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A Critical Mind

You’ve got to develop a critical mind towards artwork. You’ve got to start asking yourself questions regarding the pictures themselves as well as the construction, processes, and materials used in creating them. You’ve got to start noticing what intrigues you, gets you excited about a painting, and holds your attention, when viewing others artwork as…

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The 4 Core Principles of Abstract Design

Where do you get ideas for abstract designs? How do you get started creating an abstract composition? Are there any Tips or Tricks to making great designs? Well these are all very good questions, and yes there are strategies that I developed over the years for generating good aesthetically pleasing abstract compositions. Now abstract designs…

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Choosing a Palette

As abstract painters one of our most important tasks is choosing a palette. Now Full Disclosure, I often let my Intuition take over here and just grab whatever color comes to mind. If I don’t like it, I can change it, but doing it that way leads me into discoveries I would otherwise miss. That…

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The Value of Art

Art has only extrinsic value, that is assigned to it by external factors. It is intrinsic value it lacks, unless it is Architectural or a Tool, or piece of Machinery (functional in some way), but even then the intrinsic value of it’s functional design, has little to do with it’s artistic design, unless it is…

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What Does it Mean to be an Artist?

I found an interesting article in Psychology Today about what it means to be an artist, and I thought you might be interested in this perspective. Although I’d never personally considered the production of my art work from this angle it does make sense. So give it a read, and let me know your thoughts.…

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Getting Texture

Today we’re going to be talking about texture and different ways you can get that in your paintings. One way you can get texture in your paintings is by using collage elements like Rice Papers that have a lot of fibers in them. Another way is to use Zerox Copies of materials that have fibers…

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Free Image Editor

Gimp 2.8 is a powerful Free Open Source raster graphics editor that in my opinion rivals Photo Shop Elements, and did I mention it’s Free! I just recently downloaded it, no problems installing or anything, and no unwanted tagalongs like most free downloads. So far I love it! Plenty of Tutorials on YouTube so the…

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Which Paint?

Choosing Acrylic Paint for your Abstract Painting can be a confusing task, when should you use which paint? Are the more expensive brands really worth the price? In this article I’ll go over one of those “expensive brands”, and in particular, Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, how you can save a bit of money, and when…

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Neutral Palette

A few of years ago, a couple from New York City were here in Dallas, TX. and visited a local gallery Jones Walker Home and saw my painting“Winfrey Point” 48×72 acrylic on canvas. Their first thought was not “what is this about?” or “who is this artist?”. No their first thought was “That will look great…

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You Need a Website!

Every Artist Needs a Website, Right? Not so fast. Let’s look at a few alternatives to a self hosted website. First you have sites like FineArtAmerica.com which offers a Free Plan that seems pretty good. You’ll need to read through the TOS (terms of service) before you sign up. I think you’ll be able to sell…

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