10 Reasons To Still Love the Art of Frank Frazetta

"Egyptian Queen", Frank Frazetta, 1969

“Egyptian Queen”, Frank Frazetta, 1969

Like an old friend that comes to visit every few years, I have dug out my old Frank Frazetta books and wiped off the dust. There they are. The warriors, women and creatures born from a creative mind attached to a body with enough skill to make them come alive through paint and brush. The art of Frank Frazetta is still worthy of conversation,  and there is a lot about the artist and the art that is still to be admired…

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Another Still Life Painting, Another Gumball Machine

 

Sometimes you just can’t get enough, even when it comes to still life painting. Having recently completed still life painting of an old gumball machine, I decided to paint another. I admit to having a certain affection for these older machines. They are fun, interesting, and embody a certain amount of Americana. This new still life painting is to be a compliment to and part of a set with the previous yellow gumball machine painting…

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Meet Painter Mary Maxam, You’ll Be Glad You Did

"Blue Boat at Tofino" Mary Maxam, oil, 12'' x 16"

“Blue Boat at Tofino” Mary Maxam, oil, 12” x 16″

 

I’d like to introduce you to North Idaho painter Mary Maxam. If you know of Mary’s work,  then you know her paintings are full of beautiful, rich color, deliberate brushstrokes and a certain energy that goes beyond the paintings themselves. If  you have never heard of Mary Maxam or seen any of her paintings, I hope you will read on and get to know her  and her work. I think you’ll be glad you did..

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The One Thing You Need Besides Artistic Talent Is…

"Talent and Work Ethic" CashArtBlog

Talent and Work Ethic” CashArtBlog

The world is full of people with talent. Talent in all walks of life. Artists, writers, musicians, singers, designers, etc. If you have many years under your belt at all, you’ve heard the “he’s so talented” or “she can draw anything” descriptions countless times about many different people. I am sure you have known many people who have a lot of talent in one area or another, but were missing a key ingredient that could have helped them develop that talent into something special. That missing ingredient is usually a good old-fashioned work ethic…

 

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25 Ways to Market Your Paintings Now from Daniel Edmondson

Artist and teacher Daniel Edmondson has a released a new video with 25 ways to market your paintings and a new Art Masters Program too. The video contains marketing ideas you probably already know about, and maybe some you haven’t thought of or pursued. The Art Masters Program is a monthly on-line program that is in addition to his on-line still life and landscape courses. Check out the video below, and click on the links beneath the video to learn more…

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10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 2)

Art Books that can teach, inspire and motivate are worth every dollar you have to lay down to own them in my opinion. In part one of this article, five art books from my collection were offered up as worthy examples. I list these books not because they have been blessed by some art establishment “ism” or anything like that. The books listed on this list are art books I own and refer to over and over again. Below are five more art books (in no particular order) that rise up out of my collection and just keep on giving back to me in one way or another…

 

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A Rock n’ Road Trip to a Bruce Springsteen Concert

Bruce Springsteen

Along I-84 near Arlington, Oregon and the Columbia River

 

A road trip to a Bruce Springsteen concert. I should just stop right there, because you could fill in the rest with your own experience or imagination. But I won’t. How about a father-daughter, 360-mile trip from Spokane, Washington; down along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to see the Boss and the E Street Band at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon? How about having a little fun by sticking custom-made decals at various landmarks all along the way? If this sounds remotely interesting, read on my friend…

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Still Life Painting With An Old Gumball Machine

still life painting

“Sugar and Vice – Detail” Craig Shillam

An older Carousel gumball machine was a great model for this particular still life painting. It didn’t move, wither, complain, smell, or take a break. It didn’t even ask for money, although I couldn’t help but notice the coin slot every time I laid eyes on this yellow beauty.

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Making Memories Instead of Buying More Stuff

 

 

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Making Memories – CashArtBlog

 

When you’re younger making memories is probably not on the top of your to do list. However as you season a bit and have new experiences you might find yourself thinking a bit differently. When you realize that 90 percent of what you buy in a store is junk but  filling up your senses and making memories can be priceless, your perspective starts to change…

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