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    Art Unboxed History And Art

    Almost as long as I’ve loved art, I’ve loved history. It is intriguing how the two are tied so deeply together. Many works of art exist because of, or have survived due to, a connection with history. Some pieces of art are no longer, but their history causes them to be remembered. From The Ark Of The Covenant, to Solomon’s Temple, they are prominent in our minds, though we never saw them. Other works of art, such as the majority of the portrait galleries of the world’s countries were inspired by, and survived due to their history. Either way, art and history are cousins if not brothers. Today my focus…

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    Art Unboxed What’s In Your Songbook?

    No, i don’t have my genres mixed up, lol. It was the best way to introduce an idea I learned from the musicians in my life. I have no ear for music, a singing voice that might best be compared to a weak fog horn, and the same association with musical ability as I do ancient Etruscan pottery. In spite of all this, I have learned many lessons from those in my life blessed with this gift. If you ask someone who is musically talented, and who has some experience to sing, they can very quickly be ready. They have practiced enough to be able to, have the experience to…

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    Art Unboxed – Going Through Your Sketchbook

    In today’s art unboxed, could we talk about going through your sketchbook? It incorporates two skills that are very important to an artist. Ask a hundred artists, and these two things will keep coming up. One isn’t surprising, that is to practice your drawing. Even if not a great draftsman, any improvement in drawing will help your painting. This is true from tracing onto your canvas using a projector, to sketching a portrait in pencil. The other thing artists will tell you, and there’s an argument as to which is more important, is to learn to see. If you’re an artist you understand this immediately, if you’re just starting out…

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    Art Unboxed – Take A Trip

    On Good Friday Ashley and I took our son Nicholas on his first trip to the Nashville Zoo. My first priority was my family, and the second was getting some pictures to draw and paint later. This was not going to be a Plein Air trip, but it was going to improve my art. I was closer than I ever imagined I would be to everything from a kangaroo to a red panda. I was even sprayed by a dinosaur, albeit a mechanical one. The other animals were real enough, and I took plenty of pictures. I understand that the pictures do not do the animals justice, and the differences…

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    Art Unboxed How Do You Spell Art?

    In today’s art unboxed, I’d like to ask a simple question, how do you spell art? Silly thought right, or is it? Perhaps it would be better stated this way, when you hear the word art, what specifically comes to mind? When I think of art, because I think about it a lot, a number of things come to mind. However, eventually a few images are mainstays. One is a painting called “Big Moment” by Paul Defletsen. It’s a picture of a Grandfather teaching his grandson how to drive a horse cart. It’s not my all time favorite painting, but it is one of my favorites. It was the painting…

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    Art Unboxed Shapes?

    I didn’t understand when I first heard it. In today’s art unboxed, I’d like to talk about shapes. I have always enjoyed painting that is at least somewhat realistic. While I can appreciate the talent that many abstract artists have, I prefer realism myself. This is why I was initially confused when painters who made barns look like barns, talked about painting shapes. While some who say this may be referring to an abstract painting, the ones I enjoy weren’t saying not to paint objects really. They were saying something that I’d like to unbox on a level where I could understand if I were reading this ten years ago.…

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    Art Unboxed Fabled Sable

    They say that at one time, the Kolinsky Sable was worth more in weight than gold. Once watercolorists valued it above any other brush, now synthetic brushes have been designed which mirror it’s features. I’ve never owned one so I could not say, but I can say that the synthetics I use amaze me at what they can do. In today’s art unboxed I’d like to talk about the advancement of art supplies, and art itself. My number twelve brush, which was not expensive at all, mirrors features of a brush that costs much more than I would be willing to spend. Today they make water mixable oils that are…

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    Art Unboxed Behind The Pencil Cup

    This little leopard sketch probably would not have happened had an accident not happened. I had misplaced my small pocket size sketchbook, days later when I found it, I placed it on my desk. The intention was for it to be temporary, it stayed. Because it did, when I had a few moments, rather than pulling out my bigger sketchbook on my desk, under some other supplies, I grabbed it. The little one is small enough to stand just behind my pencil cup. I sketched this little leopard cub in a tree, and an elephant. I would encourage you to keep two sketchbooks in a convenient place, for me it’s…

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    Art Unboxed Mixing Payne’s Gray

    Recently I wrote about my search for a true red. I’m happy to report I was successful, and also added two other hues to my palette, which expanded my reds. I also replaced some blues with other blues, changed the purple completely, removed a yellow, added a green, and adjusted my browns. The color I wanted to add, which I did not yet have, was Payne’s Gray. For those who enjoy mixing all colors from the three primaries, I admire your skill. However, I both enjoy convenience colors, and I like knowing how to mix colors. After buying a few reds, I did not want to spend any more money.…

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    Art Unboxed – Have Easel, Will Paint

    I enjoy art of all types, in different ways. Pencil and ink, watercolor, digital, pastel, and acrylic all have features I enjoy. Acrylics, because of several factors I get to paint the least, but one practice has enabled me to paint the best acrylics I’ve ever painted. I’ll warn you, it’s very simple. It’s not a brush technique, type of paint, and no, it’s not edges. It’s simply the practice of keeping an easel setup, ready to paint when I’m ready to paint. Between working from home, and caring for our three year old, which is far more important to my wife and I, it doesn’t leave a lot of…