Breaking Rules

Jan 30 2021
Edd Johannemann

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso I find that people who do not consider themselves to be artistic are often surprised to learn that there are rules in art. Their impression is that an artist should be able to conjure up artwork, much like conjuring

Truth and the Red and Blue Ball

Jan 24 2021
Edd Johannemann

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence In light of recent events, I have found myself pondering “Truth.” Truth is an important consideration for

The Sacred Sea, a journey completed.

Jan 10 2021
Edd Johannemann

So you’ve signed a contract to commission artwork? Once a contract has been signed, the real collaboration begins. In the example we’ve been discussing in this blog series, I began work on the project by doing some research on Japanese block prints, aesthetics and culture.  Reflecting on what was learned, I created a draft sketch

A commission begins… Into the Sacred Sea.

Jan 02 2021
Edd Johannemann

The commission process, for me, is an opportunity to collaborate and ultimately craft a shared vision into a tangible finished artwork. I find this to be quite fulfilling. The first step is discussing the project with the person(s) commissioning the work. I also explain how my process works, establish expectations, and determine a time line.

commissioned artwork

How is art commissioned?

Dec 26 2020
Edd Johannemann

Okay, now that I want to commission art, how does it work? First, contact the artist and inquire as to whether they accept commissions. Not all artists work on a commissioned basis, but let’s assume the artist you’ve contacted does. How artists handle commissions varies, but there are common practices. Begin by asking about the artist’s

Why commission art?

Dec 18 2020
Edd Johannemann

Have you ever looked a work of art and thought, “Wow, that’s amazing! I really like that piece of art.”? If so, rest assured that you are not alone. You are also not alone if you’ve thought, “ I would really like to have that piece, but I have no place in my home for

Who are you in a divided nation?

Dec 11 2020
Edd Johannemann

The sculpture pictured here is titled “Portrait of Self: America.” Last year I was invited to participate in a group show titled, “Years of Chaos – Issues That Are Destroying Us.” The show was politically themed and this was the work created for it. It struck me then, as it does now, that partisanship is