May
12
2010

On Being an Artist by Valerie (Valry) Drake

My thoughts have been wandering on the subject of being an artist. The idea of calling myself an "artist" is difficult. The majority of my income is derived from my day job. So what qualifies me to claim this title? Or am I being overly ostentatious? Am I an artist solely because I produce art? Possibly it has more to do with the fact that I consistently produce art. I practice. There is seldom a week that I do not produce some art. If I go more than a couple of days without drawing or painting then I start to dream of paintbrushes and the texture of paint, the feel of the paintbrush sweeping across canvas, the smell of oil paint, and intens... [More]
May
12
2010

Art as a Matter of Survival by Cheryl Whitestone

I have been a professional artist for twenty something years. I started painting when I was 10 years old and continued playing in all the 2 dimensional mediums I could get my hands on as a child with no money. My Mom was an artist so I was exposed to her art supplies and her artist friends who also tutored me. I learned sumi painting at 11, watercolors, oils, sketching and everything else, as I tagged along with my mother and her friends. I even went with Mom to do fill-in work on her murals in California, at age 11. I am old now and still work in every art medium I can get my hands on. Nothing has changed, I guess, except I have more of a ... [More]
May
12
2010

What is Art? by Deb Bartos

Laundry Day in Italy 12x16 in water soluble oil 2009My name is Deb Bartos. I love art, nature, and exploring new places. I've painted on location since taking a Plein Air workshop in 1993. I found that painting plein air was the answer to getting the colors and light I wanted in my paintings. I've tried many art mediums, but I like water-soluble oils, such as Weber Water-Mixable wOil colors, the best for the workability, drying time, and non-toxic solvent (water).Weber Water-Mixable Oils I enjoy painting and sharing what I have learned with others who are interested in learning more about art. I would like to invite you to be a collector of m... [More]

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