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Comic Book Artwork by Chad Hardin


illustration of woman in a graveyardCreepy (Promotional)

Chad Hardin, our featured artist for the day, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now lives in Utah. He spent some time as an illustrator for a video game company, before deciding to start pursuing a career as a comic artist. His portfolio is filled with gorgeous comic book artwork – images that are incredibly and realistically detailed, but with the action-packed, dramatically lit style of modern superhero comics…

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Art Material Safety: Inhalation, Ingestion and Absorption


illustration showing inside of body

 

If you have ever wondered about the safety of some of the materials that you are using in your art practice? Let's open up the topic so you can be better informed. Here are three ways to raise your awareness about safety in the art studio. There are three ways you can be exposed to toxins and irritants in art material:

 

1. Inhalation - inhaling fumes or particles through the mouth or nose into the lungs

2. Absorption - by touching…

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Narrative Photography by Ted Diamond


sunset photography with man and suitcaseSunset Cape May

Photographer Ted Diamond talks a lot about the American Flag in his artist’s statement, however to focus only on that would be to overlook some of the other interesting work that he has produced.

 

I am quite taken with Ted’s series “A Man and His Bag” – which, at a glance is fairly self-explanatory, but upon a longer look is a great exercise in narrative photography, and tells an open-ended story that is up to…

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Take Advantage Of The Present: Draw Something Now


drawing of rabbit with vines along the border and text in the middle

Art by Chuck Groenink

 

Each day we seek balance - the type of balance that in turn supports our creative practice as artists. It's laundry, personal accounting, groceries, cleaning  In our efforts to manage our daily tasks and responsibilities we don't get the opportunity to create art as much as we'd like. A type of pressure builds up - for me I can start to feel anxious if I don't think I'll have time to work within the next 24…


Studio Sundays: Sculptor Aaron Curry


artist studio with large red paintings on the walls
Aaron Curry is a sculptor from Texas who uses plywood, metal, spray paint and other materials to create large, anthropomorphic forms that seem to change depending on the angle they are seen from.  His studio space, located in a large warehouse in Los Angeles, California, must be big enough to accommodate many of these forms along the walls, as well as work tables stuffed full of paint and other supplies.

 

A recent motif in Curry’s…

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Layers of Colour: Painting by Timothy J. Sullivan


abstract painting with white and yellow paintsLeaping Into Freedom, acrylic on wood panel

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist who works in a less traditional manner than simple brushstrokes. His technique of scraping away layers of media to reveal the colours and patterns beneath creates images that are at once grounded by grid-like lines, and made up of ethereal notions of colour.

 

Timothy’s arsenal of tools includes palette knives, brushes and even painting rags, all of which…

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Artists: On Doing What You Love

 

When I worked at the art supplies shop I met many people who gave me practical advice about being an artist. The one that stuck with me the most is that it is important to be persistent in your dreams of being an artist. In other words, don't give up. Over the years of working there I met many people who were returning to art at an older age. They were another reminder to me - be persistent and don't give up. I was amazed at their…

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Get Excellent Photos of Your Artwork: Hire a Photographer


photographer looking through camera at painting on wall

 

Truth time: Many artists experience feelings of financial stinginess when it comes to hiring a photographer to document their artwork. If you have secretly felt this way and insisted on taking your own sub par photos here's another way to think of it.

 

1. Every time you pay a trusted expert to document your work you are investing in promoting the best and most professional version of yourself and your artwork. I always feel good…

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Painting With Sound: The Work Of Martin Klimas


colorful paint splash

 

Today I'm hoping that you can draw some inspiration from these incredible artworks from artist Martin Klimas. Likened to Jackson Pollock in 3-d, the artist uses music to cause the paint to vibrate upwards and then captures this beautiful phenomenon with expert photography. Stunning to behold, these images are created by many different types of music from Kraftwerk to Miles Davis. I love how the colours mix together within the…

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Wildly Energetic Work by Franck De Las Mercedes


collage art of man surrounded by colourful shapesInstruction Guide for Self-Fathering (Indifference Not Included), acrylic and collage

Franck De Las Mercedes was born in Nicaragua and emigrated to the US as a child, growing up in New York.  His work could be described as psychedelic, frenetic, and at times even anxious. While the bright, garish colours of his paintings may not immediately invite the viewer in, a closer look at these artworks has great rewards.

 


artwork of circles lines and shapes with textNature Interrupted…

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Collaborative Public Art: M. Simon Levin


man and woman in front of gold disccode.lab

M. Simon Levin, our featured artist for today, often works collaboratively and in public spaces. Looking through Simon’s online gallery I find many examples of spatial, scultptural and technological concepts in installation art. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Simon teaches at Emily Carr University.


close photograph of a sculptureC4SALTX

Because of the spatial nature of Simon’s work, much of his documentation is provided in the form of a description…


Following Up After The Studio Visit


paper and pin that says follow up

 

After you have a studio visit with a fan or potential client are you missing the opportunity to follow-up? Following up helps to set the tone for future communications and should happen within a day or two from the studio visit.

 

Here are some tips for you on following up:

 

1.  Thank the person for coming to the studio.

2. Invite them to any events that you have coming up - an art auction or exhibition that you are participating…


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