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A Story of Discovery: The Art of Judy Pfaff

I’ve spent the last few weeks going through piles of old art magazines. I’ve saved them for years. They’ve moved across country with me, been boxed and carted from house to house but rarely reread. I’m in a stage of … Continue reading

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A Different Perspective: The Art of Regina Silveira

I recently came across the work of the Brazilian artist Regina Silveira. Looking at her art I found myself thinking about presence and absence, and  how we perceive and understand the world. Dreamlike, her installations and sculptures transport the viewer … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Typologies

Last week I wrote about photographic typologies. A typology is a collection of a single type or class, with the collection itself being more important than the individual components. Christian Webb If you’ve been reading our book Design: A Beginner’s … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Is That White?

Barton Lidice Benes, “Letter From Aunt Evelyn” This assignment will help you understand color and value relativity, while developing your visual acuity. Before starting I suggest you review Chapters 6 (Value), 7 (Color), and 10 (Grid) in our book Design: … Continue reading

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Monumental But Intimate: The Paintings of Domenico Gnoli

I recently rediscovered the work of the late Domenico Gnoli and I fell in love, all over again, with his wonderful paintings. Let me share some of my thoughts about his work. The first thing that comes to mind when … Continue reading

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How To Analyze a Painting

In a recent post I analyzed a work of art by Barry McGee, identifying the elements and principles of design. Today I want to look at a painting by Kerry James Marshall. As a reminder I’ve included a list of … Continue reading

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Intercept: Art On The Street

In our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook we introduce the elements and principles of design. This blog is an off-shoot of the book – a place where we look at art, architecture, and design. In the book we devote a … Continue reading

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Design Advice: DO Sweat the Small Stuff

Several posts ago I wrote about small, humble things that have been the subject matter of significant art. Today I want to extend that conversation and talk about things that are even smaller…namely details – the little decisions and little … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Map Collage

Sharon Rankin Over the last several weeks I’ve posted about maps. Today I want to present you with a design challenge centered around maps. Before you start I suggest you review my three posts, paying particular attention to Post 3, … 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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