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  • Streamomglight

    How Color Psychology In Art Works: Part 1

    by Chelsea Reed Colors are a powerful tool for artists, art therapists, and designers to communicate with. Some colors even affect our brainpower, appetite, and feelings! While colors are subject to different individual and cultural interpretations, researchers are making a few discoveries that reveal how …

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    5 Surprising Ways Art Can Make Your Life Better

    It’s easy to conclude that we feel good when we look at art. Whether the taste is for contemporary themes, classic styles, sculptures, still life, or ceramics, the desire for art is mutual even in those who consider themselves as not artistic. But this mutual …

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  • Bev With Bison Buddy

    Our next excursion after the Society of Animal Artists weekend completed was a drive up to Yellowstone National Park.  The drive through southern Wyoming was rather boring.  That is shale oil country and even the sage (which grows in very poor soil) was having a …

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    Beverly Abbott – Trip to NH, Canada, NY and PA part 3

    Most places that are flying the Flag today are flying it at half mast as it is September 11. We have taken the scenic route through the Adirondack Park to Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Olympic Games. Stopped at the town park in Harrisville, …

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    Beverly Abbott – Trip to NH, Canada, NY and PA part 2

    The next day we drove into Canada, breezing through customs, on our way to Ottawa to attend a family wedding. It was nice meeting new people and a novel experience as the wedding was conducted in French and a bit of English in a beautiful …

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    Beverly Abbott – Trip to NH, Canada, NY and PA part 1

    I recently had a fun vacation that was part research for future paintings and part family gathering. Our son flew down from Canada but because of an airline problem we picked him up at Dulles Airport instead of him flying down to the Norfolk airport. …

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    Debra Keirce – Why Do I Paint Miniatures?

    I have had the opportunity to answer this question since the early 2000’s when I began entering miniature fine art shows. Originally, I researched groups and genres in the art world that focus on tightly rendered, highly detailed realism. I learned about photorealism, hyperrealism, fantasy …

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    The Importance of Art Collectors

    Did you know that most museums and art galleries wouldn’t be here today without the support of art collectors? It’s true! Thanks to these individuals’ fervent love for the arts, the art industry lives on for our future generations to enjoy.   What does it …

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    Debra Keirce – Vacations That Inspire – Venice

    Well… A few years ago I got this idea that if I could only find a group of artist friends to collaborate with, good things would happen. Fast forward, and WAM-Women.Artists.Mentors. has evolved beyond my wildest dreams. The more we interact, the more we inspire …

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    Debra Keirce – Vacations That Inspire – Tokyo

    Tokyo has never been on my bucket list. Venice has never been on my bucket list. Oh, Italy is on the list – Rome, Tuscany, Florence are on there. But Venice? It’s sinking into water nobody can swim in. I’m allergic to mold. Why would …

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  • Roughstockside

    The Wonderful World of Sculpture

    Rodin’s The Thinker. Michelangelo’s Pieta. New York City’s Statue of Liberty. These sculptures are just a few of many examples throughout millennia that demonstrate our instinctive desire to create art. Unlike other art forms, the sculpture allows us to experience the artist’s perspective of life …

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    Horses in Art: A Dynamic Relationship between Humans and Animals

    Few animals have marked mankind to the extent as the horse. Like the indelible ink on manuscripts that have stood the test of time, horses have helped us write the chronicles of our story on planet earth. Out of all the animals we have encountered …

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    Dogs in Art: The Fascinating Background of an Artist’s Best Friend

    People and dogs have been inseparable since time began. Friend, helper, hunter and worker, the dog is a remarkable animal that has adapted to our lifestyles and circumstances for thousands of years. Did you know that over 78 million dogs live in United States households …

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    Beverly Abbott – Trip to Sunny, Warm Florida? part 2

    Ira and I stayed healthy this year and was able to make the trip to see the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s 41 International Miniature Art Show in Dunedin, FL Jan 16-17.  It was a fun four days renewing old friendships and making new friends, …

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    Beverly Abbott – Trip to Sunny, Warm Florida? (NOT), part 1

    Hoping to escape the winter weather, my husband and I decided to leave for Florida a week before the Florida Miniature Art Show opening weekend Jan. 16-17, 2016 in Dunedin, Florida at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.  The first activity we enjoyed was visiting the …

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  • Abouttopounce

    Cats In Art – An Intriguing Portrayal of Cats Throughout the Ages

    Cats In Art – An Intriguing Portrayal of Cats Throughout the Ages Take a look around on the internet, and it’s easy to see how cats have captured our hearts and imaginations. From their adorable faces and charming independence to their hilarious acrobatic maneuvers, felines …

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  • SomethingBorrowedUF

    Debra Keirce – Behind the Scenes at a Painting Demonstration

    Did you ever wonder what a painting demonstration looks and feels like from an artist’s point of view? Well, I just did one last week, so while the experience is fresh in my memory, I thought I’d share. (Actual events have been fictionalized to make …

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    Denise Romecki – Wave Sculptures

    My ocean wave sculptures have traveled to many places reminding people of their special experience at the shore. Celebrating the power and beauty of the ocean is an on-going theme in my ceramic work. It can be a graceful dance or an exploding crash of …

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    EM Corsa – The Humming Bees

    My rosemary bush decided to begin blooming on New Year’s Day, reminding me of the warmth of spring. So I offer you a tale from The Crooked Little House to light your soul and bring dreams of springtime on a cold winter night. THE HUMMING …

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    Suzanne Morris – Why Paint Alla Prima?

    I am a classically trained in oil painter. For the first few years as a fine artist, my oil on canvas paintings took months to complete. I would paint a layer, blend the brushstrokes out, let it dry, and come back a week or so …

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    Beverly Abbott – My Travels West – part 1

    Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, West Virginia was out first stop on our journey to Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artists Annual Show in August 2014.  That evening my husband and I took photographs of small falls near the old stately lodge where …

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    Why I Hate Giclees

    Technology has made leaps and bounds since the first print was inked and pressed. The computer has revolutionized the process into what is now commonly called a Giclee print. Basically, it is the exact same process when you take a photograph, down load it into …

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    Berge Missakian – Painting from My Heart

    While listening to Jazz music in my studio I start painting – working quickly and rarely stopping until the work is complete. I begin with large brushes to apply areas of brilliant and intense color – using 50 up to 80 brushes for any given …

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    EM Corsa – Always Recycle

    I don’t know if any of you remember when I spent a year painting cloudscapes, en plein air, in my backyard. I had a wonderful showing at the aquarium and now I still have a drawer full of them left. I can’t stand the thought …

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    Liat Polotsky – Beauty and Miniature Art

    Liat Polotsky lives in Israel and has participated in our annual miniature art show for many years.  Here is a wonderful video of her talking about her art and the inspiration behind it.

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    Debra Keirce – Drawing and Painting and Painting and Drawing

    As an artist who plans to learn and grow until I can no longer lift my brushes, my process evolves. Yet one of the questions I am most often asked, is “What process do you use to paint your miniature pieces?”  So this is a …

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    Elaine Sweiry – A Melting Pot of Art

    When a friend said to me “you can take the girl out of England but you can’t take England out of the girl” I was rather taken aback.  After all I’ve been living in the Land of Milk and Honey now for over three decades, …

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    EM Corsa – Just Words

    I received a high honor today. A letter came with a check for an award I had won recently. And while money is always appreciated, what I was most thrilled with is that the person sending the check bothered to include the comments made by …

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    Jackie Zagon – Egads! I’ve Become My Mother

    A fellow artist and I came upon a flower.  “Ooh, blue!”, I said. “No, purple!” said she.  My friend has dark brown eyes, I have hazel blue eyes.  Do we perceive color differently because of eye color?   I am perverse, I believe that blue …

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    Chester Martin – Variety is the Spice…Even for Artists

    My art has kept me going for almost a full 80 years, now, and I don’t feel like ‘hangin’ it up” for a while yet! Even in the days of my employment (US Mint in Philadelphia) I was always working as an artist. I once …

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    Rebecca Latham – Painting with 24Kt Gold and Sterling Silver

    What do you mean when one of your paintings is labelled “with sterling silver and/or 24 Kt gold?” Basically, it is ground sterling silver (or gold) into a fine powder to form a ‘pigment’. It is then mixed with a binder, gum arabic like usual …

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    Debra Keirce – The Goings On Behind My Easel

    Painting fine art is an exacting profession. Artists are only as good as their next piece. Collectors, gallery directors, museum curators, magazine editors and exhibition coordinators watch and expect to see growth in an artist’s career. The funny thing is, most people forget this when …

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    Beverly Abbott – Inspiration for the “Backyard in the City Series”

    The spring of 2012 I watched a baby Robin, warming itself in the early morning sun, resting on a bunny sculpture I had bought at the Seaside Art Gallery and placed in my backyard flower bed.  I managed to take a few photographs of the …

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    Rebecca Latham – How Long Did It Take You To Paint That?

    I am asked this question rather often: How long do you work on a painting?  How long did it take you to paint that? I stop and think. I try to give an abbreviated answer, saying it can be a few days or months depending …

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    Doug Brannon – That’s art? . . . THAT’S ART!

    I read a blog post recently by an artist that creates exceptional abstract paintings. He had taken several of his paintings to a large family reunion. As part of his exhibit, he placed a reception book for family members to write comments. He noted one …

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  • Mary Magdalene

    How Not to Clean Your Oil Paintings

    Over the years there has been a number of myths concerning how to clean your oil painting.  You can only imagine my surprise to see that these myths have survived and are now appearing on websites as being legitimate ways to clean your art. Here …

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    Doug Brannon – Discovering Painting

    As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed art around me; all forms of art.  Growing up, I had the opportunity to be exposed to ancient Greek, Roman, and Biblical-era architecture, ancient paintings, pottery, mosaics, and sculpture, and so much more.  In more formal …

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    Beverly Abbott – Why Do I Paint Animals?

    Through the years I have painted all the traditional subjects of portraits, landscapes, still life, and flowers.  In the 1970s Chester Smith, founder of the Seaside Art Gallery, approached me with a commission he had of a small painting of a squirrel the patron had …

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    What is an Etching?

    Etching is an old medium and was perfected in Germany during the first quarter of the 16th Century. The design or image for an etching is created on a metal plate. The earliest etchings were done on iron but after 1520 copper was the most …

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    Beverly Abbott – Creating Miniature Art

    In the early 1970s, Chester Smith, founder of Seaside Art Gallery, gave me a group of tiny frames and asked me to paint something for them.  The smallest frame had an opening of 1/2” x 1/2”.  For many years I would periodically paint tiny paintings …

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