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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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Luann Udell shares what a difference a change of perspective or point of view can make

Upside-Down Thinking

Sometimes a change of perspective, another point-of-view, another pair of eyes and ears, can challenge our assumptions, and help us through a sticky spot in life. [...]

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Gmail's snooze feature can improve your character

How I'm Learning and Remembering New Life Principles

Ever since I read Ray Dalio's Principles, I've wanted to be much more intentional about developing, internalizing and documenting the principles that guide my personal and professional life. [1] Mark Twain once said that, "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." But the man (or woman!) who reads, and yet takes no action, still has no advantage over the man who cannot read. And it dawned on me that, although I've read a lot of great books with tons of great ideas, I usually don't remember much about the ideas I've read. [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses the mastery of greens

Green - It's Everywhere

To recap, mastery of greens only comes through careful observation and practice. Avoidance is not the answer. You may not paint a summer landscape which is nearly entirely green. But you will still need to understand green to paint a winter scene which seems devoid of green, a portrait of a woman wearing white, or a still life with teapots and eggs. You need not be a master to paint greens convincingly. [...]

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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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Clint Watson discusses the importance of "focusing" on your artwork

Focus is a Force Multiplier

The most important thing for artists is to focus on your artwork: On producing it, on improving it, on mastering your craft. [...]

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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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Eric Rhoads shares how giving can impact you in a positive way

Unexpected Impact

Giving fuels growth. It’s something I never understood, but when you give, much is given back to you, which of course allows you to give more. Giving can be about time, about encouragement, about advice, about listening, or, yes, about money. [...]

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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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Luann Udell discusses how to enjoy the steps along the way in our "journey"

LESSONS FROM THE MOVE: Give It Time, and Take the Time!

Most things in life work themselves out. [...]

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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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Don't miss Dave Geada's interview with talented Artist: Tina Garrett

Artist Spotlight- Tina Garrett (Part 1 - 5)

Well, I can't feel too much regret about what I learned and when I learned it, because I'm not sure I could be here, where I'm at without that path. Part of what I think has prepared me to take off so quickly as a professional painter, painting not quite seven years, but yet making work that's recognized and receiving designations like the Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master, is the computer and software skills I learned in college and what I learned as a freelancer for all of my career. Knowing how to run my own business, how to keep organized and what it means to meet a deadline as well as the direct marketing and advertising skills that I learned at my first two jobs has been so helpful. I have insight into the business end of this profession that so many painters don't have. [...]

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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 Eric Rhoads' advice on "how to get unstuck" and back on track

How To Get Unstuck

I believe that you have a quarter-inch getting in the way of your big dreams. I believe you can figure it out. Rather than ruminating about a big problem, stop it. Just focus on one small problem, the one that will get you unstuck. [...]

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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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Don't miss Keith Bond's continued discussion on his workshop series

Pieces of the Puzzle

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” [...]

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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 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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Eric Rhoads shares how to communicate with others about your art

How to Convince Anyone to Do Anything

Translate everything to a story others can relate to. Find things that matter to the listener. Doing so will make a huge difference in everything you do. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how workshops can help improve your art skills at any level

Workshops - An Investment in Yourself

So, some of you may have painted for many years. You have taken workshops in the past. You might even teach them now. But if you have reached a plateau or you simply want to understand art at a higher level, then consider attending another workshop. [...]

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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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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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