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The Life of Art, Series #63

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell discusses the benefits of doing art from the heart

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #2 Do What You Love!

When we do the work of our heart, it’s easier to get to the studio! [...]

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S.C. Mummert's discusses 2 important types of edges.

Life on the Edge - Part III

In the world of edges, Halation and Pointing are loosely related, which is why I present them here together. They’re related in that they both use soft, lost or blurred edges to help achieve their effect. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the importance of practice, study, and discipline

Practice Your Art

Neither musicians nor athletes perform without a lot of practice. In most cases more time is spent practicing than performing. Yet, many visual artists think that once they reach the professional level, they no longer need practice. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #62

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell shares tips on how tiny actions can lead to big accomplishments

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #1: Put on Your Gym Shoes!

Micro-steps are TINY actions that can help us overcome BIG mental obstacles. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #61

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS FOR ARTISTS

Nobody here but us unorganized procrastinators! [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the importance of how to strive for style naturally

Strive to Not Have a Style

According to him, it is critical to develop a personal style, but it is equally critical that it isn’t forced. Experimentation and exploration of a variety of styles, media, motifs, etc. are important. In the process, a personal style will eventually emerge. Let it emerge, don’t resist it. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #60

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's inspiring words.

LIFE, DEATH, FAME, FORTUNE, AND ART: What's In It For YOU?

It’s the little things that matter, and the story. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #59

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell shares ideas for finding your tribe.

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #11 : Find Your Peeps!

Ideas for ways to find your tribe. [...]

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Clint Watson shares how professionals deal with criticism and complaints

Professional Pain

Professionals process the pain of criticism and complaints into positive outcomes. [...]

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Don't miss S.C. Mummert's the continuation of "Life on the Edge"

Life On The Edge - Part II

Correspondingly our last article took the virtually limitless array of Edges and compressed them down into just three categories—Hard, Soft & Lost. This time, we’ll try and provide several suggestions of just how we might apply those three basic variations ... the when & the where. [...]

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Lori Woodward shares the importance of keeping the faith throughout your art career.

Of Fear and Faith

When you're flying high, keep in mind that things can change, and when you're feeling low, keep the faith. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #58

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell shares tips & highlights on how to make these "meetings" your own.

THE FOUR QUESTIONS: #10 Make It Your Own!

Take advantage of new options for your meet-ups. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares the importance of working toward being the best of the best...

You Can Strive to Be the World’s Best

What have you always wanted to learn? What are you doing where you can see yourself working toward being the best of the best? [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #57

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell shares the last question in the series "The Four Questions"

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #9: "What Support Do You Need?"

Go ahead, ask for help. It’s what tribes are for! [...]

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Lori Woodward demonstrates the difference light vs shadows can make when painting tree foliage

Painting Tree Foliage: Light and Shadow

Without light, we just can't see much - no shape, no color. There is less light in the shadow, so we see fewer detail and color in those shadows. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #56

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell shares how to use rejection to move forward

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #8: Where Does It Get Hard?

Often our biggest obstacle in our art biz and life is….ourselves! [...]

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Lori Woodward shares a painting tool that can guide the viewer to different areas of your painting.

Setting The Stage With A Dark Foreground

This tool, "the door jamb" causes the viewer to gaze around or over the area at the side or bottom of the painting and into lighter elements in the distance. [...]

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Keith Bond shares how creating instead of replicating can help improve your artwork

Replicating vs. Creating

Allowing your memory to distill the information is a powerful tool. It frees an artist from replicating, and allows an artist to orchestrate and rearrange. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #55

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Luann Udell discusses how one step can get you one step closer to your art journey

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #7: What Is Your Next Step?

Trite, but true: Every journey begins with a single step. [...]

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Lori Woodward shares points on how to paint in midday

Painting in the Midday Sun

Glare and strong light causes the eye pupils to contract, making it difficult to see details in shadows [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #54

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." (From The Lorax.)

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #6: The First Question: “What is your greatest vision for your art?”

Protect your creative vision, your dreams. Protect your creative space. USE this particular sacred, creative, protected space to grow, as an artist. [...]

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S.C. Mummert discusses three important types of edges for your art.

Life On The Edge

The study of edges itself will always be a bit subjective (like edges themselves). However, exercises like those mentioned... should help jump-start the process for someone just starting out. [...]

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Lori Woodward discusses how to charter your own art career.

Charting Your Artistic Course

Like it or not, if your work can be recognized as "Your Work", you'll have an easier time attracting an audience for it. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #53

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's next topic "Rules" in her series, "The Four Questions".

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #5: The Rules

Take the opportunity to learn from someone else’s experience, their assumptions, and their mistakes--and discover their insights and solutions! [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #52

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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John Weiss' continued discussion on the three important words to help you be successful.

The 3 Words You Need to Know for Greater Success, Part 2

As a creative, consider the work you’re producing. Does it stand out? If not, try doing the opposite of what you’re currently doing. Switch things up. [...]

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Keith Bond shares some important tips on how to create your art business.

Art is a Business

Art is much, much more than simply creating. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #51

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's discussion on the power of affirmations, the next post in her series "The Four Questions"

THE FOUR QUESTIONS #3: The Power of Affirmations

You get to choose who you are in the world. [...]

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