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Art Blather 2013
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Holiday Prints
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Holiday Prints!
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Still Not Dead Yet
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Happy 2011!
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Art Blather 2013
Wrote this in response to a student regarding art assignments with specific themes, but since I hadn't verbalized these ideas in a while, I thought I would post it here as well.  She wondered what was wrong with just drawing pretty pictures.  The answer, I think, is nothing: As an artist you are throwing your work out into the world, and hoping it connects with an audience. The strength of that connection, its resonance, is, I think, the measure of good art. All art is expression; meaning is its interpretation. Good work will always create a resonance in the audience's imagination, a meaning they draw from it and that draws them to it, wheth
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Holiday Prints!
I LIVE I have made a whole bunch more images available as prints!  Classic Holiday cards are now available for your Yuletide needs.  I have also made more options available-- magnets, mouse pads, postcards!  And you can now buy Golden Dream as a large print or even as a wrapped canvas.  Please head on over to my shop! More stuff soon.
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Happy 2011!
Year of the Rabbit, huh?  I should get on that... oh well, the lunar new year is still some way off. I cleared my new Watches, which had become too numerous to thank personally.  Thank you all for being so wonderful!  (And patient.) I don't make a lot of resolutions specifically on New Year's Day, but my intention this year is (among other things) to post art at least once a week. See you soon!
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Rock Band 3
I'm a Rock Band freak, mainly I play the drums but I also like to sing (if you could call it that).  RB3 adds a keyboard, which has me excited (I used to play piano and *cough* accordion). I played all evening yesterday, and the game is incredibly good so far: they addressed virtually all of my very few gripes from the previous game-- Your band members are there no matter what mode you're playing in; they added hi-hat functionality to pro drums; you can build setlists for quickplay and rate songs so that the ones you hate don't come up on shuffle; if you fail out of a difficult song halfway through a set you can still finish the set; keyboar
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'Composing Pictures' Back in Print!
Don Graham was an instructor at the Chouinard Art Institute (later CalArts) from the 1930's to the late '60s.  He also taught evening art classes at the young Disney studio for many years.* His seminal work Composing Pictures was a epiphany to me. Among other things, it taught me that from a compositional standpoint there is no difference between abstract and representational art, and that good composition is the most important aspect of a graphic work (a lesson I continually forget). It's one of those books that every artist should read, but like most such books, it has been long out of print. I had to pay through the nose for my copy, which
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