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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Spotlight On: Whitney Lau

'Model in Bold Brushstrokes' by Whitney Lau was selected Best of Show in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Good Enough: More Lessons From "the Move"

Too, too often, waiting for doing it “the right way”, “the best way”, “the perfect way”, “the professional way”, results in just “not doing it at all.” Don’t let your desire for perfection hold you back. Do what you can. When you can do better, then do better. Yes, some things deserve your best. But you’d be surprised how many things simply need “pretty good” or even just “okay”. [...]

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Holly Bedrosian - flair for the dramatic

'Annabelle II' by Holly Bedrosian was selected as a Finalist in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist John Philbin Dolan

Artist John Philbin Dolan captures the sensitivity and soul of his subjects in pastel. John's emotionally charged portraits offer a sense of storytelling -- allowing viewers to establish a narrative. His work has been described as magnificent examples of the pastel medium. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: John Philbin Dolan, Pamela Shumway, Albin Veselka

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: John Philbin Dolan, Pamela Shumway, Albin Veselka [...]

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How to Ask For An Art Critique

Don't be so attached to your art that you can't let it go. Don't take the critique personally and as much as you like to believe it - YOU ARE NOT YOUR ART. [...]

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Guy-Anne Massicotte - stunning still life paintings

'Yellow delicious and foil' by Guy-Anne Massicotte was selected as a Finalist in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Google Plus: The Biggest Social Network that You're Totally Missing Out On

Everyone makes jokes about Google Plus, but the reality is that you need to be taking Google Plus seriously. Here are a few reasons why. [...]

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David Kessler - emotional releases

'2 Cool 1' by David Kessler was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Marcus Brewer - enlivening experience

'Wave Drama, Acadia, ME' by Marcus Brewer was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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You - Yes, You - Can Have an Opinion

There’s nothing wrong at all about learning from others -- we all do. But as we learn, we gain, or should gain, confidence in our knowledge so that we can use what we know and move forward. Spending an entire lifetime sitting at the feet of a guru ensures that what we create, at best, will look like the Master’s work, and certainly not anything better. Believe me, you can do a lot better than that. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kyle Stuckey

Artist Kyle Stuckey has gained acclaim for his fantastic portrait and landscape paintings. Kyle has developed a style that is rooted in contemporary realism. He notes that his goal is to accomplish an accurate rendering of the subject's beauty, through form, light, and color. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Kyle Stuckey, Kathryn Hall, Eric Bowman

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: Kyle Stuckey, Kathryn Hall, Eric Bowman [...]

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What is the Story That You Tell With Your Art

When I look paintings online or in galleries I am surprised to see so many that I have no notion of the narrative that they are trying to tell. Of course that makes me wonder about my own work. Am I communicating to my viewers? Are they able to decipher my visual description? Have I been too obvious or too subtle? [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Marina Dieul has completed the judging of the December 2013 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Ruth Mann - expressive and impactful

'Dancing Shadows' by Ruth Mann was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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El Lobo Solo

Captain Lone Wolf Gonzaullas was one of a kind. I’m sure he would agree to this truth, “If you continuously compete with others, you will become bitter. If you constantly compete with yourself, you can become great.” [...]

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Celebrity Sightings

Okay, let's veer back to the Bruce wannabee, yeah, the Bruce Willis look-alike on the bus. On Gagarina. That's what happens when someone gets famous, I suppose. People like to borrow the appearance. Use the image. Trouble is, maybe the guy on the bus just shaved his head to look like Bruce, or maybe there was even a little gym work, to look like Bruce. Heck, maybe a smidgen of surgery. Hard to put on Mr. Willis's talent thought, isn't it? No surgery I've heard of for that. Yeah, shave your head, but you're still going to have a hard time filling the role of John McClane. [...]

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Janet Armstrong - heart felt work

'End of the Day II' by Janet Armstrong was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kathy Tate

Artist Kathy Tate is best known for her charming still life paintings, however, she also has a deep interest in capturing the architecture and landscape of Texas. She has stated the following concerning her work as an artist: "I like to keep my work fresh and achieve this by incorporating a variety of subject matter." Kathy's bold still life paintings -- in addition to her other work -- reveal her dedication to the art of painting. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Lawrence Churski, Christopher Leeper, Janis Lacey Ellison

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: Lawrence Churski, Christopher Leeper, Janis Lacey Ellison [...]

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Eye and Brain at War with Each Other

As artists we should realize, too, that no matter how much we admire a particular artist and want to paint just the way they do, we never really will. We must reconcile ourselves, even as we try our best to achieve goals we've set, to the fact that we are going to be making a unique contribution to the world of art -- and this is precisely as it should be. I'm not saying not to copy others or to emulate their style -- far from it! If the work of So-and-so strikes you as the pinnacle of fine art, strive with all your heart to emulate their work, with this assurance: your paintings will never be a carbon copy of theirs. Yours will always be distinguishable because your eye-brain-hand configuration is not going to be the same as that of the artist you admire. Your work will always be unique, and yours alone. [...]

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Erik Speyer - fascinating personalities

'Jamaica Paul Feb' by Erik Speyer was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Everything is Subject to Change

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work…everything from that one juicy brush stroke to a 3 foot high cactus. [...]

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Thomas W. Schaller - distinctive work

'Night in the City' by Thomas W. Schaller was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Tom Heflin

Artist Tom Heflin is known for creating a wide range of art and his landscape paintings, figure paintings, and abstract paintings have garnered international acclaim. Tom has noted that his paintings are often done in acrylic or oil. However, he has been known to embrace pastels when a change of pace is needed. His career as a professional artist spans over 40 years. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Eva Kusmirek, Diann Haist, Matt Linz

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) and 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: Eva Kusmirek, Diann Haist, Matt Linz [...]

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Norman Carlberg and High Expectations: Don't get lost in your art studio

Art making is at risk of being replaced with 'expectation making', if you will. You deserve better than that. Your art deserves better than that. The people who love your art deserve better than that. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Stuck? Take a Close Look at Your Process

If you're stuck in an unproductive place, or if you're looking for ways to change your art, maybe it's time to take a close look at your process. My continual focus on process is a carryover from my former role as a business consultant. If a business wants to change an outcome, they need to analyze and change their process in some way. The same is true for artists. [...]

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Sipping From the Fire Hose

When it seems like the whole world is rushing out to blog, or to spin, to post on Facebook, or to Tweet, or to pin on Pinterest, or whatever the newest social thing is, focus on one thing you can do today to let the world know you’re here. It will be enough. Recognize the power of being curious about the world. Let it serve you in making your art, not drive you. Let your desire for novelty inform you and inspire you -- in small doses. When you feel overwhelmed by your inadequacy, know that all you really have to do is put down the fire hose. A fire hose is a wonderful tool for putting out a house fire. But it’s not the best way to drink a glass of cool, clear water. [...]

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Sheri Farabaugh - fresh perspective

'Beside the Still Waters' by Sheri Farabaugh was awarded 3rd Place in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Cynthia Hamilton

Artist Cynthia Hamilton states that she has always had a great love for portraiture. Cynthia embraces oil painting, however, she is also known for her pastel paintings. Her work has been exhibited in various competitions throughout the United States (she recently won first place for Small Works at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco). Additionally, her work is held privately in many homes across the country. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Radhika Srinivas, William Houston, Jim Smither

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) and 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: Radhika Srinivas, William Houston, Jim Smither [...]

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Artistic Collaborations

Adventure is a must for the painting process. It pushes the artist through and boosts him/her up for the next "big thing." Most importantly, I learned that artistic collaborations are not one-sided teaching or mentoring events. Art collaborations are about learning from each other and working as a team to achieve a goal. [...]

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Mary-Austin Klein - enchanting vistas

'Encelia and Train San Gorgonio Pass' by Mary-Austin Klein was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What If The Art Market Never Recovers

While this may seem like a tragedy for the gallery world, it is actually an opportunity. It is a chance for the galleries to embrace the digital age and work with the artists as partners to promote the gallery and artists. If they work together, I believe a new business model will emerge. I do not know what it will look like in 10 years, but I am excited. We are currently experiencing a time of transition and while the art market as we have known it may never recover, a new one will lead the way. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Tim Breaux

Artist Tim Breaux is known for his focus on Midwest regionalism. Tim notes that he is primarily a studio painter, however, he is also dedicated to plein air painting -- which has spurred many travels in Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Tim states that his forays to the mountains and deserts generally result in several pieces each year. [...]

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