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Art Podcasts and Women Artists

Did you know there are several good art-themed podcasts? They are listed here. Some are about art, art sales, art thefts, and other topics, such as this one that really caught my eye: Bow Down: Women in Art Hosted by Jennifer Higgie, editor-at-large at Frieze magazine, Bow Down: Women in Art  is a podcast series from 2019 that pays homage to eight women artists of genius. Higgie also recently revealed that series two is about to begin. Each 20-minute episode is co-hosted by a leading curator, critic or artist, who also nominates the subject, whether it be Agnes Martin or Angelica Kauffman. […]

February 5, 2021

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Expensive Art by Dead Artists

The world’s most expensive art is auctioned off in the world’s biggest-named art auction houses. You will not find the most expensive artworks sold last year in Fine Art South’s artwork collection, but there is a link below to view them if you want to. They are all by dead artists.  And oddly enough, all of the artworks were by (presumed) male artists. That leaves out half of the world’s artists, which is very strange, as though women artists don’t exist. (We do). Here is a link and intro to the story about the art that did sell for millions. Source […]

January 10, 2021

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How Color Affects Us

I’m not an expert on formal color theory, but I do know how color affects me and makes me “feel”.  Color is tied closely in our psychology with certain feelings and moods. A piece of art that focuses on color can have a very primal connection to the  person viewing it. Colors can, at their most basic, make you feel happy and boost your mood, like the colors in the paintings below. The colors are something that by themselves can make the painting work.   A long time ago I met a woman who was an art therapist. She used […]

December 27, 2020

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Georgia City Hall Art Show

During this pandemic it’s unusual to see a new art exhibit in real life. But it happens! There is a new art show at the City Hall in downtown Smyrna, GA, which is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Atlanta. Smyrna has a growing art scene, thanks to the new Smyrna Arts Council. This show will probably be on exhibit until January 2021, or longer. Here are some highlights from the show, which is free.

October 18, 2020

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Filling your Environment with Art

Do you want to fill your home or office with art? Start here! You don’t need to be an artist yourself, or have deep pockets, to start to build a gallery of your own in your home. Whether it’s high-brow work or a homemade craft, artwork adds life and individuality to any space. To bring you some inspiration to add artwork to your space, we have pulled together some photos from the Private Quarters archive featuring artwork and art galleries that we have published throughout the years. As you think about your own collection, here are some tips on first, […]

October 5, 2020

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On Artists Having a Style

Do you know artists who have a recognizable “style”? Many artists paint the same way, or in a similar way, using the same type of tools and materials, for most of their professional artistic life. They probably do this because they have been told that having a consistent look to all their art work will make them well known and appreciated. The well-known part is somewhat true, but the appreciated or successful part is not. Consider this statement about the late, great abstract artist, John Hoyland by Andrew Lambirth in 2009: “There are those artists who mine a single seam […]

September 23, 2020

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How to Become an Artist

  “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lord   The fact is, it’s not so easy being a visual artist. Only a small percentage of us are successful in terms of making enough money to make a living at being a visual artist.  Some artists, probably most,  will never do it. You will see article after article online telling you how “The Starving Artist” is a myth and if you just work hard and put your mind […]

September 1, 2020

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