The Picard 300 Club will become accessible for sign-up on Dec. 1st, 2015. Priority access will be granted to members on waitlist 3 days prior. Click here or sign up on the form at the bottom of this page.
The ebb and flow of art is something that is extremely familiar to James Picard. However, for those who appreciate & collect art, participation becomes another matter entirely. Bids, art shows and auctions are vital to building a robust collection of masterworks – but what about everyone else?
For this reason, James Picard decided he needed to do something to make his art more accessible. Enter the Picard 300 Club.
“For $50 per year, members of the Picard 300 Club may purchase from a select collection of my original oil paintings for only $300 each.
(Original oil paintings usually sell for $600-$800)
My goal is to make my art more accessible to people who want to invest in my original oil paintings.”
The Picard 300 Collection will be live on Dec. 1st. 2015. The series comprises dozens of approximately 8″x10″ original oil on canvas paintings of various subjects – animals, still life & landscapes of various persuasion, all done in James’ signature style.
The work that James plans to feature in the 300 Club will not focus upon a theme, as was done with The Dark & Wounded. With this endeavour it is more important for James to produce quality work and be able to provide it to those who genuinely wish to collect it, but cannot afford a gallery rate for a Picard.
Members of the 300 Club have a chance to win a new piece, Picard 300, from the collection every month.
What’s in the Picard 300 Club collection?
The 300 Club collection will hold over 300 original oil-on-canvas paintings measuring approximately 8″x10″, varying in landscape and portrait format. James did not choose a specific subject to focus on, instead he decided to let the medium decide.
Within the constraints of a small canvas James has utilized his edge-defining brush strokes to create arcing compositions of landscapes that evoke feelings of sweeping awe, upon a space not much bigger than the cover of a book. The 300 Collection’s pieces feature natural beauty brought to life within margins, paying homage to how the natural scenery we take in with our eyes is often miniaturized within our memories.
With effort, we can allow ourselves to access that fleeting emotion that comes with finally reaching the top and seeing that cathartic view.
Animals are a subject that is prevalent in the collection. James demonstrates his versatility in subject matter with beautiful stills of rabbits quietly being themselves.
The various pieces comprising the collection are diverse, but not dissimilar in their aesthetic effect. Each piece in the 300 Collection is striking. James continues to effectively demonstrate a mastery of light in his oil paintings that is surprising when one considers his use of vivid colours to accentuate details and add depth. An ocean at dawn embracing the shore of a lighthouse is one such piece – and but a small preview of what’s to come out of the Picard 300 Club Collection.