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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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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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Special Edition USA Workshops January 2018 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 10/2/2017 11:49:01 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from January 1st - February 1st, 2018 [...]


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Subject Matters

by Vianna Szabo on 9/28/2017 9:18:52 AM
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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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Why Painting From Life Matters - Even If You Don't Enjoy It.

by Lori Woodward on 9/26/2017 9:39:20 AM
17 Comments

In order to love what I paint, I must paint what I love, and get to know my subject personally. [...]


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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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Special Edition USA Workshops December 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 9/4/2017 6:22:53 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from December 1st - January 1st, 2018 [...]


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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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Texture In Your Art

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 8/10/2017 9:30:02 AM
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Texture, implied or not, can create emotions, share messages, or simply add spice to your painting. [...]


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Special Edition USA Workshops November 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 8/7/2017 9:24:42 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from November 1st - December 1st, 2017 [...]


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Superlative

by Donald Fox on 7/26/2017 10:02:47 AM
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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
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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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Special Edition USA Workshops October 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 7/3/2017 10:55:58 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from October 1st - November 1st, 2017 [...]


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What Does Form Mean In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 6/28/2017 9:56:14 AM
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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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Water and Oil Don't Mix-But Studying With Gouache Might Help Your Oil Paintings!

by J.R. Monks on 6/23/2017 9:56:55 AM
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I have a strong passion for developing my figurative painting skills and gouache offers a similar feel to oil without the set-up hassle, smells, or slow drying time. [...]


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Community Ed

by Sonja Caywood on 6/22/2017 9:21:02 AM
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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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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/12/2017 9:52:54 AM
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"Artists need to allow themselves time to perfect what they do, without the worry of producing and producing and producing. We do not manufacture paintings ? we create art." [...]


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Lose Something and Enhance Your Painting

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 6/8/2017 11:31:51 AM
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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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What Is Your Artistic Identity?

by Lori Woodward on 5/30/2017 9:37:36 AM
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When you say an artist's name, does a type of image pop into your mind? [...]


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Is That Chalk?

by Robert McKendrick on 5/5/2017 10:00:31 AM
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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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No Throats Will Be Cut...

by Judi Beauford on 4/26/2017 10:01:37 AM
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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
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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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A List of Aspect Ratios of Common Canvas Sizes

by Vianna Szabo on 4/20/2017 9:42:41 AM
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It is so frustrating when you want to replicate an image onto a larger canvas but the composition is not the same. [...]


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Discipline

by Angela Bruskotter on 4/14/2017 10:00:20 AM
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There is a debate in the art community whether it is better to be formally trained or self-taught. [...]


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4 Things I Like In A Fine Art Teacher

by Judy Ballance on 4/11/2017 10:06:15 AM
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A good art teacher shares everything they know, holding nothing back. [...]


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Master your Tools, Not Rules

by Zac Elletson on 4/10/2017 10:06:07 AM
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Your artistic license is the only rule you need to follow, and your tools should help you achieve it however you see fit. [...]


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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

by Vianna Szabo on 4/5/2017 10:17:00 AM
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Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]


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Beyond the Study

by William A. Schneider on 3/31/2017 10:06:21 AM
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In our journey as artists we spend a long time learning how to render. [...]


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Lessons Learned

by Donald Fox on 3/29/2017 9:46:58 AM
12 Comments

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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My Watercolor Brushes

by Bette Orr on 3/28/2017 10:49:23 AM
12 Comments

Remember, these brushes are my personal workhorse favorites....in the end, it comes down to YOUR personal preference. [...]


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Helpful Ways to Approach a 30 Day Painting Challenge

by Ginny Butcher on 3/27/2017 10:03:17 AM
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If you have wanted to be part of a 30 day painting challenge, but felt it was too intimidating, here are some helpful ideas for approaching it. [...]


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Why I Steal Like A Thief And You Should Too

by John P. Weiss on 3/25/2017 11:25:06 AM
20 Comments

Artwork is a lot like cursive handwriting (are schools teaching it anymore?). Students are taught the same shapes, loops, etc. But over time everyone develops their own unique hand. So it is with art. [...]


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Does Drawing Matter in a Loose Painting?

by Kim VanDerHoek on 3/24/2017 10:02:41 AM
23 Comments

When teaching I've been asked if a painter can hide the fact that they can't draw, if they paint really loosely... [...]


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Talent

by Ken Pieper on 3/21/2017 10:14:05 AM
54 Comments

Art, no matter how well or great our original talent brings us, must be nurtured, fueled, enhanced, and continually learned to become the best that we can be. [...]


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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

by J.R. Monks on 3/15/2017 10:04:24 AM
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I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]


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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

by Laura Pollak on 3/14/2017 8:11:22 AM
13 Comments

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]


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