Thoughts and musings from Matt Kaplinsky

  • What it means to you...
    January 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM

    How do you find meaning in art if everyone can instantly claim to be an ‘artist’? Look for art that has some obvious sign that it was originally made. When you can see where the artist left a telltale sign of their hand or vision, you can for a moment ...

  • Contemporary Art
    December 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Making a “Mark” and Art Miami

    With the ending of Art Miami, “…Americas foremost contemporary and modern art fair,” it has inspired us to pose these simple questions: What is the main factor in driving people to physically view ...

  • Questions to ask before starting your next painting project
    September 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Painting is an excellent form of creative expression, but there’s more to it than putting brush to paper. There are a few things you need to consider before beginning your project, such as the type of paint you’ll be using, the brushes you’ll need, and ...

  • 3 Reasons Oil on Canvas Paintings are Timeless
    August 27, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    There has never been a better time for art collectors and casual fans alike in terms of access to unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Whether you’re searching for classic editions of are looking to commission your own piece, oil on canvas paintings hav...

  • The 3 Myths of Buying Art Online
    July 20, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    With online shopping extending its reach to the food, clothing, and many other industries, buying art online has also become an option for shoppers looking to add a piece or two to their collection. By making art shopping digital, shoppers open their w...

  • Is Custom Art Worth It? Insights from Matt Kaplinsky
    June 30, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Custom art creates a unique space in any home, office, place of business, or public space. When customers reach out for a custom Matt Kaplinsky piece, they’re looking for a defining fixture in their space—and that's exactly what they get.


  • The Benefits of Hiring an Expert Painter: Travel, Portrait, Landscape Paintings
    May 22, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Those interested in paying someone to create a custom painting may be tempted to cut corners. However, it's more than worth it to seek out an expert painter for your commission, especially for custom work. Whether you're ordering a portrait as...

  • Tips for Ordering Custom Artwork From Painters
    April 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Commissioning custom artwork can make for the perfect piece of decor, a beautiful memento and an unforgettable gift. However, not a lot of people know about the process, how to place an order or how to pick out a painter that will give them the results ...

  • Interested in Buying Art Online? What You Should Know
    March 24, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Buying art can be an enriching personal experience. If you have the chance to browse through your local art galleries, I highly recommend it. Viewing art in person can help you identify which styles resonate with you – what colors, forms, and feelings d...

  • Top 5 Tips for Hanging Art by Your Favorite Painters
    March 16, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    It’s a wonderful feeling when you connect with a piece of art. You’re giddy the whole way home. You walk into the room you know will be the perfect area in which to display your new painting. Suddenly, you’re filled with apprehension because you want to...

  • How to Choose Art That's Perfect for You
    February 28, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Deciding which pieces of art to bring into your home can be overwhelming and intimidating. Everyone has different tastes, so while your friends and family may mean well, they might also be giving you advice based on what they’d want in their homes. I’m ...

  • A Beginners’ Art Glossary From Matt Kaplinsky, Artist Producing Oil on Canvas Paintings and Much More
    January 21, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    For almost three decades I have honed my style and vision, always working harder to improve my craft and produce art that charms and inspires. 

    Along the way, I have been privileged to be able to share my work through shows and exhibits, as well a...

  • Matt Kaplinksy’s Insights on Buying Art from an Artist

    Are you thinking of commissioning art directly from an artist or buying one of their originals?

    Congratulations – this isn’t just a wonderful way to own a piece of art you’re absolutely in love with. It’s also an experience in itself. Before embar...

  • 7 Simple Tips on Buying Art for Your Home
    November 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    A lot of people feel uncomfortable inside art galleries and exhibits. And for those who muster the courage to attend one, approaching the gallery owner or the artist may seem like a tall order. This seeming discomfort around art can discourage people fr...

  • Art, Health, and Happiness
    October 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    From our earliest existence in prehistory down to the digital age, art has served as a constant in our human experience. Caves in France still bear the meticulous paintings of people and long-extinct animals.

    This signifies that we as h...

  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Art
    September 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Art is one of the most beautiful things you can experience. Not only does it bring joy to everyone around it, but it can also teach us a lot about ourselves and the world we live in.

    Read on to learn a few reasons why you should buy art for your ...

  • A step-by-step guide to buying your first big piece of art
    August 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    5 Points to Consider Before Buying Your First Big Piece of Art

    Just as art is subjective, a person’s reason for wanting to buy a work of art may spring from a unique connection or source. It can be something as simple as liking an...

  • Busting 4 Myths and Misconceptions About Oil Painting on Canvas
    July 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    All too many people go to a museum to appreciate masterfully produced oil paintings on canvas and come away with the wrong impression. People think “there is no way that I can create oil on canvas paintings.”

    Since legendary artists ha...

  • Opening Night at the Commerce Gallery in Lockhart
    June 3, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    I recently had the pleasure of being a guest artist at the Commerce Gallery in Lockhart, Texas. If you’re not familiar with the area, Lockhart is in central Texas, about 30 miles from Aus...

  • The Folksy Impressionism of Matt Kaplinsky
    May 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Matt Kaplinsky's work can be described in a variety of ways. He plays with impressionism and abstract techniques to achieve colorful, textured landscapes and still-lifes. He might be best described as ‘folksy impressionism.’ His beautiful painti...

  • Paintings Don't Always Last Forever
    April 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    As an artist specializing in oil on canvas paintings, I’m always interested in stories that depict interesting facts about iconic artists and their work. I recently read an article on Read more

  • Your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Matt Kaplinsky 
    February 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Hi there! I'm so glad you've found your way to my blog. Whether you are a long-time fan of mine or have just discovered my work, I am beyond happy to have you here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, allow me to answer some of the questions I ...

  • Can't-Miss Art Studio in Dallas - Matt Kaplinsky 
    February 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    If you're visiting Dallas, Texas, we have the first must-have event for your itinerary. Matt Kaplinsky is an arts and entertainment studio that is sure to bring out your inner artist.

    You'll se...

  • 7 Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing (and otherwise solving dilemmas) 
    January 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    It's common for artists of all mediums to feel their creativity ebb and flow in their lifetime. In fact, it's perfectly normal.  

  • Favourite painters + painters that inspire me
    January 21, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Not everyone gets to do what they love for a living but I feel very fortunate to be able to earn money bringing beauty and joy into people's homes and lives.

  • Taking Care of Business: The Art World’s Unsexy Side 
    November 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Many artists are notoriously lax when it comes to the business side of their art. Perhaps that‘s the reason the “starving artist” stereotype remains in the world’s collective consciousness. The tendency is to just look/be strange, make art, and hope for...

  • My experience as a working artist for 20+ years
    October 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    I’ve been painting since 1991. It has paid my bills since the late ‘90s. And it turns out the reality of being a working artist isn’t what most people expect. It’s not what I expected. In that way, it’s similar to one of my paintings — the end result is...

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