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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Jenny M.L. Wantuch, Garth Low, Katarzyna Lappin

For this round of Staff Picks we had three staff members select images that have been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Luana Tuis - masterful still lifes

'Chalice with Prunes' by Luana Tuis was selected as a Finalist in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Forget about the Frog and Focus on Your Art

You're not abandoning people all together; family members love and need you, after all. You are simply allowing yourself time, as an artist, away from outside voices and influence so that you can focus on that small, quiet, patient inner voice that gets drowned out by all the external shouting. [...]

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Jackie Venegas Loafman - engaging abstractions

'Untitled' by Jackie Venegas Loafman was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Excuses are the Enemy of Opportunity

These words resonate with me. Now, I will admit, I have had my fair share of excuses. And who knows what opportunities I have missed because of them. But, I have also seen the other side ? and I try to stay on this other side. I know of the opportunities that will arise by not making excuses. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Charles Cox

Artist Charles Cox is known creating painterly cityscapes and landscapes. Charles notes that his art practice focuses on accurate drawing and tones. Furthermore, he focuses on what he describes as "enjoyable details" and "entertaining brushwork". Needless to say, we at FineArtViews find his paintings to be both enjoyable and entertaining. [...]

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Art World Problems: Artist Richard Prince wins appeal in landmark copyright case

This ruling won't serve the majority of artists. After all, most artists don't rely heavily on direct appropriation in the first place. In other words, I would argue that the majority of artists don't work from images they find online or elsewhere. This ruling serves a small percentage of artists... in some cases supporting their market while hampering YOUR market. I will go as far as to suggest that court rulings like this are a direct attack on self-representing artists. Pointblank, this decision is a major defeat for the majority of artists working today. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Eric Bowman has completed the judging of the March 2013 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Nancy Alter

Artist Nancy Alter is known for combining dry point etching, collagraph techniques, digital imaging and manipulation of the image in order to create a number of artworks. Nancy's artwork often appears to focus on organic, flowing forms. The details of these shapes capture the attention of viewers. [...]

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Album Cover Art: Fee or free?

I often warn artists -- specifically younger artists --not to be taken advantage of by musicians concerning album cover art. I have taken this stance since the early days of Myspace.com. The offers I observed on Myspace made me sick. Thus, I took it upon myself to openly and actively warn artists to stand up for themselves before creating anything for a band. My position has caused some people to think that I look down at artists who create album cover art. That is not so. I just don't want to see artists duped out of hard work. [...]

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Mike Beeman - eloquence

'Union Leader' by Mike Beeman was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Elizabeth Cressman, Nancy Alter, Kate Taylor

For this round of Staff Picks we had three staff members select images that have been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Do You Want a Michelin Star?

As a result of these strict guidelines, there is now a movement of artists turning their back on these accolades. In the artists of my generation, people rarely talk about how an award or one man show will make their artistic career. The conversations are all about how to build relationships with collectors and those who appreciate art. We believe these relationships will make our career more than anything else. And a lot of the most exciting work coming out today is originating from these artists. [...]

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Masculine / Feminine Part 2

Behaviors that we might tolerate in our teenage boy (because he's "that age" and we love them) don't look good on grown-up men. Don't give fair organizers a hard time just because you're not getting your own way?most of them are/were artists themselves. It's not a "we vs. them" situation. We need them, they need us. Don't expect preferential treatment because you're a big name (or think you are.) We're all here to sell our work today! You can have a different opinion without the other person being "wrong". [...]

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Luverne Lightfoot - uniquely sophisticated approach

'Scotsman' by Luverne Lightfoot was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist David Savellano

Artist David Savellano notes that he works primarily en plein air (outdoors). David utilizes watercolor painting to capture random moments that he observes on the streets or in nature. Additionally, David creates plein air ink drawing and watercolor sketches in order to capture the essence and feel of a scene. He states that he strives to be "present in the moment". [...]

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Angie Rees - fantasy and wonderment

'Out of the Blue' by Angie Rees was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Charles Joyce, Garth Low, Janice Druian

For this round of Staff Picks we had three staff members select images that have been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Not All Great Paintings Have Frogs in Them

The initial problem lies, however, in accepting that being alone is not weird. Too often, when we embark upon a creative outlet or a new lifestyle or gluten free eating or knitting socks from the toe up as opposed to top-down, or whatever it is that we want to get really good at, we seek out a group, because, we tell ourselves, "I will learn so much from other people, and that will help me advance." And so we start attending this group, monthly or weekly or every two weeks, and while we do learn good things from others around us, we also pick up -- and reinforce every time we attend the group -- not so good things as well. [...]

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How to stay connected (offline) with your local art community

The online art world has provided me with the perfect 'jumping point' for communication about art. I'm certain that many of you feel the same way. That does not change the fact that the art world can be a lonely place if your connections exist primarily online. Don't get me wrong... solitude is not necessarily a bad thing. That said, 'cultivating' offline art world connections can become a strong source of inspiration and professional growth. [...]

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Paul Oman - watercolors that resonate

'Harbor Town Mist' by Paul Oman was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Develop Your Personal Style

Someone recently asked me for guidance on how to develop a personal style. The short answer is not to worry about it too much. It will come naturally with time. The caveat, though, is that you need to let it develop. This leads me to the long answer. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Joseph Alleman

Artist Joseph Alleman works primarily with watercolor and oil. Joseph's paintings have become highly sought after due to his visionary portrayals of the West. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Karen Stewart

Artist Karen Stewart has a background in working with pastels, oils, acrylics, and watercolor. Karen's artwork is inspired by her travels ? having lived in numerous locations throughout the United States. Her paintings ? which often involve rural scenes ? are strengthened by her strong use of color and unusual compositions. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Arise

For years, I have written and modified descriptions of some my narrative paintings only to feel inadequate to the task. I finally understand that this is not an inadequacy on our part as visual artists. It is our responsibility to focus on the visual. We have passport to leave the art of words to writers and novelists. Certainly both means of communication are limited and I suppose it is those things that can't be easily captured that make any art form somewhat magical. I think I'll embrace that for awhile. [...]

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The Artist Statement: Art writers want information

What do art writers want? I'll tell you. We want information. Repeat: We. Want. Information. (Art collectors want information as well!). You, the artist, can provide this information easily. After all, YOU know your art better than anyone else. YOU know what drives you. YOU know the context in which you create your art. YOU know if you embrace specific art theories. YOU know the parameters of your art practice. YOU know what you would like us to write about. Tell us about it! Guide us. Anything less is a 'guessing game'... which can lead to missed opportunities. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Diann Benoit, Joan Murray, Ron Escudero

For this round of Staff Picks we had Clint Watson (Founder of FASO) and art critic Brian Sherwin select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Kristi Grussendorf - wonders of urban scenes

'Totnes' by Kristi Grussendorf was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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High Tech is an Artist's Friend

I'm sure most of us complete a piece of artwork, make sure we have natural light and take digital photos, then load them to a computer, do some kind of cropping for clean edges, save the photo, go to FASO, to our Facebook fan page, our Facebook wall and upload the photos, write all the descriptions and move along to the next piece of artwork. For me, this process could take more than hour especially if the digital camera and I were not getting along and if the photos were blurred, I'd have to repeat part of this process at least once. The app ended a lot of this work. [...]

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Stop Telling and Start Selling

The secret of selling is continuing to ask questions that cannot be answered with a yes or no. Get your client talking and then listen, CAREFULLY. If you will listen judiciously, your client will tell you what you need to know to close the sale. I wish you good questions, happy listening and lots of closed sales. [...]

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Tibor Nagy - bold, luscious paint application

'Lurking Dusk' by Tibor Nagy was awarded 2nd Place in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Sara Sniderhan - luminous light

'Algonquin Bride (self-portrait)' by Sara Sniderhan was awarded Best of Show in the February 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Time Alone Is Time Well Spent

With this static in the background, it is difficult to find the silence or the solitude long enough to realize that constantly being around other people, engaged in formal or informal group activity, isn't always the best thing. And getting away from this noise isn't always a bad thing. And, especially if you're an artist -- it's a good thing, a necessary thing, because so much of what you create comes not only from your hands but is directed by your brain, heart, and soul, all three of which desperately need some silence and time away from distractions. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Bruce Herchenrader, Matthew J Cutter, Debra Joy Groesser

For this round of Staff Picks we had Carrie Turner, Editor of FineArtViews, select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Art Coaches: Are they worth the investment?

A legitimate art coach won't promise you millions of dollars in art sales. He or she will be realistic AND tailor specific financial goals (if at all) on a case-by-case basis. If the art coach uses a pitch that reads like a 'get rich quick' scheme... it likely is -- and you will just be out money after everything is said and done. Seek legitimate art marketing coaches... avoid the art marketing roaches. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Carole Rafferty

Artist Carole Rafferty is known for creating thought-provoking portraits and captivating urban scenes. [...]

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Now, let's assume you sign up for a workshop. You want to understand how to fit those remaining pieces together. But what happens instead is the instructor dumps a thousand or so more pieces right in the middle of your puzzle you are trying to put together. Now your pieces and the instructor's pieces are all mixed up. And to top it off, the instructor removes some of the pieces you put down and replaces them with new pieces. This can cause you a lot of frustration. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Carol Staub

Artist Carol Staub creates abstract mixed-medium paintings that often involve found objects and elements of collage. [...]

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