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Art And The Importance Of Materials: Part 1

One of the most fundamental and practical aspects of art is the importance of materials. The stuff that artists use when they make a work of art influences both form and content. Every material brings something special to the creative … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Imaginary Places

The weather is beautiful here in California. Perfect blue skies and just the right amount of heat. It’s hard to sit inside and get work done. I’d rather be anywhere but at my desk. Perhaps you feel this way too. … Continue reading

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July 4th 2017

We will be on vacation for the next two weeks, celebrating the American 4th of July holiday. During this difficult time living with the Trump Administration we are trying to remain positive by remembering the freedoms on which our country … Continue reading

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Ramiro Gomez: I Choose To Recognize That The Custodian Was Here

When my blogging partner was writing our recent post about Eduardo Sarabia it reminded me of another contemporary Mexican-American artist. A young painter/sculptor working in Los Angeles named Ramiro Gomez. I first became aware of Gomez when I read about … Continue reading

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Raymond Loewy and the Creation of a Beautiful Life

Long before any of us had heard the name Steve Jobs, or that of Apple designer Jony Ives, there was Raymond Loewy. Considered by many to be the father of modern industrial design Loewy was referred to in the press … Continue reading

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A Brief Look At IKEA Design

Editors Note: This may seem like an ad for IKEA but for those of you interested in the field of design this post will give you an idea of the design concerns of one company. Aesthetics are only part of … Continue reading

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Strangely Familiar: The Ceramics of Eduardo Sarabia

If you’re anything like me you have multiple email accounts, I have almost a dozen. The one account that overfills with hundreds of messages each day is the equivalent of the junk drawer in my kitchen, a place for a … Continue reading

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How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 2

In the previous post I discussed steps one and two in the process of learning how to make valid critical observations and judgements about works of art. Those steps ask you to slow down and spend some time just looking … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps)

I recently had breakfast at a diner with a couple of close friends who are not artists. In addition to serving delicious omelets the diner also exhibits artwork on its walls. During our breakfast conversation one of my friends asked … Continue reading

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