Beauty only comes by grace…

Someone once told me that beauty only comes by grace. So it came to be that I stood with my sister in the presence of grace in the form of beauty, in the form of art, in the form of paintings that hung in long hallways that echoed as we spoke. They were seascape paintings, images of […]

Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things

Cy Twombly at the MoCA  A month after Cy Twombly’s death, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art is mounting a small, memorial exhibition of eight of his paintings, all loaned by Eli and Edythe Broad. The show, “Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things,”  opens Saturday at MOCA’s Grand Avenue museum and runs […]

Texas artist’s work hurtling through space with Atlantis

It’s a rare person who can say that her artwork is hurtling through space with Atlantis. But Rachel Hobson, a self-proclaimed space geek and crafts blogger, can certainly claim those bragging rights about Atlantis. As millions watched the launch of the final U.S. shuttle mission, Atlantis, Hobson had theadded thrill of knowing that a photo […]

Maurice Bennett: Toast of the Town

Artists are often the toast of the town. But Maurice Bennett, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists, is known as the “toast man” of the town because he creates vast mosaics from thousands of slices of toast. An exhibition of his rugby player portraits, made out of toast, opens at the New Zealand Academy […]

Pricing Your Oil Paintings: Stay Out of the Bargain Basement

How do you decide what your oil paintings are worth? How do you price your precious one-of-a-kind original works of art? Every artist throughout history has struggled with these questions.  And they are difficult questions to answer. Over the last fifteen years, I have sold my oil paintings for very high prices and I have also settled […]

Review of David LaChapelle’s From Darkness to Light at Lever House, NYC

By its very nature, the work of American photographer David LaChapelle invites controversy. One observer at New York magazine called David LaChapelle “the Fellini of photography,” while another of the same periodical’s writers suggested, “David LaChapelle should have his artistic license suspended.” If asked to describe his efforts, one might begin by calling them manic. […]

Oil Painting on a Budget: How You Still Can Afford It

Are you an artist and would like some tips for oil painting on a budget? Would you like to cut your costs in oil painting without sacrificing any quality in the final product? Let’s face it, times are tough economically for everyone these days, not just for artists.  But if you are an artist who […]

3 Color Palettes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever given much thought to just how important your color palette really is? One of the most fun and satisfying aspects of oil painting is setting up your color palette and preparing your tools. This process really helps define who you are becoming as an artist, and what direction you will be taking. […]

Which White? For the Serious Artist, It is a Serious Question.

For the serious oil painter, it is a serious question: which white? There are several variations of white pigment to choose from in oil color. Moreover, some may have the same hue in common, but contain a different oil base that will significantly change the use of the paint. In all cases, choosing the whites […]

More Secrets to Understanding the NYC Art World: Beware the Vanity Gallery

If you are like most artists who take their career seriously, you are willing to give almost anything a try. And if you are like me, you put a lot of care not only into creating your art but into the business side of your art. You love to create, right? And, of course, you want […]

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