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The CHameleon and the Rose
“Everything you can imagine is real” — Pablo Picasso
Natural Habitat in Change
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” — Edgar Degas
Frida Khalo in Chapala
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality” — Frida Kahlo
Oaxacan Parade
“What keeps my heart awake is colourful silence” — Claude Monet
Noche de Muertos
“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke” — Jerzy Kosiński
Urban Habitat in Change
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” — Banksy
La Vieja Mache
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before” — Neil Gaiman
Hunab Ku
“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity” — Alberto Giacometti

Welcome to my art blog! My name is Garr (Garry Musgrave), I’m a digital painter, and I write regular articles about: art in the news, my opinions on art-related subjects, art tutorials, art and artists in Mexico, and one of my current interests: AI (artificial intelligence). I hope you enjoy these articles. There’s much more to come!

Here are my most recent articles organised by categories (up to four articles per category)….

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News Items
Art-related current items in the news

Articles containing Garr's personal opinion about an issue affecting art and artists

  • What is a Professional Artist?June 27, 2023
    What is a Professional Artist?
    A professional artist has specialised training and skills in the visual arts (although not necessarily from colleges or universities), is committed to devoting time to artistic activities, and is actively selling their work. However, being a professional artist involves quite a bit more... Read more...
  • Is AI-Generated “Art” Really Art?June 15, 2023
    Is AI-Generated “Art” Really Art?
    Being a digital painter, and because AI-generated "art" has been in the news lately, I often get people asking what AI I used to create a given painting. Well... I don't use AI – all of my work is created by hand (within computer software) to recreate a vision and image I have in my mind before I start to work on a new piece. I spend a lot of time fine-tuning the details to get the painting to match my imaginary image. Further, I am prepared to categorically state here and now that, in my opinion, AI-generated "art"... Read more...
  • Digital Painting vs Traditional PaintingJune 10, 2023
    Digital Painting vs Traditional Painting
    I often get questions about my chosen medium. Particularly from clients and traditional artists with whom I often exhibit. There is so much that is not understood about digital painting and how it differs from traditional painting (acrylic, oil, or watercolour). Digital paintings are created by an artist on a computer using similar techniques that traditional artists use. Our art is NOT generated by a computer, and absolutely is not... Read more...
  • The Impact of AI on the Fashion IndustryJune 5, 2023
    The Impact of AI on the Fashion Industry
    I am often asked by customers and traditional artists what I think about the impact of AI. Here are my thoughts on how it might impact the fashion business, including models, photographers, event planners, agencies, and related businesses. In my opinion, the biggest impact AI could have on the fashion industry would be... Read more...

Art Tutorials
How-To articles about techniques that apply to art marketing, digital painting, digital art, or art in general.

  • Study & Learn From Your CompetitionJuly 26, 2023
    Study & Learn From Your Competition
    Being a professional artist who sells their work means that you're a small business. Yes, it's a creative business, but a business nonetheless. If you want to be successful, standard business and marketing practices apply! The basics of marketing for any business is to... Read more...
  • How to Improve the Images on Your Artist WebsiteJune 23, 2023
    How to Improve the Images on Your Artist Website
    Today, online platforms are vital to any artist wanting to promote their work. Understanding how to optimise your images to be web-friendly, and help promote your site in the search engines, is a key skill for artists who want to... Read more...
  • How to Price Your ArtJune 10, 2023
    How to Price Your Art
    Pricing your art is almost as much of an art as creating it in the first place! Whether you're a beginner, or a seasoned professional, knowing how to price your work can be difficult and confusing. This article is meant to remove the confusion, and guide you through the key considerations you can use to develop... Read more...
  • How to Sell Your Work to Corporate ClientsJune 4, 2023
    How to Sell Your Work to Corporate Clients
    It can be difficult for an artist to sell their art into the world. There's a lot of competition in the galleries and exhibitions, and you're all competing for the same customers. One approach is to expand your marketing and promotional efforts from individual buyers to other markets. One such market is... Read more...

Art in Mexico
Articles about Mexican artists or art, prehispanic art and artefacts, and other stories related to Mexico

  • Unveiling Mexico’s Hidden International MuralismAugust 22, 2023
    Unveiling Mexico’s Hidden International Muralism
    Step into the world of Mexican art and prepare to be captivated by the names Rivera, Kahlo, Siqueiros, and Orozco. These legendary figures dominated the art scene from the 1920s to the 1950s, surpassing even Europe... Read more...
  • Profile of Oaxacan Artisan Carlomagno Pedro MartinezAugust 1, 2023
    Profile of Oaxacan Artisan Carlomagno Pedro Martinez
    The artisanal traditions of Mexico have evolved over thousands of years... perhaps nowhere is this more evident that in the state of Oaxaca. It has produced a long-standing tradition of both fine art and handicrafts. One of these artisans, Carlomagno Pedro Martinez... Read more...
  • Ancient Olmec Carving Returned to MexicoJune 29, 2023
    Ancient Olmec Carving Returned to Mexico
    In May, an enormous 2,000 year-old Olmec stone sculpture was returned to Mexico after decades in the U.S. The Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) (National Anthropology and History Institute) announced that... Read more...
  • Popular Cultures Museum Well Worth a VisitJune 9, 2023
    Popular Cultures Museum Well Worth a Visit
    Mexico has an abundance of museums dedicated to showcasing the works of its famous artists. A focus on cultura popular was finally realised with the opening of a national museum for the... Read more...

AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Articles about AI in art as well as its impact on society at large

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