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FOTI: A List of 100 Suggestions on How to Live and Work as an Artist

FOTI is a new tag on my blog. It stands for Found On The Internet: things I’ve found interesting and thought you might as well. Irwin Greenberg circulated this primer to his students at the High School of Art & Design and the Art Students League of New York. He died, age 87, in 2009. Like a lot of realist painters, I started teaching as a way to stabilize my income. I was amazed to discover that it would be one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Somehow, everything I have learned in my life found a place in the studio classroom… 1. Paint every day. 12. Don’t allow yourself to be crushed by failure. Rembrandt had failures. Success grows from failure.   Read the full article here. Advertisements

Pleasantly Awkward: A Review of Mark Victor Young’s “Awkward Stages”

Originally posted on Reading Other People:
It has been a long while since I have reviewed a set of short stories. I am immensely happy that I chose to break my unintentional short story drought with Mark Victor Young’s incessantly charming “Awkward Stages .” Young’s decision to depict Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man on the cover is a gutsy one. It evokes a heralding of classic art, but also subliminally asks the reader to question what makes up the composition of the ideal human form. Therefore, when the reader gets to the first short story entitled “Crotch Dogs,” the overarching themes of the goal of perfection and emotional superiority are already lurking. Each of the short stories are unique and resplendent. Plot devices are subverted and honed like a true master storyteller. Characters are portrayed who are flawed but ambitious, damaged but focused. Young’s obvious ability to breath life into staid situations is what captured my intention and maintained it through to the very last word. By the books end I felt as though I’ve known…

Ever Wonder About… Graphite?

If you’re an art supply nerd like me you’re probably curious about the the story behind your favorite products. Was there a Derwent? How did acrylic paint come about? Why are some erasers awesome while others rip my paper? Well, if you’ve ever wondered about the beloved pencil, a basic necessity in every artist’s tool box, here is a behind the scenes peek at graphite that you may find as interesting as I did!

Follow Your Heart When Making Art: Chagall’s Paris Opera Ceiling

My husband and I visited Paris for the first time during an October eons ago where it proceeded to pour rain for the entire week. Undaunted, we worked our way through a hefty ‘must see’ list which included Chagall’s painted ceiling at the famous Paris Opera House. We arrived, soaked and chilled, propelled by memories of Phantom of the Opera we’d seen years before. Unable to afford the premium tickets that would take us to the performance hall to see the famous work of art, we shadowed an English tour to learn what we could about the monument. As the tour entered a side door we followed, unnoticed, with no idea of where we were headed. This is the sight that greeted us: Imagine our surprise. We were speechless in the midst of one of the most breathtaking works of art I’d ever seen, Chagall’s famous Paris Opera ceiling. Its beauty brought tears to my eyes. “When Matisse dies,” Picasso said, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.” To see this painting one can’t …

Magazine Inspiration for Artists: Flow Magazine

Do you know Flow magazine? Flow hails from the Netherlands and has a really positive, happy vibe. Flow’s manifesto: “Flow is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection. We love illustrations and in each issue there is a gift made of our much-loved paper.” In fact, for an additional sensory experience Flow actually contains several different kinds of paper in each issue. For those of use who still love turning real pages, this magazine is a delight to touch. Yes, I admit it. I splurged and bought myself their latest issue. At $22 it’s the equivalent of purchasing a book. But their tagline, “A Magazine For Paper Lovers” called to me. I’m a paper lover. Ergo… Must. Have. Now, my dirty little secret is that I loooooooove to cut up magazines. Believe you me, there are so many wonderful things to snip! But to do so would be to mar Flow’s beauty and I’m not sure I’m ready to do that yet. I am seriously considering ordering some back issues. I ask you, could you resist …

Good Company

There is some wonderful global representation in the Guest Design Team that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® has selected this season, including designers from Korea, Russia, and India. What a wonderfully diverse selection of creativity! I’ve compiled their blogs here in a handy list so you, too, can be inspired by their amazing work and look forward to all the art and craft projects coming your way! By Cataleya Altered Upcycling Neon Diary Outside the Lines Stampin’ Mindy’s Creative Clutter RWKrafts Mixed Media Art in Italia Sense Designer MIYAKE Born to Mix the Media DeeDee Catron Crafty Little Pigtails and Me!