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The Tyranny of the Real

By Michael Divine on October 28th, 2018

When, as an artist, you choose to include ‘the real’ in your work – and I mean actual real objects or even just corners and elements thereof – you know, things like faces or noses or hands or leaves or cornices – you’ve stepped into the territory of ‘having something to say’ because now we are creating relationships. No object exists within a vacuum. All things have some meaning.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

By Michael Divine on May 18th, 2018

A question I received from a fellow artist:

“I want to sell my images; I have portfolio books, am a shameless self promoter; gallery experience; trade show experience – all I want to do is paint. Who should I introduce myself to? What advice can you give me please?”

Who indeed!

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Painting the Feeling

By Michael Divine on February 23rd, 2018

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This One Trick Will Make You a Successful Artist

By Michael Divine on February 1st, 2018

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You’ve Got to Carry That Weight (or that flame) a Long Time

By Michael Divine on January 16th, 2018

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The Value of F***ing Around

By Michael Divine on November 1st, 2017

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Why You Should Make Art (according to science)

By Michael Divine on July 31st, 2017

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The Big Mistake or Keep Moving Forwards

By Michael Divine on September 14th, 2016

If you fail at something, it’s ok. I’ll be the first to tell you: I’ve failed so many times. It’s part of life. Often though, we only think it’s failing because we have these preconceived notions of success. The same is true for success. Success too is a social construct…

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Fonts: How We Say What We Say

By Michael Divine on August 8th, 2016

Let’s talk about fonts because HOW you say something is nearly as important as WHAT you are saying. Rhetoric – speaking and writing in a persuasive manner – goes far beyond simple word choice. Our choice of fonts in the branding of our message offers subtle clues to observers of how we think of ourselves, the kind of image we are want to portray, and the audience we hope to connect with. When we read a text, we are reading it in the tone the speaker wrote as much as the tone it is packaged in.

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