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A New Website Means Free Art

Want to get a free piece of art? Read this blog post to learn how, and you’ll be adding or even starting your very own art collection before you know it.

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Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity
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Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity

  Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity, is a seven-artist exhibit that I have both curated and am in as an artist. The show runs at the UMVA Gallery at 516 Congress Street in Portland, Maine for the month of May, 2022. The artists, including me, are: Alan Crichton, Arthur Nichols, Liz Prescott, Rabee Kiwan, Ed Nadeau, and Jack Silverio. I created this exhibit as an attempt to show how watercolor has many varieties of work. I believe most people think of watercolor as great washes of landscapes and portraits. But I have often worked in the abstract, and many

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Cityscape Series: Behind the Paintings

These cityscape paintings are some of the first that I did as an artist. It is not a coincidence that I created them when I first moved to Brazil. There’s a huge difference between small-town Maine and big-city Brazil, and it’s not the type of difference you get between small towns and big cities anywhere. I had lived in several cities before moving to Brazil, but the level of caution that I needed to exercise with regards to violence was vastly different in Brazil than those other cities. I went from a sense confidence in being calm to always on

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Walking on Both Sides Part 3 is a mixed media collage using newspaper headlines to contrast reality.
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Manipulation of the Art Market

The manipulation of the art market is the stuff of legends and actually pretty transparent. It’s run “in secrecy” by the super wealthy in a way to make them more wealthy. It’s about intimidation, and that game works for them. This is why I always tell people to buy what they like. Don’t buy art to match the décor (the art will outlast the décor) and don’t buy art to compete as an investor either (the game is rigged before you even enter it). Artists suffer the worst consequences, but there is a way to solve this: buy local artists

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Manipulation #11 - House on Newcastle is an abstract photo of Galway, Ireland using oil pastel and acylic paint with red, green, and blue coloring.
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The NFT Market is a Massive Ponzi Scheme

Seriously, if you’re considering getting into the NFT market, seller beware. It is not really buyer beware if you can convince people to jump into the game. Simply put, the more people in the game the easier it is to sell and make a profit. I can’t say it as well as Canadian Artist Kimberly Parker puts it, so you should read her article posted below. In short, she did a massive data scrape of those markets that sell NFTs, and the results show that the average artist actually loses money, and that data are skewed by the very few

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Essen Coal #1 is an abstract photo of the Welterbe Zollverein mine in Essen, Germany.
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Reception Theory as a Visual Art

Introduction of Reception Theory as a Visual Art Reception Theory as a visual art can be described as thus: Imagine a town, or a village, that does not exist in our reality but we know it is there nonetheless. We cannot visit it or touch the buildings or talk In order for this town to exist, this town must have been created before. And it was, by two entities. Actually, it was not created by two entities, but by the void that exists between the two entities instead. The town exists in the void. One entity (the communicator) provides the information of

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