Zom Osborne

I dream of a world where humanity again lives as a child of Nature

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I Do a Lot of Nothing

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Being an Artist, Journal | 2 comments

Sometimes it feels like I waste a lot of time in my studio. I work pretty regular hours, 9am – 3 or 4pm most days. I have days when I teach, or have to do errands. Sometimes I quit early to meet a friend for a cup of tea. But mostly I am in by 9 and go for about 6 hours. In spite of that, I often feel like I don’t get a lot done. And once I am...

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What kept you going?

What kept you going?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Being an Artist, Journal |

I read a wonderful article in the online New York Times titled ‘Old Masters at the Top of Their Game’. There were a few paragraphs about the artist Carmen Herrera, age 99. “Herrera sold her first painting at age 89. Today her work is in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern.” I found this a little...

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Changing from Oils to Acrylics means lots to Learn

Changing from Oils to Acrylics means lots to Learn

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Being an Artist, Journal, practical art info | 2 comments

Because I am changing from oil to acrylic paints, I am in a forest of new things to learn and I keep discovering more. Do you know the differences between painting in oils and in acrylics? I didn’t, and that is one of many things that I am learning. I have been painting in oils for 25 years. I have used acrylics in my art journal, and as one of the...

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Experimenting after the Show

Experimenting after the Show

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Being an Artist, Journal |

All of my paintings are still at Art Piece Gallery, where we had the group show “Playing on the Edge”. There were two other artists as well as me showing, and it went really well. Opening night was especially lovely. It is special to have a show in your home town where it is easy for all your friends to come. With all my work gone, it is a...

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Influence or Inspiration?

Influence or Inspiration?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Being an Artist, Journal | 4 comments

I read all the time about artists being influenced by other artists, as if that is how similarities between artists’ works always comes about. This belief may be expressed as a fact, even if it is speculative on the part of the author, by statements such as so and so was obviously influenced by this or that artist.  Or it may be implied in the direct...

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I am a Slow Artmaker

I am a Slow Artmaker

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Being an Artist, Journal | 4 comments

I wish I could show you my latest finished artwork, but there isn’t one. I canno believe how slowly I work. I work a lot, it isn’t that. I am in the studio 3-4 days a week, and I usually go from 9am until 3 or 4pm. I procrastinate about other things, but not making my art. It isn’t that. I am just slow. And now I am especially slow,...

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