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JIM WODARK: Plein Air as it Should be

I've been watching Jim Wodark's work for about a year now and, to state the obvious, the guy can paint.  Loose brushwork, Plein-Air style, California landscape paintings have become almost ubiquitous, so it's nice to see them done the way they SHOULD be done.  In too many cases, sloppy painters hide behind the banner of "Plein Air."  Not Jim.  He shows us how it was meant to be done.  Controlled yet spontaneous.  Planned yet loose.  Fun yet meaningful.  What more do you want in your plein air paintings?I've known Jim had "it" for a while now.  The rest of the world [...]

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It's About the Most Eyeballs

You have the opportunity to participate in an art contest. But you wonder if you should send the works to the contest or to your regular dealer. What should you do? As a former art dealer (who has been known to wiggle with excitement about a great work of art), I would encourage artists to place their artwork in the venue that has the most "eyeballs." Ultimately, it's about getting your work seen by as many people as possible. I feel that those of you who are blessed with "the gift" have a responsibility to show your work [...]

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The Beautiful Flip Side of Inertia

Today I received an email from Robert Genn regarding audacity in painting. I agree wholeheartedly and, in fact, believe we need to be audacious in life. My response picked up on the idea of inertia. We usually think of overcoming inertia, but it can work in our favor too. We need audacity in all areas of life. Too many of us become "prisoners" to our inertia of inactivity. As a software craftsman, I used to find myself mired in "creative avoidance" techniques, but at some point, as Nike rightly points out you must "Just Do It." [...]

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A Review of the Paul Oxborough Exhibition - London

This is the first in a planned series of reviews of contemporary exhibits. Since I have not seen five sensible words together printed on art in my lifetime, I now leap into that void and try to kick it into some useful form. That is what artists do, you know, one way or another. They fill voids, or look like fools trying to. Most modern people with any education believe it makes more sense to keep quiet, but artists are not modern people. They retain the perhaps indefensible view that it is better to try and fail than to do nothing. [...]

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ROBERT SPOONER: The Master of Allusion

I first saw Robert Spooner's paintings almost four years ago and I must say, I've had my eye on him ever since.  Southwest Art just discovered him too and ran a full-feature article about him in the current (March 2006) issue.Robert Spooner paints thick and lucious works.  He keeps everything loose and suggestive, just the way I like it.  I'm not a painter, so I can't pretend to get inside his mind.  But if I were a painter, I think I would make my life long artistic quest (regarding the technical side of my artwork) to see how loose I could [...]

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