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Backgrounds As Stage Settings

by Vianna Szabo on 10/27/2017 9:25:53 AM
7 Comments

In order for a background to be cohesive it must be considered as important as the subject you are painting. [...]


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The Importance of Being Ready

by Mark Brockman on 10/23/2017 9:57:05 AM
11 Comments

Inspiration comes when it wants to, it can be a fleeting thing, so we need to act on it when it's there and make the best use of it when we can. [...]


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The Survival of the Artist in the Automated Age

by Julia Taylor on 10/13/2017 9:04:34 AM
14 Comments

Art that transcends the commonplace, even occasionally art on a hotel wall, will find its way to those who value and notice the art. And technology will allow more people to find and hopefully collect our art. [...]


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Should You Enter Juried Exhibitions?

by Patrick Faile on 10/11/2017 9:12:13 AM
38 Comments

On our artistic journey we all meet criticism and obstacles of every kind. Keep an open mind and an attitude on self improvement and quality of work. The journey is not easy. If it were, it wouldn't mean anything. [...]


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Marketing Your Art - Staging Your Art

by Christine Frisbee on 10/6/2017 9:15:14 AM
11 Comments

We all would like to be a brand name that does not require this extra bit of work, but as galleries are closing, social media is increasingly important. We must be our own advocates to help sell our art. [...]


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Be Involved in the Creative Process from the Start - Use Your Own References

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 10/5/2017 9:46:05 AM
14 Comments

Don't let a reference dictate what your finished painting looks like. Remember your painting is your voice - let it sing out loud and clear. [...]


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Subject Matters

by Vianna Szabo on 9/28/2017 9:18:52 AM
6 Comments

Don’t strive to become a portrait artist; instead strive to become a better artist. If you want to paint better portraits, learn to paint landscape. [...]


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Have You Arrived?

by Terry Cooke Hall on 9/22/2017 9:05:51 AM
7 Comments

There is a great danger in being known for a special style that’s recognizable everywhere. The collectors look for it and buy it because it’s recognizable. But should that lock you in forever? [...]


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Painting in Monochrome

by Vianna Szabo on 8/24/2017 10:09:11 AM
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One of the best ways to become comfortable with painting in oil, watercolor, and acrylic is to use two colors and work monochromatically. [...]


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The Artist's Journey: What If It Doesn't Get Any Easier?

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 8/11/2017 10:16:32 AM
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Every artist's journey is going to be different. It isn't wrong to have success come easy. But it is just possible that it robs an artist of the incredible adventure and growth that happens when the journey is hazardous. [...]


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Texture In Your Art

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 8/10/2017 9:30:02 AM
5 Comments

Texture, implied or not, can create emotions, share messages, or simply add spice to your painting. [...]


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Don't Forget Your Paints!

by Susan Blackwood on 8/2/2017 9:47:36 AM
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Adventures always open our minds and our hearts, not to mention, how they inspire our souls. [...]


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What Color Is That?

by Carolyn Hancock on 7/31/2017 9:56:36 AM
7 Comments

What color is that? The question floats through the room at every demo or workshop. [...]


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Easy Still Life Set Up

by Vianna Szabo on 7/28/2017 9:41:35 AM
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As far as setting up the still life, the possibilities are endless. I like to think of the table as a stage and look for an object that will be the star of the composition. [...]


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Why Would You Want To Paint A Painting Without A GPS?

by Carolyn Kollegger on 7/27/2017 9:32:28 AM
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You wouldn't go on a trip without your GPS... so why would you want to paint a painting without a GPS... or rather, a photo reference! [...]


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Superlative

by Donald Fox on 7/26/2017 10:02:47 AM
17 Comments

When I think about art, which for me is all the time, I do make assessments; I attempt to evaluate the art of others and that of my own. Other art I want to appreciate for what it is and for what it may say. My art I want to evaluate in order to expand and improve. [...]


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Curler Princess - All About Edges

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 7/21/2017 11:22:18 AM
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I have realized edges can make or break a painting. If all edges have a similar treatment, it confuses the viewer. [...]


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What Is Space In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 7/20/2017 8:45:37 AM
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In my opinion, Space is one of the most important elements, because it really puts your composition at stake. Simply put, Space is how you place your subject or form on your canvas. [...]


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The Power of Chromatic Black

by West D. Waters on 7/13/2017 9:28:18 AM
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There is real power in Chromatic Black. Any time we can find a color that artists can bend to their will and send in so many different directions whenever they need, its pure Power! [...]


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The Importance of Technique

by Mark Brockman on 7/11/2017 9:31:48 AM
32 Comments

We all strive for originality but with so many artists out there it would be hard for one artist's work to not, somewhere in the world, have their work resemble another artist' work. [...]


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The Artist's Clock

by Cheryl Magellen on 6/29/2017 9:39:07 AM
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My goal is to follow through with my commitments. I do not want to promise something and not be able to deliver. Keeping calendars is my best organizational tool. [...]


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What Does Form Mean In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 6/28/2017 9:56:14 AM
2 Comments

Form is the name for describing a 3-dimensional object in space, whether on your canvas or as a sculpture. Form can be Geometric or Organic. [...]


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Community Ed

by Sonja Caywood on 6/22/2017 9:21:02 AM
12 Comments

Be open to suggestions. No matter our level of expertise, there is always more to learn, or a different way to approach it. Accept and remember nuggets of guidance, and you can pass them on to others when the time comes. [...]


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The Worst Thing that Can Happen

by Vianna Szabo on 6/16/2017 10:15:21 AM
27 Comments

The artists who succeed paint consistently, trying new ideas to grow their skills. They do not let fear stop or control them. [...]


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How To Manage Fearless Artistic Growth

by Barry Koplowitz on 6/15/2017 9:18:48 AM
22 Comments

Grow and change. If it’s going to be a major change you will develop a body of work that you can bring to the world--eventually. Similarly, if it is a phase where you work out ideas, you can do it with boldness and gusto without concern for salability. [...]


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Lose Something and Enhance Your Painting

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 6/8/2017 11:31:51 AM
5 Comments

Don't underestimate the power of color! Forcing yourself to use a different color palette than you normally use can have exciting results. [...]


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What Does Line Mean In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 6/7/2017 9:34:48 AM
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Sometimes this is a misunderstood element in art. What is LINE in art? [...]


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How to Coordinate an Art Exhibit -- Part II

by Lorraine Catania on 6/1/2017 11:20:43 AM
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The Planning/Decision Making part of exhibition coordination is critical to the success of an art exhibit. [...]


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Just Keep Smiling! Tips on Art Shows

by Sharon E. Allen on 5/18/2017 9:51:14 AM
18 Comments

Actively give out your business card or rack cards or whatever you use for advertising. [...]


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When the Painting is Finished

by Ginny Butcher on 5/17/2017 10:20:55 AM
15 Comments

Do you have a method or process you follow once you've finished a painting? [...]


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The Power of Intuition

by Mike Barr on 5/16/2017 9:56:18 AM
5 Comments

Time, repetition and speed are the keys to painting intuition and that power is within the reach of all of us. [...]


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How to Coordinate an Art Exhibit

by Lorraine Catania on 5/13/2017 11:30:51 AM
10 Comments

It can be very rewarding to see the fruit of your labor translated into a beautifully displayed exhibit of art. [...]


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Why Artists Need a Sacred Space

by Vianna Szabo on 5/9/2017 9:49:22 AM
20 Comments

A sacred space is what you make of it. A studio does not have to be large or fancy... [...]


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Is That Chalk?

by Robert McKendrick on 5/5/2017 10:00:31 AM
17 Comments

What I found out is despite the fragility of its surface, a pastel work of art has extreme longevity when created on the proper substrate and is properly framed. [...]


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A New Pair of Glasses

by William A. Schneider on 5/4/2017 11:13:09 AM
5 Comments

One of the most helpful things I learned was to ask others to critique my work. [...]


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If You Don't Like Your View - Change Your Angle

by JR Monks on 5/3/2017 9:14:03 AM
11 Comments

The thing I try to remember when I am outside painting on location is that you really want to slow down, soak it all in, think about what you are interested in, but most importantly don't be afraid to change your point of view. [...]


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No Throats Will Be Cut...

by Judi Beauford on 4/26/2017 10:01:37 AM
13 Comments

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. [...]


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More Opportunities

by J.R. Monks on 4/25/2017 10:33:55 AM
4 Comments

The magician's hat of a painter is fascinating, new from old and endless opportunities abound if you only take the time to look. [...]


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Tools of the Trade

by Laura Pollak on 4/24/2017 9:55:48 AM
5 Comments

There are so many ways to make our lives easier on a day to day level but sometimes we don’t relate them to our art. Easily one of the best tools we have is our smart phone. [...]


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Fairs vs Galleries

by Crystal Rassi on 4/21/2017 9:33:51 AM
16 Comments

Do fairs devalue my work? Am I an established artist if I have gallery representation? [...]


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