May
31
2011

Are you SURE you want a critique? by M Theresa Brown

Critiques. If you are an artist, you cannot escape the universal  useage nor  overexposure of the word, "Critique."  It is used randomly about the art world to the point where you either embrace the concept or reject it entirely.  In art,  Critiques are used in grade school, in art lessons,  art lecturers and schools of every calibre. But without a doubt it has gained widespread usage on the Internet message boards! But is a critique really what all these artists are asking for? A decription of the word: "Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but latel... [More]
May
18
2011

If I Sell out at this show, I won't have enough art for the next one... by M Theresa Brown

I chatted with a potter recently about entering an upcoming show that I thought would be good for her.  She surprised me when she laughingly confessed that the previous year she had skipped that opportunity because she was afraid that she would have no time to re-stock her pottery when she sold out at the show held two weeks earlier.In my  twenty one years of selling my art for a living, I have stumbled near or into many pitfalls known to beginning businesses......and I have a seasoned amount of "Things Not To Do" stories. It doesn't stop at one thing of course. Rather it's more like a Folder on my computer with numerous categories&... [More]
May
16
2011

PSoA Conference 2011

When I was in school, I got in ruts just like anyone else.  Sometimes you are just frustrated or uninspired.  But one of the great things about school is that you have teachers and classmates to inspire you.  I have written before about how different it is to paint after college.  You do  not have deadlines to meet unless they are your own and you do not have teachers to impress or class critiques.  It is easy to become stagnant.  And that is where I was in my art.After a few years of painting my "Creeper" series, I moved onto a series inspired by Bettie Page.  After a couple of paintings, I just was... [More]

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