May
31
2010

Artist - Craftsperson by Valerie (Valry) Drake

What’s the difference between an artist and a craftsperson?According to Dictonary.com it is fairly straightforward: an artist is “a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria” or “one who professes and practices an imaginative art” or “a person skilled in one of the fine arts”. A craftsperson is “a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft.” But common usage seems to have modified the nuances of meanings in these words. We think of an artist as someone who works in the fine arts. Here I go back to Dictionary.com which defines fi... [More]
May
12
2010

Commissioned Art - How to Stay in Control Throughout the Process by M Theresa Brown

Commissioned art. It's the bread and butter art for many artists. It's what pays the bills. And it's also the one area where an unsuspecting and unprepared artist first comes face to face with Client Changes. Learning HOW to prevent surprise changes is the key to an artist enjoying creating commissioned art.So let's start with the artist's best scenario: You've created, completed and been paid for the art commission by your client. She is delighted, appreciative and cannot wait to display your artwork in her home.Then comes the artist's worst scenario: the phone call or email asking for changes in the commissioned piece.What happened? Why wou... [More]
May
12
2010

The World of Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery by M Theresa Brown

Sometimes, in the course of creating art, it's fun to put down the paintbrush and delve into the little known realms of art history. I did just that when I came across an excellent article on "Varsity," an online publication from Cambridge University in the UK. The article "Faking it" is a well written and enlightening take on the world of forgeries and fakes in the Art world. The fact that the London Galleries, the Victoria and Albert as well as the National Gallery are holding an exhibition of art forgeries this year, is a testament to the roll (and havoc) that "fake art" has played throughout the centuries. And how economic turmoil fuels i... [More]

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