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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
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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
20 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
30 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Transporting your art work to/from an exhibit is when the art is at greatest risk for incurring damage. [...]


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Common Issues Plaguing Artwork

by Carolyn Henderson on 12/12/2016 10:40:00 AM
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Creating a work of art is not an easy thing, and the mental demands upon the artist are constant. [...]


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Washing Away The Dust Of Everyday Life

by John P. Weiss on 12/10/2016 10:43:45 AM
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In artwork we see an effort to reveal beauty, hope and self expression from the deepest regions of our spirit. [...]


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Zorn Palette and Color Chart

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/9/2016 9:44:26 AM
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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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All Filled Up and Nowhere To Go

by Luann Udell on 12/8/2016 9:37:47 AM
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I've learned that sometimes, when we procrastinate endlessly, there can be very small obstacles holding us back. [...]


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Finding the Wow

by Jeanne Rosier Smith on 12/2/2016 11:21:52 AM
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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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Turnarounds

by Michelle Belto on 11/30/2016 10:31:47 AM
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Maybe our personal turnarounds are the result of all of those days of going back into the studio when the ideas don't materialize and the work doesn't sell. [...]


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Sins of the Father

by John P. Weiss on 11/26/2016 11:13:51 AM
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We are what we do. Not what we think, not what we say, not what we feel. We are what we do. [...]


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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
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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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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
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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
23 Comments

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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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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Why You Need To Harness This Contradictory Quality

by John P. Weiss on 10/29/2016 10:55:21 AM
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Use a sliver of your ego to propel you forward and grow. Just don't become a complete servant to it. Harness your artistic ego, and watch your work blossom! [...]


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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 10/26/2016 9:35:06 AM
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When you take those photographs, they are yours. No one else has taken the same photograph in the same way... at the same exact moment. (Just as when you do a drawing or a painting.) And as an artist, that is what can help make your painting inspirations, concepts and ideas yours and yours alone. [...]


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Why Failure is the Best Teacher

by Kim VanDerHoek on 10/24/2016 9:43:30 AM
39 Comments

So, the next time you've spent hours working on a piece and find you hate every square inch of it, take a break, eat something and then see how far you can push it and what that painting will teach you. [...]


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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly About Shortcuts

by John P. Weiss on 10/22/2016 9:54:13 AM
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When we sidestep our deeper being and true artistic expression to fill a quota, meet a deadline or gallery preference, we betray our artistic soul. [...]


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Patience

by Steve Atkinson on 10/21/2016 10:14:05 AM
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. [...]


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Who Is A Real Artist?

by Luann Udell on 10/20/2016 11:14:31 AM
27 Comments

But if you truly love what you do, there are many ways of ?succeeding', many ways of wrapping that gift, many ways of sharing it, all of them authentic and worthwhile. [...]


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What We Learned In Taos About Protecting Creative Time

by Clint Watson on 10/18/2016 9:34:33 AM
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Both mastery and production require long stretches of uninterrupted creative time in your studio, so you must set limits to protect your creative time. [...]


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This Much I Know Is True

by John P. Weiss on 10/15/2016 9:07:49 AM
30 Comments

So much of life is uncertain and hard. But this much I know is true: Art is the best of us. Art reveals our souls. Our deepest truths. It need not fetch fame or fortune to be true and authentic. [...]


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Composition is King

by Zac Elletson on 10/13/2016 9:58:56 AM
8 Comments

A well designed painting adequately painted is usually more interesting than a painting adequately designed and painted well. [...]


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