Thoughts from the Studio

Art Speak-What the heck are commissions anyway?

Art Speak-What the heck are commissions anyway?

For non-artists, the art world can seem like a daunting, foreign place. Like many other industries, art has its fair share of special terms and jargon. But it is nothing to be intimidated by! So I am going to break down some of the barriers here so you will slowly but surely become fluent in Art-Speak! Let take  a look at a very common word in the artist's vocabulary: Commissions. 

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Caring For Your Art

Caring For Your Art

So you bought yourself or perhaps were gifted an amazing piece of art. Yay! Take a minute to picture it with me: Its original and unique design caught your eye. There is just something about it that truly speaks to you. Just looking it at it brings you a sense of happiness. You know the colors of the artwork will go SO well with the rest of your style and décor. It will help add that extra touch to make your living room your own personal retreat. But before you just grab some tape (gasp!) or hammer and nails and slap that new beauty up on your wall, you should really should stop to consider a few things. Like, do I need a frame? Or, is it an artwork that doesn't require or perhaps shouldn't be framed? Have you put careful thought into where in your home you are going to display your new treasure? Do you know the correct way to care for and maintain your artwork? Did you know that your answers to each of these questions can impact the overall condition of the piece?

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Originally Published: July 4, 2017 Silas by Caren Kinne, color pencil & resin on wood panel It's hard to believe that another 4th of July is already here! Hope everyone out there is enjoying the summer, fireworks & all things 4th of July this sunny Tuesday. As some of you readers may know, my current artwork has merged with my family tree research project that I started digging into several years ago. Little did I know what amazing people I would find in my lineage. Ten of whom, I am dedicating this posting to today. Having grown up in Massachusetts,...

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Inspiration 104: Visual Culture

Inspiration 104: Visual Culture

Originally Published: Aug 6, 2017 It was during my time in my graduate courses that I began to hear about the concept of visual culture. Historically in the art world there is often an elitist stigma of what constitutes something to be labeled as art: essentially traditionalist views of what art is. Hierarchal categories such as fine art, craft or kitsch are frequently mentioned. However, some of the most notable artists were the ones who abandoned the status-quo, were rejected from the formal salons, or transitioned from commercial design to a studio practice. Take the Impressionists for example, at first...

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Inspiration 103: Surrealists

Inspiration 103: Surrealists

This third installment of art inspiration is brought to you by the Surrealists.
If you look up the word surreal in the dictionary or thesaurus you will find associations like: beyond real, strange, bizarre, fantasy, nonsense and dreamlike.

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