Paul Richmond

Speaking of Events, Check Out What Book Cover Artist Paul Richmond Is Doing Right Now

Paul Richmond is having an event over at his blog. You can get there and vote by checking out Elisa Rolle’s blog first, here. I’m a huge fan of all his work, including all his book covers. And though I’ve never been fortunate enough to have Paul do any of my book covers, I did win one of Paul’s signed prints last year and it’s one of the most cherished works of art I own.

And I owned an operated my own art gallery in New Hope, PA for ten years. It was a successful gallery and the only reason I stopped was because I wanted to write full time instead of part time. And if Paul had been around when I owned my gallery, I would have begged to represent him. And I have a feeling I would have sold tons of his work.

So check out Elisa’s blog and enter Paul’s contest. I’m not going to say which cover I voted for, because it wasn’t easy to choose.

Artist Paul Richmond Has an Online Store!!

I’m a huge fan of Paul Richmond’s art, from his book covers to everything else he does.

And I owned and operated my own high end art gallery in New Hope, PA, for over ten years, representing over 200 artists, so I think I have a pretty good eye when it comes to good art.

It’s lgbt oriented. But not exclusive. Check it out here and see for yourself….

A Little Holiday Cheer…

Actually, I think there’s a lot to cheer about in this photo. And if you don’t think so, this isn’t the blog for you. I was just over at Paul Richmond’s blog and shamelessly pilfered it. In case you don’t know, Paul is a talented artist and he’s designed some of the best book covers in m/m fiction since Peter Max hit the pop culture scene tons of years ago. Check out the blog here, and the cheerful photo to the left is just one of many in his latest blog post. If you’re a m/m reader or writer and this guy doesn’t muse you (hope muse works in this sentence; could be replaced with amuse just as well) it might be time to start reading children’s books.

Check Out Paul Richmond’s Blog This Week…

It’s not a secret that I’m a huge fan of artist Paul Richmond.

He has a new blog post up about his new book, CHEESECAKE BOYS, with info, the foreword, and a few teasers. I can’t think of a better Christmas gift, birthday gift, or self-indulgence. There’s going to be a copy of this book on my coffee table for sure.

I especially like one line in particular from the foreword, written by Jesse Archer :

Although not (yet) on the side of bombers, gay men possess our own power in both confronting and resisting traditional ideas about what it means to be men.

This is one of those things where you have to be a gay man to understand it fully. I try to get this point across in my books by showing it through characters, and sometimes I get blasted for it by reviewers who simply do not understand. There’s one reviewer in particular on a popular romance review site. She’s a lesbian, she’s loud, and she doesn’t always “get” the concept of gay men in a general sense. So it’s nice to see someone else putting this concept out for a change.

Thank you, Mr. Archer.

And thank you, Paul, for creating such wonderful art.

Stop Ebay Sellers Who Rip Off Artists

This post isn’t about me or book pirates. This one is about a topic I’ve been following for a while now. One of my favorite artists, Paul Richmond, whom I’m linked to on this blog, found out there’s a creep stealing his work, passing it off as his own, and selling it on ebay. This isn’t just about Paul’s work being stolen either. As an art collector, I think it’s serious because it’s also consumer fraud. Nice people are buying this art, thinking it’s something that it’s not, and they are being royally screwed over by this scam artist. Below I’m posting all the info Paul Richmond has been posting about this. He’s even offering a prize for people who are willing to help him. It’s a facebook message and links to where people can support him. So if you’re tired of seeing people get ripped off in the internet, artists and consumers, please take the time to read it.

Paul RichmondSeptember 14, 2010 at 7:56pm

Subject: Prize for helping promote the group

Hi everyone,Thank you for joining my Facebook group “Ebay, stop sellers who blatantly rip off artists!” Our group is off to a great start, but in order to send a loud and clear message to eBay, we need reinforcements. So I’d like to ask you to do a little grassroots recruiting by sharing a link to the group on your profile, blog, Twitter, Digg, and/or any other sites you frequent.Here’s the link to share:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142666389104260

And to sweeten the deal, if you do so before Friday, September 17 at midnight, message me with a link to your post(s) and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a free limited-edition giclee print of my painting “On Display, Starring Michael Breyette.” Are you an especially prolific social networker? If so, post it EVERYWHERE you see fit and include all the links in your e-mail to me.

Each post will count as a separate entry in the drawing, so if you post it 50 places, your chances of winning will skyrocket! Sending a good old fashioned e-mail to your friends counts too, or notifying popular blogs/news sites that you think might be interested in our project. ANYTHING you do to help promote the group counts, and it’s all greatly appreciated! Good luck!

We are having great fun on the blog with our on-going dialogue with the eBay rip-off artist Cai Jiang Xun. For those of you who haven’t checked it out in a while, it’s definitely worth a read (the visuals alone are hysterical): http://www.facebook.com/l/7c6cfZSbwGxL9O_8oHD-PF5YMOQ;paulrichmondstudio.blogspot.com/p/ive-been-bootlegged.html

I’m so grateful to my friends, the fabulous “staff” of Pinup Fantasy¬©, Inc., for helping transform a frustrating situation into a fun project. I do, however, want our Facebook group to be more than just a place to recount the wacky adventures we’re having with Cai Jian Xun. This problem is much larger than just one eBay seller. I’m going to start posting links to suspicious art listings that I come across in the hopes that you can help identify the artists’ work being ripped off. Likewise, if you come across anything, please post it to the group’s wall. If we can help other artists becomes aware of the issue so that they can report the violations to eBay, then we can really start to make a difference. I’m also going to begin a running list of eBay sellers to watch. In the meantime, a good starting point is MJART Gallery, home of our prolific friend, Cai Jiang: http://www.facebook.com/l/7c6cfi1MVhPFUiOvhLweDfWbTqA;stores.ebay.ca/mjart2008. With his 1,500+ listings, chances are many of you will recognize something.

And if you have any other suggestions about the group, let me know! We have some big plans and opportunities coming up for national exposure. I’m excited to have all of you on board. If you haven’t seen it yet, we were already featured on Out in America: http://www.facebook.com/l/7c6cfYIK-oeWGxUKBf8JfMIj45A;outinamerica.com/home/news.asp?articleid=34468&articleType=national.

Thanks again! Good luck with all of the blogging and tweeting! I’ll post the name of the contest winner on Saturday morning!

All the best,Paul

Winner of Paul Richmond Cher Print

A couple of weeks ago I saw an online contest that artist, Paul Richmond, was having on facebook. Paul was giving away a signed and numbered print to the winner. I’ve been a huge fan of Paul’s since the first day I saw his work on a book cover. His book covers blow me away; they always entice me to buy the book; I’m never disappointed.

I followed the links to Paul’s newsletter, entered the information that was required, and entered the contest. I never thought I’d win. I figured so many people would be entering I’d never have a shot (he has tons of fans). And then later, I opened an e-mail informing me that I had, in fact, won and that I’d be receiving a signed, numbered Paul Richmond print. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Though I’ve always been in publishing, working as a writer or editor, I also owned an art gallery for ten years and represented hundreds of artists. Over the years I learned how to spot talent and what would attract my best Amex card-carrying clients. If I’d seen Paul’s work while I had the gallery, I would have stalked him to get him into my gallery. So winning this print from Paul, for me, was twice as exciting. I miss the gallery days and I miss working with artists and being surrounded by great art all the time.

The photo above is the actual print that just came in the mail today. It’s not the best photo, and I had to keep it from rolling up with two candle stick holders on my dining room table. But I wanted to show the actual print. If you click the image, you can see it better. And when I take it to a good frame shop to have it framed this week, I’ll post a much better photo.

Thanks, Paul. I love it!! I have this feeling we’re all going to be seeing a great deal more of your work.

Paul Richmond: I’m Addicted to his Art Now!!!

The photos I uploaded for this post have been going around the web for at least a month. They are my all time favorite pop culture pieces this year. I owned an art gallery for ten years in a very tony place, and I always prided myself on having a good eye for great art. And I was in business for ten years, so I must have been doing something right.

When I first saw these pictures, I had to research them. Then I checked out the artist, Paul Richmond, and I linked to his blog. http://paulrichmondstudio.blogspot.com/

Well.

Today I discovered that Paul has an online store where he sells his work. And at very affordable prices, too. This was another thing I always did with my own gallery. I sold great artwork, from twenty dollar prints to ten thousand dollar originals. And I always had return clients.

So if you are gay, or love gay culture, please take the time to check out Paul’s online store. It’s definitely worth seeing, because I predict we’re going to be seeing a lot more of his work in the future. http://www.etsy.com/shop/paulypants