Greg Mason Burns

Blog

Choose Your Palette Based on What You Want to Paint

Choosing your palette is not as difficult as you may think. Let me give you an example. I’m also a rock climber. Some climbers take all of the gear they think they may need during a climb while others only take the gear they anticipate that they’ll need. I had one climbing friend ask another partner one day, “So what gear do you take with you?” The second answered, “It depends on the climb.” And so it is with your palette. Choose your palette, don’t let it choose you. Look, I get it, some people like the palette they work

Read More »

The Future of Selling Art: Why This Is a Good Thing

Yeah, I know, there are thousands of artists peddling their works on eBay, but how many of them auction in the hundred’s of thousands of dollars? If they’re coming straight from the artist then the answer is none, but why can’t there be high-priced auctions over the Internet like there are in famous auction houses? Well, eBay and Phillips are teaming up to do just that, and that’s great news for everyone. Why? Because this is the future of art. Think for a moment where artists sell. Mostly it’s to collectors via brick and mortar galleries, websites, at fairs, or

Read More »

The History of Plein Air Painting: A Documentary

Put together by Plein Air Magazine, this Outside the Lines documentary on the history of Plein Air painting is a good watch. It’s about 38 minutes long, and covers American and European lines. The cinematography is excellent, too. A lot of history here, so enjoy: My own history with plein air painting is turbulent. I’ve never considered myself a great drawer, and I’ve always felt that drawing is something a plein air painter needs to excel at. I’m sure abstract works can be done plein air as well. But all the plein air painters I see these days are doing

Read More »

Kindness Can Save the Arts

  Kindness Can Save the Arts I do a fair amount of research on the art world in general, and occasionally I come across something that strikes me as appropriate and smart. As was such with this quote by Paul Warwick, co-producer of China Arts in the UK, that I found in this Guardian article about Why Radical Kindness is the Key to Artistic Development. Paul said: “…developing art and developing artists are not always the same thing. Giving loads of money to already successful artists or companies to make a show is not artist development, it’s a commission. Artist

Read More »

How to Buy Art if You’re Not a Millionaire in Six Easy Steps

We’ve all heard about the famous artist getting auctioned off for millions of dollars, and we’ve all heard about the starving artist as well. However there’s two sides to this: it’s not just the non-famous artist who’s getting left out, but also those who’d like to buy art but have a standard middle-class mortgage to pay. This article is for those who’d love to decorate their home or office with some art they love but typically can’t afford it. Here are six steps on how to buy art in a good way: Find an Artist You Like This means doing

Read More »

The Golden Ratio is Bullshit

Golden Ratio is a Myth I’ve suspected this for some time, and I finally got an article that shows this, albeit in a more practical way. The Golden Ratio is kind of a crap number when it comes to nature, art, and design. Now, the author, John Brownlee, suggests the Golden Ratio (or, more simply, 1:6) isn’t practical for mathematical reasons. He firstly says that the number isn’t just 1.6, or 1.6180 as he notes. In fact, the ratio is much like pi in the sense that it just keeps on going and going. This makes any design based on

Read More »