Do You Have to Die to Become a Famous Artist?

Society places value on limited editions and relics with few remaining counterparts. In economics, this is called scarcity value, and it is one of the reasons you have to die to be a famous artist. In the business world, people will buy stock based on its predicted future value. Likewise, an artist may experience more
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How Businesses Like Ikea & Hobby Lobby are Killing the Art Market

A few years ago, there was a Dutch YouTube video that showed two guys playing a prank on a bunch of unsuspecting art lovers. They placed an inexpensive IKEA print in their Museum for Modern Art and fooled many art lovers into believing it was the real deal. The fact that they were fooled was
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What is Your Favorite Color and What Does it Mean?

The meaning of color has changed over time. For instance, black used to be a clothing color worn only by the wealthy, but now it is worn by any social class. A person’s preference for color during modern times is very topic-specific. For instance, the most popular favorite color is blue, but that is not
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Imagination and Happiness

Imagination is the mind’s ability to wander through possibilities and impossibilities to create ideas and original thought. It is what drives innovation and invention, and we wouldn’t enjoy our modern comforts without it. Imagination also takes us out of our comfort zone. It makes us call into question accepted norms and injustices. It makes us
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Illustrating the Human Experience

The human experience is a messy wreck of happy circumstance, bumbling and humorous mistakes, and woeful tragedies. To put it simply, it’s a wreck. It’s also all we’ve got, and one thing we all have in common is the human condition. Illustrating the shared experience of being a human brings relatability to art, and this
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Art as a Reflection of Society

Art is capable of communicating messages to the world. Tales of injustice and discrimination can be portrayed in a way that instigates change. Tales of service and philanthropy can encourage participation. However, art is also a reflection of society, and it reflects the toils, triumphs, and attitudes of the times. What is socially acceptable, socially
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A Quick Impression

A painting is a snapshot from life, a blink of an eye, one moment in time. Yet, art is sometimes considered to be “fine art” from a realist’s perspective. This means that the closer to realistic that a painting gets, the artist is considered more talented. This is one reason why impressionism rocked the worlds
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The Bald and the Beautiful

Why is Capturing the Imagination Important to me?When I envision a landscape or one of my dreamscapes, part of that vision is meant for capturing the imagination. I may want to depict a moment in time and bring truth to that moment, but a painting’s audience needs to be able to recreate the image in
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23 & me says i am 99.6% . . .

Imagination! LOL..and only 47.5% Irish and English. Well, actually it said I was 99.6% European but what do they know!?! I just returned from a two week holiday and painting trek thru Ireland. It was a wonderful time and an absolutely beautiful country. Very clean and very friendly people. You can tell they care about
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Missie & LuLu

What language do I speak?

Imagination. Every brush stroke is a step toward a future that is imagined in my mind, even though I don’t know how that image will develop in the minds of the viewers. While painting, I may imagine myself sitting in the same setting with the subject of the painting, or may picture myself observing the
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