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Raymond Berry: 'Hidden Hanover' at Randolph-Macon College

John Seed | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Raymond Berry: "It is distressing to see creative people caught in the trap of trying to be someone else other than who they really are. They mimic others, they borrow others personal alchemy, and they take short cuts rather than earn something with hard work and a personal journey."

The Artists Behind Those Courtroom Artists' Paintings

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Jane Rosenberg has to choose carefully whom she tells what to: "When I go to a party, if I tell people I'm a painter, they say, 'That's nice' and then they walk away; but if I tell them I'm a courtroom artist, they say 'Wow' and want to talk to me all night.

Some Risks, Along With the Pleasures, of Painting en Plein Air

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The 19th century was the great age of plein-air landscape painting, when artists left their studios and took to the outdoors to capture not a romanticized vision of nature but the real thing.

Repetition

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Many artists have had a bear-monomaniacal relationship with a theme, place, or subject: Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire; Josef Albers, squares; Jasper Johns, flags; Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral or haystacks or poplars; Giorgio Morandi, bottles; G. B. Piranesi, Roman ruins; or quite wonderfully, John Gibson, balls.

If Works of Art are 'Strikingly Similar,' Is That a Problem?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

One talks of "drawing from life," perhaps of being a "plein-air" artist, but the fact remains that most art looks more like other art than like life, ...

Debate: Must 'Plein Air' Be Defined?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

There are very few rules in art, but artists (like everyone else) want to know that terms are understood in the same way by everyone. Take, for example, the term "plein air."

'Plein-Air' Painting Has Its Drawbacks, too

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Dangers of painting outdoors can be quite real. One may include guns and flatbed trucks as plein-air accouterments, since a number of artists use one or the other.