The Tondo – Circular Art

June 28, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Raphael's "Madonna della seggiola", currently in the collection of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy.

“Tondo” is a term used in art to describe paintings, sculptures and reliefs which are round, or circular. Circular canvases, panels and sculptures are quite unusual, and became especially popular in 15th Century Renaissance Italy…

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The Churches of Rome, Italy: Sant’Ignazio


Inside Sant'Ignazio Church in Rome, Italy.

This Beautiful Baroque Church is Worth a Visit for Its Amazing Trompe L’oeil Frescoes Step inside any church in Rome, Italy and you are sure to be amazed by glorious architecture, artwork, and religious artifacts. The Church of Saint Ignatius

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The Rudest Thing that I Have Ever Experienced as an Artist

June 19, 2015 | Posted in ART BUSINESS, CONVENTIONS | By

Portrait of Jack and Daniel from Stargate SG-1.

Artists quickly learn that they need to develop a thick skin in order to make it in their chosen field. Teachers and mentors—at least the good ones—will give their students honest, if sometimes brutal, feedback on their artwork. Critics can be merciless…and the general public even more so…

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The Churches of Rome, Italy: San Pietro in Vincoli


Michelangelo's Moses

Rome is one of Italy’s greatest cities, and the wealth of history and art contained within its churches is one of many reasons to visit. San Pietro in Vincoli, known in English as “Saint Peter-in-Chains,” is one such church that should most certainly be seen while in Rome…

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Why Reproducing Art is an Important Learning Tool for Artists

June 16, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

My reproduction of Lord Frederick Leighton's "Gulnihal".

Many beginning artists scoff at the idea of reproducing other artists’ work, especially when first presented with the idea in an art class or workshop. Of course, most artists become interested in painting because they have their own visions and ideas to share.

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Richard Estes: Painting New York City

May 9, 2015 | Posted in MODERN ART | By

"Richard Estes' Realism", published 2014.

An Exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design Celebrating a Quintessential New York Artist The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is currently running an outstanding exhibit of original works by Richard Estes, one of the

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Combine Travel and Learning with an Art Workshop Vacation

April 14, 2015 | Posted in ART, TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Artist Frank Covino working with a student during a workshop in his Vermont studio.

Whether you are a novice painter or an aspiring professional artist, an art workshop can be a great way to expand and hone your skills while enjoying a unique vacation. One can travel to a new destination domestically or even internationally while creating great works of art – and enjoying the company of fellow art enthusiasts.

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Why Artists Should Avoid Vanity Galleries

April 2, 2015 | Posted in ART BUSINESS | By

Photograph by BurnAway at Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

I am a visual artist as well as a freelance writer, and some time ago received an email which piqued my curiosity…

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Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington

March 26, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

When one thinks of America’s first president, George Washington, the image that likely comes to mind is the likeness captured by American painter Gilbert Stuart. After all, his “Portrait of George Washington” – also known as “The Athenaeum Portrait” – became the basis for the image on the American one dollar bill…

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Caravaggio in Naples: 3 Paintings You Must See

February 12, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

"The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula".

The legacy and triumph of the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi o Amerighi da Caravaggio–known most commonly as simply Caravaggio—has become increasingly recognized in recent times…

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