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Finding the Wow

by Jeanne Rosier Smith on 12/2/2016 11:21:52 AM

Why are some paintings so successful, and others leave us flat? What creates that catch in the breath as we look at a painting? How do we create that wow factor more often in our own work? [...]

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by Michelle Belto on 11/30/2016 10:31:47 AM

Maybe our personal turnarounds are the result of all of those days of going back into the studio when the ideas don’t materialize and the work doesn’t sell. [...]

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Sins of the Father

by John P. Weiss on 11/26/2016 11:13:51 AM

We are what we do. Not what we think, not what we say, not what we feel. We are what we do. [...]

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October 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 11/25/2016 9:49:39 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Jennifer Diehl has completed the judging of the October 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving - We Give Thanks for Artists

by Clint Watson on 11/23/2016 10:10:14 AM

Your work transcends your studio and speaks to the world, to humanity, to future generations. Your artwork moves our souls, brings us to laughter and to tears. [...]

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Seeing the Pattern

by William A. Schneider on 11/21/2016 10:02:04 AM

As art students we seem to learn (in this order): shape, values, edges, color temperature, and finally composition. [...]

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What To Expect When You Take An Art Workshop

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 11/18/2016 9:47:32 AM

Workshops are an important opportunity to continue to grow as an artist. [...]

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The Newlywed Game

by Luann Udell on 11/17/2016 10:04:07 AM

Our role as artists is even more important than ever...It’s even more important to help others see the true beauty of this world. [...]

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To Get Better, Pay Someone To Criticize You!

by John P. Weiss on 11/12/2016 9:40:53 AM

Embrace constructive criticism if you're serious about becoming a better you. It might mean paying someone to be honest, but consider it money well spent. [...]

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What To Do When the Workshop's Over, Part 1: Becoming Your Own Teacher

by Kathleen Dunphy on 11/10/2016 9:40:25 AM

Make some room in your schedule for Quick Studies--you'll be amazed at how much you learn, what a sense of accomplishment doing these paintings will bring, and just how much fun you will have painting at a sprint! [...]

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The Personal, Timely, Relevant Marketing Framework

by Clint Watson on 11/8/2016 11:25:53 AM

But how do you start or grow or nurture a group of committed fans? How do you lead your "tribe"? By being personal, timely and relevant. [...]

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10 Tips for Fearless Painting

by Kim VanDerHoek on 11/7/2016 10:10:15 AM

So many aspects of painting are about control because we artists are trying really hard to create a decent painting. Control is difficult to let go of. [...]

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The Flower Thief

by John P. Weiss on 11/5/2016 10:27:44 AM

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them... [...]

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Natural Tendencies are the Kryptonite of Painters

by Steve Atkinson on 11/4/2016 12:05:55 PM

Every one of us comes to our art with many of our brain preferences hardwired and all our life experiences engrained. These are as unique as our fingerprints (some call it personal taste). [...]

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Lessons From The Gym: It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

by Luann Udell on 11/3/2016 10:10:32 AM

The best advice for almost everything in life, is to start where you are. Take one small step forward. [...]

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Mere Shadows of Halloween, Art and Gentlemen

by Clint Watson on 10/31/2016 9:23:31 AM

So while the rest of the world is content with a simple "Happy Halloween", we present you with our following commentary on Halloween, Gentlemen and Art... [...]

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Why You Need To Harness This Contradictory Quality

by John P. Weiss on 10/29/2016 10:55:21 AM

Use a sliver of your ego to propel you forward and grow. Just don't become a complete servant to it. Harness your artistic ego, and watch your work blossom! [...]

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September 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 10/28/2016 10:00:33 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Brienne M Brown has completed the judging of the September 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 10/26/2016 9:35:06 AM

When you take those photographs, they are yours. No one else has taken the same photograph in the same way... at the same exact moment. (Just as when you do a drawing or a painting.) And as an artist, that is what can help make your painting inspirations, concepts and ideas yours and yours alone. [...]

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Why Failure is the Best Teacher

by Kim VanDerHoek on 10/24/2016 9:43:30 AM

So, the next time you've spent hours working on a piece and find you hate every square inch of it, take a break, eat something and then see how far you can push it and what that painting will teach you. [...]

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by Steve Atkinson on 10/21/2016 10:14:05 AM

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. [...]

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What We Learned In Taos About Protecting Creative Time

by Clint Watson on 10/18/2016 9:34:33 AM

Both mastery and production require long stretches of uninterrupted creative time in your studio, so you must set limits to protect your creative time. [...]

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This Much I Know Is True

by John P. Weiss on 10/15/2016 9:07:49 AM

So much of life is uncertain and hard. But this much I know is true: Art is the best of us. Art reveals our souls. Our deepest truths. It need not fetch fame or fortune to be true and authentic. [...]

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Composition is King

by Zac Elletson on 10/13/2016 9:58:56 AM

A well designed painting adequately painted is usually more interesting than a painting adequately designed and painted well. [...]

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Artist Spotlight - Steve Atkinson

by Dave Geada on 10/12/2016 9:56:49 AM

As artists, we all are standing on each other’s shoulders and learning from those who came before. [...]

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The Business Side: How Do We Make It Fun?

by Ken Pieper on 10/10/2016 9:38:26 AM

Crunching the numbers, marketing, blogs, writing newsletters, visiting galleries, creating submittals, preparing and maintaining a professional portfolio, etc.; when do I have time to create and just enjoy painting? [...]

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This Is How Abandoning The Herd Can Bring Success

by John P. Weiss on 10/8/2016 10:34:04 AM

Exceptional craftsmanship and exemplary art stands on its own. [...]

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Painting Is Dead!

by Mark Brockman on 10/7/2016 10:06:13 AM

Learn what it takes to do what has been done so many times already but still carries on. Because you, us, we are the hope of original paintings once more being sought after, admired and desired. [...]

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Getting To Your Happy (Creative) Place

by Luann Udell on 10/6/2016 9:48:30 AM

In order to create something new, we have to be open to the beauty in front of us, open and receptive to everything life throws at us. [...]

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What to Do When You Are Assaulted by an Inspirational Story

by Carolyn Henderson on 10/3/2016 1:07:07 PM

It’s because there is good in the world – and artists know this – that we identify the lies that obscure the truth. [...]

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This Is How Old Trees Speak To Us

by John P. Weiss on 10/1/2016 12:12:43 PM

You see, a good life is like a good painting. You have to smooth out some of those rough edges and be sure to have proper values. And to balance out the grayness, you need a little color, too. [...]

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August 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 9/30/2016 9:48:53 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Brian Blood has completed the judging of the August 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Leave Room for Imagination

by Gerard Blouin on 9/29/2016 9:52:57 AM

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~Edgar Degas [...]

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Dark Night of The Soul

by Pamela Beer on 9/28/2016 10:11:48 AM

It’s different for every artist and here’s my personal reflective for dark night of my soul. [...]

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"Passages" As An Artist

by Susan Blackwood on 9/27/2016 9:55:32 AM

The risk is that I might fail or no one will like it. But the "risky" is also that I will discover a whole new me in my painting! [...]

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Selfish? You Bet.

by David Hettinger on 9/26/2016 10:00:22 AM

Painting is making a connection with someone or something. Painting is more than picture making for me. [...]

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How To Avoid The Renaissance Man Trap

by John P. Weiss on 9/24/2016 9:10:28 AM

There’s no doubt that reading widely and acquiring diverse knowledge can broaden your perspectives, enrich your life and quite possibly improve your art. [...]

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Does Storytelling Work?

by Luann Udell on 9/22/2016 10:22:53 AM

We found our strong beginnings, and our thoughtful endings. [...]

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Frustration Is A Good Thing

by Zac Elletson on 9/20/2016 9:52:36 AM

Tackle your problems head on and don't give up. You will get better, it just takes time. [...]

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Doubt Isn’t A Sin, You Know

by Carolyn Henderson on 9/19/2016 9:55:41 AM

Your life is unique. Your journey as an artist is your own. [...]

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