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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.

Starting-Out Artists: Are Your Career Expectations Realistic?

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The 1980s generated the idea of the fine artist as rock star, coming on fast and furious at a young age, entering the international art circuit, cashing in quickly because no one lasts more than a decade. It can happen, it has happened, but it doesn't happen very often.

The Disappearing Art Catalogue Essay

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Many gallery exhibition catalogues continue to include critical essays, but most gallery owners claim that buyers are sold on the images, rather than what is said about them and who is saying it.

'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.