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Can anyone explain to me in 25 words or less what "Consistency" means in terms of art? I see this all the time in referencing an artist work in a gallery. I look at the work, but I cannot identify just what about the works it is referring to.

So, I am going to leave right now and do some googling on the subject. Don't go away, I will be right back....

I'm baaaaack!

So, after a few minutes with Mr.Google, this is what I have uncovered about consistency. In order to be successful, you must make a choice - do you paint for fun or do you paint for a living or maybe both? If both, you will need to find that sweet spot between fun and profit. But I digress, here is what Mr. Google said about consistency:

a.  Don’t mix abstracts, horse paintings, figurative work, and landscapes in the same show. Pick one of those types of paintings and build the show around them.

b. Images are all created by a similar process and have a cohesive look and feel to them.

c. Framing or canvas mounting style for paintings and with sculptures, video and other art forms.

d. Is your "message" carried through with the look of the letterhead, business cards, postcards, flyers, emails, newsletters, social media and the artist’s website should all communicate the same message consistently.

e. You should be able to describe your work in one sentence (Geraldine draws pet portraits that evoke her love and respect for the animals that share her world)

f. Is your work focused? Have you perfected your style before trying another one or does a grouping of your work look like a mishmash of all kind of things.

h. Marketing is more than just selling your painting/art. You must think of those others that are surrounding the sale of that piece of art - the artist, the framer, the gallerist, dealer or a collector.

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." Bruce Lee

I love this quote by Bruce Lee. I think he nailed the true thought behind consistency.

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Updated: Aug 17, 2019

Hello dear reader! I know recipes for pastry are not exactly fine art, but these are so darn good, they come so close to fine art and are so ezee pezee that I must share. I cannot take credit for creating them - that honor goes to Kevin Jacobs, which I stole from his blog. I can tell you if you make these with blueberries, you are definitely going to smack somebody.

This is Kevins site. You can thank me later!



For the blueberry mixture:

1 cup fresh blueberries1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

grated zest of 1 lemon

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch blended with just enough lemon juice to make a smooth paste

For the cream cheese mixture:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature1/2 cup confectioners' sugar plus more for dusting, if desired

For the pastry dough:

2 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed but cold

1 egg, beaten


The blueberry mixture -- Put the blueberries, sugar, water and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. While stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Then immediately add the cornstarch solution and stir until the mixture thickens -- 15-30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and let cool to room temperature. (When completely cool, the mixture can be covered and refrigerated for several days.)

The cream cheese mixture -- Put the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat vigorously with a spoon until the mixture is perfectly smooth.

Assembling the pastries -- Unfold one pastry sheet and cut it into four quarters. Put a generous tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each quarter, and then spread the cheese out in a rough diagonal line. Top the cheese with a tablespoon of the berry mixture. Then fold opposite corners of the pastry over each other, and press gently to seal. Transfer the pastries to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut, fill, and form the remaining sheet of puff pastry. Put the pastries in the refrigerator while you preheat the oven to 400°F.Baking -- Brush the top of the pastries with the beaten egg. Bake until puffed and golden -- 15-20 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack, and let the pastries cool for at least 30 minutes. If desired, dust the cooled pastries with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

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  • Gerry

For several reasons, all of which I tend to use as an excuse for my actions, I will project the negativity onto others. There you have read a confession of the soul. Since, dear reader, you have no idea who I really am, you will have to take me at my word, I can be a bitch.

Here's the thing. I am on a board. Yes, I am on several boards. It's really no big deal. Being on a board simply mean you are a volunteer to make things happen - in theory. Its not glamorous, or reserved for the elite on Fleet Street. To be a board member is like being a drone in a honey hive. There is the Queen, the workers and the drones. Now the Queen isn't necessarily the President of the Board. The Queen is the former cheerleader, who during meetings secretly wants to be president because of the focus of attention. but insists she will do absolutely anything - just don't ask her to be president and emphasizes this with a performance of Fossi Jazz Hands. Got the picture? This is where my issue lies. I get an email that says something to the effect "I want this and I want that and this is how much it will cost and now send me a check so I can make it happen." I go into my mode of legitimately asking questions because I mistakenly

think this is the purpose of the board. But instead of getting a reply back that sounds even closely related to sense, I get a defensive reply regarding the benevolence of the need for XYZ, plus the need to pay more for something because the retailer is a friend of the board.

I am hoping this blog will denature my angst, and keep me off the email issuing forth some sarcasm that I will regret right after I hit send.

It just seems to me there are some folks that just demand to much from little ol' me. And when they do, I feel I need to cash in on them with some kind of bully behavior - and at the same time I set myself up for getting slammed with a hundred words of sickening sweet kindness from the shrew I lambasted. Is there no way to do this without getting blow back? I don't want to do this dance with her. If you can help, with the meager information I have supplied, please send me a comment on how you would handle this situation.

Thank you for reading.

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