Unlocking the Artist's Eye: Finding Beauty in the Mundane
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by Malcolm Dewey
2w ago
In this episode, we delve into the art of seeing like an artist and discovering beauty in even the most mundane surroundings. Inspired by a student's struggle to find inspiration in a chaotic urban environment, we explore techniques to transform ordinary scenes into compelling compositions. Join me as I demonstrate how to: - Adjust a composition to highlight interesting focal points - Identify and enhance strong value structures - Look beyond superficial flaws to find artistic potential - Utilize color and light to bring energy to your artwork Whether you're working from photographs or paint ..read more
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The Forgotten Impressionist: Alfred Sisley's Life, Art and Lessons
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by Malcolm Dewey
1M ago
Though operating in the same avant-garde circle as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and others, Alfred Sisley never achieved their level of fame and financial success during his lifetime. In this episode, we'll explore the life, artistic career, and tragic end of this dedicated painter of subtle French landscapes. We'll trace Sisley's origins, his pivotal role in the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s-80s, and his perpetual struggles to sell his naturalistic depictions of the provinces despite support from dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. Personal tragedies like his father's death and cancer diagnosi ..read more
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The Master Forger: How a Dutch Artist Fooled the Art World
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by Malcolm Dewey
1M ago
In the 1930s and 1940s, a Dutch painter named Han van Meegeren pulled off one of the most audacious art frauds in history. With a combination of ingenious techniques and an uncanny ability to mimic the style of the 17th-century master Johannes Vermeer, van Meegeren forged a series of "newly discovered" Vermeer paintings that fooled the art world's top experts. Van Meegeren employed a wide range of deceptive methods to create forgeries so convincing that they commanded record-breaking prices from prestigious museums and collectors, including the notorious Nazi leader Hermann Göring. In this epi ..read more
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How to Carve Out Creative Time Once and For All
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by Malcolm Dewey
1M ago
In this episode of the podcast, we tackle the number one challenge faced by artists: finding time to create. Join us as we explore the importance of prioritizing creativity, shifting perspectives on time, and overcoming common excuses that hinder artistic pursuits. From reflecting on personal time management to making intentional decisions about what truly matters, we delve into practical strategies for carving out dedicated creative time in our busy lives. Tune in and discover how to make painting a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Find more at www.malcolmdeweyfineart.com ..read more
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Brushstrokes of Resilience: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Creativity Beyond Middle Age
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by Malcolm Dewey
5M ago
In this episode, we draw upon the poignant tale of a Chinese artist's introspective journey in old age. We explore the transformative power of art to transcend physical limitations and convey timeless truths. Through this parable, discover how artists beyond middle age can embrace their creative journey with renewed purpose, resilience, and a profound sense of fulfillment. This is a message that we can lose in the noise of modern living. This makes it more important than ever to make the leap into a creative life. Find more on my YouTube channel or on my website www.malcolmdeweyfineart.com ..read more
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Embracing Ikigai: The Art of Living a Purpose Driven Life
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by Malcolm Dewey
11M ago
In a world bustling with endless distractions and demands, finding one's true purpose can seem like an elusive quest. But for artists, the journey to discover their creative calling can be a powerful source of purpose in life. In this podcast we'll explore the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai, a concept that not only gives people a sense of purpose but also fosters a deep connection with their community, direction in life, and even extends their lifespan. In this episode I delve into the ancient wisdom of Ikigai and how it remains relevant today, especially for artists seeking renewed purpose and ..read more
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Three Rules for Happy and Productive Artists (#24)
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by Malcolm Dewey
11M ago
Whether you are a full time professional or a weekend artist you will benefit by following these three fundamental rules. Being more productive is possible only when your mind, skills and attitude to your life as an artist align in a positive way. In this episode I set out the argument for three fundamental rules that have helped me and will help you too. Watch the podcast episode on https://www.youtube.com/MalcolmDewey ..read more
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The Powerful 8 Step Painting Process (#23)
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by Malcolm Dewey
1y ago
A painting process is a reliable structure that you can fall back on so your painting can progress. Within this process you can experiments, be bold or do whatever you need to grow in your art. The process is powerful, because it gives you a reliable framework with sufficient space to try new things. Find out more about this process and free downloads here ..read more
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Your Artist's Voice vs Your Style (#22)
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by Malcolm Dewey
1y ago
What is the difference between your artist's voice and your art style? Why is it important to know the distinction? How to build your art career by working on what is really important. I cover these ideas in this episode of the Loosen Up Your Painting Podcast. Find out more and get a free download here ..read more
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Never Be Without Painting Inspiration Again (#21)
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by Malcolm Dewey
1y ago
As artists, we all know the feeling of being stuck in a creative rut. That feeling of having hit a wall and not knowing how to break through it is known as artist's block. It can be frustrating and demotivating, leaving us with a lack of inspiration and motivation to continue our work. ​ In this episode, you will learn ways to overcome artist's block and find inspiration to paint more. The importance of finding inspiration cannot be overstated, as it is the foundation upon which your future art will be built. Let's dive in! Learn more about my painting courses at malcolmdeweyfin ..read more
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