Taking a Compliment and Understanding the Value of Criticism

Taking a Compliment and Understanding the Value of Criticism by Hall Groat Sr. After returning from the Korean war ending in 1953, I entered Syracuse University majoring in illustration and painting. I enjoyed my art classes and also attended faculty exhibitions periodically. I was 22 Yrs. of age — older than most freshmen students. I […]

Artists Who Follow Trends Deny Self-Actualization

Artists Who Follow Trends Deny Self-Actualization “Jumping on the bandwagon” and following the new trend in art can leave you empty handed. As the trend fades away, and most certainly will— you become a footnote in history, at best. Being a trend setter has more merit than a follower. Case in point: A professor in […]

Learning to See Like an Artist

Learning to See Like an Artist By Hall Groat Sr.     Strange, how so many student artists fail to truly see their subject matter. Perhaps they feel one glance is all that`s required.  A classic test was performed by my illustration instructor at Syracuse University. Frank Kent was an accomplished painter and a man of few […]

A Few Unforgettable Paintings by Hall Groat Sr.

 A Few Unforgettable Paintings by Hall Groat Sr. “I equate my memorable paintings with a bad song— which stays in my head to torture me”   Many artists have no idea of their best work.  Some artists love everything they do. I rarely like anything I do. I only paint pictures hoping I will eventually […]

Art Power Verses Money Power by Hall Groat Sr.

Art Power Verses Money Power In Wellfleet, Cape Cod thirty-nine years ago, I was visiting Xavier Gonzalez, noted painter. He was quite elderly although enjoyed company in his studio. I wanted to speak with him about various techniques in water color. He was a neighbor of Pablo Picasso in Spain and as a boy swept […]

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