Friday, March 24, 2017

Ideas Corner Feature from Vancouver: Wedding Instagram Booth!

Although we have many years doing printing and drymounting under our belt, we still get surprised once in a while! Here is a Instagram Photo Booth project that our Vancouver team completed recently:







By drymounting the client's already printed poster onto white foamcore, then reinforcing the cut window with extra matboards, the team was able to create a sturdy photo "frame". Participants could pose behind it (the window can fit up to 3 faces) and a camera snaps the cute polaroid! Wish we could've seen it used in person, we loved this idea!

Got any creative mounting ideas for us? Let us know in the comments below! Want to order one for your bridal shower? Let us know and we'll do the same!


KeenArt Media specializes in customized canvas and fine art printing and reproduction. We also offer services in dry mounting, plaque mounting, and plexi-face mounting. We also do custom cut boards in various materials, such as foamcore, plexi, aluminum and matboard. Check out our website or contact us for details for custom orders such as today's feature.

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday
info@keenartmedia.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

StockPhotoSet #4 - Summer Foods!




Are you dreaming of sitting on the beachfront, ice-cream in hand? Or having tea in a breezy garden? Or digging in and picking fresh juicy strawberries? I don't know about you, but we're ready for summer! 

To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:




Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!


KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Michael Halbert with his Craft Brewery Artwork

 For all you craft beer fans out there, today's post is going to put a little skip in your hop!

Michael Halbert is by far one of my art idols. His specialty is in scratchboard illustration, a process in which the image comes alive through the artist scratching the lines off, revealing the negative space. The amount of detail and precision that is in his work is absolutely mindblowing, and I just had to share and spread the love.

You can find some of his most iconic work on the branding of Vancouver-based craft brewery "Steamworks". Check out his magic below:




Totally amazing!


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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanning, resining, dry mounting, and dye sublimation. Whether it's home decor or for a gallery exhibit, we got you covered. Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

StockPhotoSet Wednesday - Toasty Food + Warm Drinks #2!



Anyone hungry? Today's StockPhotoSet is another round of food and drink - this time some warm toasty images to warm us up this winter.

To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/52dsnrs50ha3skq/AACN1bMfyAkOhX7aGukY-yuxa?dl=0

Every second Wednesday we'll be scouring free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favourites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!



KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Becoming a Professional Artist: Recommended Booklist

Hello art-gang!

As we all know, making it big as an artist isn't easy. Thankfully, there are so many options available now for artists to print and sell their work individually. Rather than working with an agency or a manufacturer for printing, artists can sign up with Shopify or Etsy or Redbubble, or build an online shop right into their portfolio website. Of course, now the issue is with navigating all these options, and finding which combination is most effective for selling artwork.

But let's not dive too deep into the selling part just yet. If you're new or just starting to think about becoming a professional artist, we wanted to recommend a few books that we have personally found inspirational on our own artistic journey. These books are great for exploring examples of the modern art field, allowing you a glimpse of what paths you could take on your professional art career.

Before we launch our new series Marketing & Selling Your Artwork, we recommend giving these following books at least a skim:



1. The Gift, by Lewis Hyde




The Gift is one of my favorite books. Although academic in parts, it provides a really awesome philosophical view of how much art is "worth". Often artists are torn when assigning a price that both justifies and honors their work, while being marketable and competitive enough to help them keep working. This conflict can often contort an artist's vision, influencing them to sell themselves short, compromise on their views, or produce art that they have no connection with in order to keep the income sustainable. I love Hyde's philosophy of art being a gift instead of a commodity, and the ramifications that term has on an artwork's creation and true value- after reading it, it certainly influenced my approach to my own art, and inspired me to to shift my business expectations accordingly to honor and respect my artistic vision first.

2. Making It! Case Studies of Successful Canadian Visual Artists, by Chris Tyrell

Photo of Making It, found from Carollyne Yardley's blog

"I was amazed by the stories of artists, but what truly amazed and moved me was the generosity of everyone with whom I spoke and their willingness to share insights into their experience. Marina Bychkova excels in niche marketing; Ross Penhall, by changing media, dramatically increased his creative efficiency and his income. Richard Tetrault’s career is a perfect exemplar of community involvement and the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards that social interaction can bring to an artist’s career." 
- Chris Tyrell, 


If you ever want to see real examples of real artists making it and their stories, this is the book for you. While it doesn't go in-depth with the step-by-step process of being successful, Tyrell's interview with various Canadian artists illuminates the many unique possibilities of how to become a successful artist, often found off the beaten path. Each individual story is inspiring and thought-provoking, and almost establishes a connection between the reader and the artist - unlike reading other step-by-step books, the stories almost absorb you into the artist's experience, as if you were living it yourself.

3. The Handmade Marketplace, by Kari Chapin


http://karichapin.com/books/


Now this book is an absolute must-have. Even though it isn't specifically for fine art, Kari Chapin does an excellent job exploring all the steps and possibilities of selling your  handmade arts and crafts from your home, and at an introductory, easy-to-digest level. It gives you a broad sweep of everything, from pricing, to online marketplaces and their pros and cons, getting a business licence, etc. My favorite snippet from this book is how Kari even explains how to define success for yourself, and how to plan your business accordingly. My current copy is sitting by my computer every day, bursting with post-it notes and tabs.


And there you have it! Our top 3 recommended books to help you begin navigating your professional artistic journey. Have a recommended book of your own? Let us know in the comments below!


And if you've already read these and are rearing to go, we can sort out all your fine art and archival scanning and printing needs!  Just click on our website link to go, or  give us a call - we're always happy to help!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

StockPhotoSet #2 - Spa-aaah~ & Relaxation!






Today's theme is Spa-aaahhh~  & Relaxation. Sometimes all you need is that one perfect picture help you (and your clients) take a deep breath. Lower your cortisol with these beautiful photos that are commercially licenced for printing - and best of all, they're free!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9utq6ova3jwe6tr/AACFq4CBKqMJkudPFW2cVHDda?dl=0

Downloaded and ready to print? Simply upload the image you would like to print onto our Uploads section here. We have a wide selection of materials to outfit any room in nearly every aesthetic, such as canvases, art prints & frames, and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, try our glossy metal or wood prints!


Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!





KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Family Day!




Happy Family Day everyone! From everyone here at KeenArt Media, we wish you all a wonderful time with friends and loved ones today!




Looking for a family photo to hang on that wall? Whether it's professionally photographed or selfied from your cellphone camera, at CanadaOnCanvas we can print full, large size canvases of your favourite family photos. Visit here for more details!




KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday