Monday, December 27, 2010


I just came across this interesting project.

The project’s rules are simple. Writers send artists a story or poem, and artists send writers an image of their painting, photograph, or sculpture. During the ten-day project period, each person uses their partner’s piece as a jumping off point for new work of their own.

SPARK Rounds take place in February, May, August, and October and are open to all.

I figure it's another good way to get my artwork out there.

Amore Adumbration

I created this newest piece as a Christmas present for my girlfriend. It is based on a sketch she did when she was in college. I took most of the elements she had in her original sketch, and added my own style to it.

(Click the images for a slightly larger version.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ballston Arts & Craft Market

I just submitted my entry for exhibiting at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market.

Ballston Arts & Crafts Market (blog link)
We are a monthly juried outdoor market for the exhibition and sale of original handmade art-and-craft items. Our mission is to further the exposure of both alternative and traditional arts and crafts in the DC/NOVA area.

Held April - October every Second Saturdays from 10am-4pm, this season's Market Dates are:

April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 & October 8

Located in Welburn Square (The Ballston Circle) between North Stuart & North 9th Streets.

Contact Jessica:
The deadline is February 2nd.

City Paper Ad

In the recent issue of the City Paper, my ad that I've been running for several months now, was finally featured in the number one spot of the ad section!

I thought it was pretty cool!

There's also a complimentary online ad that runs on their website each week as well, but that is based on your posting date. Click here for the online ad section.

Call for Entry Direct Art

Just sent in my submission for this.

Direct Art was founded in 1996 and has emerged in the last decade as a leading alternative fine art magazine. Direct Art’s mission is to display the work of the finest, most interesting and talented artists from around the globe. Each issue is packed with new artists. Selected annually from an international talent search, the work of these artists makes Direct Art unique and unlike any other art magazine. Because if its uniqueness, Direct Art appeals to a wide audience. Artists, collectors, gallery owners and ordinary folks who love pictures are all lured to the colorful creativity of Direct Art.

Direct Art is published annually by SlowArt Productions and is released in the fall of each year. It is distributed by COMAG Marketing Group, the same distributors of Art News and Art in America, to fine book and magazine stores across America, including Barnes and Noble and Borders Books and Music. Additional copies are distributed to New York City galleries, museums and specialty book stores.

Direct Art 18 Competition
Entry Deadline March 31, 2011

This competition is for Direct Art Magazine, Volume 18, Fall 2011 edition. The competition is for twenty publication awards. Artist winners of the competition will, at no cost to the artist, have their work appear Volume 18 of Direct Art Magazine. See details of the awards listed below. Read details of Direct Art here:

Grand Prize: Front Cover and six page feature display.
Second Prize: Back Cover and four page feature display.
Awards 3-4: Four page feature.
Awards 5-6: Double page feature display.
Awards 7-20: Single full page display.

Editors Awards: Additional pages, inside covers, mast head and outside covers may be assigned based on editorial selection.

PUBLICATION TERMS: Winning artists will be published in the fall 2011 edition of Direct Art Magazine. The magazine will be distributed by COMAG Marketing Group, the distributors of Art News and Art in America to book and magazine stores across the USA. The issue will be on display and available in stores, including Barnes and Noble and Borders Book stores, from October 2011 - January 2012. Featured artists will also be displayed on the Direct Art web site for one year. All works published will be reproduced with permission of the artist. Artist retains all copyrights to the artwork and the image will not be reproduced or used in any other format. Direct Art will claim no percentage on any artwork sold or business generated through the magazine.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than April 30, 2011. Results will be posted on or before this date at: Notification will be made via email and/or by mail with the return of materials in the SASE provided by the artist. Artists who do not include the SASE because they do not want their submission materials returned must provide a self addressed stamped #10 (letter size) envelope if they wish to be notified by mail. All artists who provide a working email address will be notified via email, if no email or return envelope is provided, artists will only be notified if accepted for publication. Type or print your email address clearly, if a mistake is made reading it you will not be notified. Read the notification page for details of the notification policy.

Monday, December 20, 2010

(e)merge, a new contemporary art fair in DC

Found this little article online.
There will be multiple platforms. There will be free exhibitions spaces for a number of unrepresented artists that will be vetted by a committee of art professionals. Additionally, there will be approximately 50 galleries who exhibits and support emerging artists and a number of non-profit organizations as well. (e)merge will have a strong cultural component including educational programming with panel discussions, lectures, tours, and all kinds of fun performances and events as well.

(e)merge – Washington, DC – September 22nd to 25th 201

20x200 Submission

As we see it, there are a lot of people out there who want to sell their art and a lot of people who'd like to buy it. They just have a hard time finding each other. The internet is the perfect place to bring those people together, and we're exactly the right people to make it happen. We're passionate about art and the internet at 20x200. We're really excited about creating a place where almost any art lover can be an art collector.

We introduce at least two new editions a week: one photo and one work on paper. Most are available in three or four sizes. When we first launched, the smallest size was reprinted in the largest batch — an edition of 200 — and sold at the lowest price — $20. Hence the name 20x200. (We say it: "twenty by two-hundred." 200x20 just didn't sound as good.) We also offer 11"x14" editions of 500 for $50, 16"x20" editions of 20 for $200, 20"x24" editions of 50 for $500, 24"x30" editions of 10 for $1,000 and 30"x40" editions of 2 for $2,000. We may occasionally offer editions at other sizes and price points. Usually, the original artwork is also available so let us know if you want the one-and-only!

Every single print is delivered with a numbered certificate of authenticity that is signed by the artist, the artist's bio and statement, and instructions for caring for your print.


Thank you for your interest in our space Russ. Due to the high volume of submissions and proposals that Gallery5 recieves on a regular basis, we are unable to accept your work at this time. We appreciate that you had us in mind though! Please keep us updated on your future endeavors and we will let you know if there is an appropriate venue for your talents.
In the mean time, here are our general submission criteria...
- All mailed materials should be sent to:
Gallery5 Submissions
200 W. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23220
- Portfolios may also be sent through email to
- All digital images included should be roughly 72 dpi and no larger than 10" in the largest dimension (emailed or on disc)
- Submitted portfolios may include bio, resume, statement, fact sheet, and any relevant links (preferably in rtf format)
Please let me know if you have any additional questions about Gallery5!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

All Purpose PDF Flyer

If I can figure out what to put on a fourth page, I could do a little brochure with all my stats.

CV Resume

Associates Degree - Communication Design
Illustration Specialization, Electronic Graphic Design Specialization
Development in art education.

2011 - The Soundry, Vienna, VA
Mama Earth
2011 - Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery, Washington, DC
Mama Earth
2011 - Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC
Artomatic Takes Flight
2011 - The Lederer, Lockhart and Bridge Galleries of SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Art Blizzard
2009 - Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD

2011 - Interior Art, International Contemporary Artists; I.C.A. Publishing
2011 - Interior Art, Spark 11; Spark
2011 - Interior Art, WPA 2011 Artist Directory; Washington Project for the Arts
2008 - Logo Design, Spy in the House of Fitzwalter; Phoenix Tree Press
2005 - Interior Art, The Eddifox Origins; Trafford Publishing
2001 - Cover Art, Icarian Dreams; Labyrinth Entertainment

2010 - Private Collection, "Amore Adumbration"
2008 - Private Collection, "EarthBattle" and "WaterBattle"
2008 - Commissioned for album cover, "JesusHell"
2007 - Commissioned by Phoenix Tree Press, "Phoenix Tree Logo"
2005 - Private Collection, "Maternal Love-Heavenly Love"
2005 - Private Collection, "flutterEyes"
2005 - Commissioned by Trafford Publishing, "Eddifox Hero" and "Raven"
2005 - Commissioned for album cover, "The Wave"
2004 - Commissioned for album cover, "staticVoid"
2003 - Commissioned for album cover, "depth"
2001 - Commissioned by Labyrinth Entertainment, "Icarian Dreams"

Member - Washington Project for the Arts
Member - Greater Reston Arts center
Member - Pyramid Atlantic

Russ McIntosh
9206 Dellwood Dr, SW
Vienna VA 22180

CV Examples

This is just a posting for me to reference in writing up a CV for my art career

Ellen Million Graphics FANTASY ART SHOP Submission

A complete source for fantasy art and stationery products: Dragons, Unicorns, Mermaids, Fairies (or Faeries!), Phoenix and other creatures of magic and wonder on Stationery, Cards, Bookmarks, Prints, Coloring Books, Mousepads, Stickers, T-shirts, Purses, Magnets, and much more.

You may contact me by email at I generally have a bit of a backlog to get through - I am one person answering ALL email, so the plus is that you get a personal, actual response, and the minus is that is sometimes takes more than 24 hours to hear from me. I take weekends off to keep my sanity. I have a spam filter, and recommend using the form below to avoid it - or at least to put something relevant and personal in the subject line; Hi Ellen doesn't always cut it - spammers like to use those tricks, too... try 'I'm an artist and have a question' or 'Coloring book order from EMG' as good ways to get my attention.

I just submitted an inquiry to this site. It was referred to me from a fantasy artist. I do have numerous fantasy related images that I think would work well with their format.

Accepted to Art Blizzard!!

Well I just checked my email and I got the approval that my 5 submissions were accepted. Woo-hoo! My first showing!

The Lederer, Lockhart and Bridge Galleries of SUNY Geneseo

Art Blizzard
Exhibition Dates: February 12 – March 12, 2011
Preview: Sat., Feb. 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
Reception: Sat. Feb. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.
Online Gallery opens: February 13 at 4 p.m.

Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery
Art Blizzard
SUNY, Geneseo
1 College Circle, Brodie Hall 232
Geneseo, NY 14454

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hemphill Rejection

Keep them coming!! Perseverance is the key!

Dear Russ,

Thank you for your interest in HEMPHILL. Unfortunately we are not reviewing artist portfolios at this time. We wish you much luck in your pursuit.


Shira Farber

1515 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel. (202) 234-5601
Fax. (202) 234-5607

Dark Highlands

DEADLINE: Mon, January 31, 2011
Dark Highlands Anthology: Vol. 2
Location: IL
Dark Highlands accepts continuous, year-round submissions for Dark Highlands Anthology, a professional, semi-annual collection of darkly-themed artwork, poetry, and short fiction in the subject areas of horror, fantasy, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and the supernatural. NO submission fee.

April Volume (January 31st)
October Volume (July 31st)

Pay Rates
Cover Art: $50
Interior Art: $25

In addition, each published contributor will receive a free copy of the Anthology.
The editorial staff will determine the number of published submissions in each category after consideration of the number, quality, and length of submissions.

Art Blizzard

The Lederer, Lockhart and Bridge Galleries of SUNY Geneseo

Art Blizzard,
a non –juried exhibition
Exhibition Dates: February 12 – March 12, 2011
Preview: Sat., Feb. 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
Reception: Sat. Feb. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.
Online Gallery opens: February 13 at 4 p.m.
Contact: Cynthia Hawkins, Gallery Director

Art Blizzard is a non-juried show inviting participants nationally and internationally to donate five 5 x 5 inch works on paper in support of the Galleries. The title of the exhibit envisions a blizzard of artwork in lieu of snow. All donated artwork will remain on sale at the online Marketplace. The art will be installed in the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery and posted in the Art Blizzard online gallery. Donations of $20 can made on site or online and the donor shall receive a work of their choice.

The exhibition is open to all working artists. Entries must be original works of art.

Submit jpeg digital images of 5 works that 5” x 5” to Art Blizzard link on the website. Each image must be uploaded in two sizes:
80x80 and 250x250. And image quality 300 ppi. If you do not complete this stage your artwork will not appear in the Art Blizzard online gallery.
Each image file should be labeled as: lastname-firstname1.jpeg (providing numbers 1 -5 for each image submitted).
Email digital submissions to:

1. All entries must be UNFRAMED
2. Size specifications: 5” x 5”
3. Maximum submissions: 5
4. 2D preferred
5. 3D accepted but must be light weight and able to be mounted on a wall with pins
6. All artwork will be mounted on a wall with pins
7. All signatures will be on the back of the artwork
8. Submission forms must be completed online along with digital images of artwork
9. Artwork must be delivered no later than January 21, 2011 by 5 p.m.

Media accepted include
2 D media and lightweight wall mountable 3D artwork

The LLB Galleries may use images of artwork for publicity purposes. By submitting your work to this exhibition you agree that reproduction of digital files and photographs can be used for archival, educational and publicity purposes.

Donation of Artwork
The artwork submitted to Art Blizzard will be available to the public for a donation of $20. All proceeds will benefit the exhibition program of LLB Galleries.




Air Sprite

Fire Sprite

I figure since it is a showing at a college in New York, they will be more open-minded, so I submitted these 5 images, which shows the broad range of my work.


ContainerSpace is shipping container located on George Mason Campus. The shipping container is a rehabilitated & repurposed object that is used as a nontraditional gallery space. Recycling & sustainability are key conceptual features of this project.

I figure why not submit my artwork to be exhibited there!

Monday, December 13, 2010

McGaw Graphics

I like that they were upfront, and said that my style is not within the demographics.


Thank you for your interest in our company. I was able to take a look at your samples and although your work is lovely and surely has its niche in the art world, it isn’t a style we can currently use to fill the needs of our customers. We base much of our artwork choices around the requests of our customers as well as on current trends in the marketplace. We feel that we would not be successful in finding the appropriate venues for your work with the client base we have. I encourage you to continue pursuing representation for your artwork and wish you luck in doing so.

Thank You,

Jess Rogers
Art Director I McGaw Graphics Inc.
800-969-1171 ext. 253 I

Blazing Rejection

Blazing Editions

Well they seemed to have looked at my work and enjoyed it enough to keep me on file.

Hey Russ,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. My Team and I have been on the road for the last couple of weeks. Anyways, unfortunately we are not taking on anyone right now for representation. However, your work is very detailed and we will keep you in mind if anyone is looking for your style of painting. Thanks for your interest in Blazing Editions and good luck. Keep painting!

Josef Blazar

Friday, December 10, 2010

Deljou Art Group

Though it's not a rejection or acceptance letter. I did receive this response back from Deljou Art Group, that I submitted to yesterday.

Thank you for your submission. We always enjoy reviewing new artwork. Your information and images will be passed on to the art committee.

If they are interested, I will be notified within 4 to 6 weeks. Then I will notify you via email.

Please note, if the submission does not get approved by the committee there will be no notification from me.

Thank you for your interest in Deljou Art Group.

Sonja Rodewald
Deljou Art Group

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Licensing Submissions

From the post earlier, regarding Licensing Companies, I have started sending out submissions to a few of them that are still accepting new artists.

So far I have submitted to:

Add Another to the List

Well at least she took the effort to respond back!

Thank you for contacting my gallery. Unfortunately, I am in the process of scaling back and am not taking on any new artists or new portfolios.
I do wish you success with your efforts.
Kathleen Ewing

Portfolio on CD

Since a lot of places require a CD portfolio to be sent in as part of the submission process. I just wrapped up the finishing touches on my own. Some places are specific about what type of files to send, and others were vague, so I figured an all in one CD would work. I've included a PowerPoint version, a PDF file, and a clickable HTML mini-web portfolio. Also there is a text information file, that can be opened in most notepad software, as well as a folder with standalone images. I think that should cover everything.

Below are some examples of the files.

This is for the PowerPoint and PDF.

This is a sample of the standalone image.
Basically a low resolution file of my 11" x 17" prints.

Here are links to the files:
HTML portfolio
PowerPoint portfolio
PDF portfolio

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fairfax Art Fairs

Okay so far I've sent an email to the Fairfax Authority and an admin for the Spotlight Festival. The booths are roughly $100 which is more feasible being a starving artist, then the $250-$500 some places are asking.

Spotlight on the Arts
Held each April, Spotlight on the Arts features three weeks of music, dance, theater, art and choral concerts. Sponsored by the city in cooperation with George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and City of Fairfax Schools, Spotlight on the Arts events take place at venues throughout the city, university and college locations. For information, visit or call 703.352.ARTS.

Fall Festival
Annually, the City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a Fall Festival held in historic downtown Fairfax on the second Saturday in October. This popular event begins at 10 a.m. and includes arts and crafts, ethnic foods, children's corner, rides and musical entertainment. There are more than 500 arts, crafts and food vendors participating in the festival. Entertainment and children's activities also are provided. Attendance is about 35,000-45,000. For information, call 703.385.7858.

Holiday Craft Show
The third Saturday and Sunday of November are reserved for the Holiday Craft Show. The craft show is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run. This event features a variety of seasonal arts and crafts with more than 200 vendors - plus a visit from and photos with Santa Claus. Child care is provided. Attendance is about 8,000-10,000. For information, call 703.385.7858.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Business News Submission

Here's my submissions for Art Business News magazine, that I spoke of earlier:



Angelic Composition

Art Carnage

I just came across an Indie Art Market that is right in my back yard!! So I had to submit to see if I could be a possible vendor!

The Soundry is open from 8a-1a 7 days a week. Every night, if one or more of our members is working, we’re happy to stay open as late as 1a. Come visit us in the center of Vienna, VA at:
316 Dominion Road
Vienna, VA 22180

Indie Art Market meets the Carnival Train

Last Saturday NIGHT of every Month (except Dec.)!



Vendors Wanted! Table space just $10! Art Carnage is juried and you can APPLY HERE!

Performers can APPLY HERE. Each month Art Carnage books a variety of entertainment including musicians, comics, poets, rappers, mimes, jugglers, dancers and other talented people to infuse their magic into this unique event. Please click on the application link for more information.

42 Companies that Will Publish Your Work

This posting is a couple years old. I need to go through and see if any of them are still accepting submissions.

Have you ever walked into a Bed, Bath and Beyond, or Target and wondered how artists got to sell prints and reproductions of their work there? Here's a list of 42 publishers accepting ongoing artist submissions. For information on what publishers are looking for and how to apply, be sure to read Laci Burke and Ruth Burke's article, Working with Publishers: How to earn royalties from your prints and reproductions, in the November 2008 issue of Art Calendar:

Monday, December 6, 2010

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Query Letters

Here is a listing, for me to check back on, of places I've submitted query emails to regarding submissions.

**Updated 12/20/10

Friday, December 3, 2010


I received this message from Flashpoint. Hopefully they post the January submission form soon. They seem to be like the Art League at the Torpedo Factory. I need to stop by someday and take a look around.

Hi Russ-

I am the Programs Intern at Cultural Development Corporation and just
wanted to let you know that the Gallery is in the process of collecting
request for proposals from artists. You can submit on our website at This is
where you can fill out an application and gives more information about
the program.

Happy Submission!


Monica Sifuentez
Programs Intern
Cultural Development Corporation | We Make Space for Art
916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001
202.315.1312 |

And Another One!

Dear Russ McIntosh,

Thank you for contacting me. I did look at your work and find it very interesting.
You may not know but I have not been taking on any new artists for quite a long time.
Most of my time is spent managing both my own website and &
You may want to join
This is the site for the greater Washington DC area. We add your name with a image and link out to your site.
Then we add a banner or thumbnail from time to time with more links to your site. The annual fee is $150, payable in advance.
If you want, I can send you a contract.

Jane Haslem

Oooh, a rejection letter with the opportunity to pay her to join an online community! Seriously?!

First Rejection Letter!

Dear Mr Mcintosh,
I am writing to you on behalf of Marsha Ralls and the Ralls Collection with regards to your recent inquiry about the gallery. Thank you for your interest in exhibiting your work at The Ralls Collection, Inc. We have enjoyed reviewing the materials that you have featured on your website; however we are not currently accepting new artists. We will keep your contact information on file for future reference. Please feel free to send any relevant work or material to the gallery and we will also keep it on file for future shows, etc.

Thank you again for your interest.

Warm Regards,

The Ralls Collection, Inc.
1516 31st Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-1754

I'm not discouraged. It just shows to me that they took the effort to look at my works and actually sent me a response back.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Postcard / One Sheet

Just finished designing my One Sheet/Postcard. Waiting to get the proof from the printer to see how it looks!

Click on the images for a larger view.