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Lessons Learned

by Donald Fox on 3/29/2017 9:46:58 AM
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The making of art is not just about creating any singular art work; it is about committing to the practice of art and to living an artistic life. [...]


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A New Year, A New Time for Change and Mind Over Matter.

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 1/16/2017 10:09:58 AM
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Now is the time to make the changes with positive and a confident belief in yourself...and don't be afraid to be different in the new year...and do something different. [...]


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Self-doubt and the Philosophies of Others

by David Hettinger on 12/29/2016 11:12:23 AM
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When asking someone to review your work, know just what their philosophy is and make it clear to them what you want from your art. [...]


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How Rejection Helps

by Carolyn Hancock on 12/20/2016 10:00:14 AM
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Why Rejection Is Good... [...]


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Common Issues Plaguing Artwork

by Carolyn Henderson on 12/12/2016 10:40:00 AM
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Creating a work of art is not an easy thing, and the mental demands upon the artist are constant. [...]


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Why Failure is the Best Teacher

by Kim VanDerHoek on 10/24/2016 9:43:30 AM
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So, the next time you've spent hours working on a piece and find you hate every square inch of it, take a break, eat something and then see how far you can push it and what that painting will teach you. [...]


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The Life of A Painting

by Cheryl Magellen on 8/18/2016 9:56:12 AM
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The bigger lesson for me in this was the realization that paintings don't need to be finished today. [...]


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The Assertive Artist

by Sandy Askey-Adams on 4/28/2016 9:01:35 AM
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So, build up your self-confidence. Don't take everyone's words as gospel. Don't allow others to knock you or your work down. [...]


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Why Beauty Really Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

by John P. Weiss on 4/23/2016 8:57:18 AM
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So take heart, fellow artists and struggling creatives. Remember to take the bad with the good in your artful journey. Try a few salvage operations now and then. And remember, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Even if you decide to throw that stinker of a painting away, it just might get reclaimed and recycled at your local transfer station. Because one person’s trash might be another person’s art. [...]


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When Rejection Is Not About Your Art

by Mark Edward Adams on 2/29/2016 5:32:52 AM
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In summary, you should understand that rejection is part of the life as an artist. Yet all rejection is not about the quality of your work. Most of the time there are other factors at work. The best strategy to deal with it all is to ignore most critiques and instead focus your time and energy of the people that appreciate and buy your art. [...]


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Boosting. The напротив Of Taking Down Someone Else's Art.

by Karen Cooper on 12/29/2015 7:56:35 AM
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Whether it's art or life, a simple positive word can make a world of difference. [...]


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Writing an Artist Statement: Consider the Magician

by Luann Udell on 11/19/2015 7:12:27 AM
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Be generous with your knowledge. Share your enthusiasm with your audience. Rejoice in your choice of media. But never forget what is deep in your heart, where your true story is--the story that will resonate with the hearts of your true collectors. [...]


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It's a Gift

by Mark Brockman on 11/11/2015 7:48:45 AM
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So forget about having a 'gift', look in your closet for your 'talent', buy a ruler and develop some patience, and go do your 'IT'. [...]


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When Failure Is Not An Option

by Mark Edward Adams on 10/12/2015 7:15:05 AM
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Expectation is the enemy of good art. [...]


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Stop Listening to Critics

by Mark Edward Adams on 7/20/2015 8:22:33 AM
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The life of an artist is never easy. In order to find your personal style and innovate, you must move past the judgments of those who know less. This means you will have to grow a thick skin. You must move forward with the confidence that your work can stand on its own despite harsh words from others. As the director Francis Ford Coppola explained, the things that receive the most criticism in the beginning are often the same things that brings you the most praise later in life. [...]


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Letting Go

by Brad Holt on 6/19/2015 7:56:42 AM
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The great thing about learning to let go is that it frees you from the weight of expectation. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Catherine Marchand

by Carrie Turner on 8/18/2014 6:22:02 AM
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Artist Catherine Marchand is an oil painter. She says that she fell in love with oil painting after years of exploring other mediums. Additionally, Catherine notes that she is dedicated to perfecting her oil painting skills. The elegance of her work is pleasing to observe. [...]


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Aaaaarrrrggghhh!!!! Why can't I get this right?

by Doug Hoppes on 8/8/2014 7:15:52 AM
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Sometimes, you just need to give it your all and see that you really do have the magic to make it work. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Mark Yearwood

by Carrie Turner on 8/6/2014 12:06:32 PM
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Artist Mark Yearwood is known for the interesting texture of his abstract paintings. For example, one piece contains parts of a salvaged Cello. Informed Collector has described Mark Yearwood’s abstract paintings as "compelling" -- noting the depth, texture, and energy of his work. Yearwood describes his work as a journey for the eyes and mind. [...]


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The Problem With Art Criticism

by Mark Edward Adams on 8/5/2014 7:14:58 AM
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If you ignore everything, it is difficult to improve and if you follow one person, you never find your own voice. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Connie Murray

by Carrie Turner on 5/27/2014 6:03:05 AM
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Connie Murray is a mosaic artist and sculptor. Connie has stated that the art making process is an emotional outlet for intense feelings. Furthermore, she views her process as an outlet for intellectual processing -- one that provides an alternative form of expressive communication. [...]


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How to Ask For An Art Critique

by Wendy Froshay on 1/29/2014 7:03:10 AM
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Don't be so attached to your art that you can't let it go. Don't take the critique personally and as much as you like to believe it - YOU ARE NOT YOUR ART. [...]


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You - Yes, You - Can Have an Opinion

by Carolyn Henderson on 1/27/2014 7:23:02 AM
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There’s nothing wrong at all about learning from others -- we all do. But as we learn, we gain, or should gain, confidence in our knowledge so that we can use what we know and move forward. Spending an entire lifetime sitting at the feet of a guru ensures that what we create, at best, will look like the Master’s work, and certainly not anything better. Believe me, you can do a lot better than that. [...]


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The Pride and Prejudice of the Arts

by Carolyn Henderson on 1/13/2014 7:08:07 AM
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As an artist, not only do you have the right, but you have the obligation -- to yourself and the advancement of your own art -- to look at other artwork and critique it. As in critiquing literature, the more you know and the more mature of an artist, or reader, that you are, the more confidence and qualification you have to critique -- but you’ll never get that maturity and confidence without 1) looking at a lot of art and 2) creating a lot of art yourself [...]


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Who Are YOU to Critique Art?

by Carolyn Henderson on 12/30/2013 7:19:31 AM
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When you feel tempted to stop yourself by saying, “Who am I to pass judgment on a work of art?” ask yourself, “Who are the people, after all, who pass all this judgment on art? Who are the critics? Who are the magazine editors? Who composes the jurying panel of the shows and art societies?” Most of the time, you don’t know. And yet you accept that what they say is right, more right, say, than what you would think. [...]


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Fueling Passion

by Jack White on 7/25/2013 8:28:10 AM
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We don’t have to live up to the expectations of others. Passion is personal. As long as our passion is fueled with the right stuff then keep on plodding forward. I’ll never be Mark Twain or Tom Clancy. But that’s okay, because neither of them could teach you to mix a boundless number of grays, or where to place the catch light in a portrait. [...]


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The Artist Statement: Art writers want information

by Brian Sherwin on 4/19/2013 2:50:07 AM
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What do art writers want? I'll tell you. We want information. Repeat: We. Want. Information. (Art collectors want information as well!). You, the artist, can provide this information easily. After all, YOU know your art better than anyone else. YOU know what drives you. YOU know the context in which you create your art. YOU know if you embrace specific art theories. YOU know the parameters of your art practice. YOU know what you would like us to write about. Tell us about it! Guide us. Anything less is a 'guessing game'... which can lead to missed opportunities. [...]


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Different Words Same Melody

by Mark Brockman on 3/8/2013 7:44:04 AM
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I know the experts will say you should find a niche, a technique, a subject, a look, and then you can be a success. Galleries often only want in your painting what you had brought them before. I know it may make good business sense, maybe, but does it make good artistic sense? I guess each artist will have to make that judgment for themselves. [...]


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Defining Art: This is not art... or is it? Why does it matter?

by Brian Sherwin on 3/3/2013 7:56:34 AM
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We all have a personal definition for what art is. I, for one, feel that art is anything made with art in mind. I feel that the intention of creating art should be present during the creation of the piece. In other words, something is art if the creator of the piece intended it to be art from the get-go. I know that some readers will agree with my position -- while others will challenge it. These are arguments that are recycled year after year, decade after decade, century after century... it will continue. [...]


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Like

by Karen Cooper on 2/5/2013 12:08:14 PM
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When you look at a work of art, you've got about three options 1. you like it 2. you don't like it 3. you are completely ambivalent, which for all effects and purposes is just the same as #2 [...]


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Why Artists Need to Develop a Thick Skin: Part 3 - Some final thoughts

by Brian Sherwin on 1/24/2013 11:22:26 AM
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If you 'run away' from your art practice during tough times... reflect on the reason why. Take a deep look. Write your thoughts down. After doing so -- decide how to improve upon those weaknesses. Find ways to alleviate the struggle you feel when faced with specific art world related situations. You may not be able to eliminate every angle of doubt ... that said, you may -- by means of self-reflection -- be able to bolster some inner grit. A little grit can go a long way (just ask Jack White). [...]


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Institutional Critique OR Institutional Sabotage: Is the Current Direction of Graffiti Art Worth Defending?

by Brian Sherwin on 1/17/2013 8:26:56 PM
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I would suggest that the current direction in graffiti art -- at least the institutionally critiqued version -- can be described as a selfish act. It is a thirst for fame and fortune, rather than a tool for facilitating real change... it is a market ploy rather than a tool for exposing social struggles -- a chunk of culture reduced to a mere gimmick. I refuse to defend that. I won't. [...]


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Why Artists Need to Develop a Thick Skin: Part 2 -- How do artists develop a thick skin?

by Brian Sherwin on 1/12/2013 10:12:06 AM
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The artist can't take a cookie-cutter approach to developing a 'thick skin'... the artist must take a strong look at his or her personality traits -- and 'build' from there. Needless to say, self-reflection is a must if the artist desires to develop a thick skin. [...]


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Video Games as Art: The debate continues

by Brian Sherwin on 12/26/2012 1:20:54 PM
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The exploration of video games as an art form has been a buzzed about topic in recent years. [...]


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Art World Wasteland: Apocalypse and post-apocalypse inspired art is on the rise

by Brian Sherwin on 11/16/2012 9:46:58 AM
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Consider this a call for a discussion about apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic themes in current art. These directions are clearly on the rise... and the familiar 'Good vs. Evil' interpretations of the past don't necessarily apply today. [...]


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Art Censorship: A few thoughts about censorship

by Brian Sherwin on 11/15/2012 1:22:25 PM
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If you demand the censorship of what you consider 'unacceptable' today... you leave yourself open for views / opinions that you cherish ending up deemed 'unacceptable' tomorrow. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Helen Minkes

by Carrie Turner on 10/18/2012 4:38:37 AM
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Artist Helen Minkes is known for exploring abstraction as a painter and photographer. [...]


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The Art of Group Critique

by Sharon Hicks on 10/4/2012 7:39:41 AM
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As individuals, we learn just as much from seeing someone else's work being critiqued, as we do from critique of our own work. In a group environment, it's like receiving numerous 'little lessons' for the price of one, so to speak. Our minds register all these little nuggets of information for future use, even if we're not aware of it happening. As a result, every member of the group ends up growing as artists. [...]


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Don't Be A Hater

by Mark Edward Adams on 8/16/2012 3:19:46 PM
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We can spend our whole lives hating the state of art in America, modern art, represenational art, galleries, and everything else we deem problematic in the art world. But does this help anyone? Are our opinions on these matters greater than teaching others about our world and how we create our art? [...]


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Art and Tragedy: Is it unethical for an artist (or art gallery) to profit from tragedy?

by Brian Sherwin on 8/2/2012 1:49:24 PM
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Is it unethical for an artist (or art gallery) to profit from tragedy? Let me know what you think. [...]


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