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Once Art Makes a Home in Your Heart, There is No Turning Back

by Leslie Baer Dinkel on 2/10/2016 7:51:19 AM
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Artists may be born with a seed of talent, but this seed must be nurtured and given the opportunity to blossom. So many students like Walter have the desire, but not the opportunity to develop their skills. [...]


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Critique This, You...

by Donald Fox on 2/9/2016 7:30:26 AM
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Art is not simply about self-expression. The artist isn’t simply a channel for creative spirit. A violin will not play itself any more than a brush will paint a picture. These are instruments that must be utilized by the artist, and though the artist might be described as the instrument of creative expression, he or she is the source of that expression rather than the mute instrument waiting to be brought to life. [...]


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Your Dream is so Deep You Don't Have to Write it Down (Or Share It)

by Carolyn Henderson on 2/8/2016 7:43:02 AM
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Your true goals -- the ones that simply won’t go away no matter how much others, or you yourself, try to talk yourself out of them -- are ones you don’t need to write down on paper because they are written down on your heart. One way or another, you will reach them -- but because the process of getting there changes you, don’t be surprised that your dreams change as well. [...]


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How Art Can Rescue Wayward Souls

by John P. Weiss on 2/6/2016 9:05:34 AM
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If art can rescue wayward souls, then it can certainly rescue the rest of us. So don’t compromise on this one. Make time for your art. Share it with others. Teach if you can. In this way, we enrich ourselves and lift the emotional lives of others. And that, my creative friends, is a noble endeavor. [...]


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Spotlight On: Kathy Blankenheim

by FineArtViews on 2/5/2016 7:32:48 AM
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'The Veranda West Baden Springs' by Kathy Blankenheim was selected Best of Show in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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An Artist Can Dream

by Sandy Askey-Adams on 2/4/2016 7:36:05 AM
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Work hard, get your name out there. Do not quit...do not give up. Do not give in to excuses. Get motivated NOW. [...]


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Don't Stop Painting!

by Brienne Brown on 2/3/2016 7:44:06 AM
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Your goal with each painting shouldn’t be to get a masterpiece, but just enjoy the experience. You will either get a good painting or a good learning experience. Both are valuable! [...]


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Art: A Need or A Want?

by Susan Vignola on 2/2/2016 7:41:08 AM
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Over fifty-two years ago, President John F. Kennedy said, "I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty...an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft." Those words are no less true for us today as when he first spoke them. [...]


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Seven Ways to Improve Your Artfulness

by John P. Weiss on 1/30/2016 11:27:11 AM
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I believe that embracing an artful life is one of the most rewarding ways to live. There is great beauty in the world. Be it nature, art, literature, film, music, crafts or whatever quickens your creative heart and soul. But learning to build more artfulness in your life requires some focus and intentionality. As Robert Henri put it, “If you are to make great art, it will be because you have become a deep thinker.” [...]


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December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 1/29/2016 7:21:43 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Eric Bowman has completed the judging of the December 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]


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Clear Your Cache

by Luann Udell on 1/28/2016 7:40:34 AM
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What’s in your cache? Too many commitments, leaving little time to make art? Feeling responsible for everyone else’s comfort and happiness, at the expense of your own? A few too many coulda/shoulda/wouldas in your thoughts? [...]


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Artist, Know Thyself (6 Questions to Ask Yourself)

by Judy Ballance on 1/27/2016 7:49:53 AM
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All artists, no matter which art form they follow, have to understand themselves and know why they want to make art. Without a purpose they can’t create inspired work [...]


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Memories Are Roses In Our Winter

by John P. Weiss on 1/23/2016 9:40:57 AM
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With that, the professor became quite serious and said, “Johann Sebastian Bach’s music wasn’t broadly appreciated until after his death, 80 years later. When another composer, Mendelssohn, played it all over Germany. Same with Thoreau. His Walden Pond wasn’t embraced by the public until after his death. So, you just keep painting. You never know when or how your art will impact others.” [...]


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Art, The Mother Tongue

by Sonja Caywood on 1/22/2016 7:36:20 AM
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I accept that while art is my first language, I can't use it as an excuse to withdraw from social settings. No matter our limitations, we all have something of value to contribute, always. [...]


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Aiming for Our Ultimate Target

by Brienne Brown on 1/20/2016 7:35:29 AM
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Goals are great for getting us where we want to go, but first you need to know where you want to go! [...]


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A Lifetime of Looking at Art

by David P. Hettinger on 1/19/2016 7:55:10 AM
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I judge how a painting speaks to me, if it speaks to me. A lifetime of looking at art, learning about art, has opened my mind to the different forms of art, the different schools of art. An abstract can move me as much as a portrait or landscape. [...]


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How to ask Strangers for Help

by Mark Edward Adams on 1/18/2016 8:22:22 AM
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In summary, I believe artists should reach out to other people for help. But the process must be done in a way that is both respectful and mutually beneficial for each party If you follow these tips you are headed in the right direction and this person may eventually take on the role of a mentor and friend. [...]


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The 4 Letter Word You Need To Love

by John P. Weiss on 1/16/2016 9:20:54 AM
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Fall in love with the power of personal grit. That special courage, resolve and strength of character inside you. I believe we all have it, but some tap into it more easily than others. [...]


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10 Reasons Not to Create Art

by Sue Flanagan on 1/15/2016 7:27:30 AM
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Finally, I hope you realize that most excuses are just that! Exercising our creativity feeds our soul. So please, don't starve. [...]


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Quality vs Quantity in Fine Art Exhibits

by Judy Ballance on 1/13/2016 7:45:13 AM
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It is important that artists learn how to tell good work from bad, especially when the work is your own. If you are interested in competing in art exhibits, set high goals for yourself and learn how to create quality work. [...]


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Rightful Action

by Donald Fox on 1/12/2016 7:47:38 AM
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Perspective is a curious state of mind. One can be so involved with a personal discomfort that beauty or truth or possibility are ignored or are never even recognized. Illusion and delusion are partners in crime. They conspire against the real. The real struggles to contain both, but in truth reality is but another illusion. Nothing is permanent but change, so says the cliché, and in the end (which never comes, for every end is only another beginning) even the permanent is illusory. [...]


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How Minimalism Will Absolutely Improve Your Art

by John P. Weiss on 1/9/2016 9:19:51 AM
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Embracing simplicity and minimalism will absolutely improve your art. Whittling away the excess, simplifying your schedule and politely saying no to commitments will free you. Your mind will be less distracted. You’ll have less stuff to worry about. And the artwork you’ll end up creating will be magnificent. [...]


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Are You Painting with Tea or Butter?

by Brienne Brown on 1/6/2016 8:26:30 AM
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In a watercolor workshop I took years ago, the instructor taught me about the “Tea to Butter” method for thinking about paint consistency and I have used it ever since. Think of the consistency for the following foods to help you with understanding paint consistency… [...]


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Is a Bad Economy Good for Art?

by Roberta Murray on 1/5/2016 7:49:12 AM
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Besides a more stable investment, the other benefit to investing in art during bad economic times is that when all the news around us is depressing, you have a beautiful piece of art to adorn your house providing a piece of stability and well-being. [...]


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Embrace Black Box Thinking For Creative Growth

by John P. Weiss on 1/2/2016 12:29:06 PM
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Do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always gotten [...]


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November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 1/1/2016 7:39:56 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Daggi Wallace has completed the judging of the November 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]


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Blank Brains

by Mark Brockman on 12/30/2015 8:17:03 AM
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Here is how I see it. Those times when the planets are aligned and the gods are smiling down at me, when the work flows from my fingers, is a time of great energy. Energy received and spent. Those down times, those times I used to fret over, and worry, that is when my creative juices are refilling, when my muse is resting. It's not a bad thing those down times, in fact I suspect the down times help to prevent me from suffering burn out. A forced, out of my control, R&R. [...]


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Skyrocket Your Creative Growth By Changing One Thing

by John P. Weiss on 12/26/2015 9:31:42 AM
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Today’s social media, instant entertainment and digital distractions weaken our ability for sustained attention. But by unplugging, setting a schedule, building good habits and embracing deep work, we can reclaim the best of our creativity. And doing so is sure to skyrocket your artistic growth. [...]


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Artist vs. Viewer

by Brienne Brown on 12/23/2015 7:54:40 AM
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On the other hand, I find enjoyment when other people appreciate my art. I think most artists do. I love it when someone tells me that my painting reminds them of someone or some place they had seen before. It brings back memories for them and they have connected and related to my art work. I think this is a great thing to aspire for. Your art will not connect with everyone, but I think it is great when it does. [...]


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Starting Over

by Donald Fox on 12/21/2015 8:15:33 AM
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Certainly there is no guarantee that the produced painting will work. That is taken for granted, for even with carefully planned work there is no guarantee, but the success rate is likely much higher than with spontaneous work. [...]


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Why Freedom is the Answer

by John P. Weiss on 12/18/2015 8:02:17 AM
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Henry David Thoreau wrote: “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear, nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” Dear reader, don’t live a life of quiet desperation or resignation. Summon the courage and forethought, and then embrace freedom. Your Walden awaits you. [...]


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With Loving Intention: Authentic Self-Expression and the Inner Critic

by Linda Fabry on 12/15/2015 9:04:00 AM
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Words. Well, they're just words. They hold no power except what we give them. So express yourself with whatever words, sounds, colors, shapes or dance moves you feel! And if those critics in your head show up, invite them to the party! [...]


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Why Your 20 Minute Sketch is Better

by John P. Weiss on 12/12/2015 10:54:29 AM
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So here’s the deal. Don’t get discouraged because you’re not painting like Anders Zorn. Pursue excellence, but keep your internal cynic in check. Think about the purpose of each piece, and then tap your inner poetry. Try to paint with the freedom of your 20 minute sketches. In this way, you’ll release your creative voice. [...]


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Spotlight On: Shana Levenson

by FineArtViews on 12/11/2015 7:47:38 AM
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'Donna' by Shana Levenson was selected Best of Show in the October 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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Filling Up Your Inspiration Bucket

by Brienne Brown on 12/9/2015 7:25:30 AM
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When you love to create, filling up your inspiration bucket becomes necessary from time to time. So, what do you do to fill up your creative inspiration bucket? [...]


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How Dancing In The Nutcracker Improved My Art

by John P. Weiss on 12/5/2015 9:52:52 AM
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You don’t have to dance in The Nutcracker to become a better artist, but I encourage you to embrace new experiences. They just might free a part of you, thereby unleashing new depths of creativity that yearn to be discovered. [...]


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Painting Styles from Representational to Abstraction

by Gayle Faucette Wisbon on 12/4/2015 7:55:12 AM
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How do you define a painting style? This is something I have thought about for a while. Not that it is all that important to the painting process, but I guess I like knowing where my work fits in the spectrum from representational to non-representational. There is a lot of information about this on the internet and I'm finding it very complicated, but interesting. [...]


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Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Dunphy

by Dave Geada on 12/2/2015 7:36:27 AM
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They say that if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel. Standing in front of an easel all day is not a bad way to spend your life. [...]


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Disagreeing With A Pro & Does Your Painting Get It Said?

by Karen Cooper on 12/1/2015 7:46:59 AM
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Did that just say experiences or memories can't be put into paint? I must be reading this wrong. Isn't it what the artist brings to the painting that makes it great? Sure, bolster it up with good design, but I'm in an arguing mood, and I'm saying we need to be painting our experiences. As artists, we see, and therefore we share, and in my experience, that should include the experiences. And if we can't do it with the paint, then maybe we aren't getting enough of us on the canvas. [...]


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A Phone Booth in the Woods

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