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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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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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Capture and Store Your Inspirations

October 31, 2013

Infinite possiblities

Those 'flashes' of inspiration come in an instant but go just as fast unless you grab hold of them. Here's the easy way to do it...


Your best works of art can arise from a single, fleeting impressi…

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Painting is Easy

October 27, 2013

detail_Gauvin oil painting

Few will ever try painting a horse or a sunset. Yet they'll know your painting is 'wrong.'   How can you get the knowledge needed when...

For whatever reason, you didn't go to University or Art Sch…

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Originality in art – is it fact or fallacy?

October 22, 2013

'There is no new thing under the sun.'

Just a minute ago, I checked to be sure I got that famous quote right... I keep a copy of the books of the most popular religions in my library, so I checked t…

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