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Paint the Town Black... On Friday.

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Paint the Town Black... On Friday.

When companies lose money, accountants use the term “in the red” to describe the negative sums. “In the red” comes from the color of ink that they use in their ledgers. Black Friday is thus named because it is when the ink turns from red to black. In honor of Black Friday, here's a look at how designers use black in marketing, fashion and fine art.

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COLOR HAPPENS: Art-icle for Leaf Peepers

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COLOR HAPPENS: Art-icle for Leaf Peepers

Fall brings leaf peepers out in droves to see the changing of the seasons. With a dramatic show of color the verdant leaves of summer die and a carpet of white rolls out across the nation. Artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe have depicted this subject matter, her 1924 painting of “Autumn Leaves” was completed at Lake George where she liked to gather leaves for their striking diversity, shape and color. Much like O'Keeffe, I find foliage a muse I feel compelled to capture. Every fall Chris and I travel to North Carolina for a vacation exploring the flora and fauna...

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Haunting Commercial Illustration

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Haunting Commercial Illustration

September brought chaos to many with a barrage of hurricanes. I, for one, cooked off a tuna can stove for a week. During this uproar, we quietly lost legendary monster artist Basil Gogos. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and to celebrate I decided to write a blog in tribute to this great creative soul. If you were a child of the '60s and '70s, chances are you devoured the magazine “Monsters of Filmland”. It was here that many fell in love with the vibrant and stylish work of Gogos. Not only do I love the spooky nature of his work,...

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Posing the Impossible

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Posing the Impossible

Trying to make it as a fine artist is hard work, but it is not impossible. I have to supplement my income with freelance work, which is OK by me. I have 20 years experience in commercial art so I never have to look far to find interesting side projects. I recently started working with Visual Sports Photography in both a marketing and photography capacity. Visual Sports is a Lakeland photography studio that shoots individual and team photos of youth sports leagues. Photo Shoot On a recent Saturday morning I was at a football field in St. Pete by 7:15...

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Art is like an Opera...

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Art is like an Opera...

The lives of artists are often the subject matter for operas, and after this event I felt I had a story to tell. It started with Jolanda Nel, she is a talented opera singer with Bella Voix and Klassika who serves up a cross-over pop format that pleases young and old audiences a like. On May 20th she had a concert at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. As an artist, I was lucky enough to be a participant and not the inspiration,  even though the week leading up to it felt like a dramatic score of music! Jolanda has...

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