Top 10 Museums with Free Hours in NYC

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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1. Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA) Free, Fridays from 4:00- 8:00 p.m.
2. Whitney Pay what you wish, Fridays 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
3. Guggenheim Pay what you wish, Saturday 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.
4. The Frick Collection Pay what you wish, Sundays 11:00- 1:00 p.m.
5. Brooklyn Museum First Saturday of the Month Free, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
6. New Museum of Contemporary Art Pay what you wish, Thursdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
7. Rubin Museum of Art Free, Fridays 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
8. Museum of the Moving Image Free, Fridays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
9. Neue Gallery Free, First Friday of the month 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
10. Society of Illustrators Free, Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Bonus:
Metropolitan Museum of Art , Queens Museum of Art, and MOMA P.S. 1 are always suggested admission!


The Process of a Painting: Inside the Artist’s Studio – I’m Over It

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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The Process of a Painting: Inside the Artist’s Studio

Painting Title: “I’m Over It”
From the Series: Silent Women: 1920s Film Stars

c. 1925: Louise Brooks

I started the painting process by looking for inspirational reference photos. This is a photograph of 1920s film star Louise Brooks. She was a strong woman who fought with Hollywood producers about adding her voice to a silent movie and was eventually blacklisted from Hollywood. I wanted to play with the idea of lightness and fun surrounding her protesting spirit. The title of the painting is “I’m Over It.” (more…)


My Thoughts On: Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

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It was a rainy evening in New York City and I was prepared to brave the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) crowds to see the Andy Warhol exhibit. After an hour in line to check in my backpack it turned out my intel was incorrect. Andy Warhol was actually at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and not MOMA! Luckily, it was not too crowded and I got to explore and see areas I have not made it to before. I was a treasure hunter rewarded with a true gem. (more…)


My Thoughts On: The Documentary “Gerhard Richter Painting”

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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My Thoughts On: The Documentary “Gerhard Richter Painting”
Directed by Corinna Belz, 2011

Currently streamable on Netflix.

In August 2013, I was doing my first 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge and pushing myself to paint constantly. In order to keep up the momentum I would listen to inspirational podcasts and watch artist documentaries. They helped get me into the artist state of mind.

I found “Gerhard Richter Painting” while doing a simple search on Netflix. I had never heard of Gerhard Richter before and promptly Googled him. I found that he had a variety of styles from photorealistic portraiture to abstract color studies, a big jump in styles for an artist. I also learned that he is one of the top-selling living artists and started his career in the 1930s. (more…)


The Process of a Painting: Inside the Artist’s Studio – Do They Know?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Process of a Painting: Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Painting Title: “Do They Know?”
From the Series: Silent Women: 1920s Film Stars

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I started the painting process by looking for inspirational reference photos. This is a photograph of 1920s film star Alla Nazimova. She was a strong woman rumored to have several affairs with women. I wanted to play with the idea of her being worried people would figure out her secret, thus the title of the painting “Do They Know?” (more…)


10 ways to Survive a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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1. Pick a date to start and begin preparing a couple months before.

I am a firm believer in mentally preparing for a challenge beforehand! You don’t suddenly run a marathon without training, right? The same goes for a creative challenge! Make a dream board with inspiring images and quotes and put it in a place you can see everyday. Imagine yourself completing the challenge.

2. Tell everyone you know you will be doing the challenge to hold yourself accountable before you start.

This goes along with the training part that I mentioned above. Post items on Facebook or your blog that your challenge is coming up, tell your friends what you are planning on doing, have supports in place that you can call on when you are feeling lazy or not interested in continuing, or other artist emergencies. The more you talk about doing something the better chance it will become a reality. (more…)


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