Weekend Inspiration–App, App and Away

“Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.” Irwin Greenberg (from The Painter’s Keys) Suppose you are out and about without a sketchbook when suddenly the urge to draw strikes. It’s in your head but you need to record it. What can you do? This moment may never… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–App, App and Away

The Granddaughter’s Residual–UPDATE

“Do your job and demand your compensation—but in that order.”  Cary Grant (from Brainyquote) In two of my previous posts, the lack of resale compensation for visual artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptors was discussed.  The United States Copyright Office has now partially reversed the previous ruling on resale royalties for visual artists.  Visual artists have… Continue reading The Granddaughter’s Residual–UPDATE

The Middle Ground

“A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” George Edward Moore (from Brainyquote) Are most artists before the times or behind the times? Many art schools push students to explore new avenues, try new and different ways of creating art. Or they push students to seek new and different ways to say… Continue reading The Middle Ground

Visual Residual!!!

Musicians, writers, and actors are all paid residuals or royalties when their work is resold in another format or another venue.  Visual artists are not.  The starving artist mime continues to be true of visual artists.  Not to say all musicians, writers and actors are receiving residuals but they all have the potential to work… Continue reading Visual Residual!!!

The Language That We Speak

“Art is a basic human language that is universal among cultures and across time.” –Peter William Brown (from The Painter’s Keys) The well from which visual art arises in the soul is a place difficult to put into words.  Artists express what is in this place through what they put on paper or canvas. It… Continue reading The Language That We Speak

Magnetic Obsession

“Most inner-oriented artists share a common characteristic, a certain quality of obsession.”  Kenneth Coutts-Smith  (from The Painter’s Keys) Much has been written and will continue to be written about the strange story of Cornelius Gurlitt and the hoard of some 1400 works of priceless art in his Munich apartment.  How much of the art legally… Continue reading Magnetic Obsession

Voices

“It takes courage to paint, to express yourself that way and put it out there for others to see and comment on.”–Carla Neggers–The Rapids, pg 361-62 Occasionally, a statement in an unlikely place can jump out and grab your attention.  The above quote, in a suspense fiction novel, provoked such a response.  It does take… Continue reading Voices

Attachment Syndrome

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (from Goodreads.com) Many artists become attached to paintings. Each painting is a self -portrait in a sense, regardless of subject.  Creating a work can feel almost like birthing a child.    It’s… Continue reading Attachment Syndrome