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My Three Cats and the Real Artist

by Luann Udell on 5/5/2016 9:09:48 AM
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I may not like you, and/or I may not like your art. I may not like your medium, or your process. But if you are doing your best to make your art - If all you do is make the world a better place for even one person - Then you, and your art, have a place in the world. And you are a ‘good enough’ artist for me. [...]


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Artist Spotlight: Aaron Westerberg

by Dave Geada on 5/4/2016 9:34:53 AM
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When it comes to the creative professions, everyone wants to do them. So you have to work harder than most to be successful. It’s very competitive. If it’s your passion, you're going to like working hard. It’s not all about wearing a beret, eating cheese and drinking wine. All the successful artists I’ve met along the way are workaholics. They work all the time. You really have to hustle. [...]


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March 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 4/29/2016 8:55:17 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Zoey Frank has completed the judging of the March 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]


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The Assertive Artist

by Sandy Askey-Adams on 4/28/2016 9:01:35 AM
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So, build up your self-confidence. Don't take everyone's words as gospel. Don't allow others to knock you or your work down. [...]


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Healing Power of Art Part 3

by Brienne Brown on 4/27/2016 9:04:32 AM
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The healing power of art is real! I can’t totally explain it, but I have experienced it. Something about the act of creating is good for the soul. [...]


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The Age of the Workshop

by Mike Barr on 4/26/2016 9:03:11 AM
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Like any skill, and painting is a skill, it will diminish if we don't use it regularly. Painting is learning on the job and I don't think that ever stops. When we stop painting as much as we should we stop learning and progressing. [...]


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Why Beauty Really Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

by John P. Weiss on 4/23/2016 8:57:18 AM
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So take heart, fellow artists and struggling creatives. Remember to take the bad with the good in your artful journey. Try a few salvage operations now and then. And remember, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Even if you decide to throw that stinker of a painting away, it just might get reclaimed and recycled at your local transfer station. Because one person’s trash might be another person’s art. [...]


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100 Ways to be a Successful Artist

by Mark Brockman on 4/20/2016 9:26:07 AM
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So think about what it is you really want from your artistic endeavors. Recognition, awards or money. You decide and get to work. Because it is the work, the doing that helps you improve your art, the thinking, the dreaming that helps you head in the direction you want to head. [...]


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Returning to Flow

by Pamela K. Beer on 4/19/2016 9:01:23 AM
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Succumbing and recognizing that I don’t have to “do” anything except just be me releases the bondage of procrastination and puts me back into that serendipitous space of flow. That is the place where really cool stuff happens. [...]


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My Art Means Something. Period.

by Carolyn Henderson on 4/18/2016 9:29:28 AM
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My art means something. Period. So does yours. [...]


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This Is What Happens When You Become An Artist

by John P. Weiss on 4/16/2016 9:59:38 AM
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Because in reality, we make our own “inner rings” by staying true to ourselves and our artistic sensibilities. In time, other craftsmen and artists will be drawn to our authenticity and sincerity. From there, true friendships blossom and a deep peace settles into our soul. And, dear reader, this is what happens when you become an artist. [...]


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Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking

by Karen Burnette Garner on 4/15/2016 9:18:46 AM
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Bravely face what your art brings you, continue to put yourself out there, if for no other reason than to prove to yourself that you have a voice among the many. Even if you take a licking....keep on ticking. [...]


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Did Someone Say Coloring Book?

by Teddi-Jann Covell on 4/14/2016 9:13:23 AM
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Whatever you choose, you get what you pay for. Make sure you are buying high quality images and not spending more for flashy book covers that are just decorative tricks to get your hard earned $$$. [...]


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My Palette: Color Mixing

by Brienne Brown on 4/13/2016 9:28:25 AM
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The reason I have all these colors is that I know some of them mix well together. How do I know? I have tested them or gotten color combinations from other artists. But I always experiment myself. [...]


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Thoughts on Drawing

by Donald Fox on 4/12/2016 10:18:41 AM
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Drawing for me is full of possibility, and it has taken me on many journeys to known as well as surprising destinations. The discipline came first – and maybe that’s just me and my learning process although I’d strongly suggest others experiment with that too – and that freed my thinking which my hand has learned to follow. [...]


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Is it Necessary for Fine Artists to Learn the Basics?

by Judy Ballance on 4/11/2016 10:29:52 AM
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Art yesterday, today and in the future is different now and will be diverse in the future. Art materials today aren’t the same as those artists had in the past, and future artists will also have new choices in art materials. The great artists will push the boundaries, the art they make will be innovative, art like we have never seen before. That work, because it is new and different will become part of history. They won’t be constrained by boundaries, but will learn the basics, do the work and follow their vision. [...]


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I Don't Get It

by Mark Brockman on 4/8/2016 6:40:45 AM
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Besides if they actually got what it was you wanted to express they might not connect with the piece, but if they get their own ideas about the work, connect with it on their own terms, they might want to buy it. They feel what they feel, you feel what you feel, they get the art and you get the the money. You both get it! Get it? [...]


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Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Diehl

by Dave Geada on 4/6/2016 12:22:15 PM
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The difference between painting and art is that art connects with a deeper sense of truth about who you are. When you see a piece of art, you instantly feel that you’ve known it forever. It connects you with a truth about yourself. That’s what I aim for with my art. [...]


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Talent vs Learning: Artistic Talent is so Overrated

by Carole Rodrigue on 4/5/2016 10:06:40 AM
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It's time to stop glorifying talent so much and start recognizing great artists for what they really are, people who dogged determination who didn't give up, people who had a passionate desire, people who showed up and learned, and kept learning. People who still keep learning. That's what makes great artists, not talent. Talent almost seems like a myth when you really think about it. [...]


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What Are You Willing to Die Having Left Undone

by John P. Weiss on 4/2/2016 10:16:59 AM
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Adopting some miracle mornings and the two minute rule will open doors for you. You’ll gain clarity about what’s important and what you want to accomplish. Your artwork will undoubtedly improve. And you’ll be able to answer Pablo Picasso’s challenge with the proclamation that none of the important things in your life have been left undone. [...]


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Spotlight On: Greg LaRock

by FineArtViews on 4/1/2016 6:30:01 AM
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'Roasted Reds' by Greg LaRock was selected Best of Show in the February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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Without a Net

by Mark Brockman on 3/31/2016 6:32:33 AM
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Starting a painting without a preliminary drawing is scary, you have to have a strong will, a hearty disposition, stamina and a great tolerance to pain. No, actually you just need to be willing to try it. To be willing to fail. But then even with a preliminary drawing failure is standing right at our shoulder, isn't it? [...]


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Healing Power of Art Part 2

by Brienne Brown on 3/30/2016 6:34:34 AM
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When an artist creates something, it can become a unique expression about the subject and experiences of the artist. Then, when a viewer is touched by that piece of art, they bring their own unique experiences when viewing the painting and can be touched by something through how the artist created it. [...]


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Ugh - That Creative Block

by Sandy Askey-Adams on 3/29/2016 7:34:16 AM
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There is fear when looking at the blank paper or canvas. It can almost give one a feeling of defeat before even beginning. [...]


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The Art of Spark Plugs and Quiet Living

by John P. Weiss on 3/26/2016 9:41:52 AM
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Artfulness is everywhere, improving our lives and injecting more beauty into our midst. The trick is to slow down and adopt a bit of my father-in-law’s quiet living. Because when we do, a creative awakening will be there to greet you. [...]


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February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

by FineArtViews on 3/25/2016 6:35:01 AM
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Our esteemed judge, Laurie Kersey has completed the judging of the February 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]


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Does Your Passion Change the World?

by Pamela K. Beer on 3/23/2016 6:13:19 AM
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In a world of human failing, it is important to find our own beauty, to share that beauty unashamedly and liberally. Our world desperately needs more beauty. [...]


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Preparation

by Donald Fox on 3/22/2016 6:44:17 AM
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The inspirational moment doesn’t just strike out of the blue; it is received because the artist is prepared to receive it. The creative process is an ongoing process. [...]


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What No One Tells You About True Happiness

by John P. Weiss on 3/19/2016 10:25:21 AM
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What no one tells you about true happiness is that beyond health and love of family/friends, true happiness resides in your deepest self. It’s your unique authenticity. It requires no approval, no parental consent or permission from others. [...]


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Dear Artist - Know Your Worth

by Linda Fabry on 3/18/2016 6:24:17 AM
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So thank you for your service. Thank you for being brave and letting your silver-lined, triple-glazed, watercolored light shine. Keep seeing the beauty. Keep on balancing and harmonizing our world. Keep inspiring the rhythm and leading us to love with your song. And the next time someone asks you “what do you do?” Go ahead and tell them proudly, “I am an Artist”, as you flip your cape back over your shoulder and feel that badge of honor beating deep within your chest. [...]


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Eat Your Vegetables

by Mark Brockman on 3/17/2016 6:30:04 AM
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What happens is we may have an area or object in a painting that we are unsure of, maybe it even scares use to attempt to paint that object, so we hold off, waiting for the right moment. The right moment though is not at or near the end of the painting process. Those scary things need to be tackled early on. [...]


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What to do When the Workshop's Over: Becoming Your Own Teacher

by Kathleen Dunphy on 3/14/2016 6:58:55 AM
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Although I had all the time in the world to paint and no need to schlep my supplies to school on the train and deal with all the hassles of assignments and deadlines, I had no one to turn to with questions, no fellow classmate to gripe to, no instructor recommending this technique or that theory to help solve my problems. Life as a "real" artist wasn't exactly what I had imagined. [...]


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How Dad and Aunt Cynthia Shaped My Creative Soul

by John P. Weiss on 3/12/2016 9:20:17 AM
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Traditions are meant to be carried on, and it’s my turn to ink those artful, fatherly letters to the next generation. So that the joy of creativity is carried on. And so that he’ll know, even many years from now when my old letters are found in the attic, that he was loved dearly. [...]


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The Challenge of Maintaining Focus on Your Subject While Interacting With Interested Spectators

by Jim Glover on 3/11/2016 6:28:42 AM
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I think Tim Deibler, an amazing Colorado artist and friend, once told me that 98% of the people who stop to look are in absolute awe of what we are doing! If we can help these inquirers and admirers bridge the seeming distance between them and our "brush magic" by "inviting them in," they'll see that we aren't paint zombies, but ordinary people with a special passion for communicating our vision in color on our canvases. And maybe they'll take one home with them! [...]


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Lessons From the Gym: Poor Old Michael Finnegan

by Luann Udell on 3/10/2016 6:22:34 AM
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But if we become trapped by habit and assumptions - if we assume we know it all, if we believe have it all under control, if we are content that we have it made… Then if we stumble, it can feel like failure to begin again. [...]


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The Art of Juggling

by Donald Fox on 3/9/2016 6:21:53 AM
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History gives us many stories about those artists who sacrificed all for their art, and many of these are considered eccentric, egomaniacal, or socially inept. [...]


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Speaking in Pictures (Part 2)

by Ron Craig on 3/8/2016 6:16:45 AM
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Then it dawned on me: instead of painting things as I saw them, I should be painting my subjects as I want them to be seen. [...]


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Achieve Better Art And More Happiness With This One Quality

by John P. Weiss on 3/5/2016 9:21:35 AM
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So, if you want to create better art and experience a little more happiness, adopt a curious nature. I have found that curiosity serves my art and soul well, and I bet it will do the same for you. [...]


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Spotlight On: A Westerberg

by FineArtViews on 3/4/2016 6:10:35 AM
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'Black Kimono' by A Westerberg was selected Best of Show in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]


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Exhibiting - The Key to Improvement

by Mike Barr on 3/3/2016 6:32:46 AM
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One of the most rewarding parts of being an artist is avoiding complete self-absorption and reveling in the joy it brings to others. [...]


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