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The Dance of Avoidance

They say the true artist has to create. The artist has no choice. Artists speak of being virtually driven to the studio. One, or two days away from their artistic endeavors and by the third day they are almost mad. … Continue reading

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Working with Photographs

Five Elements to Consider When Selecting a Reference Photograph for Figurative Work A photograph should be considered a “jumping off point” to create your own image. Many artists work from photos collected over the years. Sources can include our own … Continue reading

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Paint What You See And Not What You Know Part I

For those of us working in two dimensions beginning artists are, typically, interested in realism; not always, but often.  (Abstract artists, bare with me.) Typically, most art classes for beginners teach painting by using still lives to “copy.”  There is … Continue reading

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A Color You Never Thought Of

The other day a student was working on an abstract and said, “I wish I had a new color; a color I haven’t seen.” Some days, reds, yellows, blues and all the secondaries are just, well, limiting. One of the … Continue reading

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No Masterpieces: Tips on Getting Started

You don’t need to paint a masterpiece everyday. You don’t need to paint good paintings all of the time. As a matter of fact, if you are paintings good paintings all of the time, you aren’t learning a darned thing. … Continue reading

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Where do I begin?

Anyone who approaches any kind of artistic endeavor, whether sculpture, painting, photography (or knitting), will soon find that age-old question staring them in the face, “Where do I begin?” How many times have we heard in galleries and museums, “I … Continue reading

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