Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Monday, December 7, 2009
How do you stand out in a mass-produced society?
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tips for beginning art collectors as well as for experienced art collectors. Good reminders for anyone interested in art or already collecting art.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Fine Art Giclee
Edition Size: 100
Receive a signed & numbered limited edition Jazz giclee with the purchase of any original Jazz painting! We can be reached by email or phone (919-838-0755).
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Dear Friends and Patrons,
Between my active Facebook account, visitors to my downtown Raleigh studio and friends I meet in passing, the common question asked is, "Whatcha been up to?" I usually respond, "Oh, taking care of the kids, my art, and staying busy... nothing much... business as usual." In actuality, I'm busier than ever. One day seems like two or three days. My calendar fills and the miles accumulate on my vehicles. I ask myself, "Where did today go?" So, in the upcoming days and weeks, I'll review the past year and highlight various events, exhibitions and collectors. I'll really answer the question, "Whatcha been up to?"
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Below are Pics of select pieces from my new "Coffee Collection." I'm showing them in September at the Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village, here in Raleigh, NC. The Little Art Gallery was one of the first galleries to show my art back in the early 90's. Time passes so fast.
It seems like it was just yesterday I meet the regal and somewhat opinionated "Ruth Green." Ruth and her daughter, Rosanne have built and maintained the longest running gallery in Raleigh. They are true business women. I can't begin to tell you how many of my paintings they have sold over the years.
Concerning Ruth Green, I love that lady. She built a toughness and confidence in me that has carried me through my career. I'm honored to debut these new works with the Little Art Gallery. Please make time to visit the gallery. Make your purchases early. I'm sure they would be glad to give you an early preview. Like fresh pastries, first come, first served.
Opening Reception to meet the artist
Saturday, September 12th, 3-5 pm.
Please Join Us!
Little Art Gallery & Craft Collection
Monday, August 17, 2009
Hello fellow artists types,
I know I've mentioned this event previously. The reason why is because, it's a big deal! You ask, "Why?" I'll make you a short list.
1. If you've been fortunate enough to price yourself up and out of the market of collectors that used to be able to afford your art, this is a way to keep them involved in your career. Giclees are much more affordable.
2. Giclees are ideal for the surrealist, photo-realist and hyper-realist painters who can't produce a large volume of art and also can't sell their works at lower prices. The time it takes to produce those styles of art are very labor intensive, thus demand higher prices. Giclees keep a cash flow while you continue to paint.
3. You've moved you stylically, but you still have request for that previous style of painting. You'd rather cut your wrist than paint another sunset or tobacco barn, giclees are the perfect reproduction process to satisfy the market demand.
4. You're a computer generated artists, you get less respect than an abstract painter. Folks, don't just say, "my kid can do that." They say, "my grandma does that on her Dell desk-top to relax." Giclees on higher quality papers in larger sizes have more creditiblity. It won't look like you print off your little Epson printer or from Kinko's. Sorry, if that was a little harsh, just keeping it real.
5. Giclees can make you lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$. Is that simple enough?
Check Damon and Stephen out!!!
VAE August Artists' Night: Fine Art Giclée Prints with Damon Rando of Artful Color, Inc. Damon Rando of Artful Color, Inc. (http://clicks.skem1.com/v/?u=dd0f306f4a96542521e6f3798e4bf687&g=841&c=569&p=733aa5369606362b977a25d9e64cedf6&t=1) will give a talk entitled "The Art & Science of Fine Art Giclée" on Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm at Visual Art Exchange (325 Blake Street, Raleigh, 27601).
Damon writes, "Whether it's hard economic times or good times, artists are usually looking for a way to expand the market for their work. Many artists are now producing high quality prints through the giclée process to expand the availability of their work and produce a lower cost alternative to originals. This presentation will cover both the technology and the business of selling giclée prints. In addition to knowledge gained by Artful Color over the years in this business, artists will share their own personal experience."
Friday, August 14, 2009
I'm finishing up the last paintings for an upcoming exhibition at the Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village. The opening reception is Saturday, September 12th from 3pm to 5pm. Put it on your calendar. It will be worth your time. I was drawn back to an oldie, but a goodie. It was comfort food, without the calories.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Artful Color, inc
Best in Class Giclée Studio
Apex, North Carolina
Thursday, August 6, 2009
A mysterious word has arisen in the art world over the past ten years. Still today many of us can't pronounce the word, "giclee". According to Wikipedia, here's the definition...
Giclée (pronounced / "zhee-clay" or / from French) is an invented name (i.e. a neologism) for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word "giclée" is derived from the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". It was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial "Iris proofs" from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.
Well, there you go. I figured I'd leave the details up to the experts. Speaking of experts, it would be worth your time to visit the VAE and meet Damon Rando of Artful Color. A national expert on the art and science of fine art giclee prints. I highly reccomend working with him and Stephen Carroll, who is likewise a brilliant printmaker. They produced my portfolio of giclee prints. http://mcraystudios.com/scenery/default.htm
Check out Damon Rando and the VAE...
August Artists' Night: giclee prints Damon Rando of Artful Color giclee studios (http://clicks.skem1.com/v/?u=1012e75516d658af7227f913c0ae6b88&g=832&c=569&p=d638ed5b73375c5f742f8cc6ee4e9626&t=1) will give a talk entitled "The Business and Science of Fine Art Giclee" on Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm at VAE. FREE for VAE members, $5 for non-members. To register, contact Rachel Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.828.7834, ext. 4.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Eric McRay's Art Exhibition will run 8/6/09 through 9/15/09
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
In this class you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works.
Instructor: Eric McRay
Instructor: Eric McRay
Monday, June 8, 2009
"McRay, VAE, Longview & Mary Phillips High School Students Create Mural on the History of City Market"
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
acrylic on canvas
"Sky's the Limit"
acrylic on canvas
"Let's Go to the Beach"
acrylic on canvas
"Hay Along 95"
acrylic on canvas
"Bridge & Reflection"
acrylic on canvas
acrylic on canvas
acrylic on canvas
Thursday, April 2, 2009
If you ever asked, "how to get unstuck?” Well friends, this is how to deal with your creative blocks...
1. Turn off your television.
2. Set aside special time daily or weekly to create your art.
3. Set aside a special designated place to work, i.e. garage, attic, a drawing table, a place in your garden with a great view or any place where you can escape.
4. Get rid of idle web surfing. Make the Internet a tool, not an addictive drug.
5. Don't allow family, friends, associates and enemies to pull you away from making your art.
6. Find music that inspires you. "I love jazz!"
7. You must be willing to change your style. If you've been a plein-aire painter since Jacob was a pup, try something new. Paint an abstract or photo-realistic piece.
8. Find a mentor or coach.
9. Humble yourself. Follow the leadership of your mentor/coach.
10. Try a new medium. If you traditionally work in watercolor, try oils. You're a painter, but ceramics always fascinated you. Give ceramics a try.
11. Don't fear change. Read "Who Moved My Cheese."
12. Pray about it, and then get to work. God isn't going to paint the canvas for you. "Faith without works is dead."
13. Read art history.
14. Keep art journals containing your ideas, concepts, and sketches.
15. Don't allow the cost of art materials to justify not making art. There are student grade and low cost art supplies available. Also, if you sell your art pieces, you'll regain your initial investment.
16. Be disciplined and work faithfully. Eventually, you'll get excited and have lots of fun.
17. Have fun making art. If you look at it like a "job," you'll treat it like a job. You'll quit.
18. Fall in love with making art. No one should have to force you to do what you love.
19. Study children as they make art. They don't have too many rules. Kids are free spirits.
20. Don't be lazy. Most artists are lazy, so get up and get to work.
21. Don't allow your tattoos, piercings, colorful hair, drug usage, odd clothes and artist's lifestyle to represent you more than the art you create. Once again, get to work!
22. Find a favorite artist and copy their style. I promise you, you'll never be another Picasso, Rembrandt, or Norman Rockwell, but you'll be a better artist when it's all said and done.
23. Work in series, for example, Degas's ballerinas, Monet's haystacks, and Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans.
24. Visit museums, galleries, and art studios to gain inspiration.
25. Stop making excuses. "My cat had puppies." "If I had a studio like McRay, I'd paint." "One day when the world is at peace, I'll start drawing again." I know my examples are silly, but not far from the truth. I've heard excuses very close to those.
I hope this helps, McRay
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sometimes, I may be too emotionally and physically tired to work. I’m blessed with two precious children, but I must frankly say, “Small kids have more energy than I could have ever imagined”. Last year was wonderfully exuberate and painfully weighty. In 2008, my only sister, Shirley passed away. Sometimes the challenges of life bring me down. Yet, in the midst of my weariness, I find some way to express myself through my art.
Regardless of the circumstances, ideas abound. I believe there is no single correct pictorial solution. Unlike most painters who have a single style, I have a range of style and imagery through which I work. Jazz musicians, the southern landscape, female nudes, steaming coffee, and the black experience are depicted through expressionist, cubist, abstract, neo-impressionist styles. Openness and exploration rather than a dedication to a particular style best characterize these works. I use pictorial discernment which enables me to go from paintings with a lot of splash and spontaneity to images with a sense of organization and reason. Themes and variations on themes are used to empty myself of ideas and images.
The attempt to embrace a Picassoesque spirit keeps me on the road to reinvention. My various styles are not exclusive phases in an evolutionary process but options from which I select according to my expressive goals. For example, a jazz musician is painted stylistically different than a low country salt marsh. The emotions, sensuality, and concepts are disparate. Thus, the use of a new style is exercised. “I think great artists are constantly challenging themselves and changing in search of greater truth – look at Picasso and Matisse.” So, I press forth to faithfully continue to produce my paintings, drawings and collages. I refuse to use excuses not to work, but find ways to overcome the obstacles that hinder productivity.