:
Jerzy is a working artist and was inspired to go to France with his partner Patricia to learn the techniques from Martin’s son, Daniel. They now own the business and have moved it to Canada. And last year about this time, he sent me a Nitram Baton to try out while I was living in Croatia! Learn more here:

Recently, Jerzy wrote to share with me a new video about Nitram that debuted at the CreativeWorld Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany, last year. I feel honored and excited to have several of my own charcoal drawings included in this production. I hope you enjoy this showcase of charcoal art as presented on youtube.com [my work is seen at 1 minute 4 seconds, 1:04]:



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Charcoal drawing Enough by artist Kelly Borsheim
Enough - Charcoal Drawing
Available
by Kelly Borsheim
It is January and this month I celebrate 15 years as a full-time artist! Wow.. thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
·         15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture
·         15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.
·         If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
before 15 February 2016,
you will also receive
a $50 framing gift certificate
to use as you like. This is a
Special Offer
from Don Elliott at
The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.
These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!
If you would like to read the full art newsletter for January, including see a new work on the easel still, please visit:
Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



Friday, January 15, 2016

Art Collecting the Vogel Way

Dear Art Lover,

I really enjoyed this article about how a man meets a woman and teaches her his new passion.  Together they create something magical.  I posted this in my recent art newsletter (a different subscription:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/contact.htm ), but you may read it here as well.

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Art Collecting: The Vogels

     As an art collector myself, I found this interesting article online written by Jed Lipinski. It is titled, “How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection” and it is the story of art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel in New York City. The full article may be found here:

     Mr. Lipinski has written and engaging article that describes two love affairs really. He tells how Dorothy and Herb met and how he shared his secret passion with her. Their collection really became their life-long creation. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the article [all direct quotes].
    
     They had only a few criteria: The work had to be affordable; it had to fit in their apartment; and it had be transportable via taxi or subway. Not part of the equation? The artist’s reputation. “We bought what we liked,” Dorothy said. “Simple as that.”

     When they spotted something beyond their means, they’d find a way to make the purchase: They’d buy on credit; they’d forgo a vacation; they’d even throw in cat-sitting to sweeten a deal. And the artists loved them for it.
  
     [Artist Lucio] Pozzi offered an alternate explanation. “To ask them to sell a piece of their collection would be like asking me to cut off a square yard of one of my paintings,” he said. “They were artists, and the collection was their work of art.”

After Herb died in 2012, the article quotes:
     “I have no regrets,” Dorothy said. “I’ve had a wonderful life. And I believe Herb and I were made to be together.”


You may read the full newsletter here and it contains the details of my current art sale (which ends 15 February 2016).


Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



Thursday, January 14, 2016

15 years Full-Time Artist

Dear Art Lover,
It is January and this month I celebrate 15 years as a full-time artist! Wow.. thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
·         15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture
·         15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.
·         If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
before 15 February 2016,
you will also receive
a $50 framing gift certificate
to use as you like. This is a
Special Offer
from Don Elliott at
The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.


These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!
If you would like to read the full art newsletter for January, including see a new work on the easel still, please visit:
Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



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