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Allan Duerr and Harley Brown Interview

Notes from the Harley Brown, Allan Duerr Interview By Howard Friedland Attendees at the 2010 Oil Painters of America National Show in Scottsdale were treated to an informative and extremely entertaining experience. I don't use the word ... Read More...

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What About Women In The Arts?

"Montaña De Oro Surf" by Joyce Pike OPAM 24"x30"

I have been asked many times, did I find it hard being a woman in the field of visual art.  My answer was always no.  I worked hard to get where I am.  Your work speaks for itself.  If you are a good painter with talent, you can do it. I ... Read More...

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What can an artist do about it?

"Blessing, Malachi 3:10" by Rick Delanty, 24" x 24"

Any American would have been shocked by it: the senseless murders of three spectators in the bombings fifty yards apart at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15th; over 250 injured, at least eight of them children; the death of ... Read More...

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It’s Just Paint and Canvas

"Perihelion" by Rick Delanty, 24x24

What is the true “market value” of a painting? How does a potential collector know that a fair price is being offered? After all, the price can be negotiated... It’s not like a car, a stereo system, or a suit jacket that contains technical ... Read More...

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5 Stages of Painting

"Taking the Lead" by Jane Barton 12x16

Artists know that, in spite of what people think, creating a good painting is not a day on the playground. Some days are easier that others, but mostly it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to get what you want to say on the ... Read More...

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Challenging Painter’s Block

"Plans for Christmas" by Susan Abma

Here’s a few ideas to think about whenever you get a creative block and find you ‘just can’t paint right now.’ There’s no guarantees, but they just might work, so it could be worth a try… 1. Paint your favorite drink – whether it’s a cup ... Read More...

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What is FINE art?

"Horseshoe Falls" by Rick J. Delanty, 36x48

Keith Bond, fine landscape painter at www.keithbond.com, has raised several interesting questions for artists in his recent post regarding “Fine Art v. Illustration.”   As a landscape painter myself, I admire Keith’s work, as he ... Read More...

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The Technique of Honesty

"Remembering Home" by Michelle Dunaway

As artists we all long to convey with truth what we observe before us, what catches our breath and our attention. I've always believed that painting is an outward expression and visual record of what we are paying attention to in life. It ... Read More...

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Inspiration And Motivation: The Prelude To Success

"Coastal Concert" 16x16 by Bill Davidson OPA

One of the greatest joys of painting is my artist friends and the beauty we are privileged to see and create. We all must struggle some but the difference is that successful painters find a way of keeping motivation ahead of the meaningful ... Read More...

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