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Learning on a Budget

by Steve Atkinson on 2/20/2017 12:28:18 PM

This really is a global community and we are members of a family that go beyond borders. [...]

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How to Avoid the #1 Obstacle to Becoming a Professional Artist

by Dave Geada on 2/17/2017 10:12:13 AM

If you follow this simple to describe and hard to do recipe, you will succeed in earning a living from your art. [...]

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A Barn is Not a Shape

by Eileen McConkey on 1/30/2017 9:56:00 AM

Changing the way you think about shapes can change your paintings. [...]

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Workshopping Around

by Steve Atkinson on 1/24/2017 9:48:28 AM

I don't care who you are, we all can grow by taking classes from other artists... [...]

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The Value of Workshops

by Sharon Allen on 1/20/2017 9:43:59 AM

Regardless of your skill level there is much to be gained by taking a workshop with peers now and then. [...]

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Painting Large: Size Does Matter

by Sharon Weaver on 1/17/2017 10:38:34 AM

By clarifying the process and defining the mood and atmosphere of your painting you can guarantee success. [...]

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Lights Off to Reveal Values

by Vianna Szabo on 1/12/2017 10:22:37 AM

If you are working on a painting and wondering if you are finished, turn off the lights and step away to view your work. The darkness can be revealing. [...]

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What Is A Study?

by J.R. Monks on 1/10/2017 10:11:12 AM

Studies are footprints in the sand of the journey of an artist. [...]

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Oil Painting Blacks

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/27/2016 10:43:31 AM

Oil Painting Blacks [...]

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What Sully (Captain Sullenberger) Can Teach Artists

by Sue Flanagan on 12/19/2016 10:06:35 AM

So, follow your passion, get the appropriate training and mentoring, evaluate your work regularly, and put in a lot of quality time. [...]

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Zorn Palette and Color Chart

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/9/2016 9:44:26 AM

For me the Zorn Palette has been a great introduction to color, I highly recommend it to anyone starting the journey into oil painting, especially for indoor figure and portrait work. [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Do You Know When It's Finished?

by Carolyn Hancock on 9/23/2016 9:29:08 AM

When you have pushed the painting and your materials further than you thought you could... [...]

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Color & Values In Painting

by Linda Schroeter on 9/15/2016 9:52:46 AM
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Observing and painting correct values is key to a good foundation in your painting. [...]

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Mastery Before Marketing

by Clint Watson on 9/13/2016 9:55:43 AM

The two major components needed to be a successful professional artist are mastery and marketing. [...]

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Make It Matter - Take the Reins

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 9/12/2016 9:39:41 AM

Tempt the fear and failure and be pleasantly surprised. [...]

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To Improve Your Art, Ignore The Subplots

by John P. Weiss on 9/10/2016 12:39:44 PM

"You are the filter." Your uniqueness and individuality is what separates your portrayal of the scene from that of another painter. [...]

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Why Your Passport Will Improve Your Art

by John P. Weiss on 8/27/2016 9:22:44 AM

New experiences stimulate our brains by creating new connections, insights and discoveries. For artists, visiting museums and doing master studies can help us grow. [...]

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Creating Fine Art That Has A Theme

by Judy Ballance on 7/15/2016 9:24:51 AM

The theme of your art must be something you are passionate about. Themes aren't stated verbally, the viewer has to study the artwork and develop their own understanding of the theme. [...]

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Am I Ready To Be A Professional Artist? (Part 1)

by Zachery Elletson on 7/6/2016 9:46:21 AM

The only way to reach your goals is to consistently put in the work; don't give up what you want most for what you want right now. [...]

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When the Teacher Becomes the Student

by Deb Komitor on 6/21/2016 9:20:37 AM

It takes a village to raise an artist. [...]

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What Makes A Good Painting?

by Ginger Whellock on 6/8/2016 9:49:54 AM

Sometimes you will find a piece you especially like, sometimes works aren't as stimulating as you initially thought and once in a while a painting or sculpture will only reveal its problems or perfection upon closer scrutiny. You will find the answer. [...]

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Lost and Found Edges and Lost Art Supplies

by Judy Ballance on 5/26/2016 9:41:45 AM

Losing edges and linking shapes are powerful tools and important in designing a composition. You can change your paintings to your own unique expression just by handling the edges differently. And, what might have been a mediocre painting will become exciting. [...]

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The Treasure Map

by John P. Weiss on 5/7/2016 10:30:37 AM

"People always talk about finding themselves but what they should be doing is creating themselves. Experimenting, changing things up." [...]

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Do All Fine Art Paintings Need A Focal Point?

by Judy Ballance on 5/3/2016 9:24:54 AM

It is important to understand the concept of a focal point in order to be able to make the decision about whether to include a focal point in your painting or not. Do you always use a focal point in your work? [...]

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The Age of the Workshop

by Mike Barr on 4/26/2016 9:03:11 AM

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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100 Ways to be a Successful Artist

by Mark Brockman on 4/20/2016 9:26:07 AM

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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My Palette: Color Mixing

by Brienne Brown on 4/13/2016 9:28:25 AM

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

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

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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Talent vs Learning: Artistic Talent is so Overrated

by Carole Rodrigue on 4/5/2016 10:06:40 AM

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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Without a Net

by Mark Brockman on 3/31/2016 6:32:33 AM

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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Eat Your Vegetables

by Mark Brockman on 3/17/2016 6:30:04 AM

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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