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Linda Blondheim Blog
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1w ago
Some artists think that art should sell itself. Often gallery artists have that attitude. They feel that they have a beautiful gallery to show the work and that is enough.   In the fantasy world they are right. In the real world they are naive indeed. Art is seldom sold at random. In my long career, rarely have I sold to strangers who know nothing about me or my work.  Relationships are so important with collectors. Trust and friendship are built over time, even if you have never met in person. I have many collectors I’ve not met, but we become friends through others or similar inte ..read more
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Growth
Linda Blondheim Blog
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1M ago
  I have a lot of ups and downs as a painter, with periods of struggle and then nice easy periods. I never know when I will come into a bad stage or how long it will last. When I was a young painter, I used to feel panic about the bad painting spells, worrying that I would never come out of them, but now I know that they are a signal of a growth period for me.  I’ve never been one to learn technique and then cruise. I see that frequently in some pretty highly skilled painters. Painters who have a real gift, but for whatever reason, don’t have the will or desire to push their skills ..read more
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Childhood Memories
Linda Blondheim Blog
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1M ago
  My walk this morning was nice and cool after yesterday’s rain. I began to think about my childhood. In those days kids spent a lot of time outdoors. I think that was the beginning of my lifelong love of trees and the natural world.    There were chores of course, hanging laundry on clothes lines, ironing, learning to cook and do dishes, dusting, sweeping and mopping as well. I recall that we spent most of our time at school or at home. We were self entertainers.  Most of my early passions for art and science were developed in my childhood years.   I have been ..read more
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Feedspot
Linda Blondheim Blog
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2M ago
Well, I’ve been placed on the top 25 Art Blogs list at www.feedspot.com What a nice honor. I know that blogs are not as popular as they used to be, but I continue to blog a post every couple of weeks. My FB Group Linda Blondheim Art and Stories has become fairly popular and it is a nice bunch of friends.  I have had a blog in one form or another since 1995, so blogging is a great format for me. I am too busy to write long complicated thoughts. A paragraph or two is perfect for me.   Many former bloggers have switched to podcasting. I enjoy those a lot, but it is not for me. I like t ..read more
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Live Oak Trees
Linda Blondheim Blog
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3M ago
I’ve been doing some research on our dear live oak trees here in the South. I have studied and painted them for many years, and there are many I call friends. I found this about them from the Natural Wildlife Federation:   “Southern live oaks are majestic trees that are emblems of the South. When given enough room to grow, their sweeping limbs plunge toward the ground before shooting upward, creating an impressive array of branches. Crowns of the largest southern live oaks reach diameters of 150 feet (45.7 meters)—nearly large enough to encompass half of a football field. On average, tho ..read more
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Lord of the Rings
Linda Blondheim Blog
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4M ago
I enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy last week. It had been a few years since I watched it. It is a fantastic film trilogy. The cast is first class with many of my favorites. The story is a rich, epic story of the struggle of good against evil. I have two favorite parts, the cinematography of the horse scene where Liv Tyler outruns the dark lords on black horses. That camera man and editor were genius! All horse lovers would treasure that scene. It is true art, celebrating the beauty and dignity of horses.  My other favorite were the scenes with the ents, Shepherds of the Fo ..read more
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Artist’s Needs
Linda Blondheim Blog
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4M ago
Most of my charity donations went directly to help artists, homes for homeless, and land trusts in 2023. I think many artists don’t understand how much work it takes to have a sustainable career. Many just give up before they give it time to  succeed. In my youth as a painter, I would have given anything for a sponsor,  or to get mentoring help from an established artist. You must be determined and relentless in your efforts to be a professional artist.    Emerging artists need to understand that an art career is daunting. It is a 6 day, 12 hour shift, with enorm ..read more
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Collectors
Linda Blondheim Blog
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5M ago
  My thoughts on our precious art collectors. Art collectors come in all income levels and careers. The secret to your success is finding those like minded friends who you share experiences and friendships with. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all collectors are those who go to art openings, art walks and who visit galleries and museums. Many of my collectors have never been to a gallery. My collectors have a huge variety of interests and careers. They all have in common a love for nature,and upland landscape, including lakes,rivers, trees, and fields. Occasionally I will have r ..read more
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Bugs
Linda Blondheim Blog
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6M ago
Here are some fun facts from my Upland Naturalist’s studies: 95% of all living creatures on earth are insects. That one was shocking! I had no idea. It sort of puts my level of importance in a new perspective.  Half of all animal species, worldwide, are beetles. They can carry 100 times their weight. There are 160 species of butterflies and 3000 species of moths in Florida. The Zebra Long Wing is the state butterfly of Florida. I’m having a great time learning about upland Florida from the scientist’s point of view. I have studied upland for most of my life from the artist’s, and rancher ..read more
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Turning to Gold
Linda Blondheim Blog
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7M ago
I love the subtle changes in color here in north central Florida.  I am seeing the grape vine leaves turn to gold. They trail down from their entanglements with trees like gold beads on a prom dress. As I walk the trail, I begin to see randomly scattered, intensely red  leaves.  As a painter, I love the bright warm color against the neutral brown gray soil and the dark evergreen trees. In the north, color is intense everywhere. Here, there are lovely spots of intensity among the green of Florida. I’ve always loved brilliant color next to gray.  Each time I walk, the color ..read more
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