May
12
2010

Reflection - Paiting a Portrait Inside my Mind by TMNK

I am now beginning my day the way I often end it, reflecting. Perhaps today I will paint a portrait, perhaps a self-portrait. Not of myself, but of humanity. Her vanity showing, I know she'll want me to capture her good side. A mirror will be of no use, reflecting only the slowly decaying image in front of it. To paint a great portrait I must challenge myself to look deeper. Reflection. Yes, I've decided to answer the call to stare, inspect, reflect then paint a portrait of humanity. Slowly, methodically, peering in my mind's eye beneath the surface, I begin the search inwardly. Intrigued, fascinated by the possibilities of discovering a hi... [More]
May
12
2010

Painting Inspiration by Wilson Bickford

  I'm very often asked, "How do you get the inspiration or ideas for all of your paintings?"The truth is that I'm not really sure. Inspiration is one of those things that you don't always see coming and can be triggered by just about anything.Every artist has subjects which are of particular interest and appeal.For Monet, it was his water lilies. Van Gogh had a penchant for hay fields.That's not to say that these subjects were all they painted, but they appear to have held a certain fascination for them, as they rendered them so frequently.For me, I'd have to say that my favorite subjects are birds and old barns.I don't know why exact... [More]
May
12
2010

Art Plagiarism - Think Again! by Carissa Goldstein

As I delve further into the art world, I am constantly coming face to face with misconceptions I've had through the years. One prime example of this was learning how much creativity I have to bring to the table. Along with the mystical idea of being hit with inspiration, I assumed that what artists came up with was entirely of their own creation. Little did I realize that each artist starts at the beginning and has to learn the rules before they can break them. Van Gogh and Monet didn't start out with a signature style. They learned from their instructors and mimicked their styles first. By taking classes with different instructors, I learn... [More]

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