“Who are your artistic influences?”

The Ancient Greeks of course started the ball rolling. They're pretty much responsible for Western culture. Then you know what came next. The Romans conquered them and borrowed their culture. Rome fell. We had the Middle Ages. Whereas a lot of history happened in the Middle Ages, art took several…

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Spanish Painter Luis Ricardo Folero

It's important to know what you like, for it will be those people you'll be stealing from. Most folks would rather say "inspired by" but I prefer honesty. When I like something, I steal. I steal so much from so many different sources though that you cannot even tell I…

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Arthur Rackham – English Artist

If you're a Westerner, you've seen Arthur Rackham's work. You may not recognize his name. However, you've seen his work in fairy tales when you were little. You've more than likely seen the featured image of Little Miss Muffet and the spider. Yes, that is Arthur Rackham. Little Miss Muffet…

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Edward Robert Hughes – Pre-Raphaelite Associate Artist

More than likely, you've seen some of the works of Edward Robert Hughes. Perhaps on greeting cards. My wife has a t-shirt with Midsummer Eve, painted in 1908. Edward Robert Hughes Midsummer Eve Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) is the nephew of Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes. His uncle was his first…

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John William Godward – The Last Great Classicism Artist

John William Godward was a Neo-Classicist English artist. Born on August 9, 1861 in England, he was the oldest of five children. He was successful enough in the late 19th century to exhibit at the Royal Academy. But towards the end of his life, Neo-Classicism fell out of favor as…

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The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus. Why is this such an important painting? First, let's look at who Venus is. Venus is the Ancient Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. After all, what's more important to an artist than love and beauty? The Ancient Greeks and the Romans pretty much gave us…

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Artists I like – John William Waterhouse

In high school, I listened to Heavy Metal music and also played Dungeons and Dragons. Back in those days, I hung out at the mall with friends and girlfriends. The mall had this one poster shop and I immediately fell in love with a specific painting. I’d been doing physical…

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Artists I like – Roy Lichtenstein

Awhile back, I talked about how I recorded two songs with David Lichtenstein. It's funny. I've always thought it must be tough being the child of someone famous. You're always living in their shadows. People will often compare you to them. For instance, I'd hate to be Walter Payton's or…

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Artists I like – Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya isn't my favorite artist of all-time. I'm writing about him first in my Artists I like series because he's the very first non-American artist I studied in real life. My wife and I have a hard rule. Every year, we have to leave the country to a country…

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