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The Life of Art, Series # 7

by John P. Weiss on 8/20/2017 5:07:25 AM
2 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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The Beautiful Side of Facebook

by Lori Woodward on 8/15/2017 9:37:41 AM
7 Comments

So, next time you're busy in the studio on a painting and you think, "If this comes out well, I can post it on Facebook", think about how that fact alone is contributing to your effort and artistic growth... because, after all... you can exhibit your work online as soon as the painting is completed. [...]


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The Life of Art, Series # 6

by John P. Weiss on 8/13/2017 7:49:03 AM
28 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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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
45 Comments

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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The Life of Art, Series # 5

by John P. Weiss on 8/6/2017 7:46:52 AM
13 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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HATERS GONNA HATE: "It's Just Chalk!"

by Luann Udell on 8/5/2017 7:44:58 AM
29 Comments

Never excuse or apologize again for your choice of materials, nor your techniques. Something spoke to you the first time you used a brush, or a palette knife, a pencil, or a fistful of clay. [...]


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What Does Inspiration Feel Like?

by Carolyn Henderson on 8/4/2017 9:46:26 AM
7 Comments

Inspiration. It's what makes the difference between a response of, "Hmmmph," and "WOW," and while different people react to a work in individual ways, there is a reality to inspiration that cannot be denied. When the creator of the work has invested time, thought, skill, feeling, and soul into a piece, the result comes across in a manner not duplicated when the creator was in a hurry, unskilled, uninvolved, passionless, and just out to get the thing made to turn a buck. [...]


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Forget the Destination, Focus on the Now

by John P. Weiss on 8/3/2017 9:25:32 AM
28 Comments

By forgetting the destination, focusing on the now and resting when necessary, you'll accelerate your creative goals. All of which will lead to new heights with your artwork. [...]


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Don't Forget Your Paints!

by Susan Blackwood on 8/2/2017 9:47:36 AM
3 Comments

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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The Life of Art, Series # 4

by John P. Weiss on 7/30/2017 8:59:03 AM
40 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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Easy Still Life Set Up

by Vianna Szabo on 7/28/2017 9:41:35 AM
6 Comments

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
11 Comments

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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Creating Upon Demand: Sidestepping the Pitfalls

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/24/2017 10:34:21 AM
8 Comments

The rest rejuvenates the soul - where the Muse resides. [...]


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The Life of Art, Series # 3

by John P. Weiss on 7/23/2017 9:10:13 AM
1 Comment

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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What Is Space In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 7/20/2017 8:45:37 AM
6 Comments

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 Life of Art, Series # 2

by John P. Weiss on 7/16/2017 5:30:33 AM
10 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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The Power of Chromatic Black

by West D. Waters on 7/13/2017 9:28:18 AM
13 Comments

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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What About Discouragement and Despair?

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/10/2017 9:49:04 AM
10 Comments

And in today's art, economic, and social environment, being an artist is pretty challenging. [...]


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The Life of Art

by John P. Weiss on 7/9/2017 6:38:07 AM
41 Comments

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]


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MacGyver Studio (Part 2)

by Zac Elletson on 7/5/2017 10:39:09 AM
8 Comments

Hopefully this helps some of you out there cut through the tangled web of studio lighting, there's a lot of trial and error (and money spent) trying to find what works best for your situation. [...]


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Introducing The Life of Art by John P. Weiss

by FineArtViews on 7/2/2017 5:58:27 AM
52 Comments

This new cartoon series is called The Life of Art and will begin appearing every Sunday in Fine Art Views. [...]


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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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Too Tired to Be Inspired?

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/26/2017 9:36:11 AM
8 Comments

The experiences you live each day add to who and what you are, with who and what you are being fundamental issues shaping what your art eventually comes to be. [...]


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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
8 Comments

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
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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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/12/2017 9:52:54 AM
7 Comments

"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
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
4 Comments

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
10 Comments

When you say an artist's name, does a type of image pop into your mind? [...]


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Inspiration: How Do You Get It?

by Carolyn Henderson on 5/29/2017 9:48:44 AM
14 Comments

Stopping and waiting, while not necessarily a bad thing and occasionally a very necessarily thing, is not a lifestyle for a person who wants to grow, improve, and become highly skilled in their art. [...]


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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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Collaboration: The Partnership That Makes You--or Breaks You

by Luann Udell on 5/11/2017 9:30:33 AM
28 Comments

Have you collaborated with others with your art? What's worked? What didn't work? [...]


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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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