15 Interesting Notes about Frank Tenney Johnson

 

Frank Tenney Johnson

“Singing ’em to Sleep” Frank Tenney Johnson, Oil, 1926

Many people have seen some of the paintings of Frank Tenney Johnson, but most know very little about this great painter. Like many successful painters, Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) lived an interesting life outside the studio that helps us enjoy and appreciate the paintings done inside the studio all the more…

 

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Patriotic Art for the 4th of July

 

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“USS Constitution HMS Guerrierre” Artist Unknown

How about a little patriotic art for the 4th of July? Independence Day in America is a celebration, and should be  a lot more than an appliance sale, a used car deal, or a special on a big screen TV. So before you fire up the barbecue and pop open a cold one, how about checking out some patriotic art

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Art Smart – Under Promise & Over Deliver

Part of being a little art smart is knowing what you can’t do. Most of us end up learning this the hard way; or never learning it all. Making a promise that you can’t keep is no way to build a relationship, a business, or an art career. Start now to know what can do, what you can’t do, and what you won’t do. When you learn to under promise, and then back it up with an over deliver, the stress level in your professional life drops off a cliff. The sooner you do this on a regular basis the better off you will be…

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A Landscape Painting of The Lone Cypress

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“The Lone Cypress”, Craig Shillam, Oil/Canvas, 12″ x 16″

A Landscape Painting Featuring The Lone Cypress

Why paint a landscape painting of The Lone Cypress? After all it is probably the most photographed tree in the world, and almost everybody has seen it before.  So why do it then? I painted this particular subject for three reasons…

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Stephen Shortridge – Romantic Impressionist, Author & Deeply Held Faith

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“This Enchanted Evening”, Stephen Shortridge, oil, 12” x 24″

 

Romantic Impressionist painter Stephen Shortridge put down his brushes just long enough to write a book that was published last fall.  Along with being a painter, family man, gallery owner, and writer, “Deepest Thanks Deeper Apologies – Reconciling Deeply Held Faith with Honest Doubt”  published by Worthy Publishers, brings forth another Stephen Shortridge attribute I did not know about: Deep Christian Faith. I was fascinated by the combination of Romantic Impressionistic painter and devout Christian, so I did what any self-respecting blogger would do: asked Mr. Shortridge if he would do an “interview” for CashArtBlog. He said yes…

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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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Still Life Painting Featuring a Vintage Gumball Machine

Still Life Painting with Vintage Gumball Machine, Craig Shillam

“Gumball Machine” Craig Shillam, 14″ x 11″, oil

Still Life Painting with a Vintage Gumball Machine

Having just painted a still life painting of a gumball machine and having a lot fun doing it, I thought I would write a post about it. Imagine that… I recently had the opportunity to  participate in a fundraising auction for the local museum in the town where I live. It was a great night, and very successful for the most part, I think. For this small still life painting, I was able to borrow the vintage gumball machine from the lady who cuts my hair. She has had the machine for a very long time. Every time she cuts my hair cut I look at that thing and want to do something with it. I actually want it for my house to tell you the truth. So I finally asked her if I could borrow it so I could do a painting of it. She said yes. The original plan was to (and probably still will) paint this still life painting much larger than the 11″ x 14″ shown here.  But this auction was coming up and I felt like it would be a good subject matter for the event. The painting was started in my home studio, and then finished as part of a quick draw/quick finish before the auction. Some artists do the whole thing right there, some, like me, finish what they have started at the event. I prefer to finish at the event because there is always people mingling around, or I see somebody I know, and I want to visit. To me, this time as a good time to meet and greet more than paint like a madman because the painting need to be done before the auction starts. That’s just me, others feel differently. The still life painting I did at the last auction I paricipated in turned out pretty well I thought, and I did a lot more painting on it at the event than on the “gumball machine”. Fortunately this painting was bought, as my other auction entry did not sell this time. I didn’t think it was the right crowd for a painting like that, but oh well. One thing I have noticed is that my still life paintings sell a little better than my landscape paintings at auctions. Still thinking about that, not enough study samples to verify!

Still Life Painting with a Gumball Machine

As for the painting itself, I took a somewhat looser approach, because I wanted to put some “feeling” into the man-made machine. This still life painting did not take very long, and I view it as a warm up for a larger piece down the road. I felt the two key parts of the painting were to ge the red body of the machine right and the glass right. I guess it was kind of important to make the gumballs look round and clean also… nobody wants to look at dirty, unappetizing gumballs.

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A Landscape Painting Inspired by Carmel

If you are like me you love a landscape painting with lots of wonderous, beautiful light. This painting doesn’t have that. You, like myself probably also love a landscape painting with lots of marvelous color. This painting has a limited palette. I bet you also like to see the sun when you go to the ocean, just like I do. After wanting to check out Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca., for a long time, I finally made it. The sun did not cooperate…

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Still Life Painting Featuring my Grade School Lunch Box

still life paintingFor this still life painting  my old lunch box from grade school was called in for duty, thermos and all. It’s been sitting around all these years waiting for something to do besides hold old baseball cards. I had actually been thinking about this painting for a long time. While there is a  lot of baseball items in this painting, it’s not really about baseball…

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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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