In the Studio
Meet talented oil painter, Jim McConlogue--one of the contributers to The Art of Basic Oil Painting--and get a glimpse into his dedicated, creative workspace!
"What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike
One perk of my day job is getting to work inside this beauty. Chicago's Jeweler's Building (named for the building's car elevator that allowed safe transit to jewelry sellers) was constructed in 1927 and remains as a designated city landmark. The Jeweler's Building is located downtown, right across from the Trump Tower. I love this shot for the juxtaposition of new and old, with the Trump's shiny, sleek, industrial body in direct contrast to the Jeweler's antique, deco facade.
We all love finding inspiration on Pinterest. Whether looking for ideas for a new piece of art, finding DIY projects to brighten up the walls, or planning a party—the ideas are endless.
Oh man, my favorite types of art books are ones that inspire more than they admonish.
The weather outside is frightful. At least across most of the continental U.S. it is. Though the snow has me excited for the holiday season, every now and then I am nostaligic for the beautiful color of autumn in the city. Here's a shot from my neighborhood during the peak of fall that instantly makes me want to break out my art supplies.
Sometimes as artists we can use a little inspiration to try a new style, a new technique, or perhaps simply to step out into a new color scheme.
I've journaled on and off throughout my life, with some pretty cringe-worthy high school entries to show for it. Even when I've fallen out of the habit, I've always found the task itself to be more or less necessary.
Chicago's weather has taken a drastic turn for the chilly. (It was a system-shocking 15 degrees when I took the dog out the other morning.) And such wintry weather really divides the masses into two schools of thought — first, the bury-your-head-in-a-scarf-and-hibernate-for-the-next-four-months city dwellers; and then the much smaller batch of make-the-best-of-it-while-attempting-to-venture-outside-occasionally believers.
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