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Ancient Artist Developing an art career after 50

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Sue Favinger Smith's Blog on Community, Creative Inspiration, Painting, Tools and Materials, Encouragement.

I love historical romances with a paranormal twist—Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Thea Harrison and Karen Marie Moning (although not really historical) and Game of Thrones. One characteristic I enjoy—and have happily adopted—is the use of historical detail to construct my fictional world. In The Darkness of Drea

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“There was always a darkness in the dreams…we planned it that way.” ~~A quote attributed to Three, the powerful Calata member, never verified Three is an interesting character. She is an immortal, a powerful member of the ruling Calata, and she plays a major role in my Calata-Immortal Warrior series. Her history is fi

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On a bright spring morning in 2017 I got up and walked away from my art. Over the past six months -- well, more than that -- I've been in self-imposed isolation. I have not written about art. I haven't entered my studio or picked up a paint brush. It took me six weeks to even clean my palette, and I abused the expensive Ros

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I was recently listening to a podcast that included a section of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and I found one comment to be pertinent to the idea of being an artist. The presenter said that self actualization - the highest point in human development - was a point we reach intermittently but do not remain in a self actualize

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I remember the exact moment when I knew I was an artist. It wasn’t as a child. Art was the friend I set aside when it was time to be a grown-up. No, it was much later, when I was well over fifty. I don't know why it took so long. But in a way, I'm glad that it did. We all experience life in ways that prod us toward such r

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January is the month for "Colors of the Year," symbolically defining the trends for the coming months. As useful as it is to consider new color palettes, emotional cues behind the choices hold the most value. When Pantone introduced the 2016 colors of the year, they keyed into two themes: persuasive compassion and

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One of the most fascinating artists of 2016 has to be Cuban-born, American Minimalist artist Carmen Herrera. Born in Havana in 1915, Herrera moved to post war Paris, eventually ending up in New York City in the mid-50's. Her work was exhibited next to Piet Mondrian, and was considered equal to that of Barnett Newman and Fra

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How do you balance your creativity while working in an entirely different field? Or stay connected to your own art practice, and yet succeed in an art world that often feels too opaque and impenetrable, operating by secret rules? Over the holidays I learned about a young artist who was self-destructing, because the door to

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I recently participated in an event that prompted me to reevaluate my thoughts on style. The show was available online and when viewed this way, I felt my painting style did not easily "fit" with the general feel of the show. There were many excellent paintings, all versions of the prevailing visual appearance, an

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What are your greatest art related fears? For most artists, the fear of unanswered questions is the biggest impediment. And the primary business skill you need is a strategy to manage that fear. Some fears are just fears. But most fears can be managed if you first realize they are actually questions, and then work toward fi

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But it always comes back to the source, to the idea and the degree of passion and skill to communicate it to those who will respond. When a human being attempts to move that inner awareness into an outer concrete expression in form, he is what we currently label as an artist.

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In 1984 Suzi Gablik made this observation about the effect that Modernism, and Post-Modernism, had upon art and culture: that the “values of the marketplace” had replaced or undermined any sense of a “meaning-giving function” in the art being created. Artists found themselves in a cultural and economic system that r

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So here's the thing about circumstances: we consider them obstacles influencing our abilities to reach goals. In which case we lose momentum, stall in creative endeavors until, suddenly, we're standing still. So if you are setting goals for 2014, consider...

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*This is one of my favorite posts, written in 2010 - although the art coaches I respect have evolved into more than event planners. For artists, the Internet can provide access to up-to-date advice by industry professionals on how to...

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The Critical Eye is a convenient catch word for a lot of stuff. Usually it means that you can't see your own mistakes (you have no critical eye), or, you always see your own mistakes magnified (now your critical eye...

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After reading the book Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity, discussed in my previous post, I realized that, like many artists, I tend to be predominantly experimental. There may be many reasons for this....

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We have all heard the "Young Geniuses and Old Masters" description of artists, epitomized by Picasso and Cezanne. The distinction was based on the age when the artist peaked, producing his best work and contributing his greatest contribution to art....

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During the first years of this recession I worked at an art gallery, and while the slow decline in sales was disappointing, I was surrounded by people who appreciated the value of original art. However, this year I have been...

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The idea of a risky strategy makes you clench up. The words are full of negativity, of dire results or parental condemnation, or at the very least a moment of staring into the mirror and wondering how you could have...

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So this post is just for fun and to show you some of my process - both painting and conceptual. I privately think of my style as conceptual realism, although it bears no connection to what is known as Conceptual...

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George Inness was compulsive when it came to achieving perfection, to the point where he regularly destroyed more paintings by doing “some little repainting” than he completed successfully. At one point his insistence to fix some small thing that disturbed...

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Most artists realize - sooner or later - that we can't do it alone. We need partnerships, people who support what we do, and to whom we offer our support in return. This form of generosity is best when it...

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Garden in the Morning, Oil on linen Whenever we enter the studio we face challenges. In my own work, these revolve around the technical aspects of balance in the texture, brushwork, edges and color. That was part of the story...

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So I finished a painting today. And started it four hours before I finished. Not particularly remarkable, one could say, but it is a nice painting at this point, sitting there waiting for me to study it over the next...

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Years ago I attended a workshop in Florence, Italy, to learn more about Renaissance Art. We were fortunate to have private lectures and personal tours of the museums by a notable Art History Professor, as well as day trips to...

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What you think you know about color - without discovering what you don't know - will only keep you working in the same place, repeating the same color mistakes, without understanding why. My art professors, all coming from a contemporary...

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We spent the weekend cutting down a curly willow tree that had grown too large for the space in our back yard. As each branch came down I mourned the loss of this tree I loved and often painted, yet...

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Muddy color is one of those criticisms that is hard to define, falling into the "I know it when I see it" category. I would like to share my recent experience into how I identify muddy color in my work...

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...might not be as urgent when viewed within the larger picture. Artists who begin at a later age often feel disadvantaged: they've lost too much time and need to catch up. I felt that way, worrying about the time I...

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Our collective artistic mythology holds that a true artist is one who devotes all of his time to the craft - it's part of the unspoken bias that if you work at it part-time you are only partly invested. I...

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