Category Archives: Creativity

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 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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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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You’re Very Talented

There’s no shortcut to talent. Talent is the direct result of studying and practicing a lot. No one is really born talented. Oh I’m sure genetics plays a role in our successes, but even someone born with an inclination towards pursuing a specific subject, must cultivate themselves through effort and struggle. Talent is the direct…

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Keep Creativity Alive

It can be your greatest challenge at times to keep your creative juices flowing. I found an interesting article on this subject, here’s an excerpt; “According to neuroscience research, novelty activates specific brain systems, foremost among them the dopamine system which makes you feel happy. So, when you perform the same routine every day, your…

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