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Art through Saatchi Art

I’ve reviewed my gallery at Saatchi Art and removed all the paintings that sold and have uploaded all my latest resins. These have been painted using regular acrylics, fluid acrylics and inks which interact with each other to create different effects and cells. Like alcohol ink painting where I have an idea of what I’m trying to achieve but ultimately the inks surprise me, these paintings are the same as I never quite know what effects I’ll end up with. I made smaller 8 by 8 by 1.5 art blocks that will add a blast of colour to your decor but won’t dominate. I’m thinking they will look wonderful grouped.

Available through Saatchi Art https://www.saatchiart.com/maggiegolinski

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The Human Body is the best Work of Art

Yesterday  was my my first experience of life drawing and I loved it. The model was a middle aged guy who has been modeling for 25 years and confidently posed for us for three hours. Starting with warm ups of one and two minute poses we eventually worked on a thirty minute and a fifty minute pose.

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During the breaks I got a chance to walk around and see what the other artists had done and was so inspired by them all. I have another five weeks to go so hoping my techniques will improve. The thing I noticed was how much I loved drawing a real person ! After about ten minutes I just spent the entire time amazed by how beautiful the body is. So if you’re ever feeling low about your own body image just set yourself up in front of a mirror for an hour and I guarantee you’ll start noticing things like curves, and skin and beautiful muscle tone. At times you may feel less than happy with yourself and no doubt not helped by comparing yourself to some idealized definition of the body but while each person is imperfect and has flaws ultimately each of us is BEAUTIFUL!

Body confidence does not come trying to achieve the “perfect” body, it comes from embracing the one you’ve already got.

Now I just need to go practice this self love ❤️

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Clay inspired

I’ve never thrown clay or sculpted before but inspired by artist Kim Carothers I have been working on this piece for the last few weeks in her sculpture class. Just need to finish adding more sea elements and work on her face a little more and I think I’ll be finished. Have so enjoyed doing something new.

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Seven Hills

“Seven Hills” Taking advantage of the cool Texas morning and painting outside. Last night’s storms have finally cleared the 160% humidity

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Karma is a bitch

This week I have been involved in exposing a fraudster.

You would think that telling the truth would make you feel good about yourself but it doesn’t. At one point before I contacted the person in question and called him out on his fraud; plagiarizing other artists’ work,  I even asked my daughters if there was ever a time that lying was excusable. Both said NO!

I contacted other people effected by his deceit to ask their advice. In the end I chose to reveal the lie. Had it just put an end to his actions I’m sure I would feel fine but because I know his lie will hurt, disappoint and embarrass those around him exposing that lie leaves a bitter taste.

The thing is when you expose someone’s lie, you also expose those close to them to the truth. And sometimes that isn’t pretty. It hurts to have been betrayed by  someone you love and trust. The impact of their actions isn’t just felt by themselves. Like a pebble dropped into a still pond that ripple of the lie forms an ever increasing circle and reaches ever more people, in this case his family, his friends, the artists he ripped off, the art galleries who trusted his authenticity and sold his art and the art collectors who bought it.

imageInitially when I contacted him I was thinking he had copied a couple of paintings but when I called him out about it he just blocked me (on Facebook) which made me think he had something to hide and Oh Boy he did!

He has proved himself to be quite a prolific con man and a simple search of his name on Facebook brings up multiple references to his flagrant copying of other people’s work. There is a huge difference between being inspired by someone’s work and actually copying it brush stroke for brush stroke. Most of the artists aren’t angry as much as disappointed in his actions.

I wish that those people around him weren’t affected by his dishonesty, that only his actions would be exposed and that would put an end to his blatant plagiarizing, that he could slither off into the sunset and never be seen again. Unfortunately in these days of trial by social media that won’t happen and I’m sure once his story becomes ever more public those closest to him are the people who will be hurt and embarrassed the most.

He may feel that his life has been ruined by those artists who exposed him but in truth he is the one who created this the very first time he thought he could get away with his copying. He is the architect of this unfortunate reality.

‘What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create” Buddha

Karma can be such a bitch!

 

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Paint Mojo Workshop with Tracy Verdugo

I was lucky enough to take part in a three day workshop with Tracy Verdugo while she was in Dallas and had so much fun painting. The thing I liked most about the workshop is that most of us did not come away with a Verdugo look a like painting. We used her techniques to free ourselves creatively and paint more intuitively but each of the 50 paintings created over the three days were all very different.