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The Life of Art, Series #90

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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Laurie Johnson's "That Beard " was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Laurie Johnson

That Beard by Laurie Johnson was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Luann Udell shares how to navigate your art career as the times change

TIMES CHANGE. Do We Have To??

There are many ways for our work to become a part of someone elseís story, someone elseís world, someone elseís journey. Keep hope in your heart, and be open to new possibilities. And be patient with yourself, as we all navigate these new waters. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses why you should protect your creative time

Being Hard to Reach is a Feature, Not a Bug

To live your best life and contribute according to your gifts and interests, you must understand what your most important activities are, and align your time and energy around them. Obviously, this means you must carefully design your schedule to support your top priorities. [...]

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Greg LaRock's "Blue Angles" was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Greg LaRock

Blue Angles by Greg LaRock was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Daybreak Over The Grand Canyon 12x12 Oil/Linen SOLD

FASO'S Always Trying to Promote Our Art

I've been with FASO for over 10 years and they keep changing, improving tweaking and trying to market our art!! Does your website have all of these perks?? You can tell I'm a great believer!!! [...]

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Jeanne Young's "Fresh Fruit" was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Jeanne Young

Fresh Fruit by Jeanne Young was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses why you shouldn't add watermarks on your artwork posts

Debate | Should you Watermark Art you Are Posting Online?

Do you watermark the art you post online? Why, or why not? [...]

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Keith Bond discusses why you should still create, even if you're "not in the mood"

Iím Not in the Mood

If you want to be a professional artist, you will have deadlines, commitments, and maybe even demonstrations. You will need to perform and will need to show up to do the work. Even if you have no audience such as the demo, you cannot just blow off your responsibilities when you ďdonít feel like paintingĒ. [...]

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A Terry C. Hall painting at the Arts Council of Big Sky 7th Annual Auction for the Arts

Special Edition USA Exhibits March- April 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from March 29th - April 4th, 2019 [...]

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Andy Evansen's "4 pm" was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Andy Evansen

4 pm by Andy Evansen was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

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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Lisa Taylor's "Bob" was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Lisa Taylor

Bob by Lisa Taylor was selected as a Finalist in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Robert Vannoy Jr.'s "Facin' The Wall" was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Robert Vannoy Jr.

Facin' The Wall by Robert Vannoy Jr. was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Linda Wilder's "Ascending " was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Linda Wilder

Ascending by Linda Wilder was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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A Tina Garrett painting at the "Pieces of Me" Solo Show at Bountiful Davis Art Center

Special Edition USA Exhibits March 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from March 22nd - 28th, 2019 [...]

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"Painting in Provence With Valerie Collymore" workshop in France

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from June 1st, 2019 - November 30th, 2019 [...]

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James Middleton's "DrumChat" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

James Middleton

DrumChat by James Middleton was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

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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Tracy Ference's "Winter is Coming" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Tracy Ference

Winter is Coming by Tracy Ference was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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 ďhave your backĒ, 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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Chuck Middlekauff's "Jolly Rancher" was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Chuck Middlekauff

Jolly Rancher by Chuck Middlekauff was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jon B. Paulsen's "Bork & Rebecka" was awarded 2nd Place in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Jon B. Paulsen

Bork & Rebecka by Jon B. Paulsen was awarded 2nd Place in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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 isnít enough. Iíve met too many people who tried painting or drawing and quit because they got discouraged too easily. [...]

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A Steve Atkinson painting at the "12th Annual New Visions Art Show" at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art

Special Edition USA Exhibits March 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from March 15th - 21st, 2019 [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs' advice on what to include in your biography

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should I include negative or depressing details of my life in my biography?

The main purpose of your biography is to help people make a connection to you, to help them understand where your art comes from, and to help them move toward a purchase. With that in mind, if you are going to include references to difficult life experiences, you should strive to do so in a way that emphasizes not the problem, but rather the amazing way you overcame it and went on to become the amazing artist you are today. [...]

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Vladislav Yeliseyev's "Sunshine on Barcelona" was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competit

Vladislav Yeliseyev

Sunshine on Barcelona by Vladislav Yeliseyev was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

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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Ying Liu's "Street Musician" was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Ying Liu

Street Musician by Ying Liu was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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 spaceóliterally, a working meditation--sometimes called ďthe ZoneĒ. 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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Susan Lyon's "Profile of a Poet" was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Susan Lyon

Profile of a Poet by Susan Lyon was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Gustav Sundin's "Breakfast" was awarded Best of Show in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Gustav Sundin

Breakfast by Gustav Sundin was awarded Best of Show in the January 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses how to speak about your art to art collectors

Geology and Art

Yes, many of us like to talk about art and many collectors like to learn about it. But remember, they arenít experts. Speak on their level. With time, they will become more experienced and well-versed in art principles. [...]

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