Monthly Archives: March 2015

Painting: Composing With Light

Realist painters have a long tradition of using light and shadow to organize their compositions and influence the way viewers respond to their paintings. Here are three well known painters working at different times over a span of 400 years. … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: All Things Red

Who hasn’t created a collection of favorite things? For this exercise I ask that you make a collection of objects and images that are variations of red. Make sure to include fully saturated reds and ones that are desaturated. Include … Continue reading

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Two Artists Working With Shape

Shapes are the basic building blocks of two-dimensional compositions and three-dimensional objects. Shapes define the forms we see and the space around those forms. Let’s look at the work of two artists who emphasize shapes and use them as primary … Continue reading

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Beyond Craft: Woodworking On Steroids

If it’s functional, is it Art of is it Craft? Can it be both? I remember endless art school debates on this topic but in the work of the artist Michael Beitz I think the answer is obvious. Yes, it … Continue reading

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Where Am I? Unexpected Spaces

Here are two artists who have taken common items out of their predictable environments. By putting them in a new context they cause us to look at them again…to reconsider the form and meaning of these well-known things. Norwegian artist … Continue reading

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Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

I’ve long been fascinated by artists who transform everyday objects. What a wonderful way to move through the world, everywhere you look there’s a potential work of art. In the installation “Gathering Dust,”  the artist Donald Lipski pinned thousands of … Continue reading

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Art and Design Resources

Those of you new to design might be interested in some recommendations for additional online resources. Here are several websites that focus on design, art, architecture, photography and culture. In a future blog post we will add other sites to … Continue reading

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A Simple Line

We all recognize a line. We read lines of text; we walk and drive down the line of a road; we stand in lines; we first learn to draw by coloring inside of the lines; we… Yes, lines are common … Continue reading

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