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December 16th, 2016

The Artificate January issue is out

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Confessions Of An Artaholic

August 5th, 2015

Confessions Of An Artaholic

My name is Chris, and Iím an artaholic. No matter how much art I do, I always want more. When I am not painting, I am thinking about it. I find myself looking at everything with an artistís eye. Whatever I see, becomes a work of art to me. Even the books I read are about art. In my spare time, I write about art and do life drawing studies.

I have have been clean for a few hours, but soon I will have paint and pastel all over my clothes again. Being an artaholic makes it hard to find a wage-paying job and I seem to have lost my desire to get one anyway. Since I started painting I have lost my steady income and have been hanging out with other artaholics. They encourage me to continue my addiction and enable my habits. I sell my paintings to afford my paraphenalia such as paintbrushes. Then I just paint more. It is a vicious cycle.

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The Life Of An Artist

August 5th, 2015

The Life Of An Artist

ďYou are so lucky to be an artist!Ē

I canít tell you how many times I have heard this, especially from people close to me. They think that making a living as an artist is a dream job that is all fun. I never know how to take this. Is it a compliment or condescending? It is often accompanied by an insinuation that art isnít a real job. Some really sweet people have said this to me and I know they mean well. Most people donít have any idea what goes into making a living as an artist. I think everyone wants to be respected for what they work really hard at, especially artists. So I want to share a bit of what being a professional artist in todayís society entails.
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No Nudes Allowed

August 5th, 2015

No Nudes Allowed

I participate in many art competitions and exhibitions and am always curious about their selection process. Last fall I was preparing to enter an exhibition when I realized I wouldnít be able to get the paintings to the venue in time for the jury selection. I called the event coordinator to ask if I could send photos by email instead. She said that would be no problem. As an aside, she added that the juryís main purpose was ďto make sure that nothing offensive, such as nudes, is admitted into the show.Ē I bit my tongue and submitted the paintings I had already planned on entering. But I have remained troubled by that comment.

What is wrong with nudes?

Seriously. I have heard the no nudes sentiment expressed in online competitions too, so it canít...
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