What’s the Deal with All the Gold Picture Frames?

 

What's the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

What’s the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

Am I the only one that is sick and bored to tears with beautiful paintings framed with gold picture frames? What the hell? Yeah framing can be expensive, and when an artist is turning out paintings on a regular basis the cost adds up. I am right there with you. I get it.  I know I live all the way up here in the Northwest and not in the big city…But what’s the deal? A lot of galleries I have been to lately have way to many gawdy gold picture frames. Instead of promoting the painting, they are just a big ugly distraction in most cases. It doesn’t seem to matter what the painting is either; warm, cool, big, small, landscape, still life, modern, traditional, professional, student, abstract. Did the Old Masters send out a memo, or did I miss the gold frame garage sale of the century? What’s the deal?

 

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If You’re In A Rut, Start Drawing

Market Man - Sketchbook Drawing, pencil, 2013

Market Man – Sketchbook Drawing, Craig Shillam, pencil, 2013

 

Drawing can be the cure when the chaos of life comes knocking at your door. You know what I’m talking about. Those times when life happens to you while you’re busy making your own to do list. Good intentions can morph into lost causes if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you, but getting back to drawing for just my own personal pleasure and/or practice is good mojo for me…

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9 Ways To Make Yourself More Interesting

9 Ways to Make Yourself More Interesting. CashArtBlog

9 Ways to Make Yourself More Interesting. CashArtBlog

 

 

Is being interesting natural or a skill that can be improved upon? Are you interesting to other people?  Do you find yourself being left out in the cold when it comes to conversations and general social situations? Would you like to have you and your art to get noticed and be a little more interesting to others while still being yourself?  If you want you, your work or your business to be noticed, if nothing else, be interesting

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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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Whats Luck Got to do With It?

“Whats Luck Got to do With It?” CashArtBlog

What does luck have to do with anything? Some people say a lot, while others don’t believe in luck at all. If everything is going great is that good luck or is it something else? When nothing is going right is that bad luck or just failure? Are some people just luckier than others, or is everybody lucky at different times? Below are some thoughts and quotes about this little four letter word…

 

 

Luck in Thirteen Quotes

 

I actually believe that I am lucky. Luckier at some things more than others. Do You believe you have a little bit of luck goin’ your way? Even though I think I am lucky at times, I sure wouldn’t want to rely on luck as a foundation to accomplishing anything worthwhile.

  1. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”     Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”      Benjamin Franklin
  3. “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the luckier I get.”                    Thomas Jefferson
  4. “Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.”       Larry King
  5. “Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.”    Unknown
  6. “Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.”     Don Sutton
  7. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”                     Dalai Lama  XIV
  8. “Luck is tenacity of purpose.”  Elbert Hubbard
  9. “Luck never made a man wise.”  Seneca  (Roman Philosopher)
  10. “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”   Brian Tracy
  11. “I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision,”     Howard Schultz
  12. “People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”   Frank Sinatra
  13. “Luck is believing your lucky.”       Tennessee Williams

 

Luck, Fortune or Fate

 

Call it what you want. Believe  in what you want. Whether it is good fortune, fate, or just plain luck, there is probably a lot of hard work and self-belief right along with it. I can’t explain why bad things happen to some people and good things happen to others. It just does.

Two artists go into the same gallery on the same day, one gets accepted, and the other gets a no thank you. All things being equal, is that luck? You buy a stock on Tuesday, the stock market tanks on Thursday. Is it bad luck, bad research, or just the chance you take?

Moving forward it’s probably better to work towards making your own luck than to wait for your lucky ship to come in. Work hard and smart, try making your creative mind work for you  and use the 80/20 Rule to your advantage, and believe in yourself.

One more quote about luck.You really didn’t want me to stop at 13 did you?

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.”     Bruce Springsteen

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Why Should Anyone Buy Original Art?

Why should you or I buy original art? Certainly we all could buy a cheap poster to hang on our wall, or a mass-produced figurine to sit on the end table. Many people do the aforementioned and are quite content. But for those of you who do buy or are thinking of buying original art, there are a host of reasons to feel good about it…

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Making Your Creative Mind Work for You – Part 2

In the previous post I wrote about 5 ways to make your mind work for you. In this post I want to give you four more tips that you can use in your life daily to get full and satisfying cooperation from your Creative Mind. Just to recap, when I mention your Creative Mind, I am referring to your subconscious mind, which is totally separate from your conscious mind…

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Make your Creative Mind Work for You – Part 1

Your creative mind never sleeps. It is awake from the time you are born until your last breath. The creative mind, or subconscious mind, does what needs to be done without any help from you. From breathing to blood circulation, the creative mind is working around the clock. Your conscious mind may do all the thinking, planning and  problem solving, but your creative mind carries out the orders…

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Robert Henri and The Art Spirit

Robert Henri

“The Laundres” Robert Henri, oil, 1916

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri has got to be one of the best art books ever, without even a single painting or photograph between the covers. First published in 1923, the copy that I have had for many years is almost 300 pages of deep and insightful commentary on art, theory, and life. Every time I read The Art SpiritRobert Henri,  I feel so many different emotions, not the least of which has to do with my shortcomings as an artist. If you have this book, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t have this Robert Henri classic, I offer up this appetizer in hopes you will thirst for more…

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How to Draw with Purpose

A lot of people want to know how to draw. Usually, but not always they want to learn how to draw what they see. The act of drawing itself is so personal, so raw and can be so beautiful . If someone wants to take their drawing beyond simply recording what is in front of them, and learn how to draw with more purpose, what are some of the steps they can take to accomplish this? Here a few I have learned over the years…

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