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Is a double-major in Spanish and philosophy viable and fruitful?

Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? More details and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Mar 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Inspiring documentaries about artists and creators

I stream art documentaries on Netflix while I work. (Having something playing on the 2nd monitor is acceptable at my job.) I've watched enough that the top three recommendations at the bottom of the page are almost always films I've already seen, but I want to keep this habit up another month! [more inside]
posted by itesser on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Solve a WWII mystery!

It's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas about this drawing from WWII? [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Mar 25, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I find a new direction in my art?

I've been painting for a year now, and I'm at a phase where I hate everything I've done and feel ready to do something different. I use acrylics and do abstract paintings (I've dabbled in watercolors). I look at a lot of art, both online and in person, so I am getting plenty of inspiration, but nothing is really calling me to try it. I want to make art that at least has meaning to myself, if not for others, but I don't feel like I've done that and I don't know how to now. A short lists of artists I like includes Joan Mitchell, Zao Wou-Ki, Tracey Emin, Cy Twombly, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Jules Olitski, Pat Steir, Gerhard Richter.
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Ink Etchings by Famous Jewish Artist - Where to Sell?

So I've got 3 small ink Etchings by Jacob Eisenberg depicting early life in Judea - rabbis and the Western Wall that I want to sell, but haven't a clue where. I know they're relatively valuable so I'm interested in going with a reputable site/dealer. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Sex Visions (not an R&B album)

I'm looking for information about visions or visuals experienced during sex. Not anecdotes, but 1. rigorous scientific work that contextualizes who gets them and why, and 2. artists, writers, or poets who have used them as inspiration in any way. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 21, 2014 - 6 answers

We Can't All Be Special Snowflakes

I'm a musician and sometimes when I see or hear other artists who are doing cool, innovative things that are somewhat similar to what I'm doing, I feel irritated or threatened, like my work is less important or less unique now, and it makes me bitter or less inclined to continue working on my own stuff. I hate that I feel so petty and competitive instead of just being happy for the success of others. I really just need to get over myself and stop being a butthead, but I don't know how to deal with these feelings. I was hoping the HiveMind could give me some words of wisdom.
posted by chara on Mar 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Preserving Pretty Pastel Portrait

I have a new pastel portrait that I'd like to preserve. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Mar 13, 2014 - 8 answers

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Anhedonia and creativity

I am a writer and visual artist, mostly a writer. I have been through a grueling bout with severe depression. Now the agonizing emotional pain is lessened, but I have been blank, apathetic, and anhedonic for a couple weeks. I started on Zoloft a couple days ago and also had my lithium increased, and I also recently started a prescription dose of vitamin D because my levels were low. I'm throwing all those things plus therapy, exercise,omega 3's, and light therapy at the problem, but there is little help right now. My big question has to do with the fact that I am seemingly unable to be creative right now. I try to write and nothing comes out,or it comes out awkward and flat. I've tried writing about the flatness,but even that trick doesn't work. The visual side hasn't fared much better. Does anyone have suggestions for how I can keep my creative side alive while I wait for all the treatments to help?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Ideas for inexpensively decorating walls and ceilings?

I started a School Beautification Club and I need ideas... [more inside]
posted by figaro on Feb 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Where to make big prints of oil paintings?

My wife does oil paintings and would like to sell prints of them. What are the best online venues in North America for printing this kind of art? She wants to make large prints, gliches, etc.
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Portfolio pages without plastic

Are there any portfolio inserts (similar to what Prat or Itoya makes) that don't have plastic protectors? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Feb 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Drawing comic storyboards. Need replacement for Appleworks

I want to draw comic storyboards. In the old days I seem to remember Appleworks drawing documents allowed you to add boxes and/or fields that allowed text or drawing. I'm looking for the new equivalent. [more inside]
posted by hot_monster on Feb 20, 2014 - 8 answers

The Painter Got Lazy, You See

I remember from an art history class a painter who became famous for putting a lot of fine detail in specific parts of their painting and leaving the rest shockingly undone. I don't know the exact time they're from but it was pre 20th century. Is this ringing anyone's bells? [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me identify this graphic print!

Within the last day or two, I saw a graphic print of an octopus hanging on the wall in the background of a video shot... [more inside]
posted by grateful on Feb 20, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the name of this painting and the painter?

She looks remarkably like a friend of mine and I would like to find a print of this.
posted by ITravelMontana on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Color me pretty. Help me learn watercolors!

I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Like a library but with sign-out fees.

I'm looking for some software that will help me manage a small artwork rental business. I've been looking at library systems, since the sign out/sign-in concept is the same, but none of them seem to offer the ability to charge a fee to sign items out or keep track of fees owed to artists. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Feb 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Elevate my whatever.

What blogs are well written and worth following to broaden my mind? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Song for which there is only one existing recording?

So I'm discussing Walter Benjamin. Has anyone else heard the story of a guy winning the copyright to a song and choosing never to market it? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

I need your help ID'ing an artist.

On the day of my grandmother's funeral 21 years ago, my family discovered that, prior to her death, she had written a letter addressed to me on the back of a painting that hung in her house. As you can imagine, the painting (and the letter, which I have preserved) has enormous sentimental value for me - I often tell people that in the case of a fire, the only thing I'm carrying out of here is my painting. The painting is signed with the name "Julian", but the handwriting does not match any of the Julians in the artist directory books at the Library of Congress (oh yeah, I went to the LOC to research this issue). Here is a photo! [more inside]
posted by nia22 on Feb 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Revisiting The Airtight Garage

Looking for modern graphic artists or comic book illustrators doing work similar in style/theme to the futuristic work of Jean Giraud aka Moebius. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Crash Course in Visually Stunning Animated Films?

I am looking for visually stunning, innovative, creative animated films, from any point in the history of the medium. They can be shorts or features, funny or serious, conventional or experimental, popular or obscure. Assume a general familiarity with Disney and Warner Bros., but I'm otherwise brand new to animation. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Feb 5, 2014 - 68 answers

Major Depressive Disorder and Imaginative Fiction

I've been depressed for many years. It has sapped my creative powers. I've had enough. How can I live as a depressed person, but elevate above the limitations this has imposed on me in the past to escape into a writing practice that could create imaginative works of fiction? [more inside]
posted by samizdat on Feb 3, 2014 - 15 answers

What to do with a large number of enormous oil paintings

My partner's father, a professional artist, passed away last year. We are now responsible for his work, including many large paintings (over 7 ft high), along with smaller paintings and works on paper. His father wasn't selling many paintings in recent years, so we don't think there's much of a market for them. He was an art professor for many years and had some nice residencies and reviews throughout his career, but as far as we know, he wasn't working with a gallery or dealer in the last few years. [more inside]
posted by pourtant on Feb 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Can't find a specific art website that I found before

I found this cool art website and forgot to bookmark it. The logo has a raised fist reminiscent of communist propaganda. I remember it as black on yellow. I have scoured the web but I can't find it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by OtisTheStig on Feb 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Cartooning

I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Tips for successful, guilt-free self-promotion?

How can an artist/creative/designer self-promote without sounding like a sleazy car salesman? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jan 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Will hanging this canvas in the bathroom ruin it?

We just found a great place in our apartment to hang this Vintage Color Wheel canvas, but not sure it's the best place given the humidity from the shower. I can only find warnings against mixing oil paintings or acrylic paintings and humidity. This isn't exactly high art, so I'm not as sure that we should avoid hanging this in the bathroom. At the same time, I don't want to wreck this awesome find. Do you think we'd do much damage if it was hung in our relatively small bathroom?
posted by meindee on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Caring for steam-damaged art

A steam radiator valve fail on a cold day flooded my apartment with a hot steam cloud, and a couple pieces of framed art - photo prints on 200lb/300gsm paper - bathed in it enough to be showing some buckles as it dried out. The pictures are behind glass, and there's still a tiny bit of condensation back there with them. Any tips on caring for / restoring this steamed art?
posted by Haere on Jan 28, 2014 - 3 answers

How to phrase request for payment? Question for artists...

Someone wants to use a watermarked version of an illustration I drew. Got some newbie questions. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jan 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me learn to see

Are there any good books on how to best visually appreciate art? More inside... [more inside]
posted by xammerboy on Jan 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Preserve/frame my pen and ink artwork

I recently completed my pen and ink artwork on a poster board which is of size 54"(length) by 34"(width), then I glued the entire art in a big thermocol (the packing material that came with my elliptical). I always wanted to do big artworks but this is the my first one. Everything was looking good but now I don't know how to preserve it as the paper may change colors if I don't laminate or frame them. It has happened before but the artwork was smaller, so I used frames to preserve them. I need your expertise on this. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by SunPower on Jan 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Where can I see a large collection of works by Andreas Gursky?

I've long admired the works of Andreas Gursky but only ever have seen one of his works in person. I'd love to see a collection of his work but have no clue where to look for museums or whatnot that are showing him in the months to come. Any advice?
posted by wooh on Jan 18, 2014 - 1 answer

The modern materials of the artist (iPhone edition).

What are the best doodling/painting/drawing/drafting apps for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

It's a dress AND a painting!?

There's an artwork on public display in my community that isn't labeled with the artist's name or the title of the piece, and I'd like to know more about it. The facility that has it on display doesn't have the information, so I'm hoping you could take a look at it (or just read my description) and tell me if you know more about it, or where I could find out who created it and what it is called. It's a rather unique piece, being a full-length overcoat that's been hardened/cast and mounted on a large canvas. The yellow floral pattern of the coat is seamlessly transferred to the background of the canvas. For a link to a phone-cam pic I took of it, click [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Can art/music/writing/film change us?

I'm looking to freshen up the assigned readings for an undergraduate writing class that I'm about to start teaching. The theme of the class is art (by which I mean not only visual art, but also music, film, and writing) and social change--that is, whether the former can actually help to achieve the latter. I have some readings on the topic but am looking for more. Help me, hive mind!
posted by chicainthecity on Jan 12, 2014 - 18 answers

What are some blogs that spotlight Etsy art?

Are there blogs that catalogue great finds on Etsy? I have been searching the official Etsy blog, but are there others? Beyond blogs, do you recommend great Etsy artists who can spruce up the walls of my new office where I'm training as a therapist? I've seen these questions and have followed many of their links. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Jan 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me overcome analysis paralysis and be more process-based

I am a writer in several genres, a visual artist,and a photographer. Lately I've been suffering from a terrible case of "analysis paralysis" where I overthink everything and can't make even small decisions about something I'm creating. I have big problems with perfectionism, and I'm far more product-based than I'd like to be. My intuition seems quieter than usual; I'm sure not trusting myself is a major player right now. I'm working on this stuff in therapy, but I wanted to see if anyone here had suggestions as well for overcoming this block. I have found mindfulness meditation and Buddhist perspectives to be helpful and have been trying to incorporate more mindfulness around daily living tasks. I also like Present Perfect by Pavel Somov, a book about using mindfulness to combat perfectionism. But I would like suggestions on other reading or processes or things that might help me get past this. Things designed with creative types in mind would be especially helpful, but I'll take anything.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Ink on Paper Drawings — What Materials to Use?

I'm a doodler that likes to make abstract drawings. I'm interested in actually spending some time "doodling with purpose" with an eye toward making something(s), eventually, that might be worth hanging, framed on my wall. I primarily do black ink on white paper. What kind of ink/pens should I be using? What kind of paper?
posted by papercake on Jan 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Discussing art -- structured vs unstructured?

Art and philosophy people -- I need your help figuring out how to talk about the difference between art that is highly constricted by form vs. art that is very open-ended -- sonnets as opposed to free verse, men's clothing as opposed to women's clothing, calligraphy as opposed to sketching. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Modern creative types whose success came late?

What are examples, in the last 20 years, of musicians, artists, dancers, writers, and so on who labored long in obscurity and only achieved success, financial and otherwise, after the age of 40? And for those people, how did their success finally come about?
posted by shivohum on Jan 8, 2014 - 40 answers

Gift certificate for art?

What's the best website/company from which to purchase art prints or art for your walls? I'd like to get some good friends who just got married a gift certificate to somewhere they can order art or art pieces for their apartment. [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Jan 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is this four headed snow monster which has cut off one head?

This is a piece of folk art(?) in a house with many such things. I am house-sitting. Owner is away unreachable and in the past when I have asked her the story behind pieces, she doesn't know; she just buys them because they appeal to her artistically. I keep thinking there must be more of a story to it. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

In Search Of Post Time

I'm looking for an amazing 2014 wall calendar. [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Jan 3, 2014 - 8 answers

science + art = ?

Please help a generalist brainstorm on what to do for a living. I'm finishing up a PhD in the physical sciences, and I love art and design. I'm happiest if I can constantly learn new subjects and if I can make things every day. How do I bring the parts of science and the parts of art that I love into the working world? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 27, 2013 - 20 answers

What should I title my porn-related art project?

I'm doing a rather extensive art project that uses images from porn magazines in various ways. I don't think it's important to discuss all those particulars but can leave a comment with them if that would help. Anyway, I'm having trouble coming up with a title for the overall series. I've considered synonyms for porn, words for porn in other languages, porn terms (like "money shot" and such), lines from famous quotes about porn, and a variety of other titles, but none seem right. Does anyone have suggestions? Even if you have a general suggestion (like "why don't you read x website?") rather than a specific phrase, that would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 27, 2013 - 24 answers

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