Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why Art shouldn't match your Decor

For some reason, our society is so obsessed with making things “match.” This is particularly the case when it comes to contemporary art. The interior design industry is mostly responsible for this and they know it. But hey, you can’t blame them for helping people beautify their lives. That’s what they do. Ultimately, it’s all about the money. Isn’t it always. Matching art with your home – while it may be enjoyable – is a very shallow way to live. Are you THAT insecure that you need to impress others by making things match? People who need to make things “match” care too much about how others perceive them. Who cares if things don’t match? Why not take a walk on the wild side? Buy art that challenges you. Buy art that takes your breath away and bravely put it all over your home without the slightest concern that it matches anything else. Things may not match, but they will COMPLEMENT one another. YOU are the common link between everything that you own. Things will naturally go together because YOU like them and they work for YOU. Be BOLD! Conquer doubt! That’s the greatest lesson of artistic expression in the first place. Artists listen to their inner voice when it comes to creating art and you should also follow your bliss when it comes to buying art. If you’re concerned about making things in your life “match,” you’re not truly following your bliss. You’re living out your perception of someone else’s definition of who you ought to be. You’re not being fair to yourself. Set yourself free from this pathology. It’s your life and YOUR house. Do what YOU want. This usually does not include "matching" things. Art in your home should be kind of “off” anyway. It should be “not quite right.” It might even be just plain “wrong” to other people. That’s how you KNOW you’re ON to something. This is how you know you’re gaining a true understanding about contemporary art. True art cannot be caged by mere decorative considerations and nor should it be. Art deserves better and so do we.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My latest project

Please take a look at my latest project: Sincerely, Kevin Boldenow

The Journey

Taking delight in the journey takes confidence. It pushes the envelope of design.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Solving or Creating

In most successful business-to-business selling, the big wins come from creating problems. Once the competition is busy using your new innovation, the other companies have to buy it to keep competitive. Once other brands are using your social medium, the laggard brands do too—not because you've solved their problem, but because you've created one. The people in a traditional bureaucracy buy something new when they have to, not when they want to.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Despite the formidable and sometimes soul-crushing odds against material and critical “success,” artists are some of the most doggedly tenacious, spirited, responsive, broad-minded, emotionally honest souls you’ll ever encounter. They’re eternally striving for the next step, the next leap. Those who stick with it do so at considerable psychological cost. More than anything, they want to create objects or experiences that encapsulate their highest vision of what life can be — and maybe, just maybe, help you see the world in a slightly different light.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

To be seen

The fascinating lesson about human nature is that people aren't always driven by a rational analysis of work as an exchange of labor for cash. We want to be seen and we seek to belong. It's a shame when an organization takes advantage of that and treats people unfairly. When we offer people a chance to matter and to be seen, we have the chance to offer them something magical.

The problem with Hit Radio

When you only listen to the top 40, you're letting the crowd decide what you hear. And if you consume nothing but the most liked, the most upvoted, the most viral, the most popular, you've abdicated responsibility for your incoming. Most people only read bestselling books. That's what makes them bestsellers, after all. The web keeps pushing the top 40 on us. It defaults to 'sort by popular,' surfacing the hits, over and over. Mass markets and math being what they are, it's likely that many of the ideas and products you consume in your life are in fact, consumed because they're the most popular. It takes a conscious effort to seek out the thing that's a little less obvious, the choice that's a little more risky. Popular is not the same as important, or often, not the same as good.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life. John Lennon~

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fine Art

From an artist friend of mine - JB Berkow Fine Art is produced by dedicated artists who have honed their skill and vision until they are able to create in a unique and distinctive voice. This did not come easy. It took these artists years of blood sweat and tears to develop their voice. For all this work and sacrifice, they deserve our respect and an appropriate amount of money for their efforts. Fine Art is not mass produced. It is not dashed off by low-paid artisans contracted by design firms who only think of art as accent pieces to match the decor. It is not sold by large box stores. Fine Art is so much more than that. There are so many people who never think twice about paying several thousand dollars for a chair to sit in, but find it intolerable to spend the same amount for an original work of art. That attitude has to change or there will be more and more galleries closing their doors and less and less artists pursuing their dreams. That would be a travesty. Support fine art and the gallery system. Buy Art!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just plain vain

Visited a gallery in Vero Beach today. Owned by 9 artists. They charge $500-600 a month for a guest artist. That's not a vanity gallery, that's a vain gallery.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


“ Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. ” - Daniel Barenboim

Monday, May 12, 2014

Spiritual Message

When nothing moves and all is quiet, when you are alone with your thoughts, when the world stands still and leaves you to your own devices, will you find beauty in the simplest of things or will you find sorrow? Will you fill your heart with exquisite grace or will you empty yourself of joy? Life is brimming with moments of eternal beauty and ecstatic wonder. All things contain this potential. Can you see it, or are you blind? Open your eyes, your mind and your heart. It is there for you in every instant. Stand quietly alone and sip peace. Stand silent in a crowd and be touched by God.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

More Exposure

My latest exzposure in Garden Tripod online magazine.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Indiantown Project

I am currently finishing up a project for exhibition titled "A Pictorial History of Indiantown". The exhibit will take place at the Elizabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown, Florida, beginning on Friday, May 16th. The opening reception will also be on May 16th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Established by the Seminole people as a trading post, Indiantown was then settled by white American migrants in the 1890's. In 1924, Indiantown was transformed when S. Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Airline Railway, passing through, and stopping in Indiantown. Warfield planned a model city, laying out streets and building a school, housing, and a railroad station. The Florida land boom of the 1920's fizzled out in 1926. The 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane wreaked significant destruction and halted further development in the city.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Exposure See my work on pages 9 - 23

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Here is the link to one of my interviews for my exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Images

Created another gallery on my website - "More Color". Please take a visit to

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Other Artists

Sometimes an artists greatest enemy is other artists. Another artist offered to exhibit his work for free at a museum that I'm going to exhibit at beginning next week. He made it very difficult for me to negotiate a decent fee for my exhibit.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Here is a link to my latest interview.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Road Triop

I have narrowed the amount of images I'm taking to Pensacola to 36. I'll be leaving after work on Saturday, about 4:00 p.m. I'll do about half the trip Saturday evening and find a hotel/motel, then finish the trip Sunday and drop off my work. I'll take it easy on the way back, looking for photo op's along the way. Needless to say, I'll have my cameras ready. I have a couple of ideas for photo's. I hope they turn out. It's been a long time since I've been in the panhandle. Film at 11.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spiritual Gifts

I believe we are given spiritual gifts at birth. It is up to us to explore, cultivate, and share those gifts. Having taught photography through Summer Photo Camps and with the Clover 4H of Port St. Lucie gave me the opportunity to minister my talents to younger individuals, and committing to helping children improve their quality of life. I think my services will also aid in building a better community in and around Indiantown and provide opportunities for professional growth through artistic expression. My classes will be designed to nurture each student, developing technical skills and inspire excellence. This will be done through classes, as well as hands on experiences through field trips and assignments. I wish to engage my students, allowing opportunities for expression. I am looking to involve and collaborate with other educational groups such as the Dupuis Preserve and the Lahti Library to increase the recognition for the need of arts programs here in Martin County. I will also encourage local businesses to help build community awareness for the program. Programming will consist of children 10 years old to 18. Classes should contain no fewer than five students, preferably about ten per session, with four to six classes per session. I feel this program can work continually throughout the year. Sincerely, Kevin Boldenow

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


So I've been awarded a grant for my pictorial history of Indiantown through Women Supporting the Arts/Martin County Arts. I have started printing images for the show, but my income cannot keep this up. I have to wait for that check to come. I know I've got two months yet, but timing is everything. Some of the money I've spent needed to go towards my museum exhibit. I'll be delivering those images in less than two weeks.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Though our history are but moments in time, the study is a continuing process. This process brings our past to light, creating a pride in our beginnings and struggles that strengthen our will to achieve. My exhibit is meant to be such a continuing event. The exhibit will be an impetus. Taking place at the Lahti Library from May 17 – June 28,2014, the next stop for the images will be in the offices of local businesses. Kevin Powers of Indiantown Realty and Jonnie Flewelling, owner of the Seminole Inn would welcome some of the images in their place of business. Jonnie has also mentioned that works of art had been sold at the Inn. This can provide additional funding for the Lahti Library. The images can return to the Lahti Library in the Fall, for a second viewing. This would be a great time to introduce the calendar. I was honored to hear that my images were a big push to create an historical society in Indiantown. I believe this is a great endeavor for the city of Indiantown. Should the historical society find a permanent home, some of my images may find a home there too.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


I have just mentioned the Indiantown 2015 calendar to a few people, primarily business people(of course), and have received three commitments for ad space. I'll keep working on the project until all commitments are fulfilled. I think this calendar will far outdo the Molly's House calendar from a few years back.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Indiantown Project

As part of my pictorial history of Indiantown project, I am planning on designing a calendar for 2015 with images from my upcoming exhibit. I was going to seek support from local businesses to contribute to the calendar project and provide the businesses with a business ad at the bottom of each month. The cost for each business would be approximately $125.00. This would cover set up and printing of 250 calendars. The sales proceeds from the calendars will go to the Friends of Martin County Library, specifically earmarked for the Elizabeth Lahti Library. I'm attaching an image I plan on using in the calendar. Sincerely, Kevin Boldenow 561-722-2715

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Indiantown History and My Exhibit

Indiantown was originally established by the Seminole people as a trading post. It was then settled by white American migrants in the 1890s. In 1924, Indiantown was transformed when S. Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida to West Palm Beach, passing directly through, and stopping in Indiantown.[ Warfield planned to make Indiantown the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line. Toward that end, he planned a model city, laying out streets and building a school, housing, and a railroad station. Warfield also built the Seminole Inn, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.[ But the Florida land boom of the 1920s fizzled out after 1926. Warfield died a year later, putting an end to plans make Indiantown the Seaboard's southern headquarters. The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane wreaked significant destruction and halted further development. Seaboard trains continued to stop at the Indiantown depot through the 1960s but passenger service to the station was eliminated when Amtrak took over in 1971. The depot was demolished several years later. The Seminole Inn is virtually all that remains of the 1920s boom.[ Warfield's contributions to Indiantown are memorialized in, among others, Warfield Boulevard (the main route through Indiantown) and Warfield Elementary School.[ Kevin Boldenow, a fine art photographer in Palm City, Florida, has been creating a pictorial history of Indiantown. With the help of Women Supporting the Arts of Martin County providing grant support, and the Martin County Library System, Kevin will exhibit some of his photos beginning May 17th through June 28th , 2014, at the Elizabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown. After the first phase of the exhibit, Kevin hopes to showcase his project at local businesses in Indiantown. A calendar will be developed for 2015 with twelve images of Historic Indiantown, as the exhibit returns to the Elizabeth Lahti Library in October and November. Proceeds of the sale of images and calendars will go to the Elizabeth Lahti Library. To view more of Kevin’s art, please visit his website at

Monday, January 27, 2014

Historic Stuart work.

Just sent three images of historic Stuart homes to Indian River Magazine. Hope they make it to print.

Friday, January 24, 2014

More Exposure!

Some of my shots at Riverbend Park in West Jupiter will be featured in "Jupiter Life" magazine in their March issue. Not an internet publication - in print!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Little Exposure

I am featured in the latest issue of "Fabrica", an on line magazine.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Indiantown Project

I've just received word that I have been awarded a grant to complete my pictorial history of the Indiantown project. This money will go towards printing and framing images to exhibit at one or more of the Martin County(Florida) library's, and hopefully at some of the businesses in Indiantown. I hope to meet with business leaders in Indiantown to lay out the groundwork for that part of the project. I'll be meeting with Library officials to set up dates for the exhibits there. It gives me great joy to be doing this, and hopefully will lead to other historic projects in the future.