Monthly Archives: January 2016

Alan Rickman and David Bowie: A Foundation In The Visual Arts

Two major figures from the entertainment world died this month – David Bowie and Alan Rickman. As I was reading some of the many tributes to these media stars I noticed an interesting common thread in their careers. Both men … Continue reading

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Raymond Isidore’s Mosaic Wonderland

I love stories of artistic inspiration – the stone accidentally kicked that leads to the creation of a massive sculptural environment or the case of someone like Raymond Isidore who took a walk and came home with a pocketful of … Continue reading

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5 Things To Do In The New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year and I thought this would be an appropriate time to provide a short list of to-do items that might help you become a better artist/designer. It’s not a list of exercises for building … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Found Alphabet

Today’s exercise will help you fine tune your powers of observation by finding what I call visual analogies. If you’re reading our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook pay particular attention to Chapter 2 (Line) and Chapter 3 (Shape). For those … Continue reading

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Overlay: Francesco Clemente

Last year the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art assembled an exhibition built around six cloth tents by Francesco Clemente. The exhibition was titled Encampment. Clemente is an Italian architect turned artist who gained international recognition in the 1980s as one … Continue reading

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The Unbelievably Small: The Art of Charles LeDray

Everything these days is super-sized, whether it’s a meal or a work of art. We’re surrounded by spectacle. Visit any New York gallery or open any contemporary art magazine and you’ll see larger-than-life work that takes a team of fabricators … Continue reading

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How To Exhibit Your Art: Part 5 – Conclusion

Most artists and designers want to exhibit their work. Figuring out how to accomplish this is often frustrating, time consuming and even a bit mysterious. In previous posts we have discussed different exhibition venues and how to approach them. Those … Continue reading

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Erica Baum: From Word to Image

First, I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year. This starts the second year of our blog. We’ve designed the blog as an auxiliary resource that expands on the ideas covered in our book Design: A Beginner’s … Continue reading

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