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Paparazzi

Does Our Culture Value Celebrity Over Skill, Talent, Or Truth?

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 2013 two self portraits painted by George W. Bush were discovered on his private computer when it was hacked. They were ridiculed and spread quickly around the internet. Learning to paint or painting as a hobby can be very relaxing and everyone paints awkward work when they start. The problem is, when you are …

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What’s the Difference Between an Artist, an Artiste, and an Artisan?

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]omeone asked me recently what the difference was between an artist, an artiste, and an artisan. It made me wonder how many people may or not know what the difference is? Here is the Dick and Jane version: An artist paints, draws, sculpts, makes a film or is skilled with something involving perception and the use of …

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Women Artists

Women In the Arts: Drawing New Boundaries

© Uriél Dana 2017 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I began my painting career artists did not have the luxury of the Internet. We sent slides to galleries and publishers, waiting weeks for our precious and expensive images to be returned in our self addressed and stamped return envelopes. Women artists were not welcomed as they are today. Luckily, …

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Rembrandt van Rijn self portrait etching

How To Sign A Fine Art Print

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ine art prints are created in editions as small as 10 and up to 250. (Sometimes you will see a higher number but serious print collectors rarely will buy an edition over this number). This will read as 1/100, 2/100, 3/100 etc. All prints are signed “in pencil” at the bottom of each print. Your …

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Artist Making Money

Making Money As An Artist: To Have Talent Once Meant You Were Wealthy

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know the original word for money was talent? In Classical Latin, talents referred to “balance, weight; a sum of money. In Medieval Latin, talent referred not only to money, but had also come to mean having a special natural ability, aptitude, or gifts that one was committed to use and would always strive for improvement. The Greek word “talanton” was used to describe anything weighed for balance, …

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Impressionism

Four Things That Made Impressionism Possible

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he motivating force of the Impressionists was the “truth to nature” philosophy of the Barbizon School (A group of painters working around Barbizon, France roughly around 1830). There was a real division between realism and naturalism at the time. The academies had become very tight; exhibiting work that had become extremely idealized & manipulated. The …

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