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Confidence of Line

I spent an afternoon in the Pompidou Centre, viewing their permanent collection of modern art.  It’s a magnificent collection, well worth seeing, with works by some of my favourite artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Goncharova and Larianov.  Having all … Continue reading

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Does Digital Distort Art?

I recently saw something my friend and mentor posted about the fact that writing long hand uses different parts of your brain than typing.  The theory was that if you wrote a story using a word processor, then because you … Continue reading

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The Number One Creative Idea for Starving Artists – Don’t Work for Free

It’s all about respect.  If people ask you to work for free, you have a choice.  You can do it, if you support the goal of those asking, you believe in their project passionately and you want to donate your … Continue reading

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You’re Not Going to Have the Time

It’s very tempting to believe that you can’t even attempt your art until you have all the knowledge you know you’re going to need and all the gear.  You want it to be good and you’ve thought the process through … Continue reading

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New Painting Ideas I Learned on Vacation

You can make a brush out of a plastic shopping bag and some duct tape. You can paint convincing trees with a plastic shopping bag brush, a palette knife and some spray paint pooled onto a magazine page. Magazine pages … Continue reading

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Painting Two Portraits at Once

One of the hardest things when painting, but especially when painting a portrait, is getting the draftsmanship right.  You need to ensure that everything looks in proportion and balanced, with all the spaces and negative spaces the right shape, size … Continue reading

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Knowing What You’re Doing

I remember reading a quote from Paul Cézanne’s widow who said (and I may not have this verbatim), “the thing you have to remember about Cézanne’s painting is that he didn’t know what he was doing”.  How many of us … Continue reading

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