July/August 2011


Alan Bamberger, artbusiness.com.

How to Set and Raise Selling Prices for your Art

Q: My goal is to work full-time as an artist selling my paintings. Currently, I work at an unrelated job during the day and paint during the evenings and weekends. Please give me some strategies for increasing my income, particularly methods that I can use to periodically raise my selling prices.

A: The most important point to keep in mind when figuring out how to price and sell your art, no matter what it is– paintings, photographs, giclees, watercolors, sculpture, whatever— is that you are one of many, many, many artists out there. No matter what kind of art you make, other artists make it too. Even though in theory you have complete control over how much you charge for your art and when to give yourself a raise, you must always consider the competition. Artists who ignore the big picture either price themselves out of the market to begin with or raise their prices so often or so high without adequate justification that they lose credibility with galleries and people who buy art.

Best procedure is to let the marketplace determine your selling prices and the intervals at which they increase. For starters, figure out how much artists with similar credentials and exhibition experience to yours charge for their work. read more


Pick Up Sticks

Pick Up Sticks. Colored Pencil and Pen. 8.5”x12“

Paula M. Smiles

Interest in drawing started at a very young age for Paula who then attended the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Under the guidance of Emanuel Jacobson she focused on life drawings. Most recently she has been doing a series of “Pin-Head People.” The heads are “pin-head” in size and the body is stretched out as the form moves to the hands and feet.

Paula holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Illinois. She resides in Skokie, Illinois where she works as a hospice social worker and continues to draw. She has participated in art shows and exhibited her work in the Chicago area including at The Figurative Art League of Evanston, Art and Beyond, She Art, and The Skokie Art Guild.

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My Song
My Song. Acrylic on canvas


Elisha Ben Yitzhak

Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world, including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London and at the Florence Biennale. Elisha’s paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media. An art critic wrote about Elisha’s art“Elisha’s pictures have a unique and independent style of their own with so much rhythm. Most of his images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements, as if they were taken from a different world, but yet are strikingly realistic and appealing. When looking at Elisha’s paintings you feel certain warmth radiating from the different colors. As one gazes, one is lulled by the lyrical composition of the delicate lines. These colors have an impact similar to the effect of pastels in the work of the great impressionists. Elisha expresses his feelings, emotions and personal experiences through most astonishing paintings, which are revered around the world and considered extraordinary. The more you gaze at these paintings, the more you love them, so much so that you cannot help but be affected by the artist’s romanticism.”

Quoted by Leon Harari, an art critic in Israel

Elisha Ben Yitzhak, Artist



Imaginary Latitude
Imaginary Latitude. Gouache on paper. 7″x9″
Semproniu Iclozan

Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others.

For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Cralowa Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (full list of solo and group exhibition can be found on artists web site).

Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions.

Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, 
Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.



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Marlene Burns

Marlene Burns has been a professional artist for forty years. She earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Art and Architecture.
Her career has included consultation, teaching, and a successful business creating art for clients while working in the design community. She has been represented in galleries from coast to coast.

Judaism has always been her passion as well. Last year, Marlene began a Judaic series of paintings based on some of the Hebrew prayers she studies and shares with those she teaches. Painting in the style of ‘sacred intention,’ her series of 17 paintings so far, has become her most inspired work to date. She prepares for each painting by chanting or singing the specific prayer while her abstract expressionist process unfolds. Most of her symbols are hidden. The translations and explanations of her artistic process become part of her offerings as teachings.

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