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Photograph Your Art Like a Pro

Insights from Behind the Camera and Turning Photos Into Paintings Our contributing writers John Hulsey and Ann Trusty of The Artist’s Road wrote a really informative piece about how to get the most out of a photograph of your painting or drawing, and I wanted to share it with you–plus an opportunity to put your…

Do You Want to Paint Like the Old Masters?

What was emulation? The classical formation of artists and architects in the Renaissance and Baroque took the apprentice on a trajectory from imitation to emulation to invention. If imitation was the foundation of an artist’s training–copying a master’s drawings, drawing from casts, eventually drawing from the live model–emulation marked the stage where the apprentices began…

Naïve Art: The Best Art Genre You Don’t Know About!

Have You Explored Naïve Art? There is a genre of art that is found in almost every country, hung on the walls of the most famous galleries, and created by some of the most acclaimed and talented artists. I am referring to none other than naïve art! Yet despite so much going on for this…

The Artist’s Brain

More Gray Matter! A study by Rebecca Chamberlain from KU Leuven, Belgium has found that artists have structurally different brains, compared with non-artists. Well, that explains a lot! I’m sure many of us have suspected as much, but now science is beginning to look into the matter and this small study has revealed some surprising…

Steve Henderson oil painting

The Saga of the Socks Continues

In the last article, I discussed my distressing and difficult sock project (The Socks from Hell), and how I didn’t enjoy the process at all, and the best thing about the whole thing was when it was over and the socks were on my feet (which almost didn’t happen, incidentally). So why, you ask me,…

It Can Kill Creativity

Second only to language in the hierarchy of advanced survival skills must be the ability to imagine something that does not yet exist, and then make that dream into something solid and real. Just look around you as you read this, and try to find something in your house or office that at one time…

Painting Upside Down

A few years ago I remember seeing some paintings by C.W. Mundy that he had created upside-down. I liked the paintings a lot, especially the looseness, with the large shapes of color and values. I hadn’t thought about those paintings until recently. I was going to paint from a photo reference one morning and turned…

Occupy Gagosian–Some Revolutionary Mutterings

At a recent art talk, Michael Gormley moderated a conversation among artists, and made the statement that in contemporary life, “Finance is leading culture.”  I understood this to refer to the fact that many large art organizations and mainstream platforms are supported by big-moneyed donors, art business groups, corporations and advertisers. Most art coverage in…

Attitude Is Everything

We’ve all had those moments when the details and concerns of keeping all the plates spinning distracts us from the one thing, the most important thing, that those of us who are creative people must do–create. Even doing chores that are pleasurable, like gardening, can take us far away from our art, and soon an…