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The Life of Art, Series #106

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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“Be strong when things get hard. Listen more. Think slow. Love deep."

BE THE HERO IN YOUR OWN STORY: Framing Is Everything!

Be the hero of your own story. Tell the story only you can tell. Because your story might just inspire someone else to be a hero. [...]

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BoldBrush Sponsored Artist Vianna Szabo shares the many different ways to start a painting.

My One Rule for Starting a Painting

How do you choose what is easiest? The most important decisions are made before the brush touches the canvas. First, I consider the time. When I am plein air painting I know that the light will change quickly on so my focus goes to getting the correct color notes of the light with very little drawing... [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how discipline affects the artistic process

The Discipline it Takes to Create Art

I marvel at an artist's ability to get into the studio and work persistently toward his or her vision. An artist, it seems to me, must have an incredible drive to work day after day through difficult circumstances. It takes real discipline. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares 5 tips that can be applied in all aspects of life

5 Tips That Change Everything

It took me decades to discover the power of these five tips. I discovered them one at a time, and they had a huge and powerful impact on my life and my business. They are simple principles that I have found amplify everything disproportionately. They can apply in life, in business, in charity, and in anything you do. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #105

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 shared how art events are about laying the groundwork for potential collectors

THE THING ABOUT OPEN STUDIOS: Art Events Aren’t About Making Money TODAY

Art events are about introducing our work to an audience, especially if it’s a new audience. It’s about inviting our visitors and attendees into our world. Open studios are especially powerful, because they see our work and our environment in full. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares how facing your fears can open up your creative flow

Face Your Demons

No one wants to suffer. Most of us will go out of our way to avoid anything unpleasant. But as artists, we can always find something beautiful even in the most tragic circumstances. It's our job. [...]

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Keith Bond shares how to use studies as hand-made thank you cards

Hand-made Thank You Cards

I (and many others) have suggested that you should send “Thank You” cards on a regular basis. Most of the time I send a card that has an image of one of my paintings printed on it. But recently, I wanted to send something a bit more personal and significant. [...]

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WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: We Will Never Know Our True Legacy

I hope we can all find a way, and a reason, to keep on ‘making’. I hope we can let go of envy of the success of others, and our own fears of failure, and simply rejoice that we have the luxury, and the privilege, to be able to do this work. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the completing a plein air painting outdoors vs indoors

The Two Plein Air Artists

When painting on your own, the only rule is to do what works best for you to achieve your vision. Be it completing the work on location; finishing it in the studio; or using the study to inspire a new, larger studio work. But again, the questions. Should there be a standard at an organized event? What should that standard be? Where do you stand on the issue? Or does it not even matter? [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #103

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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Eric Armusik discusses the value hard work can have on your success

Never Underestimate the Value of Hard Work

Becoming a Successful Artist = Hard Work [...]

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Keith Bond shares how organization can foster a creative atmosphere

Benefits of Being Organized

Becoming organized is liberating and allows you to focus on the given task at hand rather than being distracted by other tasks. During your art creating time, you can focus all your energy on creating. During your business time, you can focus on bookkeeping, marketing, organization, emails, cataloging, etc. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #102

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 to keep creative work in our life.

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: Make Room for Art in Your Life!

Life is not “all or nothing”, you can make as much—or as little—room for art as you like! [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #101

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 shared how to be focused and diverse in your art career

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: You Can Be Focused, You Can Be Diverse, It’s All Good!

You get to choose what you do, how you do it, how many things you do, and you can change it whenever you’re ready. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #100

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 easy it can be to lose track of our own vision.

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: Be Inspired, But Be Yourself

When we follow someone else’s vision, it’s easy to lose track of our own. [...]

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Don't miss William A. Schneider's discussion on "continuing education" for artists

Life Long Learning

Given that the quest for mastery is never-ending, it’s probably a good idea to find the most efficient way to learn. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #99

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 article in her series "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists"

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: We Have to Make Room for It

Maybe we can earn a living with it. Maybe we can’t. But it has to have a place in our lives. [...]

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Don't miss Kim VanDerHoek discussion on "are you an artist or a camera?"

Are You an Artist or a Camera?

I believe it is up to artists to say something more about their subject beyond simply creating a highly accurate visual record. It's our job to show the viewer why the subject is worthy of being captured in paint. It's our job to elicit an emotion from the viewer. I'm not saying photo-realism doesn't have a place in the art world and I'd never suggest excluding any style, but, I feel if you go that route you should consider saying something beyond, "Here is something pretty." [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's most inspirational post on sacrifice.

The Beauty of Sacrifice

So in summation, I encourage you to look beyond your struggles and carry on. Know that tomorrow brings infinite possibilities if we plant seeds daily. Never stop working or give in to self-pity – it will certainly delay your success. Remember that suffering can be insightful and glorious even in it’s darkest moments. Choose to believe that miracles happen every day if we believe in ourselves. And find comfort in your loving partner or supportive friend because, with their love and encouragement, the world is less dreadful. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the "Sight-size Method"

Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Sight-size Method

The problem with sight-size is that if you have become dependent upon it, you may not have the confidence (or worse yet, the ability) to accurately draw something that isn’t exactly as you see it. You become dependent upon copying. Creativity suffers. Works become technical craft and less about feeling, mood, and expression. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #98

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 artilce in her series, "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists"

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: There's More Than Just One Kind of “Artist”

I wish someone had told me there are a thousand ways to be an artist in our modern world, especially with all the new material, new techniques, and new resources available to us. [...]

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Tracy Ference shares why people still want a painted portrait

Why Portraiture?

There is something about the human experience that is revealed within a portrait and people feel drawn to that elusive thing that makes a painting so much more than a photo. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses keeping values simple and linking shapes into a larger abstract shape for a stronger composition

Shape Welding

So, the lesson for today is to see the values in your subject. Organize them into 3 to 5 values. And weld like value shapes together to create fewer shapes. Yet, within each shape, you can have all the color, texture, detail, interest that you want. Just don’t lose the integrity of each shape – which lies in its value. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #97

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 discussion on "What do I wish someone had told me in art classes?”

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists

There’s More Than One Way to Be an Artist [...]

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Keith Bond shares some tips on how to keep your palette organized

An Organized Palette Leads to Intuitive Color Mixing

Mixing through intuition doesn’t mean that I resort to formulas, either. It merely means that I know by heart where the needed color is on the palette. There are many challenges to painting. Searching for the colors, because they aren’t organized, simply adds unnecessarily to the challenges. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #96

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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Ketih Bond discusses changes or reworking in a painting

Everything is Subject to Change

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work... [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #95

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 preparation, persistence, and opportunity can equal luck.

What's Luck Got To Do With It? The True Meaning of Luck

Luck = Preparation plus persistence plus opportunity. [...]

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"Top of Laguna", 24x30, Oil, Private Collection

Meditation on Painting, Part 2

As painters we will sometimes operate out of pure devotion, but lets not kid ourselves, money and praise are often behind our maneuvers. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's discussion on making your own rules- to be the artist you were born to be.

Rules? You're an Artist - Make Your Own Rules

Be bold, do what you feel inside and respond to that with great talent. Make your own rules - be the artist you were born to be. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #94

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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