Aug
18
2010

Defeating "Da Funk" by Mike Rooney

Ever been in a "funk" and can't paint? If you're very serious about your painting (vs. doing it once in a while for fun) you know that "da funk" can really rattle you. Sometimes it hits you out of nowhere and sometimes it comes at other more predictable times. Lets look at what causes it, and i'll give you some tips to get you going again. First lets look at some things that cause "da funk."  One is sheer burnout. Lets say you've been working on a series of paintings or an event (like a show) that either took a long time to complete or took alot out of you (creatively and/or physically). For this symptom the remedy is to take a few days... [More]
Aug
11
2010

So YOU Wanna Be a Street Artist by TMNK

Leave it to a NOBODY like me to alter the face of street art (wink). Why should it be all about getting up, having YOUR work seen, promoted, discovered in the streets? Where's the fun for people like YOU? Okay, granted many of you don’t relish going out into the dark of night with wheat paste and paint, to leave your mark on the world. So a new art project gives everyone the opportunity to create some art in the streets with a quick slap of a sticker. I was thinking how interesting it might be to see the different faces that could be created by simply adding some lips to a decaying, wall, an abandoned building, or some trash left on ... [More]
Jul
5
2010

No Painting is Safe! by Deb Bartos

No painting of mine is safe, that is, until its hanging on someone else’s wall. There are just a few, actually, that are sacred, for personal reasons, and I will never touch again.However, there are quite a few of them that go in the “gosh, there is just something not quite right with that work” pile and with time, I see what it is. The biggest factor, I think, is in learning more problem-solving skills that help me to get past whatever block I had the first go-around. The eye-connection learns faster than brush-connection. Vincent Van Gogh said at one point, “I no longer stand helpless before nature.” I have rem... [More]

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