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October 2012 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Chet Zar has completed the judging of the October 2012 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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Some Thoughts Concerning International Copyright

'international copyright', as in a single copyright that protects your artwork throughout the world, technically does not exist. However, international copyright conventions and treaties DO exist. [...]

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You Can't Harvest the Crop Before You Sow the Seeds

There are many people out there selling courses, doing webinars, and pushing products that teach artists how to do SEO. Many artists see it as a path to the promised land of "traffic" and sales. I can see why: for those of us who did business in a world before Google, the idea is enticing... set everything up "correctly" and watch a steady stream of customers come to your site. But, unfortunately, for most artists, that path won't work. [...]

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Dieul Marina - provocative and engaging

'Bacchante 2' by Dieul Marina was selected as a Finalist in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Hurricane Sandy: Flooding in the Chelsea Art District raises questions about artist / art dealer responsibility

I, for one, feel that art dealers should be responsible for being adequately prepared when, and if, disasters like Sandy happen. Having a roll of bubble-wrap on standby IS NOT being prepared. Placing artwork on gallery tables IS NOT 'getting the art to high ground', as some dealers have suggested. Perhaps some of my suggestions should be considered... rather than viewed with such disdain. [...]

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Joe Mac Kechnie - motion and power

'In the Now' by Joe Mac Kechnie was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Old Dogs

I’ll leave you with a parting thought. No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery. Age is just a number. You are never too old to learn new tricks. [...]

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Lisa Ober - fun and sweetness in still lifes

'Sweet Escape' by Lisa Ober was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Finding Ourselves, because We're Actually Looking

In our society, we are taught from a young age to learn from others -- it all starts with coloring within the lines at preschool -- and while the master/student paradigm is an ancient and working model, it is incomplete until we take it to its fruition, namely, the student reaching mastery himself, and using what he has learned to draw individual, and maybe divergent-from-the-accepted-norm, conclusions. For artists -- who never really do learn to color within the lines -- this is especially important. The beauty of this questioning process is that it starts inside, where no one else can see and thereby critique us, and we can do it indefinitely, quietly, before anybody notices and takes us to task. [...]

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Kyle Keith - exemplary portraiture

'The Visit, Portrait of the Artist Bart Lindstrom' by Kyle Keith was selected as a FAV 15% in the April 2012 BoldBrush Competition. [...]

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Art Scams and Art Scammers: Be careful when throwing around the S word

If you are going to 'call out' an art-related company online (or any company, for that matter) for 'scamming'... make sure that what they are doing can legally be defined as a scam (fraudulent). Dig for evidence -- discover proof beyond mere allegations. Failure to do that can result in a 'world of hurt' in court. [...]

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Not about Art, or Is It?

Writing is, of course, a thinking process, and one can think logically in a step by step manner, or one can think stream of consciousness with random and jumbled thoughts. Either approach could be taken in writing. The results will certainly vary...Since the writing is being published to the web, however, there is an intended audience, and writing for an audience should require somewhat organized thinking on the part of the writer. Still, this isn’t formal writing, and no blood, sweat, or tears, are required. [...]

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Online Art Competition Tips: Submit quality images of your artwork - Part 3 (Don't forget the details)

I have worked with dozens of online art competition jurors over the last seven years -- I'm speaking from experience when I say that some jurors can be sticklers concerning the lack of supporting details. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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A Blogging Tip for Artists

Over the years I've thought of different ways to get a targeted audience to my site. Some things worked, some didn't. Blogging about other artists is one way to do it. [...]

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FASO Featured Artist: Artist Laney Wax

Artist Laney Wax creates abstract / symbolic watercolor paintings. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Jacquelyn Bischak, William Suys, Penny McElhaney

Carrie Turner, Editor of FineArtViews, has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Valentin Gheorghe

Artist Valentin Gheorghe describes himself as a realist oil painter – focusing on portraits. [...]

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Ruth Yuhas - intriguing patterns are unleashed

'Wired' by Ruth Yuhas was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Lucky You Part 4

I should confess right now: Yes, sometimes I think people are lucky. But mostly, I think some people pay attention, work hard and constantly experiment to find out what works best for them. These people follow through on their plans and intentions. They constantly educate themselves and strive to improve everything, from technique and style, to selling and marketing. They seize opportunities. And they share their knowledge freely, because they know how little of what they’ve achieved has actually come from LUCK. [...]

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Michael Compton - testament to architectural detail

'Money To Loan' by Michael Compton was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Being Difficult

Unless we watch ourselves, we gauge the quality of our work, what we choose to paint, and most importantly, how, by what we read in magazines, pick up in workshops, absorb on websites, and internalize, via osmosis, through the "art atmosphere" we inhabit. At best, this situation results in a lot of artists who have the same loose idea -- promulgated by art establishments, publications, and associations with a vested interest in promoting their own products -- of what constitutes "good art." Along the at worst spectrum, this situation results in artists unconsciously "painting to the test," so to speak, mimicking or being overly influenced by the art of another, publicly "successful" artist, in order to get into certain shows, be noticed by particular galleries, or be accepted to societies and associations. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Valentin Gheorghe, Chuck Larivey, Sandy Donn

Art critic Brian Sherwin has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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William A. Hudson - refined watercolor paintings

'Over Snoqualmie Falls' by William A. Hudson was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the July 2012 BoldBrush Painting competition. [...]

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Art and Success: Success does not have a ZIP code

Live in a location that allows you to have an affordable lifestyle... which means more money for developing your art AND art career. Again, success does not have a ZIP code. You don't have to move to 'make it'. Remember that. [...]

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Refilling the Well

The problem is, if you only rely on the refilling that naturally occurs without your conscious effort, it may not always be enough to sustain you. Droughts will come. But they will be less severe and less frequent if you 1) realize that your well does needs refilling, 2) consciously do something to ensure it is getting refilled, and 3) do it regularly to stave off the dry spells. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Brigitte Balbinot

Artist Brigitte Balbinot explores abstraction by utilizing experimental techniques and new mediums. [...]

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

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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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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What's This About Creativity?

Place your energy into that more successful art work. You will discover, that the more you work at being creative each day, the more creative ideas come to mind. [...]

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Art Censorship: A few thoughts about censorship

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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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Daniel Keys, Victor A Schiro, Julia Hacker

Artist Gayle Faucette Wisbon has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Eugen Chisnicean - transcending the ordinary

'Village Thizy France' by Eugen Chisnicean was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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For the Love of It

I've often seen masterful works by "amateurs" and truly horrible schlock by "professionals." In fact, I don't think an artist can achieve true mastery without working for the simple love of creating... as amateurs do. I've occasionally met those who are in it mostly for money and their work is usually... lacking. [...]

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A Message Regarding All is Not Lost

I want to discuss what happened regarding the article, "All is Not Lost", sent earlier today.   I agree with those who said in the blog comments that FineArtViews is not a forum for politics. And I'm sorry it got turned into one today.   I would prefer for our discussion not to devolve into politics, but stay focused on uplifting and useful topics regarding art. I did not see this article before it was sent, and that was a failure in our editorial review process...that's my fault.  A fault we will correct. But it should not have been published as it is written: Not because I agree or disagree with Jack's [...]

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All is Not Lost

One of the most wonderful things about being an American is our will to thrive during trying times. All is not lost. You have the exact same today as you had yesterday. With good planning, you can still earn a living making and selling art. [...]

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Dan Robinson - compelling and dynamic

'Black Kettle With Tea' by Dan Robinson was awarded 2nd Place in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Lynette Blake

Artist Lynette Blake creates oil paintings that mesh realism with abstraction. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Christopher Leeper, Lisa Mitchell, Sandy Nelson

Carrie Turner, Editor of FineArtViews, has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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