Paul Balmer Cityscapes

Two of my favorite painting subjects (at the moment) are still lifes and cityscapes. I like that the subject doesn’t have to be that interesting to make an interesting painting, meaning that the best still life and cityscape painters are really alchemists. Ordinary pots and pans or congested and polluted city views can be turned into paintings of great beauty.Continue Reading

Mark Kostabi – Title This Painting

A friend just let me know about a strange little online program called Title This by the artist Mark Kostabi. Kostabi hosts the show and invites art critics and celebrities on to title his paintings. The person that comes up with the best title for the painting wins cash.Continue Reading

Artists Getting Business Savvy

The Art Newspaper spoke with the British artist Keith Tyson about how artists are starting to take control of their career, rather than simply handing the reigns to the art dealer and hoping for the best. It’s a theme that comes up more and more lately.

Here’s a couple quotes from the article..
“Galleries will promise you the world in terms of production costs but it comes at the price of complete control. There‚Äôs a conflict of interest in having the people who retail your work being the same people that help you with production because they will try and own it.” Keith Tyson QuoteContinue Reading

Art Books and Art Blog

Just so you know, I’m not dead, lost, imprisoned, or in a mental institute. I just needed a break and lots of ME time. Those that know me think I already have too much ME time, but I don’t think you can ever have enough of it ;-)

A blog is a greedy beast that is never satisfied and I just decided to stop feeding her for a few days, which turned into a few weeks. I guess I was angry at Art News Blog for making me feel responsible to her, but we have made up and resolved our issues.Continue Reading