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No Throats Will Be Cut...

by Judi Beauford on 4/26/2017 10:01:37 AM
9 Comments

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. [...]


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More Opportunities

by J.R. Monks on 4/25/2017 10:33:55 AM
3 Comments

The magician's hat of a painter is fascinating, new from old and endless opportunities abound if you only take the time to look. [...]


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Tools of the Trade

by Laura Pollak on 4/24/2017 9:55:48 AM
5 Comments

There are so many ways to make our lives easier on a day to day level but sometimes we don't relate them to our art. Easily one of the best tools we have is our smart phone. [...]


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The Unexpected Way My Piano Teacher Improved My Life

by John P. Weiss on 4/22/2017 9:00:02 AM
17 Comments

Only with consistency can practice produce real progress. I've certainly found that to be true with my art and anything worthwhile I ever pursued in life. [...]


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Painting Plein Air

by Deborah Ridgley on 4/18/2017 9:51:24 AM
7 Comments

With the summer season upon us, many artist like myself are out painting in the gorgeous weather. [...]


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Lessons From The Move Part Deux: Getting Smaller

by Luann Udell on 4/13/2017 10:17:53 AM
50 Comments

We want to spend our time doing things we love: Creating and making new work. [...]


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Master your Tools, Not Rules

by Zac Elletson on 4/10/2017 10:06:07 AM
8 Comments

Your artistic license is the only rule you need to follow, and your tools should help you achieve it however you see fit. [...]


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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

by Vianna Szabo on 4/5/2017 10:17:00 AM
11 Comments

Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]


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The Overlooked Benefits Of Ruthless Editing

by John P. Weiss on 4/1/2017 11:13:31 AM
24 Comments

Just like in painting and good writing, the art of ruthless editing often leads to a better product. A better life. [...]


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Beyond the Study

by William A. Schneider on 3/31/2017 10:06:21 AM
9 Comments

In our journey as artists we spend a long time learning how to render. [...]


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Forget the Flowers and Hold the Wine

by Luann Udell on 3/30/2017 11:43:11 AM
22 Comments

Let your art speak for itself. And let your art be the star of the show. [...]


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Helpful Ways to Approach a 30 Day Painting Challenge

by Ginny Butcher on 3/27/2017 10:03:17 AM
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If you have wanted to be part of a 30 day painting challenge, but felt it was too intimidating, here are some helpful ideas for approaching it. [...]


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Why I Steal Like A Thief And You Should Too

by John P. Weiss on 3/25/2017 11:25:06 AM
20 Comments

Artwork is a lot like cursive handwriting (are schools teaching it anymore?). Students are taught the same shapes, loops, etc. But over time everyone develops their own unique hand. So it is with art. [...]


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Talent

by Ken Pieper on 3/21/2017 10:14:05 AM
54 Comments

Art, no matter how well or great our original talent brings us, must be nurtured, fueled, enhanced, and continually learned to become the best that we can be. [...]


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The Surprising Value Of Anger

by John P. Weiss on 3/18/2017 6:44:37 AM
31 Comments

The surprising value of anger is that, when properly channeled, it can fuel positive action and solutions. [...]


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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

by J.R. Monks on 3/15/2017 10:04:24 AM
12 Comments

I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]


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What Happened At The Oscars Is A Clue To Selling More Art

by John P. Weiss on 3/11/2017 9:17:13 AM
23 Comments

Yes, a professional website is important. So is building an email list, blogging about your work and leveraging social media to share your art. But in the end, it's all about the work. [...]


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Seeking the Masterpiece

by Gayle Faucette Wisbon on 3/9/2017 9:53:18 AM
19 Comments

For whatever reason, artists are driven to create art that can make us happy, stir up strong emotions and make us think... [...]


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Little Words of Wisdom

by Luann Udell on 3/2/2017 9:47:56 AM
26 Comments

Make the work of your heart, make what lifts your heart, and get it out into the world. [...]


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Invest In Yourself

by Roberta Murray on 3/1/2017 9:56:00 AM
9 Comments

Go ahead and invest in yourself. Find a strategy that works for you, and pursue that learning with both seriousness and frivolity, but always with purpose. [...]


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The Wordless USP

by Clint Watson on 2/28/2017 10:09:48 AM
12 Comments

You're not selling insurance, you're selling art: what you need is a wordless USP. I'm redefining "USP" for artists. Your "Wordless USP" is your Unique Style of Painting. [...]


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Embrace The Nature Fix To Be Happier And More Creative

by John P. Weiss on 2/25/2017 11:47:58 AM
16 Comments

No wonder plein air painting, paint-outs, conventions and outdoor workshops have grown in popularity. Creative people have rediscovered all the healthy benefits in taking their paints outside. [...]


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Learning on a Budget

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

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


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Why Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

by John P. Weiss on 2/18/2017 10:51:32 AM
36 Comments

Congratulate your friends and fellow artists who succeed in areas you haven't. Let go of your ego, ask their advice and learn from their successes. [...]


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The Best Laid Plans

by Angela Bruskotter on 2/13/2017 10:53:58 AM
6 Comments

Art doesn't require fancy equipment or expensive supplies; it only needs a pen and paper, if that's all you have. [...]


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Get More out of Workshops by Following these Three Rules

by Vianna Szabo on 2/9/2017 9:56:01 AM
5 Comments

The goal of a workshop is not to create a great piece of art but to discover new ways to express your artistic voice. [...]


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13 Remarkable Quotes That Will Inspire Your Artwork

by John P. Weiss on 2/4/2017 12:08:19 PM
18 Comments

What's great about good quotes is that they make you think and reflect. They can also motivate you to grow. [...]


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Chaos Theory, The Weather, and You

by Luann Udell on 2/2/2017 11:21:36 AM
35 Comments

Once you figure out why you make the work you do, you will already have your finger on the pulse of your heart. [...]


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Frugal Framing, Part 1

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 1/31/2017 10:30:37 AM
27 Comments

To reduce my costs, I make my own frames when necessary. [...]


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Birds of a Feather

by John P. Weiss on 1/28/2017 10:41:51 AM
28 Comments

The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece... [...]


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How to Promote Your Workshops to Over 55,000 Fine Artists

by Dave Geada on 1/26/2017 11:16:09 AM
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For many professional artists teaching workshops is a great way to earn income while connecting with fellow artists in meaningful ways. [...]


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Workshopping Around

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

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


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Minimalism And The Art Of Creative Success

by John P. Weiss on 1/21/2017 9:57:18 AM
34 Comments

In the end, consider using minimalism to help you. Strip away the superfluous from you life, if you can, and hone in on your art. Your one, main thing. [...]


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Lights Off to Reveal Values

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

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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Finding Calm On The Seas Of Creativity

by John P. Weiss on 1/7/2017 12:00:13 PM
30 Comments

As the new year unfolds, rededicate yourself to producing the best art you can. Study, work hard, push yourself, but stay calm and have fun along the way. [...]


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Being Ready

by Mark Brockman on 12/30/2016 10:56:54 AM
12 Comments

It's like inspiration, you can't wait for it- then work, you need to work so when inspiration comes you are ready. [...]


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What Sully (Captain Sullenberger) Can Teach Artists

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

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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Why People Pay Good Money To Brand Themselves

by John P. Weiss on 12/17/2016 12:27:08 PM
20 Comments

Art is in the eyes of the beholder.... [...]


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How Do You Fit Creative Time Into Your Life?

by Christine Marx on 12/16/2016 10:11:59 AM
13 Comments

How do I squeeze more creative time into my week? [...]


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Transporting You Art Work To/From Exhibit

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 12/14/2016 10:18:09 AM
29 Comments

Transporting your art work to/from an exhibit is when the art is at greatest risk for incurring damage. [...]


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