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…..

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Left in the Dark by Wilson Bickford

  I recently conducted an oil painting class which focused on a night-time seascape theme. Rendering night scenes is always challenging, as colors diminish and things take on a more monochromatic feel. The issue is to get the scene dark enough to convey that particular time of the day, but not so dark that it…..

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April Artist of the Month – Andrea del Rio

  Upon selection for the pieces in my art portfolio, I chose artwork that best demonstrated my artistic abilities. With a concentration on form, content and technique, my creativity lies in making the viewer connect with my work. Some of my pieces like “Lets Talk,” a genre scene, make one wonder about the action. They…..

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Preparing for Surtex by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Last time I told you about my upcoming trip to Surtex. This week I thought I would share some of the computer / Photoshop® preparation of my artwork for the show. I am working on two collections at a time. One is on the easel and one is in the computer. As it happens, both…..

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The Artist’s Guest Book – The Key to Expanding Your Business! by M Theresa Brown

  One of the most important tools in the artist’s business tool kit is the Guest Book. Along with a portfolio of your work, business cards and a receipt book, your guest book should be with you any time you are exhibiting your work. What is a guest book? The Guest Book is your tool…..

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Newest DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

There are dozens of videos featuring a troupe of very talented artists, encompassing every style and genre, so please take time to check them out. My hat is off to Jerry’s and Burning Oak Studios for allowing me to bring my lessons to you. It is deeply appreciated! www.wilsonbickford.com Wilson Bickford, artist and art educator,…..

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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…..

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Looking by Valerie (Valry) Drake

I will be attending Surtex in New York City this spring. Surtex is an art licensing trade show. The exhibitors will be artists who license their work and artist’s agents. Surtex is held in conjunction with The National Stationery Show and my ticket to Surtex also gets me into NSS. NSS has exhibitors who are…..

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Creativity Needs Peace and Quiet by Mike Rooney

I’ve had an epiphany sometime over the last few months. Slow down and do better paintings. I thought you might like to see how I corrected a dangerous course of action so you’ll have something to think about before you go down the same road or have to correct course like me. Here’s the skinny……

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Bring out your dark side (to show more light) by Wilson Bickford

I love to paint the deep woods. There is mystery in the dark depth of the shadows. And the way the light filters through the trees is absolutely majestic! (At least to me.) What appeals to me above all, is the strong light and dark contrast, which is the entire basis of a good painting……

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