The art and craft of framing fine art – Part 1

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In this two-part series, master framer, Deborah Hill, shares valuable information regarding frame selection, the “ideal” frame, craftsmanship, client/framer relationships, and how to avoid making regrettable choices. » Read More

Making Judgments Again

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Judging art shows can be a challenge. It’s not an exact science, thank goodness, and it can often leave room for second guessing oneself. 
All art has intellectual, technical and emotional components…and they all need to be considered as part of the judging process. » Read More

Overcoming Creative Slumps

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It is a fact that one’s creative juices can ebb and flow. It’s not pleasant when they ebb, particularly when you make your living being creative. I’ve experienced a few slumps in my day but this » Read More

Independence Day 2012. Really?

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Two hundred and forty-six years ago on July 2, 1776, Congress of the United Colonies adopted a resolution of political independence, meaning that the 13 colonies believed they had a right to be free and independent States…absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown. » Read More

The Academy Tradition

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Some of the best work being created in figurative painting today is the result of an intensive, systematic, well-planned course of study that could be defined as “academic”. » Read More

City Scenes – Our Town and Other Places

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Those of us who have had children and now have grandchildren are quite familiar with the question, “Why?”

Most parents remember these seemingly never ending questions: Why is the sky blue? Why do elephants have trunks? Why is the snow white? Why does it thunder? Why is that policeman pulling us over, Daddy? Why can’t we go to McDonald’s? Why do I have to go to school? Why can’t I stick my finger in the light socket? Why can’t I wear my camouflage cloths to church? Why can’t I go home now?” The questions just keep coming. Sometimes we’d » Read More

Reality Sets In

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“Approved” art of the last 100 years proves destructive
When I was in college in the 1960′s, having decided to become an artist, there was a distinguishable antagonism and snobbery, from those » Read More