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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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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Robert Henri and The Art Spirit

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“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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Remembering the Paintings of Clark Hulings

 

Great painters never leave us; they continue to keep us company through their work and American Master Clark Hulings will be no exception. With a career spanning some five decades and a body of work that is exceptional in every way, the legacy of Clark Hulings is all but etched in stone. If you are not familiar with the paintings of Clark Hulings, I invite you to sample selected paintings from different decades and get a taste of what you’ve been missing. If you are familiar with the work of Mr. Hulings,  I know you’ll want to see some more…

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Art Marketing – The Push and the Pull

 

Forget everything about your art marketing for a few minutes, and just think of two concepts. Push and Pull. Push and Pull Marketing is not new, but let’s talk about it and the marketing of your art.

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Another Still Life Painting – Autumn Theme with Carnival Squash

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Whether your still life painting, landscape painting, taking photos or just living your life, the visual inspiration of fall is a full-blown carnival for the senses. There is so much natural beauty in fall  it’s easy to find a treasure of subject matter. What’s not so easy is to know what to leave out of a composition. In this particular still life painting, a Carnival Squash was used as the main object…

 

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As an Artist, You Must Never, Ever, Be This

As an artist you can and must do many things. First, you create  your art, whatever it may be. Then you have to show your work, market it, talk about it, plan events, enter shows, photograph it, and take care of your website. After all that, you need to make a few bucks from your efforts so you can do it all over again. But as an artist and creative person, there is one thing you must never do or be…

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Robert Krogle – A Contemporary Impressionist You’ll Want to Know About

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“The Window Seat” , Robert Krogle, 24″ x 18″, oil

If you have never heard of contemporary impressionist oil painter Robert Krogle, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. If you are aware of Robert Krogle and his work, please read on, as he comments on his education, his influences, and his art…

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Still Life Painting – Fall Theme with Pumpkins

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“Autumn Centerpiece” Craig Shillam, oil, 14″ x 24″

 

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