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Posts by Christine Alfery

Imagination Feeds The Soul

Flying Circus

Art needs to reveal something alive.  Art needs to fertilize the imagination.  The imagination feeds the soul. The soul asks questions, discovers, and explores.  Art, the process of creating, is life itself.

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Freedom

Sunshine And Rainbows

America is about freedom.  America is about independence.  America is about individualism. America is about not allowing others to do for you what you can do for yourself.

So how ever did the notion of freedom become linked with not figuring things out by yourself? The notion of being an artist is all about the freedom …

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Pausing Art History II

Cony Island Ride

In looking for the next stand out movement to write about in the art history books, many art historians have latched on to the concept of a postmodern movement.  And, they have defined that postmodern movement as different from modernism, mainly though collective designs and collaborations of an art work. They have taken the notion …

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The Value of Art Has Changed

No wonder the value of art has changed.  No wonder there have been art industries popping up all over.  

How can anyone be sure what they are buying is a “real work of art?”  First, you need to ask the question, “What is a real work of art?” If you can’t answer that question, or if …

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Pausing Art History

Has the history of art stalled?  For as long as I can remember art history has moved the progress dial forward, challenging the historical assumptions linked to an art object, like method, media used, techniques, content, context and concept.  It challenged the how, what and where. 

That has changed.  When looking at the 1000’s upon 1000’s …

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At First Glimpse

At first glimpse, you know immediately it’s a work of real art.  And you are consumed with the desire to see more real art. It is original and unique. No more print shopping, no more trend shopping and no more color coordinating, those are no longer an option. Junk art, that is, trend shopping, print …

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Leather Leggings

Standing in a crowd waiting for my vende vanilla latte from Starbucks to be made, I noticed there was another short person standing next to me.  People watching is something I really enjoy when I am in a situation like this. There was a very cute short person (female) standing next to me.  When she …

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Visual Speak

Rise Up by Christine Alfery, 2017 13 x 19 Mixed media

How do I speak in my work?  My visual vocabulary didn’t happen all at once.  The visual icons happened in spite of me. When they appear for the first time in my work, I recognize them and I nurture them.  I allow them to grow and form. They grow, they change, they disappear and they …

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You Can Sometimes Be An Artist And Sometimes Not

Folks often ask me how long it takes for me to create a work of art.  I tell them, “All my life.”

You can never “sometimes” be an artist and “sometimes not.”  I know because I’ve tried. Being an artist is really hard for many reasons. Compare it to becoming a teacher, a medical physician or …

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Value of Art

On Top Of The World_ 22x30

The value of art does not come from how popular the work of art is.  In fact,  it’s likely that art looses its value when it is popularized. 

So if art net news is correct saying that there is an art  industry, and I do believe they are,  how does a work become known …

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How Do I Come Up With The Title of My Work?

Folks often ask how I come up with the titles of my work.  When I first began to paint, I thought that the titles and even my signature interfered with the essence of the selfness and purity of the work and what the work was to become and be.  The work needed to be a …

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Creating a Work of Art

Cony Island Ride

Staring down at a blank canvas,  a black white sheet of paper, I notice a familiar tension gathering in my soul and in my body.  That first mark, is so important.  

I relish this beginning tension.  It makes my whole body alive, awake and excited for the struggle that is about to begin.  The tension between …

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