Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Become A Famous Artist in One Week – And Other Myths (Part 4)

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in art and design, or picking up some specific skills, there are multiple paths you can choose from. Here are five of those options: 1. Independent art/design schools 2. Art/Design departments affiliated … Continue reading

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Artists Find Their Way

Maps, maps, and more maps. Road maps, subway station maps, GPS maps, globes in classrooms, store maps to the lingerie department, celestial star maps, maps to the homes of the stars, and yes, artist’s maps. If you need a reminder … Continue reading

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Little Things Mean A Lot

In this blogpost I want to share examples of the work of two artists who helped convince me that little things can be – and often are – the substance of significant art. Giorgio Morandi was an artist frequently referred to … Continue reading

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A Map As Big As the World

Where do ideas come from? What do you look at for inspiration? Maps have always intrigued me. Growing up I accepted that the maps I studied in school were exact representations of the lands they described. It never occurred to … Continue reading

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How to Become a Famous Artist in One Week – And Other Myths (Part 3)

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in art and design, or picking up some specific skills, there are multiple paths you can choose from. Here are five of those options: 1. Independent art/design schools 2. Art/Design departments affiliated … Continue reading

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When is the Map the Territory?

At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1931 Alfred Korzbski coined the expression “the map is not the territory.” In other words, a map is an abstraction that filters and distills sensory information. It … Continue reading

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Nothing is Something: The Importance of Negative Space (Part 3)

This is the third and final post in a series about negative space in artwork. The first post discussed negative space in two-dimensional artwork. The second post discussed negative space in architecture. You can read the posts here and here. … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Meets Renaissance: Urban Portraits

Several months ago I wrote two posts about the art of portraiture, promising more in the future. After all this time you may not remember the discussion so you can link to posts one and two here. Napoleon Leading the … Continue reading

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How to Become a Famous Artist in One Week – And Other Myths (Part 2)

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in art and design, or picking up some specific skills, there are multiple paths you can choose from. Here are five of those options: 1. Independent art/design schools 2. Art/Design departments affiliated … Continue reading

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