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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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January 2014 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Chin H. Shin has completed the judging of the January 2014 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Nancy Blum

Artist Nancy Blum is known for exploring a wide range of subjects in her art studio. Her portrait, still life, and figure paintings are strengthened by her expressive handling of paint. Nancy has also gained a reputation for being a skilled art instructor and has spearheaded a drawing group at the Atlanta Artists Center for many years. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Dean Buhler, Tim Rees, Barbara Berry

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: Dean Buhler, Tim Rees, Barbara Berry [...]

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Lessons From the Move: Assumptions Hold Us Back

Life goes on, whether we jump or hide, stretch or hunker down. Sometimes one strategy works better than the other. But we canít hide forever. Change is hard. But hiding from change is worse. Choose one thing different today. [...]

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Jerry Markham - energetic brushwork

'Suspended Sneakers' by Jerry Markham was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the January 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Pamela Shumway

Artist Pamela Shumway is dedicated to the art of oil painting. She is known for creating portrait and figure paintings. Pamela has studied under Frankie Johonson and Susan Ploughe. Additionally, she acknowledges the influence of numerous artists -- including: Dawn Whitelaw, Dan Gerhertz, Kevin Beilfuss and Laura Robb. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Julie Nighswonger, George Kovach, Lisa Mitchell

For this round of Staff Picks we had three FASO Team members select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Julie Nighswonger, George Kovach, Lisa Mitchell [...]

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Retirement of My Paintings

There are a handful of older pieces that I absolutely love. I feel that all of my paintings that I sell are good. However, a couple of them have something about them that I really love. I donít mind selling them, but I wonít destroy them. The others that donít make the grade are headed for the blade. [...]

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Jennifer Diehl - expressive, engaging style

'Window Shopping' by Jennifer Diehl was awarded Best of Show in the January 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Seven Ways to Get Unstuck

So then, how do we change when we need to? Since artists are creative by nature, we love novelty and we can be a little contrary in getting our point across to others. Why not put that creativity and contrariness to work and break out of our own stuck state? [...]

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Just How Much Work Does Fun Have to Be?

This means that, when weíre in the studio, creating and wanting to have fun while we do it, we do not have to be whipping ourselves into a frenzy of learning and progressing and striving: itís okay to mentally relax, dab if you will, and just enjoy where the current is taking us. After all, many people start painting or sculpting as a hobby, and the more they do it, the more they want to do it, and the more they want to do it, the more they want to do it better. It can be easy to forget that the whole project started out to be fun. And thatís where it can stay, for many people. [...]

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Sarah Kidner - warm, rich color palette

'Meeting of the Minds' by Sarah Kidner was selected as a Finalist in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Brienne M. Brown

Artist Brienne M. Brown has dedicated herself to the art of watercolor painting. Her cityscape and landscape paintings offer viewers a slice of American life. Concerning her work, Brienne has stated, "I love the wonderful sense of freedom and slightly controlled chaos that watercolor provides." [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Brienne M. Brown, Kevin Farrell, Hans Baarschers

For this round of Staff Picks we had Clint Watson (Founder of FASO) 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: Brienne M. Brown, Kevin Farrell, Hans Baarschers [...]

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How to Fix That "Something" That I'm Missing

So, this is not a discussion of what is and is not art. Everybody has their own opinion and I may or may not agree with it. I have my own opinion and I will keep it to myself. I know what I like and I know what I donít. I know what I consider art and what isnít. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Lesson Learned

We like to think that because we have language and can explain processes, as well as demonstrate them, that we have advantage over other animals. Perhaps we do, but we also have internal processes that can complicate a task with excuses and rationalizations that act as barriers to successful completion. These may be different for each person, and how we learn to move beyond these barriers, or if we learn to move beyond them, may depend on more than being shown the proper way to do something. We may have to remove the barrier before we can even see how the process is done. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Jean Miller Harding

Artist Jean Miller Harding describes herself as a contemporary romantic realist. Jean's art is fueled by a solid dedication to the art of oil painting. Her work reveals an intense interest in the form and functioning of the human body. Furthermore, her work offers a sense of fantasy -- this aspect of her work is strengthened by the way in which she provides viewers with an open visual narrative. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Graham Berry, E. Gordon West, Jim Smither

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Graham Berry, E. Gordon West, Jim Smither [...]

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Alive and Well at 81

If you only remember one thing Iíve attempted to teach over the years, cling to this. The best thing you can do to ensure your success is just show up. [...]

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Jean Reece Wilkey - unique still lifes

'Wall Flower' by Jean Reece Wilkey was selected as a Finalist in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Art of Teaching Yourself

Classrooms are important for us to hear new ideas and gain new perspectives but the real learning comes from within, by challenging ourselves and taking effective action to find new insight. I love painting because there is always something to learn. As a science major in college, I found that the method of question, test, and analyze could be applied to art. Painting and drawing are inspired problem solving and going to the easel with a purpose helps move my work forward. [...]

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Tom Heflin - realistic paintings

'finders keepers' by Tom Heflin was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Ran Wu

Artist Ran Wu is known for her expressive landscape and still life paintings. She has also received attention for her exquisite figure paintings. Ran notes that she has studied under several influential artists, such as Liang Dan-Mei, Zhaoming Wu, and Fongwei Liu. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Kevin O'Connell

Artist Kevin O'Connell describes himself as a passionate artist with an eclectic flare. He is known for creating digital abstract paintings that are visually striking. Additionally, Kevin has garnered renown for his fine art photography. The experimental spirit of his practice is truly inspiring. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Ralph William (Bill) Cooke, Jeffrey Lake, Mary Ross Buchholz

For this round of Staff Picks we had FASO Team member Gayle Faucette Wisbon select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Ralph William (Bill) Cooke, Jeffrey Lake, Mary Ross Buchholz [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Timothy C. Tyler, Nancy Bossert, Patrick Meehan

For this round of Staff Picks we had Clint Watson (Founder of FASO) 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: Timothy C. Tyler, Nancy Bossert, Patrick Meehan [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Steve Larsen, Lili Anne Laurin, Bill Guffey

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: Steve Larsen, Lili Anne Laurin, Bill Guffey [...]

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Bird Droppings

I've heard people say they write to clear their mind, a therapy kind of gig. Okay. But if you're writing a blog to attract people to you website, get more traffic for your art, and no one is reading, maybe it's time to pick up your game a bit. There are people out there who can help you, just do the google search. Think of it as working to develop another facet of your creativeness. [...]

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Tom Shropshire - intense situations

'Chicago Theater' by Tom Shropshire was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Michael E. Vermette - exceptional detail

'Tying the Scallop Dredge Southwest Harbor Maine' by Michael E. Vermette was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the December 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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An Organized Palette Leads to Intuitive Color Mixing

Mixing through intuition doesnít mean that I resort to formulas, either. It merely means that I know by heart where the needed color is on the palette. There are many challenges to painting. Searching for the colors, because they arenít organized, simply adds unnecessarily to the challenges. [...]

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William T. Wiley and the Art of Being Yourself within the Art World

In closing, it may pay to stick to YOUR creative guns instead of trying to 'fit' within every nook of the art world. If that means ignoring art market trends and other 'what is hot' factors... so be it. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Why You Need A Soapbox

Whether you think it is right or wrong, the fact remains that you need a soapbox. You need a platform to launch your new work. However, finding your platform is not easy. [...]

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Whitney Lau - skillfully communicated

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

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Lessons From the Move: Reality Check

We can keep doing business as usual. Or we can decide itís never too late to master a Facebook presence, or an email newsletter, or a Flickr/Pinterest/blog to showcase our latest work. Or a great website like FASO where we can manage and update our content ourselves, instead of waiting for ďthe web designerĒ to do it for us. And pray he isnít too busy this month to get to you. And that his rates donít go up. [...]

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Can I Just Sit for a Bit, Please?

Within any creative endeavor upon which we embark, we quickly and shortly run into people telling us that we need to work harder, do better, apply ourselves more, or we will never get better, and theyíre right. It doesnít matter if youíre quilting, knitting, painting, cooking, gardening, playing the piano -- believe me, if it involves skill and practice, you can always improve. [...]

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Growth and Change

What an artist chooses has to come from a deep, inner reservoir in order for the choice to be effective over the long term. The ripples and eddies of immediate culture are often too superficial to make lasting impact. Whatever the artist feels, however, is important to honor. Real growth will come from that which is felt most strongly. [...]

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