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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Spotlight On: Marina Dieul

'Bacchante 3' by Marina Dieul was selected Best of Show in the April 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Greg Navratil

Artist Greg Navratil is known for creating acrylic paintings that concentrate on the abstract and chaotic qualities of nature. [...]

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Bill Cramer - awe-inspiring landscapes

'Twist and Shout' by Bill Cramer was selected as a Finalist in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Terry Crum, Rosie Hartmann, Katya Minkina

We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Terry Crum, Rosie Hartmann, Katya Minkina [...]

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Networking for Artists Part #2: Making Connections: How to Start Conversations that Matter

Networking is as much about giving as it is about taking. It's about listening, not talking. It's not just about asking for help, it's about generosity of spirit and the willingness to commit to helping others. Networking is about valuing what you have to offer this world and not being afraid to share it. [...]

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Smokejumpers

All of us need a Smokejumper in our lives. In the daily course of living little unexpected fires pop up. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Anthony Dallmann-Jones

Artist Anthony Dallmann-Jones creates light sculptures. His light sculptures / installations often involve hand-cut pieces of special metallic glass and a single light beam source. Anthony notes that he has a background in working with ceramics, watercolor painting, and acrylic painting (large abstract paintings). His interest in abstraction fueled his desire to create work that exemplifies artistic freedom -- this foundation evolved into his current fascination with light sculpture. [...]

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Mark Yearwood - depth, texture, and energy

'Animation' by Mark Yearwood was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Art and Psychology: Social Conditioning and the Art World

Social conditioning within the art world runs deep. Artists find themselves trapped by boundaries that they are conditioned to have within the art world itself. For example, many artists are conditioned to believe that they must do 'this and that' (move to NYC, earn an MFA, gain attention by a specific art magazine, exhibit at a specific art fair, hire a specific manager or art coach... etc.) in order to be a 'successful artist'. This rhetoric can spread like a plague -- spurring artists to question the value of what they do when compared to all of the 'glorified' hearsay / hype. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Rene Collins, Sabrina Stiles, Lance Mumma

We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Rene Collins, Sabrina Stiles, Lance Mumma [...]

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Laurent Botella - back-lit scene is phenomenal

'lumiere matinale' by Laurent Botella was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Even Vegans Have to Deal with Spam

But spammers, like all dishonest people out to make money without actually earning it, are innovative and intelligent, and they are constantly changing their tactics to outwit the tactics of the anti-spammers. And the anti-spammers figure out what theyíre doing and block them, at which point the spammers introduce a new concept that the anti-spammers havenít addressed yet. [...]

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Dotty Hawthorne - focusing on the light

Morning in Los Padres Forest by Dotty Hawthorne was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Donating Art: Art donations and charity auctions

It is not uncommon for organizations (specifically arts organizations) to hold fundraising auctions in order to secure extra funding. I applaud those efforts. However, these auctions often involve donated artwork Ė the result of a 'flood' of donation requests sent to various artists. There is only one problem with this process Ė several problems, actually. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist William Schneider

Artist William Schneider is known for creating passionate works of art in oils and pastels. William has gained recognition for his unique approach to capturing light and how it defines form. His paintings have a solid foundation in the academic painting traditions of the past Ė but many of his works also have what can be described as contemporary feel. [...]

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April 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Andrew Kish III has completed the judging of the April 2013 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Lois Eakin, Jane Hartley, Mark Hamel

We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Lois Eakin, Jane Hartley, Mark Hamel [...]

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Angela Bandurka - refreshing still lifes

'Revitalizing' by Angela Bandurka was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Remember to Respect your Audience

No matter how successful you become -- people will respect you if you still take the time to reach out to others. The snappy 'Do you know who I am!' remarks don't win fans... remarks like that tend to push away even the most dedicated supporters (we see that happen often with actors and musicians). Thus, strive to be as humble as you can be. [...]

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Networking for Artists Part #1: Changing Your Mind

Over the course of this series of 3 blog posts, I'm going to dig in and break down the "why" and "how" of networking and why artists should get a grasp on just how beneficial genuine networking can be over the course of a long art career. [...]

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The Fable of the Ant

Time ainít money when all you got is time. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Suzy Hart

Artist Suzy Hart notes that the human gaze is the most compelling force in her life as an artist. This influence drives her work. Suzy states that she seeks to elicit an empathetic response in the viewer by capturing the emotion of her subjects. [...]

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Dennis Poirier - provocative impressionistic work

'Working fishermen at Gloucester' by Dennis Poirier was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Danielle Perry, Gina Strumpf, Pat Meras

We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Danielle Perry, Gina Strumpf, Pat Meras [...]

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What Does Your Abnormal Look Like?

Donít you wish that I would give you concrete, bullet-pointed, step-by-step instructions for how to increase art sales? Iíll never do that, you know, because I wonít deceive by promising easy answers to complex problems, but if you really want these tips, there are numerous groups, speakers, writers, magazines, social-media resources, and programs out there that will -- for a price. [...]

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Tony Armendariz - a sense of respect and honor

'Croatian Lace' by Tony Armendariz was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Chinmaya Panda - powerful human emotions

'Waiting' by Chinmaya Panda was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Painting Large en Plein Air

I find that most of my plein air works could have been greatly improved in compositional choices. This is one of many reasons my plein air work serves mostly as studies and not as finished paintings. If I do a very large canvas, I wouldnít want to consider it a mere study. I would want a finished painting. But with all the visual stimuli out there and quickly changing light, most compositions arenít as well thought out as they could be. [...]

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Is Perfection Holding You Back?

We often forget that even the most praised artists created 'lesser' works. The works we view in the books -- and at museums -- likely reflect only a small percentage of what the artist created throughout his or her life. They tend to be the 'best of the best'. You have to step back and think of all of the 'failures' that led up to those works. Don't be fooled into thinking that those praised artists created one masterpiece after another. Heck, even the Old Masters made mistakes... so it is safe to assume that even they faced doubt while chasing perfection. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Douglas Arneson

Artist Douglas Arneson is known for creating elegant still life paintings. His approach to still life painting is strengthened by his love of traditional, academic art. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Making a Grown Man Cry

The brushstrokes we leave on the lives of others never fade, but I didnít know that was literal as well as figurative. It is time to put my fears aside and move forward with understanding and faltering confidence. It is not too late to follow a 30-year-old dream and to paint like there is no tomorrow until all my tomorrows are gone. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist John Feiser

Artist John Feiser is a fine art photographer. John's approach to fine art photography concentrates primarily on natural scenes. His photographs often involve unique perspectives of situations found within the natural world. In a sense, his work reminds us not to take the beauty of nature for granted. [...]

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Lessons From Old Art Magazines

I realized that the artists who managed to fight through this recession have a better shot at longevity than most. The recession was a test of your resolve and passion. I think as we come out of these rough times we will be more adept at survival and will have gained the skills necessary to make a long fruitful artistic career. There will still be those that fade away but we are more likely to grow and bend with the times and prosper. [...]

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Derek Penix - poetic impressionism

'Antique Market in Nice France' by Derek Penix was awarded 3rd Place in the March 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Marti Walker, Ryan Allen Sobkovich, Lilly Langer

We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about the following artists: Marti Walker, Ryan Allen Sobkovich, Lilly Langer [...]

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The Artist Statement: Art collectors and artist statements

It is true that some art collectors don't care about artist statements -- or details about artistic process, for that matter -- but others DO care. They WANT that information. In my opinion, it is better to have that info -- cover all the bases -- than ignore it outright. The art collectors who don't care about said info will likely avoid reading a statement if it is provided. Fair enough. That said, the collectors who WANT to read your artist statement WILL end up searching for it on your website. Imagine their disappointment when said info is not provided. They may look elsewhere... [...]

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Hubris Precedes the Plunge

Fifteen minutes of fame doesnít make a career. An article in a magazine, newspaper, interview on television or multiple print ads may stroke your ego, but nothing much else. An artistís career is a lifetime venture. Just because an artist is on top doesnít mean they are sheltered from a crash. As has been stated, the higher you climb, the harder you fall. [...]

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