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The Life of Art, Series #75

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 Keith Bond's follow up article to "excuses are the enemy of opportunity"

Self Doubt

A certain amount of self-doubt is healthy. It keeps us humble and motivates us to strive to learn, practice, and improve our art. But an overabundance can be harmful or even crippling. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #74

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 Rhoads shares how to make time for your dreams

When Stealing Is Acceptable

Today, not tomorrow, is always the answer to getting something done. I have no doubt you can do it, it’s just a matter of stealing some time. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #73

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 tip: "Make Do With What You Have" in her Exercise for Success series

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #12: Make Do With What You Have (Til You Know Your Real Next Step)

If you’re determined invest in those high-tech karate/biking/sports shoes, knowing they will make a difference... Make sure they’re the right size. And the right fit. [...]

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S.C. Mummert's discusses two very important elements in the world of artificial light for an artist: Color Temperature and Color Rendering.

It's All About The Light...

For many, North light has long been considered the gold standard for an artist to paint under--which arguably, it is. However, a ton of artists out there lack North light in their studios. As a result, the majority of art today is often created either in part, or wholly under artificial lighting. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #72

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 "the right shoes" for the RIGHT next step.

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #11: Wear the Right Shoes.

But....if constant “playing around” is getting in the way of something else you want....If you want to be considered as more than a hobbyist, you must rise above your tools and techniques--and become a master of the medium itself. [...]

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Keith Bond shares the importance of letting your natural style emerge in your art

Develop Your Personal Style

This holds true with your art. You can focus on the techniques to the point that you can mimic any style. But when you focus instead on content or expression you will revert to your own personal style. And your natural style is more likely to emerge when you are in the zone... So, in short, don’t worry about forcing a style. It will come naturally as long as you don’t hinder it by failing to learn and grow as an artist. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #71

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 when to push yourself a bit and when to take a break in your art

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #10: Vary the Intensity.

Know when to push through, and when to take a break! [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #70

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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EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #9: Stretch!

Strength needs stretch to reach maximum potential. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Rhoads inspiring column on how your art can be the story you leave behind.

Art From the Ashes

How can you get out of your comfort zone? It may be as simple as a visit to a gallery or an art exhibition or a museum you’ve not visited before, or learning a language, or finding a book outside what you’d normally read. While most seek comfort and security, it’s the discomfort that fosters growth and an invigorating life. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #69

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 #68

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 the importance of flexing your creative muscle

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #7 Work (gently) through your setbacks.

Not all of us will be world-class artists, or hugely successful artists, or even very good artists. But if you love it, and it's important to you, you must find a way to keep doing it... It's as important to your creative nature as moving is to our physical bodies. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #67

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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S.C. Mummert's discusses analogous and complementary colors

Analogous and Complementary Color ...

Here’s my take on why this looks so fabulous ... at least to me. Analogous colors are quite gorgeous in their own right. That’s one reason why a rainbow seems so glorious. Each color is directly related to, and harmonious with, the one directly beside it. [...]

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Keith Bond shares the importance of painting only what communicates with you.

The Missing Information

Regardless of your style, tight or loose, bold or delicate, put in only what communicates what you want and leave all else out. This will allow the viewer to fill in the missing information in a way that is unique and personal. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #66

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 how to avoid missed opportunities.

How to Get Lucky

On many days, when I give myself permission to "play" and "wander" and let goals slide, opportunities arise and/or the day's work is more productive than if I had adhered rigidly to the Tyranny of the Task List. And often, on days where I strictly adhere to my task, dutifully advancing in baby steps toward my goals.....I tend to miss opportunities in the pursuit of checking off every item. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares how stepping out of your comfort zone can impact your goals

Conquer Your Unrealized Dreams

A goal without a plan to execute is a goal that is unlikely to be realized. Understanding where you are and where you want to be helps you find the gap between those two points. What are the obstacles within that gap? We all need specific clarity about the problem to be solved, the specifics of the opportunity or obstacle, and the steps required to execute our strategy. [...]

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Keith Bond shares the importance of replenishing your creativity.

Refilling the Well

You must refill the well if you wish to access it again....Much of the refilling occurs naturally for artistic and creative types. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #65

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 we must nourish our artistic nature regularly

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #4

Our artistic nature is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised regularly, too. [...]

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Clint Watson shares the benefits of giving yourself enough quiet time to play and experiment...

Systematic Wandering

The danger with goals is it becomes very easy to become focused on the goal, to the exclusion of better options. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #64

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 getting to the studio--is half the battle.

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #3: You have to do it even when you don't feel like it.

Getting to the gym—or the studio—is half the battle. Have your winning arguments ready! [...]

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Jason Horejs shares how to take control of your time to free you up for more creative time,

Control Your Time and Become a More Successful Artist

You might not think of it this way, but as an artist you are the owner of a small business, just as I am... [...]

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To Teach or Not To Teach

Some of you teach art workshops or classes. Some of you don’t. And some of you are considering it. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #63

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 the benefits of doing art from the heart

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #2 Do What You Love!

When we do the work of our heart, it’s easier to get to the studio! [...]

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S.C. Mummert's discusses 2 important types of edges.

Life on the Edge - Part III

In the world of edges, Halation and Pointing are loosely related, which is why I present them here together. They’re related in that they both use soft, lost or blurred edges to help achieve their effect. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the importance of practice, study, and discipline

Practice Your Art

Neither musicians nor athletes perform without a lot of practice. In most cases more time is spent practicing than performing. Yet, many visual artists think that once they reach the professional level, they no longer need practice. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #62

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 tips on how tiny actions can lead to big accomplishments

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #1: Put on Your Gym Shoes!

Micro-steps are TINY actions that can help us overcome BIG mental obstacles. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #61

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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ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS FOR ARTISTS

Nobody here but us unorganized procrastinators! [...]

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