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Teaching 101

As I said, it was a good class, and I’m happy I took it. But I couldn’t help thinking how much anguish I could have avoided, and how much more time I could have put into learning the actual technique, if only I hadn’t had to also come up with a design suitable for a medium I wasn’t familiar with! [...]

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Sharon Repple - beautiful elements

'The Light Show' by Sharon Repple was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Art Exhibit Tips

Make sure you don’t rush into having an art exhibit before you are ready. Sometimes opportunities presented themselves to me and I didn’t want to pass them up. It would have been wiser for me to wait because I hadn’t matured enough as an artist. [...]

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Sharon Hathaway - grand gift of nature

'The Boys' by Sharon Hathaway was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Neil Carroll

Artist Neil Carroll is known for his elegant still life paintings. Neil is able to make viewers think twice about every-day objects that may otherwise be taken for granted. Informed Collector stated the following about artist Neil Carroll’s still life paintings: "Classical old world charm with a smoldering, rich feeling painted by a master.” [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Neil Carroll, Deborah Elmquist, Patrick Nevins

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: Neil Carroll, Deborah Elmquist, Patrick Nevins [...]

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Bhavesh Zala - nearly ethereal appearance

'Ship Breaking Yard-07' by Bhavesh Zala was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artist: Artist Joe Cousin

Artist Joe Cousin is known for creating impressionistic landscape and cityscape paintings. Joe utilizes a limited palette. His paintings are bold. Each piece captures the joy of life. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Shawn Cameron, Lisa Mitchell, Kathleen McDonnell

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: Shawn Cameron, Lisa Mitchell, Kathleen McDonnell [...]

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An Open Letter to Art Collectors

As far as I can tell, there is one Warren Buffet, one Bill Gates, and one Steve Martin the comedian, on the planet, and yet too many people who want to collect art limit themselves by feeling like they have to be like these people, buying for the reasons that they buy, and seeking out the same type of work that they call good. [...]

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Jean Canavan - rich levels of color

'Studybreak' by Jean Canavan was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Alina Jelvez

Artist Alina Jelvez states that she loves creativity and wants to bring life to the white canvas by capturing the beauty of the shapes, colors and patterns that are displayed around us as well as the stories that are being told behind the objects and captured moments. We noticed her abstract paintings on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Jane E. Jones, Dawn DiCicco, Carol Ann Cain

For this round of Staff Picks we had Artist Support Specialist Gayle Faucette Wisbon 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: Jane E. Jones, Dawn DiCicco, Carol Ann Cain [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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June 2014 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Whitney Lau has completed the judging of the June 2014 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Effort Matters

The bottom line is we must get off our duff and make an effort to succeed. Trust me on this, when you see someone successful in any of the arts they have been willing to make an extra effort. [...]

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Margaret Ferguson - sophisticated portraiture

'Gaze' by Margaret Ferguson was selected as a Finalist in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Doing It Over

Continuous practice in order to perfect is not questioned. More than a duty or expectation, the practice is done as part of the job, and for many practitioners, doing that practice and doing the job are one and the same. The performer is always performing, as it were. Such a performer, then, would naturally start again in order to improve a performance. Dedicated artists do this continually because the practice has become the performance. [...]

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Anna Rose - stunning use of light

'The Wait and the Reward' by Anna Bain was awarded 3rd Place in the June BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Trisha Witty

Artist Trisha Witty is an avid traveler and painter. Trisha notes that the majority of her work is focused on her travels to the Caribbean and Southern Florida landscapes. Her recent work is concentrated on the California coastline -- Trisha states that she has been exploring California from North to South, painting the diversity through the mountains, vineyards, deserts, and beaches. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Corey Shaughnessy, Ann Larsen, Rachel Pettit

For this round of Staff Picks we had Artist Support Specialist 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: Corey Shaughnessy, Ann Larsen, Rachel Pettit [...]

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You Already Know What You Need To Do

So here's the deal - we are all in different seasons of our lives. Some of you are raising little ones and others are empty nesters. Maybe shift work is making it really hard for you to get more exercise. Whatever the scenario, a lot of us love to play the "some day" game. Don't do it. Take a good hard look at your schedule and figure out where you want to make changes. Get up earlier, learn to say no to people (nicely), shut off the television and close the liquor cabinet. You don't have to retire or finish raising the kids to chip away at your dreams, goals and passions. Remember, you already know what you need to do. Now, go do it! [...]

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I can? You want to see my art in your gallery? Really?

So, when I’m checking out galleries, I’m always nervous. I sit outside of their door. I take a deep breath. I remember that there are people who like my work and purchased a number of paintings from me. I remember that they are just like me… doing a job and working at a business. I remember that I love the paintings that I create. I take that deep breath… then walk in their door. [...]

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Jacob Dhein - meticulous brushstrokes

'Rie' by Jacob Dhein was selected as a Finalist in the May 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Nancy Hines

Artist Nancy Hines is known for working in a variety of mediums. Nancy’s classically trained approach to drawing is captivating to observe. The art of drawing serves as the ‘backbone’ of her other artistic pursuits -- be it sculpting or painting. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Mara Light, Arlene Daniel, Kenneth Cadwallader

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: Mara Light, Arlene Daniel, Kenneth Cadwallader [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Freedom to Fail

When painting becomes your profession or means to make money, we lose the reason for why we loved doing this in the first place. We need to create a space -- to try -- to fail. Not everything I do is for sale. [...]

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Lessons From the Open Studio: Don’t Say No

When we fully embrace our art, we show the universe we believe in something—something that celebrates beauty, power, poignancy, love and hope and change for the better. [...]

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Mark Maggiori - stunning scenery

'Alone in the canyon' by Mark Maggiori was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the May 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Spiritual Significance of Art

Have you ever viewed a work of art that forced you to think about your way of life -- inspiring you to permanently change your life in a significant way? Have you ever viewed a specific painting, sculpture -- or any other form of art, that can only be described as having 'touched your soul'? Is it rare for you to establish this kind of connection with a work of art? [...]

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Kristian Mumford - bold, confident works

'The Great Gig In The Sky' by Kristian Mumford was selected as a Finalist in the May 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Sterling Edwards

Artist Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master and photographer. Sterling notes that most of his paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. His paintings range from abstract expressionism to traditional. He has taught his painting styles and methods at workshops since 1993. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Helen Read, Julia Hacker, Al-Sabid Torres

For this round of Staff Picks we had Artist Support Specialist Gayle Faucette Wisbon 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: Helen Read, Julia Hacker, Al-Sabid Torres [...]

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The Wall

When I let go of the outcome -- when I decided it did not matter if the painting worked or not --because I was in the zone, I was doing what I wanted and loved to do, I was painting, I still only had about three successful paintings out of every ten but here is the clincher - I had a lot more fun and I felt I could be my creative self. [...]

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Ned Mueller - rich in detail

'Tying Up-San Blas Mexico' by Ned Mueller was selected as a Finalist in the May 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Growing as You Go

Plan big, have goals, think toward the future -- but to get there, you take individual steps, and if you’re not sure how something will work, consider something small and put it out there. [...]

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Marte Thompson - excellent drawing skills

'Road to Mount Tam Diptych' by Marte Thompson was selected as a Finalist in the May 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Feature Artists: Artist Mary Opat

Artist Mary Opat is known for exploring a range of subjects in her studio. We feel that her charming portraits of people and animals stand out. Additionally, Mary creates beautiful landscape and cityscape paintings. She is known for her mural paintings as well. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Ann Hanson, Mary Opat, Jennah Coray

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: Ann Hanson, Mary Opat, Jennah Coray [...]

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