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A Phone Booth in the Woods

by John P. Weiss on 11/28/2015 9:52:14 AM

We don’t have to stumble upon a miraculous phone booth in the woods to reach out to the ones we love. We just have to reach out. Through our art, our words, our actions, our forgiveness and our love. In this season of Thanksgiving and holiday cheer, take a moment to find your own phone booth in the woods. And when it rings, do yourself a favor and have the courage to pick up the receiver. [...]

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October 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 11/27/2015 7:06:19 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Phil Couture has completed the judging of the October 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Seeing a Long Way

by Donald Fox on 11/25/2015 7:49:01 AM

He was trying to short-cut the process, but his creative insight suffered as a result of his lack of foresight. He did not see and, consequently, did not learn to see. [...]

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Do You Hear Me Now? The Art of Paraphrase

by Eugenie B. Fein on 11/23/2015 7:29:29 AM

Smile. This isn’t an interrogation. People really want to know about you and your art. [...]

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Surprise! You are the Needle in the Haystack

by John P. Weiss on 11/21/2015 10:10:26 AM

What you want to do is embrace your passion. Believe in it. Share it with others. Be that needle in the haystack. Through your uniqueness you have the power to improve the lives of others and find artistic fulfillment. Sounds to me like a fine way to live one’s life. [...]

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Did You Make That Up? What I Learned Today

by Jenifer Cline on 11/20/2015 7:24:47 AM

I have had time and I find that one of the most enjoyable things about creating a composition is deciding what to leave out, what to move slightly and what to emphasize. And yes, I get to decide, so I realize that yes - I am making it up! [...]

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Writing an Artist Statement: Consider the Magician

by Luann Udell on 11/19/2015 7:12:27 AM

Be generous with your knowledge. Share your enthusiasm with your audience. Rejoice in your choice of media. But never forget what is deep in your heart, where your true story is--the story that will resonate with the hearts of your true collectors. [...]

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This is the Real Life of an Artist

by Joan Brady on 11/17/2015 7:29:24 AM

I have come to realize that the real life of an artist is not based on how many paintings you produce in a week, but living your authentic life and bringing that joy to the easel (or whatever your mode of expression). When that happens, the contentment and energy you feel will cause you to overflow with inspiration. [...]

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Your Art is the Path to Happiness

by John P. Weiss on 11/14/2015 9:49:09 AM

That’s my antidote for today’s generational malaise. Find the art inside you. Stoke those embers of creativity. Fan the flames and warm your soul. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, nourishes your spirit and sustains you over the long haul. Your art is the path to happiness. [...]

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Masculine and Feminine

by Donald Fox on 11/13/2015 7:10:02 AM

Perhaps there will be a time when it truly does not matter whether art is created by either male or female. The only question will concern the efficacy of the work rather than the gender of its maker. [...]

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So You Want to be a Better Painter? Make More Paintings

by David M. Kessler on 11/12/2015 7:10:26 AM

Workshop students ask me "How can I be a better painter?" My advice to them is two-fold: 1. Learn the basics: the fundamentals of design, composition and color; 2. Make more paintings. You cannot ever be a good painter if you don't learn the basics. [...]

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It's a Gift

by Mark Brockman on 11/11/2015 7:48:45 AM

So forget about having a 'gift', look in your closet for your 'talent', buy a ruler and develop some patience, and go do your 'IT'. [...]

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How I Painted My Way To The Middle

by Dave Iles on 11/10/2015 7:22:36 AM

Paint because your soul screams to paint. Paint because it's your total passion in life and you can't imagine doing anything else in this life. [...]

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The Story We Tell Ourselves

by Mark Edward Adams on 11/9/2015 7:55:02 AM

I believe artists must create a personal story about their art. What made you want to create art and how will you determine the success of your work? I think the sooner we can figure out our own story then we can begin to enjoy the process. All the galleries and attention may fade away with time, but the story we tell ourselves will outlast all the good and bad times. [...]

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How Your Creative Spirit Will Save You

by John P. Weiss on 11/7/2015 9:17:34 AM

I believe the greatest gift is our creative spirit. She dances with us, even in the throws of Alzheimer’s and fragility of old age. She will accompany us beyond the indignities of infirmity, to the ultimate mysteries of living and dying. It is our creative spirit, that gentle lifelong companion, that will save us in the end. [...]

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Art as Memory, Memory as Art

by Donald Fox on 11/6/2015 7:15:05 AM

It is possible that the mind uses visualization, thought, feeling, and desire for completeness, for resolution to mold a partial memory into something complete like a work of art. [...]

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Why Is She Painting Like That (Part 2)

by Heidi Harner on 11/4/2015 7:21:39 AM

I like to think of abstract art like instrumental music. It doesn't need lyrics (details) to tell you what it's about. It is powerful in its own right. I'm not saying realism is bad and abstract is better. I'm just pointing out that people love those realistic paintings because the essence of that painting is strong abstract design. [...]

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The Entertainment System and the Painting

by David Hettinger on 11/3/2015 7:17:19 AM

I guess when you're really inspired and not just trying to create a clever painting to sell, things go a little better. [...]

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Frustration Is Your Best Friend

by Carolyn Henderson on 11/2/2015 8:14:50 AM

Are you frustrated because the world is changing too fast, there’s so much to learn, and you can’t keep up -- or worse yet, can’t even jump on the carousel because it makes you dizzy? You’re not alone -- even savvy 15-year-olds can’t grasp it all -- and you’re wiser than a savvy 15-year-old. [...]

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Promises To Keep In The Artist’s Life

by John P. Weiss on 10/31/2015 9:19:08 AM

We all have promises to keep. And miles to go before we sleep. By all means, take a moment and admire that snowy landscape. Then get on with your responsibilities and life. There’s nobility in that. Your art will be patient. It will be there for you, when you’re ready. [...]

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Spotlight On: Bob Upton

by FineArtViews on 10/30/2015 7:38:33 AM
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'Clear Water, Lake Superior' by Bob Upton was selected Best of Show in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How to Enhance Your Drawing Skills Quick

by David Nevue on 10/28/2015 7:50:25 AM

To take your art to the next level, slow down. It does not matter how long it takes for a project to be complete. What matters is if you are 100% satisfied with what you have created. [...]

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Make Your Art Your Priority and Don't Feel Guilty!

by Sharon E. Allen on 10/27/2015 7:33:08 AM

Are you serious about creating your art? Do you sell your work? Well, unless you're on your computer reading this because you're in your marketing/business time, get off that chair and go paint! [or sculpt or whatever medium is your preferred art form] [...]

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A Desperate Call for the Creative Exiles

by Pamela Poole on 10/26/2015 8:43:56 AM

Stories such as The Hunger Games and Divergent reveal a great truth—whether they realize it or not, society needs creative thinkers, however reluctant, who can show them what it means to be alive. [...]

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September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 10/23/2015 7:09:38 AM

Our esteemed judge, Steve Henderson has completed the judging of the September 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Obstacles vs Distractions

by Luann Udell on 10/22/2015 7:29:00 AM

But deciding if a social situation, a relationship, is a true obstacle I need to overcome to move forward, or merely an annoying distraction that’s wasting valuable creative time and energy, helps me get myself back on track. It makes it easier to recognize when I’m getting entangled in someone else’s drama. It gets me back on course. [...]

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Artist Spotlight: Keiko Tanabe

by Dave Geada on 10/21/2015 7:03:14 AM

Because of my previous work experience, I valued the importance of marketing from the beginning and I believed that should be one of the top priorities for success as an artist. I met artists who were either hesitant to market themselves or had no clue how to do it. I also heard that they don’t teach the business side of art at an art school. But the reality of a working artist is that you have to think seriously about how to make a living with art and be willing to spend time to make it happen. [...]

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I Want a Painting That Matches My Sofa. So What?

by Cynthia Rosen on 10/20/2015 7:30:16 AM

I must create to fulfill my life and myself. It is how I see, how I think, how I interpret and make sense of the world about me. It is both a joy and a challenge. [...]

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Your Boring Artwork And How To Revive It

by John P. Weiss on 10/17/2015 10:16:28 AM

It’s time to banish boring artwork and the crickets of indifference! Adopt the three antidotes, work hard, have fun and show the world the original voice inside of you. [...]

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The Influence of Studio Wall Color

by Heather Arenas on 10/16/2015 7:36:14 AM

It only took a few weeks to see the shift in my work from the bright reds, yellows, and greens to a more subdued finished piece. The paints on my palette didn't change but the finished pieces all did. [...]

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Risk When You Feel Trepidation? Sure, You Gain Something Either Way

by Ruthie Briggs Greenberg on 10/14/2015 7:52:16 AM
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Either way, even if you can't have what you want, you gain more than pretending you didn't want it. I don't think we protect ourselves by denying what we want, I think we erode ourselves. [...]

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The Art Market III

by Mark Brockman on 10/13/2015 7:27:30 AM

What I do know is that I'm going to make my art, my paintings, one way or another, money or no money, fame or no fame, high end market or low end market, because it is who I am. And I will not let the so and so's in the high end art market prevent it, I don't need rich people anyway. [...]

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The Unexpected Gift Of Plein Air Painting

by John P. Weiss on 10/10/2015 9:22:10 AM

If you’re predominately a studio painter, I encourage you to embrace plein air painting. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. It will improve your art. And it just might nurture your soul. [...]

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Artistic Perspective

by Donald Fox on 10/9/2015 7:30:12 AM

What others may think has no bearing on what happens in the creative process, and it is that process, that highly individualized process, that most artist find paramount as part of their creative being-ness. [...]

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Yogi-isms and Painting

by Susan Vignola on 10/7/2015 6:57:55 AM

As each news cast revealed one or more well-known “Yogi-isms”, it occurred to me that Berra’s life philosophy was applicable to painting and painters, as well. [...]

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If You Want to Improve Your Art, Embrace Fun

by John P. Weiss on 10/3/2015 10:02:17 AM

Whenever we place any pressure on ourselves, we tend to tighten up, overthink things and overpaint. Much like an athlete chokes when a score or point is critical. Our minds get in the way of our hearts. [...]

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Spotlight On: Ingrid E. Albrecht

by FineArtViews on 10/2/2015 7:20:14 AM
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'Clearance 12'5' by Ingrid E. Albrecht was selected Best of Show in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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by Jack White on 10/1/2015 7:21:06 AM

The truth of the matter is loneliness is a choice. You can choose to be active or live in seclusion. We like happiness better than sadness. If you find yourself feeling lonely, take action. [...]

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Older Artists and the Digital World: Part 2

by Elva Robinson on 9/30/2015 7:23:20 AM

I want to keep creating art for as many years as I can, and I'm sure any artist out there feels the same way. That's why I would ask you, no matter what stage of life you're in, no matter what your current chosen medium, to seriously consider learning digital art. It has the potential to extend your years of creating art. [...]

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Why Can't I Paint That Stupid Tree??? The (non)Benefits Of (non)Study

by Karen Cooper on 9/29/2015 7:25:55 AM

I have become a tunnel visioned (of sorts) artist. [...]

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