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And Smile Studio reviews Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry and Pearl Sets One of my favourite watercolour sets, that I own, is a Kuretake set of 36 different colours. I love how opaque these watercolours are. And I love good quality shiny paints! So I was very excited to try the Kuretake Pearl Colours and the Kuretake Starry Colours sets.

Frederick Hammersley on painting It seems to me, the “fewer the parts, the stronger the whole.’ ~ Frederick Hammersley.

Preview: COSMOS at bluedot 2018 So bluedot festival's back around, and my search history is full of stuff like 'quasar', 'pulsar' and 'gravitational lenses'. The festival of electronic music, science and tech-driven art all takes place around Jodrell Bank's Lovell Telescope, a colossal structure that makes me think of the word 'Sputnik', in a good way.

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire Emily Spicer reviews Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire at the National Gallery, London, on view through October 7, 2018. Spicer writes that the show centers around Cole's "The Course of Empire series, which charts the rise and fall of civilisation over five canvases – a cautionary tale of the dangers of imperial greed and corruption.

Ellen Berkenblit: Interview Brian Alfred talks to painter Ellen Berkenblit. Berkenblit comments: "If I let myself do what I naturally do physically, with a canvas, there are elements that are continuous. They're like a diary, they keep morphing, they change.

Dennis Hollingsworth: Dawned on Me Dawned on Me: 2008 #558* 4"x5" Oil on Canvas. *A ten year old little painting, I've kept it up in the studio until I decided to give it to a very very young friend to start her own collection. Therefore this new entry of an old piece for my archive.

Aubrey Levinthal: Interview Antrese Wood talks to painter Aubrey Levinthal. Levinthal remarks: "The answers are in the paint… I always felt like a had to have an idea to go forward or I had to 'know a lot'… to make a painting and I think that creates blocks. Now, I either go and feed my eyes or just go into the studio and paint.

Jasper Galloway on painting The place I go to paint – my studio at the end of the garden – is like a time warp. I have no idea how long I spend in there playing with the paints.’ ~ Jasper Gallowa…

Reflecting on Mark Rothko by Norbert Marszalek With my recent trip to Boston that included a captivating visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, I was fortunate enough to catch the Mark Rothko: Reflection exhibition. I have written on similar Rothko experiences when traveling: seeing the Rothko Chapel in Houston and the exhibition Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko in Washington DC.

Fiction: Brooklyn Bento Box As she prepares for a mother-daughter photo shoot, the artist begins to worry about her family, neighborhood gentrification, and critics who may like the off-canvas tableau of mother-daughter creativity more than her new paintings. Brooklyn Bento Boxby Ara Tucker.

Yvonne Robert on painting The challenge is to produce a reduced picture without it seeming ordinary.’ ~ Yvonne Robert.

105. Geoff Hands writes on Patrick Heron at Tate St. Ives Patrick Heron is at Tate St Ives, 19 May - 30 September 2018. If you owned a few Herons how would you display them in your house? If you had over forty in your dream collection, and a mansion sized amount of wall space, you might mix things up a bit.

Julia Bloom on painting In all of my work, light and shadow are critical elements.’ ~ Julia Bloom.

Marc Chagall & the People's Art School Wilson Tarbox reviews Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-garde in Vitebsk, 1918–1922, on view at the Centre Pompidou, Paris through July 16, 2018.

Dona Nelson: In Conversation Leeza Meksin interviews painter Dona Nelson whose exhibition Stand Alone Paintings is on view at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College through August 12, 2018. Nelson remarks: "I am interested when architecture does not dominate the experience of the paintings.

Ewelina Bochenska: Interview Michael Rutherford interviews painter Ewelina Bochenska. Bochenska remarks: "Painting is the most difficult thing there is, yet it is so magical and mysterious, almost miraculous. It is about liberation, freedom. Freedom from oneself and freedom from the known.

A Piquant Sojourn Commentaries and critiques on the visual and performing arts in the greater Canton, Ohio area "A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know." ― Diane Arbus "All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability.

David Humphrey on William John Whittemore I like thinking, though, that the painting makes a complete body out of dispersed heterogeneous parts, a complicated body constrained and subdivided by guardrails, pedestals, canvas edges, bowler hats and neckties.

Mark Fairnington: Walking, Looking and Telling Tales Contemporary painter Mark Fairnington is celebrated for his interrogations of the ways in which natural history collection specimens are organised and interpreted. His work is often hyper-realistic with a twist of the surreal, giving us intensified ways of seeing other creatures and subtly questioning the cultural attitudes involved.

Interview with Benjamin Murphy prior to Lavish Entropy his latest solo exhibition It's a roasting hot day in the city of London and the team at the Delphian Gallery have just finished the hang of Benjamin Murphy's latest exhibition, 'Lavish Entropy'. As we now expect from work by Murphy, it's another black and white spectacular using the electrical tape which has become his trademark.

Gerhard Richter on painting I’m still very sure that painting is one of the most basic human capacities, like dancing and singing, that make sense, that stay with us, as something human.’ ~ Gerhard Ric…

Mixed Media and Lively Openings It's summer, so the art scene is easy-with a wide range of cool openings that help beat the heat. It was a hot, steamy evening at PØST gallery in the Bendix Building last night, but that didn't stop an excited and engaged crowd from enjoying the wide array of print-based art in "Spell Check," curated by Dani Dodge.

Bridgeman Studio Award 2018 Bridgeman Studio Award 2018. Bridgeman Images are excited to announce the Bridgeman Studio Award 2018. Now in its 5th year, Bridgeman Studio Award is the fastest growing contemporary art competition for artists, illustrators, and fine art photographers.

Yasmine Diaz Just inside the house comprising the Women's Center for Creative Work is a cozy den that, except for its moody lighting and nostalgic decor, seems to fit right into its residential setting.

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