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THIN SECRET FOR SUCCESS No. 4 Part Two: Where (Besides Colorado) Is Your Happy Place?

by Luann Udell on 3/10/2018 5:40:33 AM

The world is a big place, and there is a place for you in it, somewhere. [...]

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The Crossroads

by Keith Bond on 1/24/2018 9:14:12 AM

There comes a time in your career where you reach the crossroads. You must make the decision of which road to take. [...]

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The Suffering Artist

by Eric Rhoads on 1/17/2018 9:22:15 AM

Paint like no one will ever see it, so the only person you’re pleasing is yourself. You’ll have breakthroughs unlike any you could otherwise experience. [...]

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The Police Report, The Novel, and The Poem

by Keith Bond on 1/4/2018 9:37:57 AM

What kind of art do you create? What kind of art do you want to create? [...]

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Who Are You; Who Were You?

by Lori Woodward on 10/31/2017 8:37:09 AM

Beware of changing your art simply to emulate others who seem more successful than you. After all, each of us is unique, and we can take advantage of that. [...]

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Who Are You - Part 2

by Lori Woodward on 10/24/2017 9:50:04 AM

Let Your Art Evolve In Your Way [...]

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Be Involved in the Creative Process from the Start - Use Your Own References

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 10/5/2017 9:46:05 AM

Don't let a reference dictate what your finished painting looks like. Remember your painting is your voice - let it sing out loud and clear. [...]

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Making and Selling Giclee Prints - Part 1

by Lori Woodward on 10/3/2017 9:50:54 AM

Leveraging Income From One Original [...]

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by Donald Fox on 7/26/2017 10:02:47 AM

When I think about art, which for me is all the time, I do make assessments; I attempt to evaluate the art of others and that of my own. Other art I want to appreciate for what it is and for what it may say. My art I want to evaluate in order to expand and improve. [...]

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The Importance of Technique

by Mark Brockman on 7/11/2017 9:31:48 AM

We all strive for originality but with so many artists out there it would be hard for one artist's work to not, somewhere in the world, have their work resemble another artist' work. [...]

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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/12/2017 9:52:54 AM

“Artists need to allow themselves time to perfect what they do, without the worry of producing and producing and producing. We do not manufacture paintings – we create art.” [...]

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What Is Your Artistic Identity?

by Lori Woodward on 5/30/2017 9:37:36 AM

When you say an artist's name, does a type of image pop into your mind? [...]

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Master your Tools, Not Rules

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

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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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

by Laura Pollak on 3/14/2017 8:11:22 AM

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]

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Little Words of Wisdom

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

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

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The Wordless USP

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

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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Original Artwork

by Ken Pieper on 1/13/2017 10:19:29 AM

Every industry I know must change in order to maintain and grow. The old axiom of “grow or go” is absolutely the truth in any business. [...]

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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 10/26/2016 9:35:06 AM

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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This Is How Abandoning The Herd Can Bring Success

by John P. Weiss on 10/8/2016 10:34:04 AM

Exceptional craftsmanship and exemplary art stands on its own. [...]

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Painting Is Dead!

by Mark Brockman on 10/7/2016 10:06:13 AM

Learn what it takes to do what has been done so many times already but still carries on. Because you, us, we are the hope of original paintings once more being sought after, admired and desired. [...]

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The Next Rembrandt and the Search for Character

by Erica Norelius on 6/23/2016 9:18:37 AM

While likeness can and will be easily captured by our cameras and created by our computers, they will never replace the artist touch and the selective ability to draw out character. [...]

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The Art of Spark Plugs and Quiet Living

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

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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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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Decide on One Center of Interest

by Brienne Brown on 3/16/2016 6:44:55 AM

There are many more stories to tell. I can change my color palette for different moods. I can change the design and choose a different center of interest. I can zoom in closer or zoom out further to get different stories. The point is that it is important to decide before you start painting what it is you want to emphasize. What will be your one center of interest? [...]

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Being Literal

by Mark Brockman on 2/15/2016 8:10:27 AM

That by perhaps changing the mood, the environment, and numerous other aspects of what they truly see and paint what they want to see and how they feel, that they just might make us feel the same way about that teapot as the artist does, or at the very least see it with their own memories or emotions. And isn't that the artist's job - to get the viewer to feel something? [...]

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Artist, Know Thyself (6 Questions to Ask Yourself)

by Judy Ballance on 1/27/2016 7:49:53 AM

All artists, no matter which art form they follow, have to understand themselves and know why they want to make art. Without a purpose they can’t create inspired work [...]

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Surprise! You are the Needle in the Haystack

by John P. Weiss on 11/21/2015 10:10:26 AM

What you want to do is embrace your passion. Believe in it. Share it with others. Be that needle in the haystack. Through your uniqueness you have the power to improve the lives of others and find artistic fulfillment. Sounds to me like a fine way to live one’s life. [...]

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Did You Make That Up? What I Learned Today

by Jenifer Cline on 11/20/2015 7:24:47 AM

I have had time and I find that one of the most enjoyable things about creating a composition is deciding what to leave out, what to move slightly and what to emphasize. And yes, I get to decide, so I realize that yes - I am making it up! [...]

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So You Want to be a Better Painter? Make More Paintings

by David M. Kessler on 11/12/2015 7:10:26 AM

Workshop students ask me "How can I be a better painter?" My advice to them is two-fold: 1. Learn the basics: the fundamentals of design, composition and color; 2. Make more paintings. You cannot ever be a good painter if you don't learn the basics. [...]

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Your Boring Artwork And How To Revive It

by John P. Weiss on 10/17/2015 10:16:28 AM

It’s time to banish boring artwork and the crickets of indifference! Adopt the three antidotes, work hard, have fun and show the world the original voice inside of you. [...]

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Stop Listening to Critics

by Mark Edward Adams on 7/20/2015 8:22:33 AM

The life of an artist is never easy. In order to find your personal style and innovate, you must move past the judgments of those who know less. This means you will have to grow a thick skin. You must move forward with the confidence that your work can stand on its own despite harsh words from others. As the director Francis Ford Coppola explained, the things that receive the most criticism in the beginning are often the same things that brings you the most praise later in life. [...]

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Muddying the Waters: Let the River Flow

by Luann Udell on 7/2/2015 7:07:02 AM

But only compare yourself to others in the context of making your work even better. Admire the beauty others have brought into the world. But never set aside your avocation--the distinctive inner eye, your unique artistic vision--that makes you, [...]

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How Much Should You Adjust Your Style to the Demands of Others?

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/1/2015 7:51:50 AM

There are essentially no rules in art -- which is positive and negative -- but for all that there are no rules, it is amazing how many we self-impose upon ourselves, through the words of others who 1) don’t live our lives, 2) don’t have to live our lives, and 3) nonetheless determine to control us, if we let them, by their own set of esoteric rules. [...]

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8 Things You Can Do To Prevent Boring Art

by Judy Ballance on 5/20/2015 8:03:19 AM

These days it seems there is a lot of boring art being created. Art with nothing original about it. Here are 8 ways to make your art more interesting and exciting. [...]

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Are You Stuck With Your Style?

by Carolyn Henderson on 5/18/2015 8:18:28 AM

If you’re breathing, you’re growing, and if you’re growing, you should be learning, and if you’re learning, you will be changing, one way or another. And so, also, will your art. [...]

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How Vital - - and Sacrosanct - - Is Your Style?

by Carolyn Henderson on 5/4/2015 8:18:16 AM

If you are an acolyte, convinced that the pinnacle of your ability will be achieved when you paint exactly like your teacher, step back, step away, and gain enough self-confidence to go your own way with what you have. Otherwise, you will lose yourself, literally, in the name and style of your chosen teacher. [...]

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Why You Should Be Different

by Mark Edward Adams on 3/2/2015 7:05:18 AM

I understand it might be tempting to create work similar to the work you see in galleries. But you should understand the art world is always changing. By the time you develop the skill set to replicate popular art, it may be out of style. The safer choice is to just make the work you enjoy. Then, do your best to promote your art and create a collector base. It should be your goal to create the next popular style, rather then follow the styles of the past. [...]

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Don't Create This! (Create it!)

by Brian Sherwin on 2/11/2015 8:30:43 AM

Your following is waiting... create and they will come. [...]

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Is Your Art Original?

by Susan Vignola on 2/6/2015 7:01:13 AM

Each artist can only paint the paintings that only that artist can paint. [...]

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Painter vs. Artist

by David P. Hettinger on 11/14/2014 7:22:08 AM

So, when you pick up a brush or a stick of pastel, remember to put yourself into what you are creating. Knowing how to draw is important, knowing color is important, knowing design is important, but none of these matter as much as putting yourself into what you are creating. [...]

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