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EDIT 2/13/14:

Due to a few concerns that I'm overgeneralizing through my use of the word ignorant, I wanted to amend some things: 

1. This journal was not written out of a pretentious attitude, in fact it's quite the opposite. I feel the need to share knowledge, and I do whenever I can. I could never be upset with those who truly do not know where to start when it comes to enriching their minds.

2. This journal is not about lording knowledge above those who do not yet possess it.

3. This journal is not about bashing someone for the barriers that can impede or prevent their desire or ability to absorb new information.

4. I do not encourage people to "just Google it," that is why resources are listed at the bottom.

5. If you would like to contribute a resource, please link it in your comments.

I’ve been hearing the phrase “I don’t know what ____ is” a lot as of late and it’s been a little irksome, and here’s why: we are currently living in an age of technology where you can quite literally learn the basics of just about anything through the Internet. What do you mean you don't know what ____ is?! 

Information is quite obviously right at our fingertips now, yet there are myriads of people who are simply not taking advantage of it.  If you live in an area with a library, or if you have home access to Internet, there is absolutely no reason you should close yourself off from learning about what you don’t know about. You've got no excuse to shrug your shoulders if there is something you've just now heard about. There is no reason to bury your head in the sandIf there is something that you know nothing about, and it sounds interesting to you, look it up! Please! It is for your benefit and betterment! It is for this very reason I highly admire self-taught artists! They’ve sought out information and applied it (quite literally so!).

I cannot stress enough how we as artists should never be caught lulled into a state of willful ignorance. Through reading criticisms of the fine art produced in the last 20 years by fellow deviants, I’ve come to this conclusion: we are not engaged with art as an academic subject nearly as much as we should be. Here’s the good news! All the information you will ever need is easily and readily available for your consumption. Did you know that the average time that a person spends looking at any given piece of art in a gallery is seven seconds? Seven seconds. Art is self referential, it demands of its audience, it requires time and thought. If there is an artist or artwork that you don’t understand, by all means: look them/it up! Learn about what the artist’s intentions were, learn about the artwork, learn about what it was made of and how that functions with the overall concept of the work. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find out.

Here are some places you can find some FREE kick ass writings about art, artists, and art history:

artbabble.org

Theartwolf.com

Artistdaily.com

everypainterpaintshimself.com

artofimagination.org/art-essays

www.arttimesjournal.com

johnmcdonald.net.au/category/art-essays/

judychicago.com/author/essays.php

temporaryartreview.com/essays/

www.khanacademy.org/humanities…


& FREE books, scholarly writing, and essays:

publishing.cdlib.org/ucpresseb…

gutenberg.org

www.artandcommunity.com/csac/a…

www.bookslut.com/


& FREE videos about artists, tutorials, and artwork:

www.pbs.org/art21/

www.jerrysartarama.com/art-les…

www.artistsnetwork.com/online-…

urbanartvideos.com/

ceramicartsdaily.org/daily/vid…


& FREE podcasts about art, artists, and art history:

www.rubinmuseum.org/pages/load…

manpodcast.com/

www.incredibleart.org/links/bl…

itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/th…

itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mo…

arts.gov/podcasts


MOAR FREE resources!

conceptart.org

ctrlpaint.com

Well? What are you waiting for? Go for it!

It's time you start using that computer for things other than viewing pictures of cats!
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puddlefisher Feb 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do not think it’s a reasonable expectation for anyone to accommodate their dialogue in catering for ‘’politically correct’’ terms on the off-chance that people might take offense. This is agreeable to me having since realised my initial interpretation of your article was a product of the same negative accentuation that I sought to discourage; not practicing what I preach. As such my approach in raising concern in the first place was in itself backhanded and not conducive for empowering others.

While the previously absent elaboration about your generalised statements accounted for my reasoning, I shouldn’t have ever chanced encouraging anyone to have thought as negatively about your article by sharing my opinion so broadly. I’m sorry for being a contributory force behind what you felt had to be an amendment by yourself; it doesn’t sit right with me to know that I instigated contamination of peoples’ critical thoughts that may have otherwise very well been appreciation for what sincerity there is about your article and its motive.

In hindsight, I have learned to arrange a cooling-off period before employing opinions (even if endeavouring to help others) when the reasoning is of particular personal significance. I cannot assume that my view is stated on behalf of others with low confidence because mental illness does not constitute uniformity in attitudes or values.

I should have been insightful enough to know that our species is more eccentric than to be as calculable and predicted, which was a conclusion I established in response to AnimeGirlMika in spite of suggesting the opposite in my initial response to her - because this now is based on the reflection every factor from the ordeal as a whole which makes me notice the extent of sheer recklessness of my approach.

I still hope that we can work towards a more healthy acquaintance… & that you may accept this sincerest apology. Nod 
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Dalal-N Feb 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I put together a list of online art practice tools a few weeks ago. It's a short one, but maybe the group or someone reading this will find it useful. :)


Sadly, there are very few of these kinds of tools around. It's gone around tumblr over 1000 times and nobody's had any new links to add :(
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Mikaou Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(;゜Д゜) How did you know I looked at pictures of cats!

Thanks for the links!
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I love all the collection journals!!! -faves-
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Rasheedzee Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not so much people aren't aware of their lack of technical knowledge, it's that a lot of them have lived...interesting...high context(?) lives. Things that can't be taught from reading or research, they want to feel, not think, that you understand these things as well.

Trust me, they already KNOW that your intentions are good, but they also understand the darker side of the world, and by extension, human nature.

I know, if you're a person who loves to read, it may seem easy, but coming from another perspective, it's not so black and white

I really like our art, by the way.
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Dr-Pen Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I better add this to my favorites before I forget about it. Thanks for these references!
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Harrisons-Forge Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was going to post up some of the youtube channels I have bookmarked...but then I realised there are too many...so I will just say, type Art, Art History or Art techniques into the search bar and you will be kept occupied for as long as you like. I have recently been refreshing my memory with documentaries on Modern art, Gainsborough and the Rococo to name just a few.

....go on, you know you want to ;)

Excellent article, love the clips...especially the Doctor :D
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SolidDreamz Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great journal, really hits the nail on the head. 

What if a person doesn't know what he or she wants to know? Is that considered ignorance? Or should that person learn every random bit of information that comes in the way, even though he or she doesn't have the interest or passion about it? Would it be easy for a person to just learn about something if they are not interested of what they are learning? People who are not interested in something are more likely to not know about the latest developments or not likely to be informed about it. Is that ignorance? Can you blame them for being that way? People can't be interested in absolutely everything. We are selective in what we put into our minds. If we let everything in, we'll go crazy.
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Xadrea Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't fault people for not having an immediate desire to learn things, I do however have an issue with those who decide to shrug their shoulders and not pick up a dictionary if they read a word they don't understand. There's a difference between not being fully aware what you could know, and completely ignoring what you could potentially know. 

Also, I don't think it's always a good idea to learn about things that don't interest you. If you're not interested in trains, why study them? If knowing about something will not benefit your pursuits in life, or personally enrich you, there's no need to chase after it. I clearly said if there is something that you find interesting and you know little to nothing about it, pursue more knowledge on the subject, it will be good for you. 

Aside from the innate laziness that we all possess as humans (:lol: I am a terrible procrastinator myself XD), the other reason I wrote this journal was to inform people who otherwise don't know how incredibly easy it is to access completely free scholarly essays and art resources :D 

Lastly, I don't advocate for learning about everything just because it so happens to be there (unless that is something you're interested in, and there are those out there who are ^ ^) It's all for enrichment of your mind, and learning about new stuff can give you the fuzzies inside too because it's validating sometimes. 
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