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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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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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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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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Still Life Painting with Fresh Peppers

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“Still Life with Peppers” Craig Shillam, 11″ x 14″, oil/canvas

One of the best parts about “still life painting with fresh peppers” was actually going to a local market and examining all the possibilities in the produce department. When it came down to setting up the actual still life, the peppers were really cooperative models in the process. This painting had a particular purpose, and that purpose was to be part of an auction for the local art association…

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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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Art Marketing – What is Flootie.com?

A brand new art marketing website called Flootie is about ready to launch, and you might want to check it out. Whether you are an artist, dealer, gallery owner or collector, the Flootie concept sounds like it has some real art marketing potential. At the time of this writing the site is not up just yet, with October 30th, 2012 as the projected  launch date. The owner of Flootie describes it as “Kinda like a dating service for art”, with the networking of Facebook, marketing of Ebay, the freedom of Craigslist with a focus on the arts.

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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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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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Use the 80/20 Rule to Your Advantage

Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? Do you pay attention to this rule in your own life? It’s nothing new, but it’s time for me to revisit and re-commit to this concept, and use it to my advantage. I want to make sure I am being as smart and productive as possible…

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