Just Paint, It Ain't: Demystifying the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their Viewers by Kim Howes ZabbiaJust Paint, It Ain't: Demystifying the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their Viewers by Kim Howes Zabbia

Just Paint, It Ain't: Demystifying the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their Viewers

byKim Howes Zabbia

Hardcover | April 1, 2019

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Gallerists and Curators who troll the land of the Art Elite, would like us to believe that the Art World is too deep for mere mortals to comprehend, especially when they hear, “That painting looks like an MRI of my hip!”

Using the portfolio of her 40-year career, artist/author/teacher Kim Howes Zabbia simplifies the mysterious and funny art business to teach this awkward pair, Artists and their Viewers, to “talk art” like the pros.

Kim Howes Zabbia, a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, is an author, artist and teacher. With a B.A. in English and Journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Louisiana State University, Zabbia retired in 2007 from Ponchatoula High School to open The Art Station, an art school for adu...
Title:Just Paint, It Ain't: Demystifying the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their ViewersFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:112 pages, 8.5 × 11 × 0.44 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 11 × 0.44 inPublished:April 1, 2019Publisher:MAAS PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0578473291

ISBN - 13:9780578473291


Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                    4
“You’re so lucky to be born with talent!”                                          7

“Did you do these paintings intentionally to repulse us?”              11

“What you been smokin’, girl?”                                                      19

“I don’t get it!”                                                                                 25

“Can you paint the same thing for me in blue?”                             33

“Aw, you’ve turned your little hobby into a business.”                     37

“How long did it take you to paint this?”                                          45

“Loved your painting of the aneurysm!”                                           50

“Would this painting match my bathroom?”                                     56

“Looks like me on a bad hair day.”                                                  69

“I didn’t realize I had a masterpiece 
when I spilled dinner on my counter.”                                              86

“I think I’m starting to like this stuff.”                                               101

Viewers who became Collectors                                                     106

Editorial Reviews

In Just Paint, Kim Zabbia takes aspiring artists, collectors and art viewers on a journey deep into the subconscious world of her art and back again to more worldly advice on how to engage artists in discussions about their work and how to build successful art careers. Equally important, the book is filled with her exceptional paintings or, as she says, a poetic “hands-on expression of the soul” locked in a struggle between control and freedom. Zabbia gives readers an excellent guide to better understand art and artists.John R. Kemp--Author and contributor to 20 books on Louisiana art and historyNew Orleans correspondent for ARTnews MagazineArt columnist for Louisiana Life MagazineIn her new book Just Paint, It Ain't, artist, writer, and educator Kim Howes Zabbia explains the roles of artist and viewer and how both connect symbiotically with each other.  It's no surprise that art is a personal statement, but so is viewing and appreciating the artist's work, as Zabbia makes clear in her entertaining and very readable book.  In a personal and conversational style, she uses her own stunning work to support her ideas, and shows that each of the roles of artist and viewer is crucial to the other, and that suppositions and established opinions can often change through dialogue to the betterment of both parties.  The many illustrations, all drawn from her work, act not only as a mini-catalogue raisonne’ but as pictorial examples of her arguments. Eric Johnson—Director, Sims Memorial Library, Southeastern Louisiana Univ, COLLECTOR--Hammond, LA  In Just Paint, It Ain’t, it is interesting to see how Kim Zabbia paints each piece, exhibits it and sometimes is never finished until she takes it back to the studio and continues to evolve its creation. I hope that before non-collectors question a painting’s price, they will read this book and realize the time, effort, blood, sweat, tears, love and joy an artist, like Kim, puts into each work created.Chad Wells--Owner, Whit’s Frozen Custard, COLLECTOR-- Columbus, OhioBe aware of the treasure in your hands! In this magnificent book, Zabbia reveals in a humorous way (that means laughing out loud) the important relationship between Artist and Viewer, giving tips and tricks for both and of course, showing her fabulous art to us, the Reader.Inez Soethof-Van Dongen--ARTIST / COLLECTOR-- The Hague, Netherlands In her new book, Zabbia explores the symbiotic relationship between Artist and Viewer, two terms which are capitalized throughout the manuscript to underscore their interconnectedness. In recounting her journey from a portrait artist to an abstract artist, Zabbia never loses sight of the truth that art only exists as a marriage between Artist and Viewer.Sue Nichols, Southeastern Louisiana Univ, English DeptAuthor-Only in Louisiana: a Guide to its One of a Kind Quilt TrailARTIST / COLLECTOR--Hammond, LA