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More Artful Links

January 2012 juror Allen Beland.

Once again, we’ve been saving useful and interesting links to share with our artists. See below for this edition’s links, and click away!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our school catalog for new classes you might like to try — the Winter term starts January 7. Three workshops happening the first weekend of January may be of particular interest to professional artists: Photographing Your Artwork, Basic Matting and Framing, and Wood Frame Cutting and Joining.

  • Painting with a Broad Brush:  It’s not a bad thing, at least in the literal sense, as the familiar saying would suggest. This recent Artist Daily blog post by Will Kemp explains the advantages to throwing out your detail brush. (It’s an approach often mentioned by the Art League painting instructors in our YouTube demos.) Kemp quotes John Singer Sargent: “Start with a broom and end with a needle.”
  • Flickr for Artists: Artist and blogger Kristy Hall wrote this article, part one of a series on why and how to use Flickr to host and share images of your artwork. Flickr gets lots of traffic and is a great place to get more exposure if used correctly. The Art League is on Flickr, too — check us out here.
  • Etsy Blog: We’ve been finding lots of interesting reading on Etsy’s blog, including their “Short Stories” series on the backstories behind the creation of objects, their post on the forgotten art of tinsel painting, and the interesting ideas behind the Museum of Bad Art.
  • Antiques Roadshow: Whether you’re interested in art history or just want to see some cool stuff, the huge archive of appraisal videos from the PBS show Antiques Roadshow is worth a look. Click on the “object details” tab to search by medium, form, materials, and time period to find videos from past shows. Their website has hundreds of objects archived, like Japanese woodcuts, Art Deco glass, and 18th century textiles.

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