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When Rejection Is Not About Your Art

In summary, you should understand that rejection is part of the life as an artist. Yet all rejection is not about the quality of your work. Most of the time there are other factors at work. The best strategy to deal with it all is to ignore most critiques and instead focus your time and energy of the people that appreciate and buy your art. [...]

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If You Want to be a Better Artist, Adopt Astronaut Wisdom

There’s no reason why you can’t shoot for the moon. Face your fears, pull off that mask and walk through some spider webs. Reprogram your thinking, expect some setbacks, but keep tackling those problems head on. And learn to be more optimistic. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Derek Harrison has completed the judging of the January 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Somewhere in the Middle Part 2: Tai Chi, Lessons From the Gym, and the Circle of Life

Wherever we are in the process, in our journey, we can look forward, to the sides, and back. We can see where we are, and where we want to go next. If we open our eyes, and our hearts, and take a look around, we’ll see we’re never completely abandoned. We are always somewhere in the middle, with hope, with faith, with tiny, daily miracles, to get us through. [...]

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Nancy Boren

'Cliffs at Otter Point ME' by Nancy Boren was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Pressure - And the Real Truth About the Glamorous Life of an Artist

I think this aphorism sums up the professional artist's life: "Early to bed and early to rise; work like hell and advertise." [...]

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Eric Jacobsen

'Winter Moon' by Eric Jacobsen was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Challenge

Artists develop a feel for what they do. Only some of that can be explained while doing it or deconstructed afterward. A student has to keep doing until knowledge, skill, insight, and understanding converge within a successful piece of art. [...]

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Hans Guerin

'Out of the Ether' by Hans Guerin was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Practical Thoughts About Goals

While it all sounds like an inspirational art plaque, it’s not something we have to write down to remind ourselves to do. Your goals -- the deep ones -- are so intrinsically woven into your character that they are a part of you. Do not let someone else define you. [...]

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Camille Dellar

'Study Salt March' by Camille Dellar was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Madame Painter

If there’s one thing I want you to know, it’s that love and kindness are the most powerful things in the world. Love and kindness. Don’t ever forget that, even when you’re angry at the world. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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The Perils of Living With a Non-Artist

Of course, the other side of this article could be entitled The Perils of Living with an Artist. [...]

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Disgruntled. And The Definition Of Art, Visually Speaking.

We artists and art lovers are participating in the venue of visual art. Shouldn't we be able to look, see and FEEL without someone telling us what to feel? [...]

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Dotty Hawthorne

'Golden Autumn Glow' by Dotty Hawthorne was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Rejection Into a Positive Experience

“Remember this: Constant acceptance breeds complacency and mediocrity. Rejection breeds determination and ultimate success… Rejection helps to keep us humble… and it’s extremely good for the soul.” [...]

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Kate Landishaw

'Champagne Lagoon' by Kate Landishaw was selected as a Finalist in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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7 Ways to Change Your Work Habits and Fishing Lures

You can turn dreams into a reality by having something in real time to start on right now, today. Plan one step at a time and push yourself to start right now. [...]

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Moon Choi

'Cool' by Moon Choi was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Being Literal

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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Eric Bossik

'Still Life with Apples, Red Onion, Grapes & Shallot' by Erik Bossik was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How to Succeed in the Emerging Economy. Be an Artist.

It’s sadly amusing how some parents look down on the community college path and liberal arts degrees. Amusing, because it just might be artists who lead the charge in the coming economy. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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Allowing the Story to Unfold

If you are waiting for the muse to tap you on the head with their magic wand, maybe you are looking for the ending of your story, not the beginning. [...]

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What Does "Successful Artist" Mean to You?

But before you measure yourself against those who claim that yes, yes, money is the measure of success…. Know that you may be measuring something un-measurable with an invisible, nonexistent ruler. [...]

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Ryan Gondarowski

'Reese's' by Ryan Gondarowski was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Once Art Makes a Home in Your Heart, There is No Turning Back

Artists may be born with a seed of talent, but this seed must be nurtured and given the opportunity to blossom. So many students like Walter have the desire, but not the opportunity to develop their skills. [...]

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Rick Delanty

'San Clemente Early Morning' by Rick Delanty was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Critique This, You...

Art is not simply about self-expression. The artist isn’t simply a channel for creative spirit. A violin will not play itself any more than a brush will paint a picture. These are instruments that must be utilized by the artist, and though the artist might be described as the instrument of creative expression, he or she is the source of that expression rather than the mute instrument waiting to be brought to life. [...]

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Barrett McDevitt

'Boulevard St' by Barrett McDevitt was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Your Dream is so Deep You Don't Have to Write it Down (Or Share It)

Your true goals -- the ones that simply won’t go away no matter how much others, or you yourself, try to talk yourself out of them -- are ones you don’t need to write down on paper because they are written down on your heart. One way or another, you will reach them -- but because the process of getting there changes you, don’t be surprised that your dreams change as well. [...]

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Emmanuele Cammarano

'Countryside near Perugia' by Emmanuele Cammarano was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Art Can Rescue Wayward Souls

If art can rescue wayward souls, then it can certainly rescue the rest of us. So don’t compromise on this one. Make time for your art. Share it with others. Teach if you can. In this way, we enrich ourselves and lift the emotional lives of others. And that, my creative friends, is a noble endeavor. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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Spotlight On: Kathy Blankenheim

'The Veranda West Baden Springs' by Kathy Blankenheim was selected Best of Show in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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An Artist Can Dream

Work hard, get your name out there. Do not quit...do not give up. Do not give in to excuses. Get motivated NOW. [...]

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Lori Putnam

'Snow Mass' by Lori Putnam was awarded 3rd Place in the December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't Stop Painting!

Your goal with each painting shouldn’t be to get a masterpiece, but just enjoy the experience. You will either get a good painting or a good learning experience. Both are valuable! [...]

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