Still Life Painting With An Old Gumball Machine

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“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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10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 1)

Lots of people love art books, and if you’re reading this you probably do too. I have a very nice collection, although far from complete. Below are ten favorites in my collection that I refer to time and time again for inspiration, education & motivation. While this is certainly not Oprah’s book club or a complete list of art books, these are all  worthy of a read…

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Art Marketing – Flootie.com is Up and Running

Art marketing has a new playground and it’s now ready for artists, galleries, dealers and art collectors who want to buy and sell art. Flootie.com ended the beta testing phase and kicked things off with a first class launch party. The concept is solid, the site is fairly simple to navigate, the party was fun, but the most intriguing fact that I want you to get is this…

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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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Artistic Success – Get Some Help

Success is different for everybody, and as an artist you probably do most things yourself either by choice or by necessity. One thing about success that you can count on is the fact that you are going to need  help at some point, or maybe at every step. This whole idea that an artist can paint away in their studio day after day and then magically get “discovered” and never have to do anything but simply paint is just folly. Put in the work and get some help. Embrace help and make the most of that help…

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10 Big Reasons for Painting Small

Some artists like to paint big, and some like painting small.  Either way is just fine.  Painting small does have some advantages, and below are some reasons you may want to consider when determining what size your next piece should be.

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15 Interesting Notes about Frank Tenney Johnson

 

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“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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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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