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Reversing the Clock

Taking care of the nation's treasures requires art, history and even molecular science

Treasures from the past need preserving. Too many families who have put their old photographs in a cardboard box in the attic or folded their antique linens and left them in the basement know the heartbreak of seeing...

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What Makes a Painting a Painting?

It used to be simple: wet paint on a flat surface. No more. Today painting can include photography, digital prints, sculpture, and a host of other materials—but not necessarily paint

By Linda Yablonsky

T he older painting gets as an art form, the harder it gets to describe. Is a painting that doubles as a video still a painting? What is a painting that is also a print? What about the painting that is a collage, a cartoon, graffiti, or some other form of illustration? Artists have long incorporated objects into paintings on canvas, but what should we call a work if no paint or canvas is involved? Is a painting made with nothing but fabric or putty still a painting? And what kind of a painting takes up not just a whole wall but the space of an entire room? It used to be so simple...

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The 10 Most Faked Artists

By Milton Esterow

Back in 1940 Newsweek reported that out of 2,500 paintings produced by Corot, 7,800 were in the United States . In 1953 ARTnews stated that there was a “saying in France that Corot painted 2,000 canvases, 5,000 of which are in America .”

In 1957 the Guardian in London noted that Corot painted 5,000 works, of which 10,000 were in the United States . And in 1990 Time magazine let it be known that “it used to be said” that Corot painted 800 pictures in his lifetime, of which 4,000 ended up in U.S. collections.

Art historians have noted that Corot sometimes authorized poor artists who imitated him to...

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Art Eyeku

The art of: Expressing scenes with meaningful emotions and poignant words.

This is an aid to artists to solidify their seeing abilities, allowing one to see the possibilities in the simple, mundane and seemingly ordinary, as well as the awe inspiring.

Robert Genn of Painters Key’s has coined the term “Eyeku”. It is inspiring and thought stimulating for anyone. When sketching or making thumbnail sketches, it is helpful to write eyku to help remember the additional information of our senses that the image alone does not reveal. In and of itself it can be an inspiration to take you away for a moment to another place and time. They can be quite poetic, or just wonderful visualizations. Write them often and always when drawing or painting. They can enhance your joy of life. Pass them on to friends for a wonderful thought of the day.

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Quotes Worth Considering

"Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it." (Frank Tyger)

" Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love."--Claude Monet

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be." ~ Abraham Maslo

 

Seven Da Vincian Principles

Curiosita - An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Dimostrazione - A committment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and willingness to learn from mistakes.

Sensazione - The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.

Sfumato (literally "going up in smoke") - A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

Arte/Scienza - The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination.  "Whole-brain" thinking.

Corporalita - The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

Connessione - A recognition and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena.  Systems thinking.

Referenced from - The How to Think like Leonardio da Vinci Workbook

written by: Michael J. Gelb