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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Kazem Kyanara, Verna Stonecipher Fuller, Emily Schultz

For this round of Staff Picks we had Carrie Turner (Editor of FineArtViews) and art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Kazem Kyanara, Verna Stonecipher Fuller, Emily Schultz [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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The Problems With Social Media

These high numbers can give you a sense of accomplishment. It is very easy to fall into the trap that has you seeking higher numbers in both social reach and likes. However, after a certain point, I had to stand back and look at the benefit of these numbers. [...]

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The Best Medicine

My point is, whether you continue to make your art the foundation of your income - or not - it’s still important to use your creativity. If you still love making your art, you need to keep making it. Whether you persevere to make it your vocation, or whether you relegate it back to avocation, or even hobby status, or whether you channel your creativity into something else altogether, is entirely up to you and your particular financial needs. But don’t turn your back on your creative spirit completely. For your heart’s sake and your brain’s, continue to make time to make your art visible in the world. [...]

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Bonnie Rieser - full of awe

'Skagit Valley Tulip Farm' by Bonnie Rieser was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Christopher Westfall - captivating

'Boston Ave in the Rain' by Christopher Westfall was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Avoiding Email Subscription Overwhelm

The funny thing is - when I unsubscribe, I feel guilty about it, like I'm no longer supporting people I care about - but wouldn't those bloggers rather me not just hit the delete button every day when I see their email? That gives them a false assumption that I'm getting something from them. I can't help but get distracted by what's on my computer screen because I have no internal filter. I'm visual, and if I see it - it enters my mind and takes up space and energy. Ultimately, I must limit distractions that take me away from my important work... which is making my artwork. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Michael R. Kellner

Artist Michael R. Kellner is known for his oil paintings and encaustic on wood pieces. His artwork explores form and color in a thought provoking manner. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Alyn Federico, Heather Arenas, Diane Monday

For this round of Staff Picks we had Carrie Turner (Editor of FineArtViews) and art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Alyn Federico, Heather Arenas, Diane Monday [...]

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Cathy Hillegas - captivating detail

Summer Rain by Cathy Hillegas was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Notan #2 - Composing with Notan

The simplicity of the notan concept helps students make clear, quick choices in a direct way that allows creativeness to become intuitive based. As an instructor, I've found, over the past several years, that my students who use this concept, no matter their skill level, more quickly adapt to the idea of value and color contrasts in their work. For this reason, I see significant leaps in their understanding and knowledge of value and color as they progress with skill building. The learning curve is greatly enhanced. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Chuck Middlekauff

Artist Chuck Middlekauff is known for creating paintings that spur a sense of American nostalgia. Concerning his artwork, Chuck has stated, "By combining the past with the present, putting things that don't necessarily appear together (but they could), and by adding touches of humor, nostalgia, and sometimes sentimentality, I reveal my unique vision of America." [...]

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William Worcester - enrapturing

'Peaceful Morning' by William Worcester was awarded 3rd Place in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Countercultural Artist -- with or without the Tattoo

Being countercultural is an internal thing, which sometimes, but not always, shows up in external aspects -- like tattoos. It’s less important that you look like a free thinking, independent human being than that you live like one. [...]

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NOTAN - What is it?

Personally, I find that creating several notan's of a subject more quickly establishes a composition that has dynamic visual strength than a whole series of studies utilizing several values. I’ve been in the habit, for many years, of developing my compositions with thumbnails of 3 to 5 values. While this worked well, it never created the straightforward strength of design that I experience now with fewer choices. Notan forces me to quantify by putting more eggs in one basket, so to speak, thus establishing dominance. It’s a simple concept with a hugely powerful impact. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Kent Sullivan, Rick Petersen, Dennis Harris

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. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Kent Sullivan, Rick Petersen, Dennis Harris [...]

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Spotlight On: Nina Fabunmi

'Amaka' by Nina Fabunmi was selected Best of Show in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Matthew J Cutter - simplicity refined

'Asheville Waterfall' by Matthew J Cutter was awarded 2nd Place in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Offsides

I say this often, THINK. There is something in life called common sense. Webster’s says common sense is sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. Perhaps this is why in 1776, Thomas Paine used these words as a title for the most famous pamphlet ever written. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Gualberto Del Toro Colberg

Artist Gualberto Del Toro Colberg notes that he has always had an interest in the art of drawing. Gualberto's dedication to drawing informs his exploration of other modes of artistic expression. He states that he is primarily a self-taught artist -- drawing influence from the past. [...]

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Keep Your Eyes on the Trail

When you lose sight of where you want to go, you lose your equilibrium. You forget that you love to paint, that you have the best job in the world. You stop working. You find something easier. Essentially, when you focus on the wrong stuff, you fall. [...]

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Elisa Holderman - tantalizing to our eyes

'WAITING' by Elisa Holderman was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Michael R. Kellner, Mary Mansey, Ronald Dykes

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Michael R. Kellner, Mary Mansey, Ronald Dykes [...]

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Nina Fabunmi - absolutely stunning portraiture

'Amaka' by Nina Fabunmi was awarded Best of Show in the July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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When Do You Become A Professional Artist?

When do you stop being an amateur and enter the world as a professional artist? The answer is quite simple. You make the decision and no one else. [...]

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What is Plein Air Anyway?

What does en plein air really mean? It is a French term. Depending upon which dictionary you use, the English translation is a variation of the following: “in the open air”, “outdoors”, “open air”, or “out in the open”. That sounds simple enough. Paintings done on location, outdoors, and in the open air are considered plein air paintings. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Bill James, Joanne St-Cry, Cheri Homaee

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Bill James, Joanne St-Cry, Cheri Homaee [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Loretta Fasan

Artist Loretta Fasan is an oil painter from Canada. Loretta has garnered renown for her paintings of women in period costumes. She states that her paintings possess a range of influences -- notably, the moody quality of Baroque paintings and the soft realism of Victorian art. Her paintings have been described as mysterious and dreamy. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Mark Hunter

Artist Mark Hunter is known for his paintings of marine, landscape, and figurative paintings. Mark notes that all of his paintings are executed in oil. He is inspired by his firsthand experiences with nature -- a passion that fuels the various directions he explores with his painting practice. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Sheri Dinardi

Artist Sheri Dinardi states that she draws inspiration from the quaint town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Sheri draws inspiration from the historic cottages and farms. This results in paintings that convey a sense of timelessness. Her rural scenes are warm and inviting. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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July 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Scott Mattlin has completed the judging of the July 2013 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Loretta Fasan, Wilf Tilley, Heather Arenas

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Loretta Fasan, Wilf Tilley, Heather Arenas [...]

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Valerie Collymore - lyrical plein air paintings

'French Cottage at Chateau St. Julien l'Ars' by Valerie Collymore was selected as a Finalist in the June 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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My Mind's Illusion Creates Confusion

Up until now, I've explained the problem, but now I want to look at how to resolve issues that get in the way of productivity. The first step in that process is to teach my brain to stop adding ideas and let my physical self get the work at hand, DONE. That means less time online because I'm so influenced by everyone else's thoughts and ideas. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Emilia Cantor

Artist Emilia Cantor notes that she embraced classical realism while studying still life and landscape painting with artist Freddy Brandt. Since that time she has studied at the Angel Academy of Art and the Florence Academy of Art. Emilia established her own art school in 2012 - Atelier del Sol (Atelier of the Sun) is located in Escazú, Costa Rica. [...]

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Larisa Aukon - lively, dynamic

'Find The Echoes' by Larisa Aukon was selected as a Finalist in the June 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Spotlight On: John Burton

'Pinnacles Cove' by John Burton was selected Best of Show in the June 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Brienne Brown - watercolors that sing

'Discussing Grandpa's House' by Brienne Brown was selected as a Finalist in the June 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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