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From Tattoo Artist to Oil Painter: The Art of Storytelling

Oil painter Jason Chi-Han Cheng’s talents stretch far beyond the stroke of his brush. As a tattoo artist, Cheng creates history; as an oil painter, he memorializes it. Read his story about The Crossing below.San Francisco, California • jasonchihancheng.comI’m a tattoo artist; I find the process profound because the needle penetrates the skin.
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Why Colleen Blackard is an Artist to Watch

For several years, New York artist Colleen Blackard has been producing an interesting body of drawings that aren’t quite like anything else. Frequently using ballpoint pen as her medium of choice, Blackard’s drawings depict celestial bodies and starry nighttime skies–ambitious subjects. She draws primarily by making circular marks to create tone, which gives her drawings a unique sense of texture and depth.
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The Sweetest Gig in the NFL | Official Artist of the Super Bowl

Painters, a Touchdown CelebrationFor most, the Super Bowl is a time to gather together with friends and family, drink a few brews while eating chips and dip until bellies protest with strange noises. For others, the Super Bowl is just something to tolerate between cute commercials filled with more brews, peculiar humor … and, of course, puppies.
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VISIONARIES | Dorian Vallejo

“In its highest form, art has a civilizing effect on society. It helps us to remember what makes life worth living.”Between Realms by Dorian Vallejo drawing offers a wistful rendition of a tale about love and time. One hundred years have passed, and la belle au bois dormant dreams on and on in her castle keep.
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VISIONARIES | Melanie Vote

“I prefer oil to other media because it is the most forgiving and sensual of all types of paint I have tried.”Melanie Vote is a naturalist to the core. Painting in the landscape is where she is happiest, and she starts every painting possible from life, in the tradition of the greatest plein air painters.
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VISIONARIES | Gigi Chen

“Artists and bowerbirds are so much alike. They gather materials and create beautiful settings in order to entice.”Only a true artist understands how deeply love is linked to labor. It’s about the real-time pursuit of the work.“People think being an artist is so romantic and free,” says Chen. “That we are somehow magical because we can make things.
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Artist HQ: Emilie Lee, Putting Art Into #Vanlife

A Painter’s Life on the RoadMeet Emilie Lee, intrepid artist and wanderlust painter. She has walked away from big city life in New York City to embark on an artful life on the road.Her van is her mobile studio and the people, places and things she encounters become her painting subjects and impromptu inspirations.
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The WOW Factor | 10 Ways to Catch a Jurors Eye

It’s no surprise that an art juror is going to begin his or her task by studying a painting for certain expected attributes: strong design, solid draftsmanship, a skilled handling of value and color. But once an entry has met criteria like these, what is it in a painting that catches and holds a juror’s attention all the way through to the winner’s circle?
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Two-Minute Art History: Pop Art Pioneer Roy Lichtenstein

The pop art pioneer combined skillful picture-making with canny appropriationRoy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) is not an artist whose work waits patiently for you to notice it. With their replication of commercial printing processes, unadulterated primary colors, large scale, melodramatic flair and unsettlingly incomplete narratives, his paintings reach out and grab you, whether you’re ready for them or not.
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Car Life Meets Art Life with Emilie Lee

A Painter’s Field Guide for Art on the RoadEmilie Lee puts the art into vanlife. Based in California but trekking year-round and worldwide for two weeks to two months at a time, she paints wherever she goes. Her cross-country creativity and art on the road lifestyle is an inspiration and the stuff of dreams to many of us.
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Serving Up Watercolor Cakes

Watercolor Moves from Paper to FondantWatercolor cakes have moved this medium from canvas to fondant, and we are loving it! Between Pinterest, the TV series “The Great British Bake Off” and our generally food-obsessed culture, it’s no wonder art and cakes have crossed paths.Decadent, wedding-style cakes arguably have always been a kind of art.
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Artist HQ: Portraits of a People from Patricia Guzmán

This edition of Artist HQ spotlights Mexican artist Patricia Guzmán, a painter whose most extensive body of work, “Roots,” depicts Native men, women and children from her country.“By chance two separate glances meet … and I am you and what I see is me…” For Patricia Guzmán, every portrait is a chance to provoke the empathy, awareness and connection so lyricized in Pink Floyd’s song Echoes.
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Thomas Cole, Founding Father of American Landscape Painting

Drawing on influences from both sides of the Atlantic, Thomas Cole brought attention to the glory of pure wilderness and the encroaching order of civilization.“The most distinctive, and perhaps the most impressive, characteristic of American scenery is its wildness,” wrote the painter Thomas Cole (1801–48) in an 1836 essay.
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