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Artist of the Month: Bo Bartlett

Dan dos Santos

Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary. Bartlett was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy…




Why Bother With Color?

Donato Giancola

April 17, 2019 - A couple of years ago I was browsing through all the annual award nominees from Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art here on MuddyColors (thanks Arnie Fenner for the post!.  For those who may not have heard of this publication, it is a stunning collection representing a broad swath of imagery and talent from the genres of science fiction and fantasy, the juries do their best to select the inclusions each year, yet a massive helping of amazing art winds up on the cutting room floor through the jury process. It is both humbling and depressing to be a judge (I have done it twice) to see what gets in, and left out.  Yet even with these caveats, the book is a much anticipated addition into my shelves and into the hands of…



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  • M Pianta on Artist of the Month: Bo BartlettLove Bo Bartley. I saw some images here that were new to me. Thanks for the post!
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  • Lester Yocum on Why Bother With Color?Wow. So your desaturating the image was an informed choice, having observed the jury's preferences. A similar process to not submitting…
  • Tom on Why Bother With Color?I am a serious minded artist (got my black polo neck on right now) and a dark & serious low sat palette appeals to me, yet I also k…
  • Jesse on Mural-MakingThats awesome! Wonder how much that pays!
  • D West on Cultural Appropriation vs. AppreciationThank you for this great post! It's something I've been paying a lot of attention to in trying to include diversity in my art and writi…
  • R Coots on Why Bother With Color?I am nowhere near the level of work needed for Spectrum, but this gives me heart. Color is a stressful puzzle for me, one I can manage…


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