For our “resident artists” – Art Insider-Quarantine issue

Artistic Insider June 2017 edition! - The Art Store

In times like these, you find the best in yourself and others. You also find that the little things don’t matter and that leaving your mark in this world is far more important in your gains than your losses. Today you gained time in your studios. You just became the resident artist we dream of. This your time to pursue who you want to be.

As of Monday the 23rd of March, the Art Store has lost all ways to restock art materials in the store until mid-April. This does not mean we are cancelling classes or workshops since I had been able to reorder consistently since October. The racks are full in the store at this time and we are still open until the state of Arizona or CDC issues a directive of closing all non-essential stores and services. Graham Acrylics are very much in stock at 40% off……..I had ordered an entire rack of acrylics as the discussion of closing the warehouses had begun. Since my opinion is the creation of art is an essential way to destress, having the art materials is essential to do so. The safety of the people in their entirety is far greater so if the directive is issued, we will close until the CDC finds the virus is contained. Any class or workshop fees will be forwarded to the following month as a credit to be used within the store products or services provided. This is a very unusual situation so if a credit for the services is needed we will be honoring this. Shipping of art materials and shipping personal items to your loved ones is being offered as a service from the store so you do not have to go to the drop-off locations for Fed-ex.

Please stay aware of your own health both physical, mental and spiritual. Place the most care to yourself as YOU mean a lot to your friends and family. Wash your hands, stay home as much as you can and protect your paper products, especially your art papers! And for goodness sake, use a proxy when you can……….I have already been so for others. I’m healthy enough now to help others so its now my responsibility to do so. – Keith Kendall, Owner & manager, The Art Store, LLC

Jack Richeson : The Casein Competition ONLINE 2020

Artwork by Stephen Quiller
Artwork by Stephen Quiller

COVID-19 UPDATEDue to the COVID-19 virus, the state of Wisconsin has mandated a temporary closure of businesses. Effective immediately, we will be temporarily suspending new entries to the Casein 2020 competition. ALL deadlines pertaining to this competition are being postponed to later dates. The rescheduled dates will be released May 1st. Please stay tuned to the website, Facebook or Instagram for updates when they become available.

Casein 2020

Introducing an innovative art competition: Casein 2020. This competition highlights casein paint, a unique milk-based paint. It dries to a vintage matte finish, is reworkable and photographs beautifully.

For the first time ever, artists will be receiving a casein kit included with their $50.00 entry fee. The kit includes: 9 color casein set, 2 Richeson artist brushes, and Hahnemühle paper. Plus the first 75 registered artists will receive a copy of Water Media Painting by artist Stephen Quiller. Always wanted to try casein? This is a great opportunity to experience a new medium. For more information on how to use casein, visit our page on Casein Use.

Best in Show Award $5,000 cash, plus over $2,300 in materials awards.

The top 25 paintings selected will be featured in an online exhibit. The Awards Juror for this exhibit is world-renown artist and water media expert, Stephen Quiller.


Full Competiton details: Casein Competition Prospectus

Want to participate?  Commitment to Submit Form

What does this mean for us? We just got more time to paint for this event and we are home to do so. The Art Store has casein in sets and single tubes for use in the competition. – Keith K.


5 Steps For Community-Care: Dealing With Stress

Anxiety and stress are natural reactions to this situation. But the better you can manage your response to what unfolds, the better you can show up for yourself, your staff and your store. Our team found this article about self-care particularly helpful. If it’s unlikely you’ll read it, (because information overload is a thing), here are the “Too long, didn’t read” takeaways:

  • Water. Hydrate as much as possible.
  • Routines. Keep as many of your routines in place as possible: the way you get ready in the morning, the time you go to bed. If you are working from an unusual location (not in your store), try to make that location as much like your usual workspace.
  • Hugs. Hug yourself. During a time where it is in our best interest to restrict human contact, we aren’t getting those helpful endorphins that come from hugs! Squeezing yourself is a great tactic for reducing stress and works well with anxiety. Don’t call it New Agey until you try it.
  • Breaks. Recognize when you need to regroup. Five minutes lying on the floor does wonders.
  • Call. Don’t text. Hearing someone’s voice, calling friends and family, video chatting when you can’t be in the same room…it makes a difference, boosts morale and, if you are talking business, gets the point across successfully.

Old Master scandal: Italy rejects European arrest warrant for painter connected to forgery case

Lino Frongia was arrested in September as part of a major investigation involving works purportedly by Lucas Cranach, Frans Hals, Parmigianino, Gentileschi and Bronzino

The court of appeal in Bologna has rejected a European arrest warrant issued for Lino Frongia, a local painter, in connection with a series of alleged Old Master forgeries that has rocked the US and European art markets, The Art Newspaper France reports.

This is a major setback for the Parisian judge Aude Burési who has led the criminal investigation in to the scandal over the past five years.

In the coming days, the court of appeal in Milan is expected to hear the cases of another person under investigation, Giuliano Ruffini. They are both also fighting European arrest warrants. Their Parisian lawyer, Philippe Scarzella, says he feels “quite optimistic” after the decision in Bologna.

The case involves paintings purported to be works by Lucas Cranach, Frans Hals, Parmigianino, Gentileschi and Bronzino, which have sold for millions of pounds. Over the past three decades, these works, along with many others, were sold by Giuliano Ruffini, usually through intermediaries, via major international galleries and auction houses.

Some of the pictures were exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Louvre almost acquired the alleged Frans Hals, which is now the subject of a civil lawsuit in London.

Frongia’s lawyer, Tatiana Minchiarelli, argued in court that the evidence in the warrant did not sufficiently justify her client’s transfer to Paris. She pointed out that Frongia was only connected to one of the paintings in the investigation: a work deemed as an El Greco by several experts and leading figures including former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s under-secretary for culture Vittorio Sgarbi.

The criminal investigation has been severely hampered by tensions between France and Italy, which started in May 2016 when a French court opposed the judgment of a local court in Treviso ordering the restitution of an alleged Goya to Frongia.

Frongia and the Ruffini’s arrest warrants were issued in May 2018 after they declined to be interviewed in Paris by French investigators. Frongia was arrested in northern Italy in September and was released after a day.

A rejection by the Milan court of the other warrant issued for Ruffini would be a further blow to the French investigators.

Both men maintain their innocence. The Art Newspaper

Art Store Class and Workshop Update

For April the store is offering the same schedule of classes and if another class is needed for painting, it will be split up to Tuesdays as to follow any CDC regulations.

The Watercolor Workshop at the end of March is now sold out. If you wish to add yourself to the waiting list, you do so by emailing us at or calling us at 928-443-0749.

To view our current schedules of classes and workshops, please feel free to click on the middle image of our footer or clicking here.

Historic Prints Made by Japanese Fishermen Help Track Endangered Species

Gyotaku prints, made by pressing a fish covered in ink on paper, have been a credible research tool to examine marine biodiversity.

For centuries, fishermen in Japan have been creating ink prints of fish and sea species in a practice known as Gyotaku (魚拓) or “fish rubbing” in English. Originally used to record catches or brag about them in front of others, Gyotaku later became a recognized art form. Now, a new study led by two Japanese biologists has found a new use for the fish prints as a research tool for examining marine biodiversity and tracking extinct species.

Yusuke Miyazaki and Atsunobu Murase from the University of Miyazaki in southern Japan studied 261 samples of gyotaku collected from bait-and-tackle shops in local areas with threatened fish species.

“Methods for obtaining historical biodiversity information are mostly limited to examining museum specimens or surveying past literature,” the researchers write in their study. “The present study demonstrates the validity of examining ‘gyotaku’ for historical biodiversity information.”

According to the study, the oldest gyotaku prints date back to 1839, towards the end of Japan’s Edo Period. A collection of these prints is currently held at the Tsuruoka City Library. Others made in the 1850s–60s are kept at the Chido Museum in Tsuruoka and the Homma Museum of Art Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture.

Gyotaku is traditionally created by pressing a sheet of thin Japanese Washi paper onto a fish coated in black Sumi ink. The print usually includes additional stamps indicating the date of the catch, the location, the fisher’s name, a witness’s name, the fish species, and the type of fishing tackle used. While traditional gyotaku was printed by using black writing ink, modern color versions are used today for artistic and educational purposes.

According to the researchers, the “distributional information” provided in Gyotaku prints proved to be a credible data source for identifying dwindling fish populations included in the country’s Red List of endangered species. For instance, out of the tens of prints they collected, the biologists found only one depicting the fish species Sillago parvisquamis around Tokyo Bay, where it’s in danger of extinction. Seven prints of Hucho perryi were found in Hokkaido, while just three prints of Latesjaponicus (or Japanese Lates) were recorded in Miyazaki Prefecture.

“Given the rarity of these threatened species in some regions, ‘gyotaku’ are probably important vouchers for estimating historical population status, and factors of decline or extinction,” the scientists concluded.

But now, gyotaku itself is in danger of extinction. “Storage of gyotaku in the public areas of shops and stores is usually less than ideal, with exposure to tobacco smoke, sunlight, and moisture,” the study says. “This is the main reason for deteriorating gyotaku. In fact, some shop owners reported disposing of older damaged materials.”

Furthermore, the researchers concede that an equal threat to gyotaku is modern technology, as fishers today inevitably prefer to boast their catches in the new documentation form known as the selfie. Hyperallergic

15 Art Therapy Ideas and Activities For Beginners

Now, let’s get to the core of this article, shall we? You will find some amazingly simple and effective art therapy ideas and activities below:

1. Sadness

Paint a rainbow:

Image of an art therapy ideas rainbow drawing

2. Worried

Make origami:

Image of origami art as therapy

3. Listless

Draw landscapes:

Image of a watercolor landscape

4. Angry

Draw lines:

Image of colorful lines drawn to express anger as an art therapy ideas

5. Focus

Draw grids and a target:

Image of drawn grids and a target for concentration

6. Need to make the right choice

Draw waves and circles:

Image of some circles and waves for art therapy

7. Bored

Paint with different colors:

Image of a colorful canvas

8. Enraged

Tear a piece of paper:

Image of a torn piece of paper

9. Nostalgic

Draw a maze:

Image of a maze to express and feel nostalgia

10. Difficulty understanding wishes

Make a collage:

Image of collage art therapy ideas

11. Confused

Draw a mandala:

Image of an art therapy mandala

12. Stuck

Draw spirals:

Image of a spiral drawn on black paper as an art therapy idea

13. Difficulty understanding feelings

Draw yourself:

Image of a sad face drawn on paper as an art therapy idea

14. Desperation

Draw roads:

Image of roads drawn for art therapy

15. Need to arrange thoughts

Draw cells or squares:

Image of cells and squares drawn for art therapy


There are so many benefits of art therapy that it’s worth taking the time to dabble and experiment. The point isn’t to create a beautiful piece of art, the point of art therapy is to express your inner feelings, thoughts, and unconscious struggles.

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