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Robert Maynord
In 1988, Robert Maynord received a Masters degree in Art and Consciousness Studies, and later a Ph.D. in Education. When he was in graduate school in Berkeley, he studied with well known, highly creative and active artists from all around the San Francisco Bay Area. This led to the forming of a recording label, and further studies in visual art. Currently, his paintings are in several Wisconsin galleries, and he has an on-line art supplies web site called The Art Treehouse. The Art Treehouse is based on the idea that: 1) It should be possible to do art in the studio or home without worrying about toxic materials, and 2) it should be possible for artists to have a greater mix of both control and freedom when working with their own art materials. Knowledge and experience are essential to accomplishing these two goals. The Art Treehouse web site is at

Blog Entries by Robert Maynord

The Art of Angels

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 8:53 AM

There is a tendency to think of works of art as frozen in time, dropped like manna from heaven by some master artist. The master artist creates the art work during a flash of inspiration, and offers it as a one time gift to all of humankind. The finished work...

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Artists and the New Normal

(21) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 1:33 PM

An artist friend of mine recently sold one of her paintings in a local gallery. Excited about the sale, she posted a photo of the painting on Facebook for her friends to see. Before long, she received several "likes" and soon another local artist offered his thoughts. The other artist...

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The Best Secret of the Masters

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 6:37 PM

Currently there is a revival of interest in the techniques of historic master painters. Artists sometimes are fascinated by the search for a "secret" that makes old master paintings last so long and look so great. One often mentioned "secret" is the development of a stable varnish by the Flemish...

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Art Practice: Goodbye to Turpentine

(58) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 6:59 PM

It is common for an art student to show up for the first day of painting class and discover that other students in the room will be brushing with various solvents such as turpentine, mineral spirits, and odorless mineral spirits (OMS). In the last painting class I attended, two students...

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