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The Life of Art, Series #89

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 Eric Armusik's inspirational post on fulfilling your dream.

Trust Thyself, Artist (& 6 TIPS)

In all my years of being a professional artist, I realized that the more risks and chances I took, the farther I went. Even when I failed, I learned something in the process that made me a stronger and more confident artist. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #88

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 discussion on finding a balance

Testing the Waters

In lieu of little paper water testing strips, what can we use to measure what we need? A little group of artistic friends can help. Make sure they “have your back”, know your heart, and treat you fairly. Checking in with people you love and respect, who love and respect Y*O*U, can do wonders to get our balance back. [...]

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Don't miss Clint Watson's advice on why you should ignore early detractors

Ignore Early Detractors

So, if you must show your work to friends, colleagues or mentors before it's ready, just remember that it's probably best to ignore early detractors. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares how breaking things up into smaller steps can make a world of difference

The Pathways to Excellence

Giving it a shot is an important starting point, but it isn’t enough. I’ve met too many people who tried painting or drawing and quit because they got discouraged too easily. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #87

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 making the work we love, is a working meditation.

Bad/Mad/Sad Brain and "Aha!" Moments

Making art, making the work we love, is a working meditation. Doing work we find worthy, fulfilling, productive, actually brings us joy. It allows us to get into a deep, working mental space—literally, a working meditation--sometimes called “the Zone”. Time passes quickly. We are immersed in our process. We are restored to our better selves. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's mandatory tips for emerging artists.

5 Mandatory Tips for Emerging Artists

But what if I don't have money for materials or marketing? Do what you can. If all you have is a phone or computer to promote yourself on social media, then do it. If you have to paint on cardboard you get from your local supermarket then do it. If you need to paint with children's paints then do that. The key is to never make excuses. If you allow yourself the opportunity to be a working artist everything will figure itself out. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #86

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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The Life of Art, Series #85

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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Clint Watson discusses the importance of working on your art on a regular basis

Creativity is a Consequence of Productivity

Doing the work and doing it regularly. That's the thing that truly makes a difference in your creative output... Just rolling up your sleeves, digging in and producing your art on a regular basis. Day in. Day out. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses how to grow and embrace failure

Embrace Failure

Success is a road for the persistent. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you are the only one that has ever failed. More importantly, do not call yourself a failure. Failure only happens if you give up. If you never stop trying you will never be a failure. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the pros and cons of painting large on location.

Painting Large en Plein Air

So I am completely satisfied working both plein air and in the studio. They serve different purposes. I can say and do different things. Yet, they are interdependent. Each discipline leads to learning and growth in the other. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #84

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 the benefits of having a positive reply prepared about your "Why"

SUPPORT YOUR MEDIUM: People Are Listening!

When we are challenged by these people who imply (or outright tell us!) our materials are “less than”, we need to be prepared with a great answer.... Because other people are listening! [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs discussion on how to generate consistent and reliable sales

Collective Wisdom: Finding your Bread and Butter

Have you created artwork that generates consistent and reliable sales? What’s different about that artwork from your normal work? How did you discover your bread and butter? [...]

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Keith Bond discusses spontaneity and freshness in a plein air painting and how to capture that in your studio.

There Must Be Another Reason

My plein air work is about responding emotionally to the moment. But, I have realized that my studio work enables me to explore other ideas, push compositional choices, or push color to create a mood. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #83

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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LESSONS FROM THE MOVE: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

I hope, if you are also facing something overwhelming in your life, that you have good friends to help you through... And even if you don’t, I hope you are as kind to yourself as I’ve learned to be, today. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses self-taught stigmas and shares 5 valuable tips

Banishing The Self-Taught Artist Stigma (+5 Tips)

A self-taught artist is a professional artist if they take their work and craft seriously. Never ever give up. You are greater than you know. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #82

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 the art of your heart can be so fulfilling

THE DOCTOR IS IN: A Prescription For Getting Unstuck

Because something and little steps are better than nothing... And the power of little steps can bring great rewards, physically, personally, professional, emotionally, and spiritually. [...]

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Don't miss S.C. Mummert's continued discussion on camera's and their optical distortion.

The One-Eyed Liar (Part 2)

Last time, we examined the camera’s tendency to compress values and alter colors. This month we’ll explore its penchant for optical distortion. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's part 2 in his series about workshops

Learn To Fish - Part 2 in a series about Workshops

So, when you decide you are ready to take a workshop, determine not to seek out fishes, but rather seek out an artist or artists who will teach you how to fish. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #81

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 respect your creative process

What You and M. Night Shyamalan Have In Common

Be all you can be. Rejoice that you can be an artist in the world today, with few restrictions, except for the ones you take on yourself. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #80

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 lesson on "your next studio"

LESSONS FROM THE MOVE: Your Next Studio

It doesn’t get easier. The life lessons just keep coming, and that’s a good thing. I hope! [...]

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Jason Horejs shares some tips on how to be successful with your art

Artistic Productivity: Cornerstone of a Successful Art Career

Dedicate consistent time daily to your art... Even if you can only carve out an hour or two, set aside fixed time daily that will be devoted to creating. [...]

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Eric Rhoads discusses how to get past roadblocks

Roadblocks That Get in the Way of Your Dreams

You can learn about yourself and your limitations by discovering the little voices inside that have been holding you back. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how to feel inspired when creating commissioned art

Commissions

Is there a way for you to feel inspired and excited about the work and still fulfill a client’s request for a commission? Can you do it without feeling like you are selling out to commercialism? Can you maintain your artistic freedom and integrity while doing a commission? [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #79

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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The Life of Art, Series #78

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 discussion on success

LEARNING TO FLY Part 4a: Trust Your Instruments

Simple. Your most important “instrument” is your heart. [...]

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Eric Rhoads discusses 12 questions to help you in the new year!

12 Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever

Don’t wait on others to solve your problems, or you’ll wait a lifetime with no results. You are the only one responsible for you. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #77

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 seek out what brings you joy, and peace in your heart.

LESSONS FROM THE GYM: Be Kind, Unwind.

Seek out what brings you joy, and peace in your heart. Find the beauty of the world. Let it heal you. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #76

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's shares a hidden benefit of teaching a workshop

The Hidden Beauty of Teaching

I’m hoping I can offer “community” as another healing power of my art. [...]

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