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Give Yourself a Pep Talk

by Sandy Askey-Adams on 7/31/2012 11:47:23 AM
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So, be courageous and enter. Give yourself the pep talk. Move forward. Do not let judges or critics stop you. Through much studying, your gut will eventually tell you what is good in your work or not. And, along with that will come the self-confidence. This is very important. Do not knock yourself down. Get back up and cheer yourself on with that pep talk to yourself. Keep your enthusiasm for new experiences -- even if it means trying a different medium or subject matter. [...]


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The Best, and Worst, Blogs Start with the First Word

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/31/2012 8:06:09 AM
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As with anything, the best way to start is by commencing – a parked car doesn’t move if you don’t turn the key – and the easiest way to start with your FASO blog is to take advantage of the “Blog This Artwork!” feature on the side of the individual Art Portfolio Page you fill out every time you add a new art piece to your site. [...]


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Art Gallery Representation: Some factors to consider. Part 2 -- Art Pricing

by Brian Sherwin on 7/31/2012 1:38:47 AM
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In this edition I will cover art pricing and how your prices may help or hinder the goal of obtaining art gallery representation. [...]


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Right or Left Brained Artist

by Keith Bond on 7/30/2012 7:38:45 AM
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For a long time, I have had a theory that highly creative people – such as artists – have a strong connection between both hemispheres. The ability to communicate between hemispheres and use both sides of the brain enables greater creativity. [...]


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Deborah Elmquist - special quality of light

by Informed Collector on 7/30/2012 7:20:15 AM
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'Roots' by Deborah Elmquist was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Deborah Drake Huff

by Carrie Turner on 7/30/2012 4:54:57 AM
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Artist Deborah Drake Huff describes her mixed media and assemblage art as an invitation. [...]


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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

by Informed Collector on 7/27/2012 8:57:14 AM
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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]


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Spotlight On: Sallie-Anne Swift

by FineArtViews on 7/27/2012 7:03:21 AM
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'No Relief' by Sallie-Anne Swift was selected Best of Show in the June 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 7-27-12

by Brian Sherwin on 7/27/2012 6:10:03 AM
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This article points to recent questions asked on the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]


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Fresh Eyes

by Donald Fox on 7/26/2012 2:17:20 PM
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Artists look with new eyes. They frequently see interesting relationships in the most ordinary, everyday experiences. Colors, shapes, textures, effects of light, and sometimes the objects within which these characteristics are observed, can be the stimulus for artistic expression. Whereas the viewer might have overlooked the ordinary things, he or she will see through the artist’s eyes those very things that were unseen before. The “aha” moment is often a powerful one. [...]


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James Crandall - the magic of the moment

by Informed Collector on 7/26/2012 8:51:42 AM
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'Swing Carousel Riders' by James Crandall was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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Art Is Not A Talent

by Mark Edward Adams on 7/26/2012 7:19:15 AM
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If I believed art was a talent I would have given up long ago. The ability to create art is something that is earned through years of constant study and dedication. It is not a gift given at birth. [...]


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When in Doubt Go One Circle In

by Clint Watson on 7/25/2012 5:29:15 PM
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I can't give you any better advice on how to market and sell your art than Seth's last sentence, "When in doubt, when your (art)* marketing isn't working, the answer is easy: go one circle in." [...]


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John Ennis - subtle nuances in fine portraiture

by Informed Collector on 7/25/2012 9:13:52 AM
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'Last Round' by John Ennis was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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Assumptive Selling

by Jack White on 7/25/2012 7:17:27 AM
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To assume is said to make an a - - out of u and me. While this is true in most cases, being assumptive in selling is an entirely different scenario. I often use the assumptive close with art buyers. I assume they want to own my art when we begin the conversation. The moment the prospect shows real interest, I just assume they would like to take that piece home with them. My next step is to assist them in making their desire a reality. Because of my assumption that they want to own the art, I treat them differently. I don’t sell; I help the client acquire what they want. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Robert Fletcher

by Carrie Turner on 7/25/2012 4:16:21 AM
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Award winning artist Robert Fletcher is known for creating bold landscape paintings. Additionally, Fletcher -- a versatile artist – has also received acclaim for his figurative works upon canvas and in bronze. [...]


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Todd Casey - conjuring the feeling and scent of antiquities

by Informed Collector on 7/24/2012 8:55:40 AM
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'Bottles with Book and Letters' by Todd Casey was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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The $2.83 Discrepancy. Or maybe it was $2.84

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/24/2012 7:20:52 AM
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Some people get so locked up about the SEO concept and how they’re not computer geniuses so they may as well not do anything at all that they, well, don’t do anything at all. Yes, there’s a lot to learn. Yes, it’s overwhelming. But no, it’s not impossible, and the best way to make it possible is to simply get started. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Pam Powell

by Carrie Turner on 7/23/2012 9:53:55 PM
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Artist Pam Powell describes herself as a contemporary representational painter. Powell has noted that she combines traditional art principles with the need to communicate those principles with the modern world. [...]


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Ariana Richards - a precious view of life

by Informed Collector on 7/23/2012 8:54:04 AM
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'The Secret' by Ariana Richards was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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Framing Tip for Plein Air Events

by Keith Bond on 7/23/2012 7:26:58 AM
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Protect your painting the next time you need to frame it wet. [...]


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Deconstructing the Romanticized Image of 'The Artist' - Part 2

by Brian Sherwin on 7/21/2012 4:20:09 PM
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I often wonder if the negative image of 'The Artist' can be reversed. Can this image be deconstructed? What say you? [...]


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Deconstructing the Romanticized Image of 'The Artist' - Part 1

by Brian Sherwin on 7/21/2012 4:04:35 PM
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Changing the way the public views 'The Artist' is no easy task. After all, the classic character of the unruly, bohemian inspired artist infiltrates all aspects of our society. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Eric Bowman

by Carrie Turner on 7/20/2012 10:13:06 PM
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Artist Eric Bowman is known for exploring the human form in his paintings. His exploration of the figure is deeply rooted in his love of jazz music. [...]


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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

by Informed Collector on 7/20/2012 8:47:12 AM
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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]


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June 2012 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 7/20/2012 7:29:23 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Brian Sherwin has completed the judging of the June 2012 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]


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Why You Should Paint The Same Composition More Than Once

by Christine Marx on 7/19/2012 10:57:54 AM
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It is like changing your palette. My subject is my sheet music. How I choose to play the song, with what instrument, how loud or soft is up to me. So my recommendation, if you haven't done so, is to try painting something twice - making a few small changes: palette knife vs brushes, board vs. canvas, total palette change. You will be amazed at the difference! [...]


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Ryan Brown - layer upon layer of emotion

by Informed Collector on 7/19/2012 8:46:36 AM
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'Sonja' by Ryan Brown was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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Canine Companions - Taking Your Dog Plein Air Painting

by Kathleen Dunphy on 7/19/2012 7:01:13 AM
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You can't take an untrained dog out to paint and expect him to magically know what you want him to do! Teach your dog the basic commands of "sit," down," and "stay." Develop a relationship with him where he looks to you for instruction and gets rewarded for good behavior. [...]


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The Journey

by Luann Udell on 7/18/2012 7:23:37 AM
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Yep, it gets hard when it’s hot, or windy, when my back aches and when sales are slow. But more and more, I try to relax. I embrace my customers, exchanging hugs as they appear, year after year, to see what wonders I’ve made in the months in between. I soak in the sunshine. I go with the flow. I eat my energy bar. I remember why I’m here, at this show. [...]


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Steven Rosati - real people with presence and grace

by Informed Collector on 7/18/2012 7:22:47 AM
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'Gospel Musician Dr. Trevor W. Payne' by Steven Rosati was awarded Best of Show in the May 2012 Raymar Art Painting Competition. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Joe Mac Kechnie

by Carrie Turner on 7/18/2012 2:21:09 AM
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Artist Joe Mac Kechnie is known for his expressive artwork involving the use of graphite, ink, pastel and paint. [...]


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Almost Famous --- Mystery Solved

by Marian Fortunati on 7/17/2012 1:23:01 PM
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I asked him who it was that recommended me. He explained that it wasn't someone I knew, but it was people in the art committee down at Metro. They had seen my website (YAY, FASO!!) and evaluated the work in my portfolios to make the decision. [...]


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Victor Mordasov - heart-felt characterization of intriguing people

by Informed Collector on 7/17/2012 9:01:27 AM
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'Music Instructor' by Victor Mordasov was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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The Most Important Question to Ask When You Buy Fine Art

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/17/2012 7:28:03 AM
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There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before you purchase a piece of fine art -- whether it is an original or a limited edition print -- but the most important one is one that people frequently overlook: "Do I like it?" [...]


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Marc Hanson - all the majesty of nature

by Informed Collector on 7/16/2012 9:22:08 AM
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'Night Light' by Marc Hanson was selected as a Finalist in the May 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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Clean Color

by Keith Bond on 7/16/2012 7:35:42 AM
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But first, what is clean color? Clean color does not necessarily mean pure color straight from the tube. Ironically, clean color can be gray, neutral, muted, subdued, etc. Or it can be bright and pure. The color’s chroma does not determine whether it is clean or not. The Russians have beautifully sophisticated grays. Yet they are clean. How or why? In his book Alla Prima, Richard Schmid defines muddy colors as a mixture of color that is simply the wrong temperature. So, if that is true – and I agree with Richard - then it follows that clean color is simply a mixture in which the temperature is correct. The key to the Russian artists’ sophisticated grays is proper temperature. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Mark Adam Webster

by Carrie Turner on 7/16/2012 12:50:39 AM
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Mark Adam Webster is an award-winning artist deeply inspired by cubism and futurism. [...]


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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

by Informed Collector on 7/13/2012 9:01:23 AM
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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]


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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 7-13-12

by Brian Sherwin on 7/13/2012 7:36:11 AM
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Some recent questions / discussions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]


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