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How Rejection Will Make You a Better Artist

Trying to sell your art frequently comes with a lot of rejection. Yet, persistence and lessons learned can lead you down the road to success. Here's why.

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10 Times People Accidentally Found Their Doppelgängers In Museums And Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes | Bored Panda

Do you find classic art a bit hard to relate to? So do we, but that could easily change with a find like the one these guys stumbled upon when they uncovered

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass | Mental Floss

Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion.

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14 Abstract Painters to Follow on Instagram – Design*Sponge

Lately I’ve found myself drawn to abstract art, as it feels like such a boundless territory. The painter Arshile Gorky once said “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.”

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Step-by-Step Tutorial: Painting Abstracts From a Photo

Learn how to paint abstracts using a reference photograph as a starting point and source of inspiration with this tutorial.

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How to Isolate a Moving Subject: Panning for Beginners

Panning with a moving subject is a great way to show motion whilst also separating your subject from the background. Learn how to achieve this effect in th

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Yayoi Kusama’s Art for the Instagram Age - The Atlantic

Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?

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Art that grows backwards: The abstract paintings of Erica Beck | Creative Boom

Having spent 12 years dependent upon technology, graphic designer [Erica Beck](www.eboriginalart.com) began to crave art that was meant to be cherishe...

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Explore these key elements to abstract art success

Whether you do abstract art, non-objective, or even realistic, you'll find at least one, if not more, of these 6 basic elements at work.

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How to Take More Risks in Street Photography

Dear friend, I think the reason why street photography is fun is because it is risky.

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Take up film photography in the digital age

Digital cameras may be easier to use, but many hobbyists still enjoy taking photos on film. Find out how, and why, you might want to try shooting on film.

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The Man Who Photographed a Forgotten America by Moonlight - Feature Shoot

Late Arrival, 2011 Diner, 2011 Noel Kerns is an American time traveler. His camera has taken him on road trips across Texas, down Route 66, and through the ghost towns of the American West. He’s found these bygone patches of the United States under the

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Alternative Painting Techniques Artists Love

These painting techniques have helped to redefine the face of art’s story and have helped to create the amazing arena which is present contemporary art

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The art of the album cover: New book features more than 500 examples, from Patti Smith to Kanye West

"Art Record Covers" traces album cover collaborations between visual artists and musicians from the last six decades.

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2017 SXSW Art Program Installations Announced

Announcing the inaugural SXSW Art Program, which includes a curated lineup of five installations. Learn more about this year's lineup...

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Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty | Art and design | The Guardian

Johannes Vermeer was so obscure he wasn’t even remembered when he died, let alone forgotten. But the French avant-garde rescued him – and showed the world his calm, unpretentious genius

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20 Pieces of Ballpoint Pen Art and Photorealistic Portraits

Explore over 20 examples of astounding photorealistic portraits that are examples of incredible ballpoint pen art from masters of pen drawing.

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The 10 Technologies That Defined Art This Year - artnwet News

Looking back at the year in art, we recall the technologies, both new and old, that have defined the look and feel of art in 2016.

Science & Technology | Tech

Everything You Need to Shoot Good-Looking Video With Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone, you already have what you need to make professional-looking videos. Whether you’re just dabbling or a video wizard, you can shoot videos so good-looking that people won’t believe you used a phone. Here’s how.

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We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche | Art and design | The Guardian

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works

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BBC - Culture - The moment that changed Picasso

A short trip to an ancient village was the catalyst for a profound shift in Picasso’s work – but it is often overlooked. Alastair Sooke finds out more.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Monet's 'Water Lilies' | Mental Floss

Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' is beloved around the world, a radiant example of French Impressionism and the glory found in nature. But their path from the artist’s yard to museum walls was one paved with obstacles, perfectionism—and a lot of gardenin

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15 Pics That Show Photography Is The Biggest Lie Ever | Bored Panda

The internet is full of beautiful and amazing photographs, but do you ever stop and wonder just what went into that perfect shot? I'm not just talking about the

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5 Tips to Capture Lightning | Sony | Alpha Universe

Don Smith's top tips for shooting daytime lighting...how to get the shot & keep safe!

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Twitter highlights female artists and their awesome illustrations · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

#visiblewomen is a Twitter tag dedicated to bringing attention to the massive number of female artists in the field of comics, character design, and concept art.

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Abstract #10, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

Another style of abstract. It's like early Pollock decided to paint stained glass. Or something like that. I like it. In person, it's clear that the texture is a big part of this painting.

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Autry’s 'Revolutionary Vision' mavericks took old school photos of nature and the West

84 years ago, as small cameras were revolutionizing photography, American photographers like Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham took a backward step.

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Exercise #1: Impressionism, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

This is an exercise in Impressionism inspired by another painting. I've always liked this style and wanted to see what I could do with it. I will be doing more-hopefully a lot more.

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Abstract #9, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

A friend described this as "George Jetson meets Warhol." Hopefully it's more Warhol than Jetson - mid-century without a lot of the cliches that go along with modern mid-century style art.

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This is What Different Light Modifiers Do for Studio Portraits

Starting out in studio portraiture and not sure what light modifier to choose to achieve the photo you want? In the post, we'll take a look at the differen

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Abstract #8, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

I am working on another painting right now that requires more detailed work. A few nights ago, I wasn't in the mood for that. So I did this instead!

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Cityscape #7, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

I am not sure how I feel about this one. I tried the white outlines as an experiment. I probably won't do that again. In person, the green background is very deep and has some interesting texture. This is one of those paintings that I am happy to be done with because it made me really excited to start the next one!

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Where to Find the World's Most Iconic Pieces of Art | Mental Floss

While traveling the world, the most spectacular sightseeing opportunities are sometimes indoors. Next time you’re touring Europe, visiting Chicago, or passing through New York, take some time off from touring famous monuments to duck into an art museum.

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Cityscape #6, Acrylic on Canvas | Josh Namm: Paintings

My newest painting. I am still trying to perfect that mid-century painting look.

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Analysis Reveals Lost Colors in Van Gogh's 'The Bedroom'

A version of Vincent van Gogh's The Bedroom (1888-1889) currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago looks a little different from the painting we're all familiar with. Instead of powder blue walls and a greenish-brown floor, the room has been updated with lavender walls and a red floor. This is no mistake. According to new forensic analysis reported by Science News, these were the shades originally chosen by van Gogh himself.

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #7, Acrylic on Canvas

Technically, this is a "quadriptych," but calling this"Quadriptych #1 seemed WAY too pretentious.

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Downtown L.A.'s hot art scene? It was just as happening in the '70s - LA Times

Jean Milant could have headed west when he moved his gallery and print shop from a Hollywood storefront. Instead, he decided to go east, away from the art world establishment, to set up his Cirrus Gallery and Cirrus Editions , the esteemed artist prints

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #6, Acrylic on Canvas

I went a little more subtle with the color this time.

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Prynt: Transforming an iPhone Into a Polaroid - Forbes

Two months ago, I previewed in this column several new future-like, functional iPhone cases that were soon coming to market. One of them, the Prynt Case, has hit virtual store shelves. Essentially, it's a one-inch thick sleeve that your iPhone slides into

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #5, Acrylic on Canvas

So this one is interesting. I didn't think it was finished. But someone whose opinion I really respect told me not to touch it because "it is done." So it's done.

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Photographer uses food to create amazing scenes - Business Insider

If only snow was actually powdered sugar.

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Miniature Cityscape #1, Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is small: 4" x 12", hence the "miniature" in my title. It's not a typical painting experience, and therefore not a typical painting (at least for me).

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This glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting - Telegraph

Photographer Michele Palazzo woke up extra early to capture this stunning image of the Flatiron building in New York during Storm Jonas

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The Art Institute will display Van Gogh's bedroom paintings next month

Vincent Van Gogh, arguably the most well-known post-Impressionist painter in the world, will have three versions of his painting The Bedroom exhibited...

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #4, Acrylic on Canvas

My newest painting. I am trying more and more to do the mid-century abstract thing.

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Why Big Auction Houses Want In On The Growing Outsider Art Craze

"I want this to be a part of the art world that people just can’t ignore."

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An Art Show Explores How Jackson Pollock Learned To Drip

MoMA's survey exhibition features large-scale paintings alongside his lesser-known lithographs and drawings.

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Scientists have uncovered exactly what makes a photo memorable - The Washington Post

How can any photographer take an image that will never be forgotten? For starters, quit taking nature photos, whether it’s a sunset, mountain range, lake or ocean. Those images are among the least distinctive, according to an MIT algorithm trained to recognize memorable photographs nearly as well as humans.

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Does ‘American Art’ Exist Anymore?

Every other year since 1895, the Venice Biennale has served as an international stage for some of the most interesting, daring artists working today. You might expect the Biennale to be a place where signs of nationalism abound in some form or another: After all, artists undergo a rigorous selection process by their respective countries before they’re sent to essentially compete against their foreign counterparts. (A jury awards a gold medal, the Golden Lion, to the best artist at the fair.)

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A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls with a palpable momentum of wind, fog and moonlight.

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How to Improve Any Photo in 8 or Less Steps | Light Stalking

When perusing photography articles and tutorials across the Web it’s not uncommon to encounter various takes on “getting it right in camera.” From exposure to white balance to composition, the idea is to get as many things as possible right in camer

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #3, Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas, with a heavy emphasis on spatial relationships, colors and textures. Or...insert whatever artsy jargon you like.

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Cityscape #5, Acrylic on Canvas

I want to keep doing cityscapes until I can get that mid-century vibe to them (not that I will stop at that point, but that is why I am painting so many right now). I think that I am getting closer. It needs to look like it stepped out of 1963! In general, I have an affinity for that kind of stuff. I also like that these kind of paintings set up a whole world that, for me at least, can encourage your imagination. By the way, this painting is much smaller than the others. It's actually fairly small in real life. But hey man, so was is the Mona Lisa.

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Reality-Bending Timelapses of Cities in Tilt-Shift | Mental Floss

Spoonfilm's series "Little Big World" makes cities look like adorable dollhouse worlds.

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A Beginner's Guide to Buying Camera Gear on eBay

Camera gear can be expensive, but one way to work around this issue is to purchase equipment used from online auction websites such as eBay. But it can be

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Josh Namm: Paintings: Abstract #2, Acrylic on Canvas

I know that abstract art isn't everyone's thing. And I also get the temptation to say that an artist must be able to paint realistically from life before he/she can legitimately paint abstract art. I don't buy that. This painting also started out life as a mountain, lake, outdoors kind of thing. At least in this case, it wasn't what I wanted to do.

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Josh Namm Paintings: Ship #1, Acrylic on Canvas

I am not thrilled with this one. But, it's my first time painting a ship and I am going to post all of my finished paintings, good or bad, on this blog. I have learned that I am not the best judge of my own work.

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Gustave Caillebotte's role in Impressionist history illuminated in 'Painter's Eye' - LA Times

In the late 19th century, everyone looked on Gustave Caillebotte as a leading painter of the Impressionists. He took part in five of the eight exhibitions that the Impressionists mounted. In fact, he organized and helped finance several of the shows. One

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Working Artist Has Developed Thick Skin For Sound Career Advice - The Onion - America's Finest News Source

RICHMOND, VA—Refusing to let constructive, practical advice get him down, painter-sculptor Marcus Chilton told reporters Wednesday that he has developed pretty thick skin for the countless pieces of sound career guidance that friends and family have attempted to give him over the last five years.

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Josh Namm Paintings: Cityscape #4, Acrylic on Canvas

It took me two years, but I finally painted a new one. I hope you enjoy it.

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Sony's new point-and-shoot is the point-and-shoot to end all point-and-shoots

A well-worn techie cliché asserts the best camera is the one you've got with you, and that usually means the smartphone sitting in your pocket. No

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Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge to Breathe New Life into Old Super 8 Film Cameras

A lot of film people have deep connections to Super 8 cameras, once the medium of choice for everyone from film school students to porn directors. But it's

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1913 color photos reveal vivid reds like you've never seen

Early Autochrome portraits portray a young woman in a surreal dreamland, cloaked in a striking red cape.

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Pro Photographers vs Non-Pro Photographers | Bob Mackowski

Have a hard time distinguishing the difference between professional images and non-professional snapshots? Please allow me a moment or two to show some specific differences and get into why you need a pro photographer for your wedding. Thanks to ...

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Highlights From A Never-Before-Published Interview With Henri Matisse | Co.Design | business + design

Design Observer has published an illuminating, long-lost interview with French artist Henri Matisse. Read some highlights here.

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Man and His Toy Airplane Optical Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Take a look at this amazing Man and His Toy Airplane Optical Illusion illusion. Browse and enjoy our huge collection of optical illusions and mind bending images and videos.

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Photographer Shoots a Portrait of Every Book Reader Spotted on the Subway

“The Last Book” is an interesting series of images collected by Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen, who spent 13 weeks over 3 years scouring the subway system of New York City for riders reading books. Every time he saw one, he would snap a picture and make a note of the book that was being read.

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Incredible street art tours - Telegraph

Street art is now a tourism force. Here are some of the best tours on offer.

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The Whitney's Website Has Been Revamped With 21,000 New Artworks | Mental Floss

The Whitney Museum of American Art will not be open in its new location until May, but if you're in desperate need of an art fix, you can peruse their newly updated online collection. Previously only containing 700 works, the website now boasts more than 21,000 pieces from 3000 different artists.

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$650m sales make Warhol top of the pop artists - News - Art - The Independent

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art,” Andy Warhol once said. By his own measure, the poster boy of pop art was the best artist of last year, topping international sales in 2014. A total of 1,295 works by Warhol fe

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These Dreamlike Photo Manipulations Were Created Using Only an iPhone

By day, Robert Jahns is a digital artist and art director based in Germany. By night, he's known as nois7 on Instagram and runs a popular account boasting

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How we restored Harvard’s Rothko murals without touching them

In 1989, I was a conservation student at the Courtauld Institute in London. During a class on varnish removal, my professor, Gerry Hedley, demonstrated how shining blue light on a picture with yellowed varnish made it seem as if the varnish had been cleaned away—returning the painting to how it originally had appeared.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Photography Without Touching Your Camera

Photographers! Let's talk a little about this! 5 Ways To Improve Your Photography Without Touching Your Camera

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The One Roll Challenge: What Would You Shoot if There Were Only One Roll of Film Left?

Inspired by Steve McCurry’s “The Last Roll of Kodachrome,” four Tokyo-based photographers took to the streets with only a single roll of 120 film and a Has

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Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne - My Modern Met

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchant…

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30 Links to the Finest Photos and Articles of the Week You Won’t Want to Miss!

With another week behind us we find Toad Hollow Photography searching all known points of the internet looking for links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs. This week’s list plays host to a wide variety of genres and topics, all posted by some of the finest artists working in the field contemporarily. We hope you enjoy checking out these photos and articles as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

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Four Smartphone Films That Are Actually Good | Magazine | WIRED

Elsa Jenna While you were using your iPhone to record your cat riding a Roomba, Hollywood types (and would-be Hollywood types) have used smartphones to create everything from heart-wrenching shorts to feature-length thrillers. There are a zillion smartpho