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3 Profitable Reasons for You to Plan the Sizes of Your Paintings

March 23, 2015

Big Ben

'Big Ben' - London

Size always matters. People are predisposed to be impressed by size. 'Big is good.' It follows, bigger must be better. Maybe not...   

This perception of bigness led to super-sizing of everything from hamburgers to hotels, milkshakes to monuments. It attracts more att…

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You Get Asked to Paint a Portrait – What Should You Do Next?

March 2, 2015

most famous portrait painting

Congratulations!  To earn this client's confidence, you must've 'paid your dues' as an artist. So, this article won't discuss style or technique.

Instead, let's consider your next steps.

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George Washington - How Truthful are His Painted Portraits?

February 15, 2015

George Washington image

Why commission an artist to paint your portrait? If, like Washington, the camera does not lie, why not have a photograph taken instead?

George Washington figures in the tale of a cherry tree and a little boy with a new tomahawk. The fable illustrates the virtue of truthfulness. By naming the …

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One of the 3 Faces of Love in Famous Paintings Features on Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015

Valentine kisses in lipstick

 

Love, as a subject for artists, remains as popular today as in ages past. Variations include two forms you seldom see in visual art...

Art agrees with philosophy on the 3 major forms of love, named by the Ancient Greeks.


1. Agape: selfless love of your life partner or your family.

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This is the Most Enduring Inspiration to Keep You Painting

January 24, 2015

Australia is a young nation

Wherever your Homeland, your country's National Day kindles patriotic emotions. Artists in every place and era express these feelings in painting, music and poetry.

Patriotism means a simple, heartfelt appreciation of Homeland. It's a mindset distinct from jingoism: that extreme bias against anyo…

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The 3 Most Effective Ways to Get Your Painting Sessions Started

January 17, 2015

The 3 Most Effective Ways to Get Your Painting Sessions Started 

 It's a fair bet: if you're reading this, you're a serious amateur, passionate to become a professional artist. A session plan will g…

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How to Deal with the Boring Bits

January 9, 2015

Not the best  wayYou can trick yourself into getting on with the boring bits of the painting you're stuck on. Make all of it worthy of showing to your public.

Making art is never so glamorous in real life as movie-makers present. Your studio equipment hardly includes a film editor to air-brush out all the palette-s…

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7 Truthful Tips to Help You Decide on Your Own Painting Style

November 24, 2014

knowledge passes through timeToday's Art news is clogged with debate on digital painting. People question whether painters using digital devices are making 'real' Art.

This debate takes up where calls to ditch Traditional for Abst…

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A Love Story to Make You a better Artist?

November 8, 2014

deep purple Bouganvillea

A Love Story to Make You a better Artist?

Like the lover who stays loyal, long after passion is spent,

colour clasps the painter in an endless embrace of eternal fascination.

Colour surrounds us…

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Beginner Painters Can See Indoor Rainbows

November 2, 2014

bowl of flowers in cadmium yellow colour

Every morning, as I sit at the kitchen breakfast bar, eating my cereal, I watch the rising Sun cast a beam of light into the room opposite. On the table sits a crystal vase, always filled with flowe…

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'Writing is the painting of the voice'

October 24, 2014

colour wheel for artists

  'Writing is the painting of the voice' - quote from Voltaire. Those famous words were penned by the French Enlightenment writer known as 'Voltaire' ( 1694 – 1778.)

To me, this poetic idea is …

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Your Career in Art – The Creative Power of Silence

October 3, 2014

angels bearing ideas

Art is made in silence and in solitude. If your attention is contantly distracted by people or devices, your creative Muse will go offline.

Upfront, I should clarify what I mean by the word 'Muse.'…

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Your Career in Art – Go with a Gallery or Go it Alone?

September 26, 2014

my past gallery, Cairns CBD

Are you better off to hand your career over to a gallery or go it alone? The answer has to be both yes and no because it all depends on...

What do you want from an Art career – to make a Name or ma…

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Your Career in Art – 3 Top Notch Techniques

September 12, 2014

techniques are tools

Showy use of technique catches casual attention. Artistry requires more from you than slick virtuosity. Technical skill is only a tool...

Painting techniques can be learned. All you need is persist…

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Your Career in Art - Which Medium is the Best?

September 8, 2014

 

The medium you choose defines you in the view of gallery directors and art collectors. It can make or break your chance to succeed.

Beginner artists often shy away from painting in oils. Like e…

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Your Career in Art – Which Subject is the Best?

September 5, 2014

Smoko in the Woolshed(c)DorothyGauvin

Gallery directors may suggest a change from the subjects you prefer to paint. Usually, they know best, because they know their buyers but...

You're the artist. The subject matter you choose is said…

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Your Career in Art - Show and Sell

August 30, 2014

Your Career in Art – Show and Sell
Being professional means getting paid for what you do. If no one sees your artwork,
 it can't earn you an income. How will you get your art shown?

Today's a…

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Learning Your Craft for a Career in Art

August 18, 2014

'Learning Your Craft for a Career in Art'

The professional world of Art demands a standard of skill before you even get your foot in the door.

How will you develop those skills?

Let's start by li…

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Committing Yourself to a Career in Art

August 14, 2014

 

Mona Lisa, Leonardo

One fine day, you put down your brush for the very last time as a hobby painter. You stand, frozen in a moment of revelation, hearing these words in your mind: 'I am an artist.' A lightning stri…

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Plan the 3 Stages of Your Art Career

July 25, 2014

Art Career Plan

Desire to be a professional artist starts you on a journey with 3 distinct stages. Reaching the destination is easier when you have a map.

As a beginner artist, you're at a crossroad. To stay amatuer…

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