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Cave art paintings and women

Women and Cave Art paintings

Women and cave art paintings? Just finished reading an article from National Geographic that women may have made the oldest-known cave art paintings. Archaeologists “analyzed hand stencils found in eight caves in France and Spain… and by comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.” Hand stencils have […]

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Soft Sell Approach

I recently had the misfortune of attending a timeshare presentation that was, to say the least, stressful. A soft sell approach it was not! This got me thinking about how we, as artists, may need to approach a potential client. I personally would not recommend the high pressure sales tactic. I saw more than a few […]

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Large women in Art: Does stigma remain?

I’m at the studio listening to the Queen Latifah show while I am working and the topics of conversations are weight loss hints. The stigma of being a plus-sized person is also briefly mentioned. On the other side of my work table is my “Elle” magazine featuring Melissa McCarthy on the cover. Melissa is the […]

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Rock of Ages Demo

One of the most interesting artistic processes for me to do is to work intuitively. Recreating the look and feel of a petroglyphic cave wall is very liberating and fun for me. “Automatism”, the performance of actions without conscious thought or intention, is how I like to proceed in this circumstance. This recognized Surrealist style […]

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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta has the highest density of rock art in the plains of North America. It contains more than 280 panels in 93 sites. Archaeologists estimate that the oldest iconography is around 3,000 years old. A few panels are thought to present real events while other motifs present the Blackfoot artists vision […]

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Flinging paint around

We hear it all the time. “You have such a fun hobby. It must be so nice to just throw paint around all day.” Hmmm really? So what’s a day or week in the life of an artist? Let’s see. First, if clean up was not done in your studio before your session, you start […]

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Who do you paint for?

Just had a phone call from the owner of one of my galleries. The conversation ran like this. “I had a woman come in who was very interested in one of your pieces but your painting was too small and she needs to coordinate it with a brocade fabric she brought in. Can you do […]

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Who Painted Petroglyphs: Artists or Individuals?

It’s difficult to stand in front of a rock art panel and not wonder what type of individuals took the time and effort to put the rock art in either easily accessible or highly difficult places to reach. Were the petroglyphs and pictograms an expression of an individual? A group? An artist or artisan? A […]

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