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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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    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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    Debra Keirce – Corporate Caterpillar to Painted Butterfly

    I never had to study for math, and would ace all the tests. Quincy was my favorite TV show in the 1970’s. He was a medical examiner who helped solve crimes through his knowledge of science, physiology and biology. I was salutatorian of my high …

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    Rebecca Latham – Why Do You Paint Like a Maniac?

    Why do you paint like a maniac? I occasionally get questions like this. Why? Why do you paint like a maniac? Why put in so much detail? and so on. Sometimes this comes from other artists. Sometimes from the general public. I shrug. Why not? …

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    Sharon Dee Shaughnessy – Accidental Artist

    I’m what I laughingly refer to as an “accidental artist”…considering my mid-life magical journey both a gift and a blessing! Having had no formal art training, I seemly avoided the normal restrictions that it might impose, being self-taught allows one no restraints or boundaries, “no …

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    Berge Missakian – Visual Energy in Art

    Post – Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), said that “paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” I want my work to have a visual energy, as I paint my own relationship to my subjects. It is my …

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    EM Corsa – Morning Inspirations

    “I have never been a morning person. I’ll get up early if I have to, and I’ll admit, there is beauty to be had in those unfamiliar hours, but my creativity seems to emerge in the late afternoon continuing through the wee hours of the …

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    Welcome to the New Art and Artist Blog

    Welcome to the New Art and Artist Blog at We look forward to bringing you news, updates and information, straight from the mouths of our own featured artists. Please check back often for new posts. And feel free to let us know what topics …

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