May
12
2010

Where Does Inspiration Come From by Carissa Goldstein

Art has always been a mystical field for me. Having taken only one art class in high school, I didn't have a lot of exposure other than visits to art galleries. I would wander from piece to piece at each gallery, stunned at how these artists came up with such amazing ideas. Where did these ideas come from? Divine inspiration? Brilliant epiphanies? Whatever the source, I was sure I did not possess the brain cells necessary to create these masterpieces. Being very left-brained, I went to school for engineering, reveling in the order and objectivity of numbers and equations. However, I soon realized this was not enough. Staring at the same thing... [More]
May
12
2010

Take A Hike by Wilson Bickford

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, sometimes you just have to get out into Mother Nature's domain. Winters here in northern NY can be quite brutal, with minus 20s and 30s pretty common in January and February. There are acres and acres of meadows and thick woods behind my home which I routinely patrol on my snowshoes. Although this is not my land, the owner does not mind me trekking around out there, so I take advantage of that (and I am grateful for it).I like to snowshoe for several reasons:* Just to make the best of a bad situation (let's just say that Winter isn't my favorite season)* To get some fresh air and exercise* And ... [More]
May
12
2010

I'm A Cheater! by Heather Goldstein

Yes, I said it, I'm a cheater! I am a young artist and I have only been studying the figure for 3 years, but I have found that if it is something you are passionate about, you will do the work. Any figure painter will tell you the difficulties of proportions. In school we learn a basic canon (i.e. an adult is 6 1/2 to 7- sometimes 8- heads tall, the eyes are half way down the face from the top of the crown to the chin, the nose is 1/3 of the way down from the end of the nose to the chin, etc.). Unfortunately, most people do not fall into these perfect proportions and so we must use them as a baseline but be ready to improvise. My paintings fr... [More]

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