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Temporary Faculty Pool - Lecturer in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Interior Design
  • -   California, United States
  • -   Salary Not Specified
  • -   California State University - Fresno
California State University - Fresno
Temporary Faculty for the Department of Art and Design Department Overview : The Department of Art and Design offers exciting and...
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International Randall Chair in Art and Design/Painting
  • -   New York, United States
  • -   Salary Not Specified
  • -   Alfred University
Alfred University
The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography, New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University is seeking candidates in...
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Manager of Art Gallery Operations
  • -   Texas, United States
  • -   Salary Not Specified
  • -   Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University
Job Summary: The Manager of Art Gallery Operations is responsible for facilitating daily procedures of The Art Galleries at TCU by assisting...
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Lecturer Pool in Department of Art (Academic Year 22/23)
  • -   California, United States
  • -   Salary Not specified
  • -   Cal Poly Humboldt
Lecturer Pool in Department of Art (Academic Year 22/23) Job no: 511456 Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer Location:...
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  • -   Oregon, United States
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  • -   University of Oregon
University of Oregon
European & American Art Post Graduate Museum Fellowship Job no: 529693 Work type: Officer of Administration Location: Eugene, OR Categories:...
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Why is painting from photos bad?

It's not.

You really need to learn and be in command of the basics of perspective, shading, color theory, and anatomy so that you can “edit” or revise the information in the photo as you use it as a point of departure or reference in your own work.

As David answered on August 18th, there are some problems with drawing and painting from photos. The lens can distort size and scale, color and shading are often inaccurate so if you don’t understand the rules of size and scale, anatomy, shading, and color, you may incorporate those inaccuracies into your work.

For example, most photographers who create reference photo for drawing manuals on anatomy, know that they can minimize the distortions (such as really big differences in size scale from foreground to background) created by the lens if they photograph the model from far away. That way, students who use photos to learn anatomy and life drawing won’t have to deal with size scale distortions and can learn to draw the figure.

However, from Vermeer and Canaletto (who both used a camera obscura) and Ingres (who used the camera lucida) to Manet, Eakins, and almost every modern artist I know have used photographic reference as a basis for paintings.

It’s really how you pick and choose what visual information is in the photo and how you translate the photo you are basing your work on.


Why should someone choose to attend the University of Cincinnati over another school? What makes it special compared to others?

 I got asked this on Quora and thought I'd share it here.

Any school can be a great place or a horrible place based on your personal context. If you are a highly motivated internally driven student who is independently interested in learning then you will enjoy and find whatever school you attend “special” and valuable. I learned a lot both times I studied there and the library and facilities are excellent. The town is very accessible with plenty of things to do and geographically it isn’t too big. The campus is beautiful, the park on its edge is lovely and the main strips have wonderful shops, restaurants, and even the architecture is great. It tends to be very humid in all seasons.

I’m a retired professor and so I have a lot of experience with many schools and students and I’ve noticed that liking or disliking a school or campus is really more about the person making the judgment rather than the campus, city, or school itself.

I attended UC twice, once when I was in my early 20s as an undergraduate and then again six or seven years later as a graduate student in the 90’s to go for an MFA in painting. My opinion of UC was radically different the first time compared to the second time and I think it had something to do with my age and life experiences.

Both times I attended UC I noticed that both the campus police and city police were suspicious and aggressive towards students and often very unhelpful. I and a white nerdy guy but got stopped several times for riding a skateboard and was pulled over with some friends for absolutely no suspicious or even bad driving but we did have five kids in the car. Otherwise I loved the town and loved everything about the campus.

The second time in the early 90s I noticed some things that I hadn’t noticed as an undergraduate and I chalk that up to age and a different world view. The city was very conservative politically and really often the things that socially and politically were happening expressed a prejudice against LBGTQ and especially black people. So if I was in one of those groups or cared about people in those groups I would avoid that city and campus.


Moving Sale on Larger More Expensive Work

I just bought a new larger place just outside of Chicago.  
Since I'm moving and so I'm having a 40% sale off of the larger works 24x36 and 36x48 inches. 
(Any work that was $1500 or above is 40% off until August 24th)
Duration Aug 21, 2022 — Aug 24, 2022

I also have one work that is up for auction on Ebay

I hope that you're doing well! 



Tough Guy in a Baseball Cap, oil on canvas panel, 24x36 inches by Kenney Mencher

Tough Guy in a Baseball Cap, oil on canvas panel, 24x36 inches by Kenney Mencher
This painting is on Ebay up for auction starting bid is $300.