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“10 Things That Should Never Be Said to Artists “

  This list got me thinking about comments I've heard through the years.  Here are a few along with my comments. Sometimes the comments make me laugh.  I really don't care the way I did 40 years ago, but what remains surprising is that people say things to artists they would never say to anyone in another profession. You are so lucky! Working as an artist takes discipline and perseverance - it's not about luck.  It is a job that gives little or no perks. Don't give up your "real" job. Said to me during one of my early art shows. What is your "real" job? what does that mean? that working as an  visual artist, sculptor, photographer, writer, composer, isn't real? What a great...

Epoxy Resin Medium

As an American abstract artist, I spend a lot of time visiting art galleries and museums.  The first time I saw a contemporary painting with epoxy resin, it took my breath away.  In 2010  I decided to work with epoxy resin.  I actually learned how to use it by watching you tube demonstrations. Epoxy resin is an art medium mixed with a hardener and  poured onto a piece of art. Epoxy resin when wet is extremely toxic.  At first when painting with it, I used no protection.  During those two months I ended up covered in a rash.  I was given information that it was doing more damage to my organs then the rash was doing to my skin.  Now, when painting with resin, I...

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera was regarded as the most influential Mexican artist of the 20th century. "When art is true, it is one with nature. This is the secret of primitive art and also art of the masters - Michelangelo, Cezanne, Seurat and Renior.  The secret of my best work is that it is Mexican.." Rivera was among the leading members and founders of the Mexican Muralist movement. His famous painting Dreams of a Sunday in the Almeda depicted Ignacio Ramirez holding a sign which read "god does not exist".  The painting was not shown for nine years until Rivera removed the inscription.   Diego Rivera's art was inspired by political ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1914-15) and the Russian Revolution (1917) Rivera wanted to make art...

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, a well known Mexican artist was often called a Surrealist because of her bizarre and disturbing paintings.  Unlike Surrealists, she wasn’t interested in subject matter from dreams.  She painted multiple self–portraits which expressed her inner emotions. Frida’s canvas oil paintings are rich in bright vibrant color. She explained the meaning of some of her colors: green – good warm light, magenta – old blood of a pear, brown – color of mole, yellow – madness, sickness and fear, cobalt blue – electricity and pure love, red – blood. Frida’s life consisted of more suffering then joy.  When she was 18, she was in an horrific bus accident colliding with a trolley car. Her spinal column had multiple fractures, her right leg had eleven…

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