Articles by Jennifer Kahn Barlow

May 5, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

The Case for Artist Master Workshops

What is an Artist Master Class? An artist master class is a workshop on a specific topic or skill given by a renowned artist, in his or her field. After obtaining a degree or taking years of weekly classes, artists reach a point where they need to be set free.  They paint for a while, on […]

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April 27, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Pursue or Walk Away?

Today my five year-old got very upset that he had made a mistake coloring a picture of a car.  As a parent, you want to instill in your children that mistakes are ok, if not even great to make.  You might end up with something even better or follow a different path than you expected.   […]

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April 20, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

What Is In A Signature?

Van Gogh only signed his first name.  Monet used his first and last name to complete a piece.  Picasso painted his last name.  And Lucian Freud sometimes just used his initials.  Just to throw my name amongst some of the greatest painters of all time – I use my initials, JKB.  Well, here is my secret – they […]

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April 9, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Through the Eyes of the Gallery Director

There are more viewpoints than that of just the artist.  There is the gallery salesperson, the curator, the viewer, and the collector, to name a few.  In order to expand my knowledge of how the art world works, Julie Farrell, the Art Program Specialist for the City of Rockville (and also an amazing curator) generously allowed […]

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March 30, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

The Making of an Exhibition

An art exhibition does not form out of thin air.   Typically, there are guidelines, processes, and YEARS of planning.  Yes, sometimes YEARS. Every art gallery has different procedures and timelines, so I am going to make sweeping generalizations in this post.  From the artists vantage point, there are 9 stages of an exhibition: Apply for an exhibition […]

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March 27, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

The Ingredients for an Artists’ Studio

What makes up an artists studio?  If you are a painter, do you just need an easel?  If you are a ceramist, do you need a kiln?  The answer is different for each artist and for each discipline. I can only answer for what is MY art studio. Confession:  My studio is small, has no […]

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March 10, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

From Idea to Canvas

Inspiration to finished piece is a different journey for every artist. Some artists do lengthy studies, others create fully developed sketches, and some just begin with no plan and hope it works out.  I love the painting part, so the faster I can get to that, the more fun I have! I mainly paint from photos.  So, […]

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March 3, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

The 411 on Local Art Shows

Noticed posters around town promoting local art shows and exhibitions?  Have you wondered what these are all about? Art shows are a great way for art to meet an audience and the public to take in local art.  Art shows typically take place in a community venue, a gallery, or even outside festival.  A specific organization, […]

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February 24, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Inspiration Strikes in Aisle Two

Do I wait until inspiration strikes?  No way!  Instead, I go food shopping. Every artist has his/her trigger, the item that gets the creative juices flowing.  I suppose I am lucky that I don’t have to hike to the summit of a mountain or cross the desert to find inspiration.  I just need to take […]

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February 16, 2017 | Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Path to Becoming an Artist

My path to becoming an artist is a long and convoluted one.  Since 7 years old I knew I wanted to be an artist.  Early on, in a painting class at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, MA, I found my love of paint and color.  Over the next 10 years I continually enrolled in painting classes […]

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