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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Susan Feller

Artist Susan Feller focuses primarily on mixed media, encaustics, and digital collage. Concerning her artwork, Feller has stated, "I often incorporate digital imagery and photography with painting, finding ways to combine or multi-layer these in collage and assemblage or with encaustics (painting with wax)." She has described her current artwork as "visual explorations". [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Romona Youngquist - special sensitivity

'Poppy Farm' by Romona Youngquist was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]

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May 2012 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Jesse Powell has completed the judging of the May 2012 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Alternative Exposure for Art: Artist faces wedding invitation art request

I made it clear that the wedding guests could potentially be introduced to his artwork IF the happy couple is willing to include a link to his artist website on the wedding invitation and wedding program. [...]

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Inside Baseball

The purpose of this article is to persuade you on the importance of the potential client getting to spend a few minutes on the phone with the artist. If I owned an art gallery I would ask all of my artists to be willing to help by saying a few words to those interested in their work. On second thought...I do know a few artists Id have to pass on, they have zero personalities. [...]

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Joel Carson Jones - lighthearted ambiance and the master's touch

'More Than You Can Chew' by Joel Carson Jones was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]

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Social Networking and Art: Facebook changes email address settings without warning

Some changes happened with Facebook.com over the weekend changes that you may not be aware of. [...]

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Cheng Lian - intricate and evocative portraiture

'Girl with silk headscarf' by Cheng Lian was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]

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Dammit Spock! Im a Doctor, Not an Artist!

While you may not be comfortable setting up your own blog site, or tweeting, or Linking, or posting and re-posting funny sayings YET (weve got plenty of fodder for future discussion here) dont let good opportunities pass you by. When youre offered something like the ability to pass on updates about your business to a legitimate site look into it closely, research the validity, and if it checks out, go for it. The more that you write about yourself and your art, and the more venues you take advantage of to post these writings, the more that your name and your art is floating around in cyberspace, where a lot of people travel. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Ron Bigony

Artist Ron Bigony is known for creating scenes that are full of mood. Working primarily with watercolors and oils, Bigony captures the mysterious quality of what may otherwise be viewed as a typical landscape or cityscape scene. [...]

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William Schneider - unique approach to capturing light

'Odalisque' by William Schneider was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]

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The Pain of Disappointment

But what ifI fail? This is your fear talking. Let me turn it around, But what ifyou succeed? Is it worth the gamble? Is it worth the sacrifice? Is it worth the discipline? [...]

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Pressure Makes Diamonds

But this is what I think: The same philosophy that worked when things were good should be the same philosophy you use when times are difficult. I know that flies in the face of most business models, but then again, a lot of businesses go under in bad times. What I mean is that when times were good, I tried to make the best painting I possibly could. When times are hard, I try to make the best painting I possibly can. Doing the old "paint what sells" may sound like reasonable advice, but it is fraught with peril. Trying to figure out what sells in hard times is like trying to shovel steam into a bucket. And if you alter what you do, change your style to chase a trend, you'll stray further and further from what was once successful. I believe you have to stay true to yourself. [...]

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Artists: Should you sign unsigned artwork from the past if an art collector demands it?

I was recently asked what to do if a past art buyer demands a signature from an artist. [...]

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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 6-22-12

This article points to recent questions asked on the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]

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Glenn Harrington - timelessness and beauty

'Wild Roses' by Glenn Harrington was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]

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Play the Hand

If we apply this advice to making art and to running an art business, we will see that many things can be done to enhance our chances of success while actually building on the dealt hand. Each of us is different. We have different experiences, different understanding, and different intellectual and creative impulses. Depending on our motivation, we can learn new and useful things for improving our artistic skills, our business skills, and our people skills. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Linda Benton McCloskey

Award-winning artist Linda Benton McCloskey states that she is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists. [...]

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Cleaning my Desk

My first impulse is to tear out those pages. But then I stop, and set the notebook aside, too. I realize that sometimes, in order to go forward, its necessary to go backwards for awhile. Its good to remember that hard times pass, that most failures are a prelude to a new path, a bright new direction. [...]

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Watermarks and online art competitions / online art exhibits don't mix

Online art competition jurors (and other online art viewers) don't want to be distracted by watermarks when viewing art online. [...]

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Ahmet Ogras - life, culture, energy, passion

'Galata Tower, Istanbul' by Ahmet Ogras was selected as Outstanding Pastel in the April 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Failed at Computer Science; Succeeded at Life

And bit by bit I became less and less of an incompetent, to the point that my mother who knows nothing about computers is actually impressed by what seems to her to be a vast level of expertise. My point? If I can do it, mon ami/e, so can you. I encounter far too many artists who bemoan their ignorance of the computer, lamenting that they just cant do it. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is an award-winning watercolor artist. Waller has stated that she is on a quest to add beauty into the world by means of painting visually stunning works of art. [...]

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Patricia Tribastone - connection to the past

'Kitchen Shelf' by Patricia Tribastone was selected as Outstanding Pastel in the April 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Pain of Discipline

You really do only have 2 options. You can have the discipline to pursue your art which requires sacrifices, or you can look back years later and wish that you had. You will have regret or disappointment in the dream you never dared pursue. [...]

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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 6-15-12

Some recent questions / discussions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]

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The Art of Influence: How George Inness Helped Me to Change My Artistic Direction and Find My Voice

To me, influenced means inspired by while not being obsessed with copying or emulating the actual works of this great artistic giant. This is an important distinction. [...]

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Aldo Balding - intrigue of intimate stories

'unspoken' by Aldo Balding was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Biggest Mistake Of All

The biggest mistake is to fear failure so much that you do nothing. Remember, the tortoise only makes progress by sticking its neck out. Do the same and make more mistakes. Dont think of them as failures. View them as results, as feedback, opportunities to learn and improve. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Ken Steinkamp

Artist Ken Steinkamp has established a reputation for creating powerful works of abstract art that he describes as an exploration of his inner-self. [...]

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Keeping the Chickens Flying

According to the money experts, we can expect many more months of this weak economy. The Wall Street Journal thinks the economy will become tighter before loosening up. Do what you have to do to keep your chickens in the air until the market comes back. Dont be concerned what others will think. [...]

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Robert Stebleton - profound gentleness

'Sam' by Robert Stebleton was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Shaken, Not Stirred. Not Shy, But Reserved

You can do this, but in the same way you do everything, including the artwork you create, you will do it your own way. You probably wont sound like a used car salesman (funny how we think theyre all the same, isnt it?), but you will sound like you, communicating with and talking to another person. It wont necessarily be easy, especially starting out, but then nothing is easy when we first start. With practice we improve, and with failure we finesse. [...]

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Karen Budan - a cornucopia of sight, scent, and taste

'Green Apple' by Karen Budan was selected as a Finalist in the April 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Timothy Rees

Artist Timothy Rees notes that he has always had an affinity for drawing. That natural love for drawing eventually developed into a strong interest in painting realism. [...]

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Don't Be A Slave

Being a slave to your reference hinders creativity. Slavishly regurgitating what you see is not creating. It does not show me anything more than your ability to copy. I want to see your voice. I want to see your thoughts and ideas. I want to see your creativity. [...]

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Artists: Creating art is (or should be) your reality

You don't need reality TV OR a virtual farm -- art is (or should be) your reality. Live it. [...]

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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 6-08-12

Some recent questions / discussions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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