May
12
2010

Humble Beginnings by WIlson Bickford

  Whenever someone finds out that you're an "artist," the first assumption is that you were "born with talent" and "came by it naturally." (and a hundred other comments which allude to the same idea). When it came to painting, I can assure you that I had no "gift" bestowed upon me.Shown here is my first "serious" attempt at Oils more than 20 years ago.At the time, I didn't think it was too bad, but I knew I had a very, very long way to go.Art is a cumulative process. You'll learn the desired skills through study and practice. The more you invest, the greater the return (and the quicker that return will be).At the time that I painted t... [More]
May
12
2010

Preparing for Surtex - Website by Valerie (Valry) Drake

  In my efforts to obtain an agent or a licensing contract, it is essential to have a web site and portfolio that correctly demonstrates my work. Since my day job is in the computer industry, I am fairly good with computer things. And since I am totally OC I tend to always want to do things MY way. Add to this the fact that I am not a high budget operation. Consequently, when I decided to have a website I did not even consider hiring a professional web design firm. Just in case you are not familiar with having a web page, here are the pieces of the puzzle:1. You need a domain name. This is the thing people type in to get to your page.... [More]
May
12
2010

Collecting Art by Deb Bartos

n addition to creating art, I have slowly and affordably collected art from other artists over the past 20 years. It has been a wonderful thing to do and every piece tells a story. I've collected work that is practical. These items include a hand-blown vase to hold my flowers, a welded sculpture to hold my keys, soap dishes to hold my soap, stained glass nightlights, jewelry and scarves, clothing to wear, you get the idea. It sneaks in everywhere. William Morris said "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." When I have been able to combine the two, it's even better. I also have collected pain... [More]

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