Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CHRISTMAS

Welcome to the Christmas issue of Art-Online.

We have some great videos for you:
  • How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas
  • Christmas Light Show
  • How To Make A Paper Christmas Tree
  • How To Make 5 Christmas Ornaments
  • Jesus Mosaics
We hope you enjoy our Christmas issue, and we wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

Cheers,
Marian

Sunday, November 6, 2011

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS

Welcome to the "All About Animals" issue of Art-Online.

The treats we have for you include the videos:
  • Mating Dances Of Birds Of Paradise
  • Dogs In Art
  • Cats In Art
  • Photos Of A Live Butterfly Garden
  • Animals by Marian Cates
and the slideshows:
  • 100 Most Interesting Birds by Mike Baird
  • Animals On Postage Stamps
We've added more online shops & studios to our recommendations, providing convenient links for you. All of our recommendations are to safe and secure sites. And we've divided the online shops into categories for your ease of browsing.

Enjoy the animals,
Marian


Saturday, October 1, 2011

FOCUS ON CHILDREN

October's issue of Art-Online is focused on children.

We have the videos: 
  • Caterpillar Craft
  • Hand Art by Cirque Du Soleil
  • Making Aluminum Paper Rings
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Children In Art
And we have the slideshows:
  •  Postage Stamps For Kids
  • Lynette Shelley's Curious Creatures
  • Art For Children
Send in photos of your kids' artwork and we'll set up a Children's Art Section where we can show selected ones on a regular basis. Email them to ocicatstudio@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Marian


Monday, August 1, 2011

BOATS IN THE WATER AND IN ART

Our August issue focuses on boats, building them, as well as painting and drawing them. 

We start with a fascinating video of a boat-building company on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. 

Our video tutorial is on painting boats using brushes and painting knives. 

We have three other videos on boats in art: 

  • Beach, Boats, And Water Paintings 
  • Boats  At Low Tide 
  • Wooden Boats. 

And we have an auto-slideshow of boat photos by Fotomoto.

Ahoy and enjoy!

Friday, July 1, 2011

PAINTING & DRAWING

Our July issue focuses on painting and drawing.

We open with a video of the Argentinian watercolor painter, Diego Sierro. Other painting and drawing videos include:

  • Pet Portraits by Andy Quelch
  • A Tutorial: How To Paint Your Pet's Portrait
  • Mary Herbert's Dog Speed Painting

Slideshows include:
  • Bill Bouton's photos of Cormorants, Pelican & Seabirds
  • My photos & paintings of Animals
  • Photo & Design Enhancement

We include two HubPages Quizes:
  • Photo Enhancement Quiz
  • Online Shop Quiz

For those interested in painting and drawing, we have instructional books, as well as painting and drawing supplies, that received excellent ratings from customers of Amazon.com.

As usual, more shops & studios have been added to our recommendations, and all have good to excellent ratings with the Web of Trust and can be visited with confidence in their safety.

Enjoy the July issue! And good luck on the quizzes.


Cheers, Marian

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

INVITATION TO SUBMIT

July is almost upon us, and that means a new issue of Art-Online.

I want to open up Art-Onine to new faces.

If you have a video or slideshow that you would like to submit to Art-Online for possible publication, please contact me at mariancates@msn.com.

Cheers,
Marian

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FASHION AND ACCESSSORIES

Our June issue is all about fashion. We start off with a video of the eccentrically classic Ralph Lauren 2011 Spring Collection.

Next we have videos and slideshows from designers and creators of handmade fashions:
  • Bedford Falls Headwear
  • The May Flower
  • Gabs Bags
Our featured photographer for June is Mike Baird. His Mindwalk slideshow offers captivating photos of seals, sea otters, birds, flowers and even a few humans.

Also on the menu is a slideshow of my custom products. You can order any product personalized with your name, monogram, logo, family crest, Scottish clan, or shop or business name. My fine-art paintings are shown in a Fine Art America slideshow.

See how much you know about slideshows by taking the HubPages Flickr Slideshow Quiz. Click on the link at the bottom of the quiz to check out my how-to article, Create Flickr Slideshows.

Shop and studio links have been added to our recommendations. Our goal is to make online shopping and art-collecting easier and safer for you. All the shops and studios we recommend have earned a Good to Excellent rating from the Web Of Trust (http://www.mywot.com).

Let the fashion show begin!

Cheers,
Marian

Sunday, May 1, 2011

FOCUS ON HANDMADE JEWELRY

REVISED 5/2/11:

Our May issue offers videos and slideshows of handmade jewelry, as well as a five-part video documentary of one of the most famous jewelers of modern times, Peter Carl Faberge.

Our present-day jewelers have online shops called Finding Charm, Noble Gnome, Nachnaabichhoo, and The Bracelets Shop.

In addition, we have a slideshow of Herons & Egrets by the nature photographer Marlin Harms.

Through the newsletter, Daily Designer News, we were led to two videos on cutting-edge design and manufacturing technology. These videos may be found at the top of the solid-blue background section of this issue.

As earlier announced, we've reorganized the handmade shops into categories for the shopping convenience of our reader/viewers.

Add on a few new display ads and slideshows and you have the May issue, which I hope you will enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments. And, by all means, subscribe by email to Art-Online, so that you'll know when a new issue of Art-Online hits the screen.

Cheers,
Marian

Friday, April 22, 2011

MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEOS & SLIDESHOWS


If you want your work to show up in blogs and e-zines, you can increase your chances by creating your own videos and slideshows.

No doubt, many of you are "old hands" with such technology. But for those who aren't, may I suggest using Animoto for short videos with music and Flickr for slideshows.

Bloggers are always looking for interesting and entertaining material that they can show in their blogs. Once you have a professional video or slideshow, you can query them to see if they'd like to run yours. As an incentive, perhaps you could offer a discount in your shop or studio.

Animoto videos are free and have background music. You may want to make more than one video, so that you'll have a variety of background music. Bloggers will have their own taste in music, and you don't want them to reject your video just because of the music that accompanies it.

For Flickr slideshows, you'll need to become a Pro member, which costs under $30 a year. You can create a slideshow of all the photos you've uploaded to your studio, aka photostream. Or you can create sets and show slideshows of the sets.

There are other ways to create videos and slideshows, but Animoto and Flickr are two easy ones. If you have experience creating videos and slideshows, you're invited to leave comments.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

LINKS TO HANDMADE SHOPS


For the convenience of visitors, today I divided the links for Handmade Shops into separate categories, e.g., Handmade Jewelry, Handmade Candles, Handmade Decor.

Those whose shops are listed in the Handmade links can check to see that they are in the proper category or categories. Please let me know if any adjustments need to be made. I'll be glad to make them!

Cheers,
Marian

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

AMERICAN ARTISTS

Our April issue features American Artists.

We offer videos of:

Laurel Burch
Mary Cassatt
William K. Roy
Julie Hill

We also have a fun video of Sandcastles and a slideshow of recent artwork from Brazen Designs.

As always, I've added new links to our recommended studios and shops. To keep Art-Online up-to-date, I've removed links that were no longer valid.

Cheers,
Marian

Thursday, March 3, 2011

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY

This month we focus on Photography with videos on:

Henri Cartier-Besson
Annie Liebovitz
Sally Mann

and slideshows of photos by:

Marlin Harms
Mike Baird
Donald Quintana

Artists include:

John Singer Sargent (video)
Jay Fields (slideshow)

Tutorials are for:

Drawing and Painting
Creating Cloth Jewelry

We have a video of a 2-day old gorilla.  Plus, some of my artwork and designs are thrown into the mix.

As usual, I've added new links to Great Handmade Shops, Online Shops, Vintage Shops and Online Galleries.

Enjoy!

Cheers,
Marian

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HUMANE SOCIETY 20011 PET PHOTO CONTEST


Using the link above, please vote for Shaggy Shaddy in the Humane Society Dog Photo Contest. Thanks! Marian

Monday, February 7, 2011

PICASSO & UNDERWATER SCULPTURE

For February, we've selected new videos, slideshows and spotlights that we hope you'll enjoy.

Videos:
A look at Picasso
Underwater sculpture
Art shows
A craft show

Tutorials:
Art: Tree branches
Crafts: Celtic Knot pendant

New Spotlights of shops and artists

New Flickr slideshows.

Enjoy!

Cheers,
Marian

Bulldog by Marian Cates

Bulldog by Marian Cates
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Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates

Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates
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Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration

Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration
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Robin Hood by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration