Pick Your Favorite Artists and Painters

After two weeks of political conventions and energized social media, I thought it might be time for a poll that offers choices a little less contentious and fraught with polarization. This week we want to talk about art. Who are your favorite artists? Do you appreciate the grand old masters like Da Vinci or Michelangelo? Wouldn't you just love to see the Mona Lisa smile in real life? Or perhaps you find Van Gogh's tormented life and gorgeous transcendent paintings the most inspiring?...more
My favorite panting of of time is Starry Night....I have always loved that painting since I ...more

Contest: A Wall Art Challenge for Artists by UncommonGoods.com

Do you dream of selling your artwork at UncommonGoods? Now is the perfect time to enter your original artwork in a contest sponsored by UncommonGoods for a chance to produce a limited edition run of prints to be sold by UncommonGoods this summer.GRAND PRIZE: $500 + 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints...more

Pirates Have Stolen My Cowboys

The internet is fueled by images and Google seaches.  We are living in a visual media culture.  Have you ever thought about the person behind the image?  Have you thought about the photographer who took the photograph or the artist who created the illustration or the designer?...more

More That An Artist's Way

What is the meaning of a love/hate relationship with your chosen work? If you're a writer, like every other artist I've ever known, you cannot put away your creative impulses.If you're not allowed to write, you might take up some other form of creative design that allows you to paint pictures--i.e. photography, music, cooking, crafting, sewing, etc. Creativity must be released. The consequences of not releasing those impulses are not to be contemplated....more

I'd Like to Thank the Anonymous Lover

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home I was visiting with my sister over the holidays and we got to talking.We talked about kids, work, movies, music, all kinds of stuff. You know the way girls are.Our conversation touched briefly on Adele, and how much we are floored by her voice....more

After the Fair

Last year Anne-Marie wrote about attending local art fairs in Chicago and she shared where to find some of those artists after the fair season in a two part series here and here. This is one of many passions that Anne-Marie and I share....more

Stories ~ Comfort for the Soul

Stories, poetry, and the visual arts⎯all have a personal resonance for me. I want to play in their beauty, the truth of their perpetrators, wrap myself in their mystery and endless imaginings. Stories allow both author and reader to explore a character, a situation, or a place (basically everything) from any and all perspectives. Annie Dillard wrote In the Writing Life, “Push it. Examine all things intensely and relentlessly. Probe and search each object in a piece of art....more

Thank you!

Yes, writing soothes me, and helps me to figure out who I am and what I think and ...more

DIY on Demand Marketplaces for Designers (and the Rest of Us)

There was a day when designers, artists and other creatives were limited to the Zazzle and CafePress marketplaces to offer their creations on demand....more

Little Artists Making A Difference & Some (Literal) Change

Kids are amazing. The way that they view and approach life never ceases to amaze me. That's why the story of Aidan touches my heart. Aidan is a five-year-old boy recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. To help combat medical costs, Aidan, with the help of his parents, is selling his artwork online. ...more

The Miracle of Music

I’ve been thinking a lot about music lately. I love it! There was a time where I kept music around me constantly. I had a stereo in my bedroom for my afternoon listening pleasure and to send me off to dream land every night, in my bathroom to help me get ready for school, a walkman for when I was on foot or in the car with my mom, and music videos on TV to learn the choreography of the hottest new song.  My freshman year of college, I was referred to as “that girl with the big headphones on” or to my dorm neighbors below me, “the girl who blasts Mary J....more