Wednesday, 9 December 2015

STOLEN PRINTED CARDS

There is a serious problem in this country.
If parcels are not sent recorded delivery, there is always the chance that someone
somewhere will decide to take it for themselves!

Imagine being an artist, designing, painting, ordering their Christmas cards that will be sent to customers and family, only to find out that it will never arrive, even if the parcel was traced as Delivered on the 28th November!

Someone got MY cards. 30 of them!

So have a look at what I have lost. If you receive this card, the sender has not paid for it.
I HAVE!

If you are a shopkeeper and are offered these cards for sale, they have been stolen.
Out of the 30, I should somehow find out what happened to them.


On the back of the card is written:

"Merry Christmas in Chilham, Kent"


Now for those who think that artists make lots of money, you are very mistaken!
We MAKE LOT of paintings, designs but are not earning gold sovereigns.

For each design, we get a commission on what is produced.

For each painting sold online, a commission is taken by the site.
We are paying taxes.

There are more people living on the back of artists than artists themselves.
So, it makes me very angry when our work is stolen.

For the record, I will not have my Christmas cards to send. It is too late to produce another batch.
I have bought some from Sainsbury!
Next year, I will print them myself!









Saturday, 5 December 2015

Faversham - Probably the last watercolour 2015


"Faversham in Kent"

A pure watercolour on Arches 300grs.
Paint Winsor Newton.
Completed today

First time I was using this heavy paper from Arches.
I like it quite a lot but will reserve it for Landscape only.
I do not think it would do justice to flowers somehow.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scam emails using false Paypal address

Warning to all artists!

A new scam is going around:

Please be very carefull if you receive a mail sent by  service@intl.paypal.com it is not from PayPal. Is a scammer.

They are not only targeting artists but all kind of businesses.

Here are some links of interest:


Cards purchased from Fine Art of America

Thank you so much to the kind person from Alabama
who bought these cards from Fine Art of America.

Cards and prints can be purchased to the site FAA from my website:




Friday, 27 November 2015

BLACK FRIDAY ON REDBUBBLE

 It is Black Friday on Redbubble

All of my products are 20% OFF

Do not Forger CODE BF20 at check out


LINK TO MY SHOP>>>> HERE

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You will find all links to my products on the left of the page



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sales of photographic prints

Thank you to the anonymous buyer of 3 photographic prints.

Besides my Fine Art work,  I love photography.
I have learnt this skill alongside my father who, when I was a teenager, was taking me to photographic clubs.

I feel so fortunate to have learnt so much with my parents.




My photos can be found >>>>> HERE

Monday, 23 November 2015

ARTISTS and FRIENDS

It was around 10 years ago when I started to use Internet for my Art.

I did find a site in UK for artists: Painters Online where my work was downloaded and with a bonus to be on an Art Forum

Much later, I did find a site called Redbubble where I could exhibit my work and sell prints.

In both sites, I did find an incredible amount of artists with whom I have made friends

Now we have Facebook where most artists I already know are posting there and where I have found new friends too!

Friendship can be well established through the internet.


Here are two lovely artists who had come to view my exhibition 5 years ago

Jeannette Harrison and Alan Stevens. 

We had never met before but had made friends through Painters Online.
Another artist came along too, Alan Knight.
 Just to show how Art brings people together... 




Through Redbubble I met people from around the world!

I have been in touch with so many, all generous, good hearted and so talented!

This wonderful lady is well known artist in Pastel, Lynda Robinson from Australia, met on Redbubble.

She came to England and made a great detour to come to see me!
What a great time we had!

Unfortunately, I cannot name all artists who contact me on an everyday basis.. Each of them are precious to me. We have the same spirit. We like to share our work, our knowledge.
We are so happy just doing Art!

I receive phone calls from America, I Skype with some of them... plenty of emails of course!
Who said our artistic lives were boring?

Today, I have an extra pleasure. My week has started pretty well!!!

On Facebook,  the great artist Hidemi Tada from Japan
has made me the incredible honour to do my portrait!
I was very surprised when I saw the painting first thing this morning!





Hidemi Tada, I am terribly moved by your generosity. I feel so humble.

Thank you so very much does not seem enough to express how I feel!

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I wish people of the World could stop, think and turn to creation.
It has not got to be Art, it could be craft, anything constructive that takes the mind away from worries, illness and lately horrors created by human beings.

A wonderful world where people start sharing and appreciate one another instead of mocking, criticising, bullying and hurting.

A world of love for our craft and others.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

NEW PRODUCTS WITH AT REST ON THE THAMES

Thanks to updated files,

now new products are available.

Ideal for the barges lovers.

The Thames London.

ALL PRODUCTS CAN BE FOUND >>>>> HERE







 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

SECOND CALENDAR 2016

CALENDAR 2016

FOREVER FLOWERS.

If you are in love with flowers and particularly roses,
you will be spoilt.

Once the calendar is over, you can frame
these gorgeous prints.

To be found on this >>>> LINK



MY CALENDAR 2016

NOW AVAILABLE




Monday, 16 November 2015

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Tears for the barbaric acts in Paris

I am an artist, I do not do politics.
However, today, I am, like the rest of the world, disgusted by the barbaric acts in Paris.

I was born in France, I have family and numerous friends there.

I mourn the lives that have been lost.



Friday, 13 November 2015

FABRIANO ARTISTICO and me!

I like to stick to what I know!

I have spent so much money on new paper, new paint, the acclaimed new products.... My new resolution was no more wasting. I will not try any new again!

Well... my good resolution vanished when one of my artist friend swore by
Fabriano Artistico.

I had tried Fabriano a few years back but did not like it.

I made some research after my friend explained to me there were two kind of papers:

the FABRIANO and the FABRIANO ARTISTICO

On Ken Bromley's website.... on FABRIANO ARTISTICO

Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper is mould made, produced whit 100% cotton, chlorine and acid free, guaranteeing long conservation and inalterability over time. The paper is sized both internally and externally, making it ideally absorbent and retaining its nature unaltered even if scratched. Traditional white, without optical bleaching.
Two deckle edges and watermarked "FABRIANO+ARTISTICO" on the short side. Short grain. The high quality and ample offer of this paper satisfied the requirements of all professional artists and the most demanding amateurs.
Ideal for watercolour, tempera, gouache, acrylic, link, charcoal, graphite and drawing. It is also suitable for printmaking. 

And so I bought some!

When I see a Watercolour paper unknown to me, I like to touch it.
It is what I did when I received it.

Somehow, it had the right feeling. But... I would not get excited until I made my first painting.
-* The paper has got a very slight creamy tinge which I prefer to white white.

I used a 1/4 Imperial size to mess about: Wet in wet,  small wash, larger one, tried to lift the paint etc etc... all the tests pass in grand style.

One thing I really loved was the fact that the wet and wet session slightly buckled (not a lot at all) and came completely flat.
-* It means the paper does not need to be stretched!

So, it was time to do my first painting.

I choose a Portrait.

I took 1/2 Imperial, made a slight drawing.

-* The paint behave exactly as I wanted.

-* It was a real bonus to discover that it was not absorbed too fast by the paper, giving me the opportunity to blend while drying.

-* It was taking each colour wonderfully well. No messing with a result of muddy colours.

-* It kept vibrancy of the colours. I could have done as many layers as I wanted to and keeping its appearance and absorbency.

-* One great discovery for all watercolour artists is to have a paper that accept the lifting of the colours. It did each time I wanted to do so.

It was time to erase the pencil marks.

Ouch! I probably did not use the right pencil or the right rubber.

-* I was horrified when it made a mess. I could not understand why as some part had been rubbed away with no problem.
I still assume my paper was not perfectly dry. BIG MISTAKE!!

For all other papers I tried, the painting would have finished in the bin.
So, thinking it was going to be the fate of this painting, I rubbed and rubbed the messy corner, only to discover that the pencil marks had gone but so was the mess I had done.

With other papers, I knew it would have been impossible to rescue the painting.

-*I was wrong! I was able to carry on painting as if nothing had happened.

FABRIANO ARTISTICO has won my heart. I still have to experiment it with a Still life and a Landscape. I will be adding them here.



Cheeky little miss
on Fabriano Artistico
300lbs NOT


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Thank you GLOBAL

Today I have received a lovely and precious treat
from GLOBAL, distributor of paints in UK, notably GOLDEN Acrylic.

These last few months I have turned to GOLDEN paints and absolutely love them.

There was a letter with the beautiful parcel explaining why I was receiving all these samples:


"As an exhibitor at the NAPA Summer show in St Ives, Cornwall this year, I enclose some free samples of our Golden Products for you to use at your leisure.

Global Art supplies is a distributor of Fine Art materials in the UK, representing many well known  brands such as Sennelier, Golden, Cretacolor, Montana, Mabef, Raphael and Aristo. We also offer a comprehensive range of paper and painting accessories.
Global Art distribute solely to retail and educational establishments. ......."



I am very excited to try some colours I have never painted with.
Also there is a Heavy Gel Gloss, Iridescent Bright Gold.

A great leaflet JUST PAINT that explain so much about Golden Acrylic.
A precious hand painted chart with all the available colours.
A leaflet with all other products for Acrylic Golden.

It is a terrific treat. I cannot wait to experiment!!!!

So a very BIG THANK YOU to GLOBAL

Friday, 6 November 2015

The Art of composing

Being an artist does not necessarily means to find a setting and paint in front of it!

Many times we have to simply invent a mood or a total scenery.

For example, in the middle of Winter, I love painting my roses. So, with the so many references I keep of all my flowers, I take one here, another there and compose a bouquet with the addition of one of my objects and voila... a Still life is born!

Just now, I wanted to compose a snow scenery.
I did scratch my head about which one!

Until I arrived to the decision to paint my favourite place: Dungeness.

I have written an article about Dungeness for the Magazine Hythe and Romney Marsh now called the Cinques Port


Snow is very very rare in Dungeness as it is right by the sea. 
It is what is the most challenging thing to paint an atmospheric sky that I do not see.
Just have to invent it, with the colours.
In addition, the snow takes the colours of the sky.
It is as I was going along that my imagination took over.
I could imagine the little shacks switching their lights etc etc...

So here is the result


Winter on Dungeness

Watercolour on Arches Paper
Winsor Newton Fine art paint

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WHY I composed "Roses of Picardy"

Each painting is an idea developing from a design or a concept

I am sharing with you Roses of Picardy




Why I composed Roses of Picardy from Frank on Vimeo.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

SHOP ON ETSY


"WINTER IN CHILHAM"

is now for sale in my shop on ETSY.

I am transferring all my work for sale on this site.
Easy to communicate with the public and receive secured payment.

I had done so in the past and sold a few paintings there.
Some artists advised me to display them on another site.
However, I prefer Etsy as I can manage my shop a lot easier.
More work to be added in the next few days.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Today the world of Art is mourning

Yes, the World of Art is mourning.

It is MY world of Art, the one where artists produce astonishing masterpieces either in 
Oil, Watercolour, Acrylic or Pastel.
The ones that shine with beauty. 


In these last few years, the world of Internet has brought closer artists of all kind. At once we can recognize those who are the genius and today we are all of us mourning the death of

Paul Dmoch

Paul was a genius of Watercolour that has never achieved an international recognition.
 He did deserve it though!

Personally, I had got in touch with him when I started building the site:


I discovered a very humble artist whose pleasure in life was to capture the light falling through windows in the interiors.

I am sharing with you an extract of one of our conversations

I share your passion and delight Beatrice. Stained glass windows , light coming across makes reality unreal and pass us in the fairy tale land ... That illumination has always taken my breath away . I always try to write something concerning 'moments' OF illumination when I Paint that. I do not believe in inspiration - Being an artist is not a choice it does not belong to our will - it is more something as a state of mind .. I can feel that even if I watch only but I don't paint

Paul had a lovely sense of humour too and was a very friendly approachable person.

I know by the many tributes arriving on Facebook, he will be terribly missed by so many of us!


Rest in Peace Paul.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Sale of a large Tote Bag

People must be getting ready for Christmas.
I have just sold a large Tote Bag on Redbubble.

Thank you so much to the anonymous buyer.
I do hope you will enjoy it.


Available in 3 sizes: Small, medium and large


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Thank you to the buyer of a Christmas card

Thank you to the buyer from Canterbury for buying this Christmas card on Fine Art of America

I hope you will be happy with it...





SOME CHRISTMAS PRESENTS SUGGESTIONS

With the end of year approaching very quickly, it is somehow a nightmare
to find what our love ones would like.
Here are some suggestions:



CLICK >>>Iphone cover produced in UK for UK and EUROPE customers

in USA for the rest of the world


As Iphone and Galaxy Case



CLICK >>>FOR THE BOAT LOVER


CLICK HERE >>>FOR A SPECIAL LADY


THE PHONE OF THE BAG OF BOTH



YOU CAN FIND MY ENTIRE COLLECTION:
Prints, cards, choice of frames,
cushions, bags, Iphone or Galaxy covers etc...

CLICK >>>HERE

Friday, 9 October 2015

MY CHRISTMAS CARDS

Some of my Christmas cards are available through FINE ART OF AMERICA.

They can be bought individually or as packs.

Printed in UK for UK customers and Europe

In USA for USA customers and the rest of the world.



Sell Art Online Sell Art Online

Art Prints

I might have time to add a few more, please keep checking

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

SERIOUS WARNING - Wallpart.com/Poster

A friend sent me an email warning me photos of my paintings had been stolen and found on a site called Wallpart.com

I beg you not to try to search the site or even write their address in your URL!
When I opened it, I was sent to a page called POSTER



I did search for my paintings and yes there were quite a few! They were offering them as print 6"x 4" which I thought was a joke as it is the size of a post card.
All was in $, the postage claiming from China $9.00

I deducted they were trying to trick the public into buying a print that they would never receive. It happens all the time.

However, something more suspicious appeared, they were posting this picture of mine:


I thought how silly  to offer this as a print!

I posted my discovery on Facebook. Quickly I got warning from some other artists.

The site of course is not genuine. They trick you into offering the possibility to fill a form, if you have found work that belong to you and should not be on the site.

So, if you do... they get your name, address, phone number, email address etc etc...

They make money: Selling your details + the money taken from people buying prints that are not! and their credit cards etc etc...

It was also found that the site has been running from several IP, one from Russia, Ukraine, and more.
I understand they close their IP and find  new ones...

A person who has been doing consumer advocacy work and signed  many petitions, was worried even about the petition running to close the site. The comment was: The Wallpart petition was probably well intended  (or written to LOOK like it was) but is questionable!

On my side I am disappointed about my antivirus that was pointing the site as being safe!!!!!!

Making more research I also was told they take all the photo from search engines.

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My advice to consumers:

Buy prints on reputable site. Mine are sold through FINEARTAMERICA.COM and FINEARTENGLAND.COM (a subsidiary) also a few more are found on REDBUBBLE.COM


-In the doubt, ask to artists how to buy their prints.

Monday, 28 September 2015

THE CHEATING ARTISTS

I am always on the look out of those artists (or so called artists) who copy other artists's work!

It has happened to me right at the beginning of me showing my watercolours.
One day, I was passing in front of a gallery when I saw the faithful reproduction of a watercolour done in Lenham. Even with the little bicycle I had added...
A few months previously I had sold a few cards of this little scenery. Someone must have bought one of them and copied the work!

I was not very happy. I did not make a fuss not knowing where to start.

I am a lot sharper these days. To start with I am a member of the Designers and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
Anybody trying to copy my work will be in trouble!

I have been around Art exhibitions where I have acknowledged beautiful works or designs by artists (some amateurs) only to find out a few months later while looking through books that some actual works in the exhibition had been copied.! 
How can they call themselves artists and have the nerve to sell works that one day will be found out as being another artist's creation?

I have curated many shows online. I run 3 groups on Redbubble and 1 on Fine Art America. For this reason, I encounter many posting of artists new creations. They are all of them fine art.

I have a sharp eye and the memory of an elephant. I can see a painting and know exactly who has painted it.


CHEATING ARTISTS are ALWAYS CAUGHT!

By an extraordinary turn of events, this week-end I have caught one in my nets!

I sell my work on Artfinder.com . I have been there for one year and so they kindly sent me a token of £50.00 to spend on their site.

I thought it could be a nice present for the family at Christmas... a nice little watercolour different of my style. So I perused. I could not find any that would match what I would want and so I went to have a look into the Sale section where some artists discount their artwork (Not me by the way...)

In that section I found this painting


It was on offer reduced from £876.00 to £219.00

Oh I thought I had found one of my friend's work.. but it was not my friend's name at all!

I took a good look and went on the page of my friend, (I will give her the name X). There was her painting with this cowboy in the same position, hand over the door, a slight difference with the doors and back ground otherwise the cowboy is a faithful copy by (artist Y)

I must say that artist X has a finer and better style of work than artist Y!

I quickly informed artist X who is now taking procedure.

The same painting was for sale on Saatchi and prints were available on FineArt of America and other sites!!!

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If by accident you find your work being stolen, before taking any action, make a screen shot of the work and the site. It is a proof that you must keep.
I have kept that proof with the name and photo of artist Y on Artfinder.com

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HOW TO MAKE A SCREEN SHOT

For windows, you open your programs where you should find Accessories.


In Accessories you should find  SNIPPING TOOL

(On windows 8 you will find it in your Apps. You can save time by typing Snipping tool into the Search area)

Click on it.
It should look like this (photo not too good)


Click NEW, your screen will freeze to let you drag the cursor on the part you want to save.
Save into your pictures.

If this tool is not installed on your tool bar, it would be a good idea to add it.






Thursday, 24 September 2015

beatricecloake.co.uk a website that has nothing to do with Artist Beatrice Cloake

I have been on the web for a few years now and know full well how hackers and scammers operate

My first website was beatricecloake.com
It was with Yahoo.
They did not tell me when my domain was going to expire and so, within seconds of not being renewed by myself, it was bought by some smart aleck who thought he could sell it to me.... of course at a higher price he had paid.
I ignored him and so within a few weeks, another idiot who probably had bought it from him, offered me to get my domain name for 3 times the price.

Well some enterprising Japanese man bought it and opened a website under my name with my CV plastered on the front page. 
I did find out who he was and where he was living and advertised on the web what he was up to.
He removed my CV and decided to use the site, still under my domain name, to sell hair remover.
Frankly I was laughing quite a bit!

I ignored all of them and took beatricecloake.co.uk  with another server.
Same thing happened to me. I could not renew my domain name.

So I abandoned the lot. I was advised that there could be more than a Beatrice Cloake in the world.
I took my new and final domain name:


A proper name for an artist!

So if you stumble on beatricecloake.co.uk 
IGNORE THEM, THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.

I do not suggest that beatricecloake.co.uk is run by a rogue!
It might be a genuine other Beatrice Cloake
However I have found the name of the person who bought the domain.
It is a man under another name.

Finally, up to date End 2016 - I have regained my first domaine name
http://www. beatricecloake.com
And now it is a genuine site run by myself.
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ideas For Artists who want to abandon Acrylics

So, you have wanted to start working with Acrylics but after a few attempts you have decided it was not a medium for you.

Well, there is not such a thing as a medium that does not work for an artist.

Each medium takes time to get the hang of it. I know as I have painted in Acrylic, Oil, Pastel and Watercolour.

Each of them demands a different approach.

So for Acrylics: To start with now we have different kind of Acrylics:

I, myself work with Golden heavy Acrylic. They are soft but dry pretty quickly.
A retarding medium can be added to the palette and is useful for working on skies.
It is my favourite way to work. I love added layers after layers, glazing with different shades and colours to achieve incredible results, not possible with Oil or Watercolour.

Atelier interactive are open Acrylic. It means they do not dry quickly. They are behaving more like Oil. However it will be difficult to achieve glazing as the Acrylic can be open again by adding water! However a fast drying medium can be added to the palette.

Another Acrylic made by Winsor and Newton is Fine Art artist Acrylic, they now have a slower drying time.

Below is a painting done with those Acrylics. You can see I have been playing with glazes on the trunk of the tree.

Bluebells


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Galeria is an acrylic produced by Winsor Newton.
I did use it a lot until Fine Art artist Acrylic appeared on the market

Below is a very large painting 30"x20" done with Galeria.
20 years later it is still looking as good as day one.

On the nest.

All these explanations are from my own experience

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Artist Lorena Kloosterboer has produced a fantastic book 320 pages all about Acrylics and the technique. I strongly recommend it!!!
I never recommend a book without having a good look through it.
I can assure you, there is none like this one on the market.


Can be found on Amazon

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So if after trying again and again, you want to abandon acrylic, please do not give them away or dispose of them.

It is a medium you can use for fun or craft!!!

Oh yes! I have more than once, covered glass jar with colours that I wanted to use in my still life.

I also have experimented for fun on empty plastic boxes.


Would you believe this is from an empty box of Nivea cream!!!


This one was an empty box of powder.
I painted the base in Gold
The top, I painted in black, created a design.
I wanted to incorporate some fine beads I had in a box for a very long time.
I think it looks a bit like Indian art!

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HOW TO PREPARE GLASS OR PLASTIC SUPPORT?

Obviously, Acrylic does not stick to glass or plastic so, it needs to be prepared.
I rub gently the surface with fine glass paper.
I cover the surface with PVA glue.
Leave it to dry.
I usually work with the paint the following day.


Once it is finished, I apply a coat of varnish.

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Another idea:

Again, after applying PVA glue on a glass jar, the next day, I applied Gesso. On the second coating of Gesso, I stuck mung beans while still wet.

The next day I coloured it.

It made a pretty little unusual pot. It was snatched by one of my friend!

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So good luck and do not give away your Acrylics 








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