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When There Are No Words

by Angela Bruskotter on 1/3/2017 10:30:32 AM
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An artist communicates with their art.....It is a conversation without words, yet still clearly communicated, if done well. [...]


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Art Does Not Speak for Itself

by Jerry Hardesty on 1/2/2017 10:56:41 AM
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As artists, how can we prepare ourselves to write and talk about our work? [...]


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Happy Thanksgiving - We Give Thanks for Artists

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

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

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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The Flower Thief

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

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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Mere Shadows of Halloween, Art and Gentlemen

by Clint Watson on 10/31/2016 9:23:31 AM
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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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What to Do When You Are Assaulted by an Inspirational Story

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

by Edy Stoughton on 8/31/2016 9:52:32 AM
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Creating art has changed my perspective, challenged me, led to new friends and experiences, and opened up whole new worlds of possibilities. [...]


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The Why, Which, Who, When, Where, What, and How of Fine Art Shows

by Judy Ballance on 8/16/2016 9:35:51 AM
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No matter what happens, never give up creating art, or entering competitions. It really is subjective and art that didn’t get into one show might win an award in another. [...]


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This Is Why Creativity Will Save The World

by John P. Weiss on 8/13/2016 1:08:17 PM
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Art represents hope. And when we choose hope, anything is possible. [...]


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The Universality of Mankind

by Jessica Henry on 8/3/2016 9:27:58 AM
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As we look out into the world of chaos and fear, I am reminded of the universality of mankind. [...]


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The Gallery Merry Go Round

by Roberta Murray on 8/2/2016 9:43:45 AM
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So if an artist needs to be well established and 'known' with existing galleries in place before they can get into a gallery, how are they supposed to get there? [...]


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Am I Doomed to Fail Because I’m Different?

by Carolyn Henderson on 7/26/2016 9:03:20 AM
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It is more likely that you are doomed to fail when you follow loudly proclaimed advice that has no meaningful basis of proof that it is true. [...]


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Act Like a Professional, Part 1

by Sonja Caywood on 7/22/2016 9:10:19 AM
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By presenting ourselves in a more professional manner, we artists can improve the way our work is perceived and received by galleries and clients alike. [...]


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Half-Mast

by Pamela Beer on 7/21/2016 9:31:49 AM
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Behind the temporal world, lies art, a truth maker, a magnifying glass or a tool to help us zero in on our own humanness. Making visual art is silent, yet it speaks volumes to those who are “listening.” [...]


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Leaving A Legacy

by Angela Bruskotter on 7/7/2016 9:46:34 AM
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I paint to leave my legacy, including that of my ancestors, to say the things that are my own. I hope they may evoke memories of your own traditions and the legacy left to you by your family. [...]


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Art Is Even In Your Latte

by Elizabeth B. Tucker on 7/5/2016 10:32:04 AM
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Art (and music as well) teaches us to not only look but to see. It gives us permission, in fact forces us, to see things from more than one view point. It allows for multiple mistakes and encourages multiple corrections. [...]


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Only I Can Determine If I Am Prostituting Myself

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/13/2016 9:06:54 AM
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Determining whether or not we are “prostituting ourselves” -- in our art, or in our lives -- is very much a personal and private conversation, highly dependent upon the yard stick we use to determine our moral choices. We must be careful in allowing others to bring in different systems of measurement and insisting that we use them. [...]


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CUTE SHIRT!: What to Say When You Don’t Like the Work

by Luann Udell on 5/19/2016 9:37:10 AM
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Kindness—and the benefit of the doubt—goes a long way with your peers and in your career. [...]


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How Wasting Time Can Improve Your Art

by John P. Weiss on 5/14/2016 10:17:47 AM
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So go for it. Waste a little time now and then. The work will be here for you when you get back. Indulge your curiosities and settle into the moment more. Drift a bit and see where the breeze takes you. Such voyages through unscripted time invite the collision of ideas, epiphanies and breakthroughs that will improve your art, work and life. [...]


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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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Myths That Hold Us Back

by Carolyn Henderson on 5/2/2016 8:11:21 AM
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The reason it’s important to dispel myths -- not only those we face as artists but in all areas of our lives -- is because we will look for results based upon our belief in the truth of what we’re told. If what we’re told is a myth, then there’s no reason to waste time chasing it, expecting success from an area, or a method, that is not designed to give it. [...]


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If You Want to be an Artist, Understand Loneliness

by John P. Weiss on 4/30/2016 9:39:55 AM
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Late nights of sustained creation. Early morning epiphanies. Private frustrations and repetitive rituals. Long stretches of weekends and canvas time where you are deep in the thick of it. Navigating the whispers of inspiration, personal expression and tortured execution. This is a big part of what it means to be an artist. [...]


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No Amount of Money

by Donald Fox on 4/25/2016 8:50:46 AM
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Behind every artist there is a story. It is unfortunate that our culture (these days we should think global culture) tends to focus more on monetary success and recognition than quality of expression. [...]


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Behind the Biggest Question of Them All

by Luann Udell on 4/21/2016 9:25:21 AM
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AND, one of our roles, as artists, is to advocate for the power that art has in our lives, over mass-produced tchotchkes and mass-produced reproductions. To stress why real art is important, especially with new collectors. To share how timeless it is, not only through our history, but is long-lasting appeal. [...]


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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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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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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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The Art of Spark Plugs and Quiet Living

by John P. Weiss on 3/26/2016 9:41:52 AM
10 Comments

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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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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Yes or No -- Am I An Artist?

by Carolyn Henderson on 3/21/2016 6:42:07 AM
27 Comments

Interestingly, when we answer this question, we know instinctively that the answer involves money, to wit, we are to respond with the activity that provides us with a regular paycheck. If we are retired, we say, “I’m retired”; if we are unable to work, we reply, “I’m disabled,” as if the many tasks we perform throughout the day are meaningless unless accompanied by remuneration. In other words, we are what we do for pay. [...]


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What No One Tells You About True Happiness

by John P. Weiss on 3/19/2016 10:25:21 AM
24 Comments

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
23 Comments

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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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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The Definition of Art, by Me

by Carolyn Henderson on 3/7/2016 6:56:06 AM
12 Comments

Many people -- especially those who make money off their answers -- are ready to voice their opinion, but ultimately, the person who needs to answer these questions, to his or her own satisfaction, is the individual artist. [...]


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When Rejection Is Not About Your Art

by Mark Edward Adams on 2/29/2016 5:32:52 AM
31 Comments

In summary, you should understand that rejection is part of the life as an artist. Yet all rejection is not about the quality of your work. Most of the time there are other factors at work. The best strategy to deal with it all is to ignore most critiques and instead focus your time and energy of the people that appreciate and buy your art. [...]


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Rejection Into a Positive Experience

by Brienne Brown on 2/17/2016 7:49:47 AM
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“Remember this: Constant acceptance breeds complacency and mediocrity. Rejection breeds determination and ultimate success… Rejection helps to keep us humble… and it’s extremely good for the soul.” [...]


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How to Succeed in the Emerging Economy. Be an Artist.

by John P. Weiss on 2/13/2016 9:12:18 AM
16 Comments

It’s sadly amusing how some parents look down on the community college path and liberal arts degrees. Amusing, because it just might be artists who lead the charge in the coming economy. [...]


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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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How Art Can Rescue Wayward Souls

by John P. Weiss on 2/6/2016 9:05:34 AM
20 Comments

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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