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How To Start An Art Collection

How Do You Start Your Own Art Collection?

Imagine you have just died. You were really really old. In fact, you have out lived your family and your friends. A stranger comes into your home to catalogue your possessions.They are an estate manager and they must clear your household to honor your will or to pay off any bills you may have left. …

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Mona Lisa Craquelure

Craquelure: History’s Crack In Time

Time and climate are not our friends when it comes to paintings or our skin. Craquelure is the network of fine cracks that appear in the skin of a painting. Many things can cause these cracks. Sadly, much like the human face, cracks occurring in the paint layers or ground are usually indicative of age …

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Art Critics

Art Critics: ​Keeping Art In Its Proper Framework

Art critics evaluate art in a historical context. They see the big, overall picture of what is going on in a culture during the specific time it is created. The most successful art is a reflection of the zeitgeist of its creator. It is the art critic that is able to spot a movement. An example …

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Museums

Museums In The 21st Century: The Invisible Intimacy Of Public Palaces

Museums have always been magical places to me. Every room allows us to enter a bardo or in-between world that bridges the artist and ourselves. The emotions held by the artist while creating, remain in the artwork forever. To stand in front of a painting in which the artist has mastered the “flow” allows the viewer to …

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Color and Energy - Stephanie Rew

Color And Energy: What Our Preferences Reveal To The Trained Third Eye

My Mother was a product of color conditioning. She believed “pink was for girls, blue was for boys”. About the time I was ready for my “big girl bed”, she hired a decorator to outfit a canopy bed, complete with matching dust ruffles, pillows, and drapes, in pink and white checked gingham. I stood looking at …

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The Female Artist Model - Pigeon Plumtree III in class

The Female Artist Model: Malice In Wonderland

Coming off the Women’s March and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, I would be remiss if I did not address the darker side of how female art models have been viewed and treated in history. As in all things professionally, there seems to be separate standards for men and women. In Sarah Phillips …

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John A. Carrasco - Artist Model - Augie La Rue Sculpture

The Artist Model: The Muse Behind The Magic

An interview with model John A. Carrasco In North America there is a romanticized image of the professional artist’s model. Movies and books are inclined to feed that image by projecting sexy nymphets and oversexed painters. The reality is modeling requires intense concentration in addition to immense physical and emotional control. Artist’s models are not …

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Colored Pencil Drawings

Colored Pencil: A New Look At An Emerging Medium

In the world of art, colored pencils as a medium continue to be regarded as the new kids on the block. They’ve got the attention of a lot of people but still sit alone at at the drawing table waiting to be joined. Colored Pencils for art were introduced in 1924 by Faber-Castelland Caran d’Ache. There are …

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Learning to Draw - Camie Salaz Orion drawing detail

Drawing: The Line Between Real And Illusion

Learning to draw trains us to see the world through our own eyes and not through the filters of the mind. Our minds delete, distort,and generalize through processing filters. People who can’t draw have not learned to see what they are looking at. Drawing is a skill set that can be taught. It is not …

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The Nude in Art

The Nude in Art & The Evolution of Consciousness

The nude has experienced as many highs and lows in the art world as a manic depressive painter. Tim Marlow in The Nude In Art explains, “For at least 30,000 years, humans have represented the naked form in a variety of ways.” To the Greeks and Romans, the male nude was a symbol of physical perfection the body was …

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