Category: musings

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New artist studios in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver announced that an unused City property will be leased to the Arts Factory to convert into shared studio space. The Arts Factory is comprised…

donating to an art auction, is it bad for artists

Donating to a charity art auction – Is it bad for the artist?

Charity auctions frequently ask artists for donations. It is a common request as every community has many charities who rely on events where donated items, including art, are…

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Interview

Interview reprinted from the Opus newsletter Layer by Layer: Is it a painting, a print, or a photograph? Vancouver artist Ellen Scobie talks about blurring the lines between…

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Down by the Water

Reflections on Abstract Art I was listening to Tom Allen’s radio show, Shift, on CBC2, as I usually do weekday afternoons. Tom commented on the song Down By…

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Process and Materials

A client recently asked me about my artistic process. This client is an avid collector of serigraphs, lithographs, pastel drawings and original acrylic paintings but my work is…

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Creating meaning

The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not the goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning. Wassily Kandinsky Over…

Is a title important to an artwork?

I cannot fully explain a piece of art in words. Like many other artists, I would prefer that the art speaks for itself. As has been often repeated,…

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Just one more awesome thing

Neil Pasricha started a blog a few years ago called 1000awesomethings.com. It was during a time in his life when nothing seemed to be going right and he…

Gleaning and Giving Thanks

I watched an interesting show on the Knowledge Network last night, The Gleaners. A French film maker went around filming people who made use of what other people…

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Talking About Contemporary Abstract Art

Artists frequently get questions on “what is their art about”. It is only natural that people look at the art with the intention of making some sort of…