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What do childhood summers in Northern Michigan have in common with travels to Etruscan tombs, Mitla ruins, and Neolithic stone circles? They have all influenced the work of Amelia Currier, a fine artist who brings nature and ancient traditions into the modern world.  The Art of Zen Amelia practices the Buddhist meditation method of daily ...

Grand … What? DEFINING THE STYLE: If you’re asking yourself, “What on earth is Grandmillennial design?” we get it. It’s a mouthful! But what do we mean? Some describe this style as the best of two worlds: traditional decor and modern design. The aim is to create a delightfully dimensional and comfortably nostalgic aesthetic.  WHERE ...

Reimagining a space in your home — whether it’s a living room, bathroom, bedroom, or even a hallway nook — can be equal parts delightful and daunting. There’s a lot to consider: How much do you want to change? Which elements should you add? Which color palette will work best? What’s “in” right now? While ...

Oh, to be trapped in Paris. While Kate Lowman was traveling in France with her husband, inclement weather forced her indoors. The museums she visited inspired her to create, so off she went with her husband’s camera. That was the start of her photography and printmaking career.  Printmaker First Fifteen years later, Kate considers herself ...

Matting is a cost-effective way to protect photographs and artwork. Whether you want to transform a printed photograph or give a professional look to your artwork, matting will get the job done.  Simply put, this process involves creating a border that offers proper balance and gives a refined look to your framing projects.  This article ...

Luis Peréz has a knack for seeing beauty in fleeting moments. Take, for example, “Krilling Me Softly,” shown above. Standing at his sink rinsing shrimp, Luis noticed the setting sun casting a warm glow onto his future dinner. What’s a fine artist to do in such a situation? Kitchen Sink Inspiration Luis grabbed his 35mm ...

After practicing architecture for 40 years, Julie Brown wondered if her creativity had been sapped by the business world and by staring at a computer for so long. Instead, she found a new passion: abstract painting. It’s visual, like architecture. Unlike architecture, it’s more about intuition than precision. Her Happy Place Julie says abstract painting ...

As an artist I enjoy creating my own work but I also love to see what other artists make. I wish I had the financial resources to be an art collector! I have done a lot of thinking about this and realized I have limited space as well as limited funds. Does this mean I ...

The purpose of framing can go beyond displaying a beautiful photo or print. Whether you’re framing art for a client, family member, or yourself, you may wish to take extra steps to ensure it isn’t damaged over time. Although there are nuanced differences, “conservation framing, “preservation framing,” and “archival framing” tend to be used interchangeably ...

I have seemingly always had an affinity for “black & white.” My first Schwinn bicycle was black; several of my early cars were white; all my cars for the past 23 years have been black, and I recently ordered a new Jeep in yes, white with a black top. Has this lifelong attraction guided me ...

Not every artist would sign up for a six-month stint painting eight to 10 hours a day in a small cubicle in Gdansk, Poland. But for Dena Peterson, it was an honor: She’d been chosen as one of 125 international artists to work on “Loving Vincent,” the world’s first fully painted film.  From Realism to ...

Wish you could enjoy the holidays minus the hectic? It can happen if you start shopping early. Like, now. I can’t suggest gifts for everyone on your list, but as an artist myself, I’ve gathered a few ideas for the artists in your inner circle. Some are super affordable, some are silly, some just plain ...