What can you use again?

This time is partly about managing with less. Less driving, less shopping and less social engagements. Interestingly, it actually doesn’t feel like less. My days feel more calm. I am noticing and discovering more. It is affecting my art, too. I am even finding and...

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How do you find your wild side?

Ok, so we are stuck inside. Our lives are becoming more predictable. You might be settling into routines. But not all of our life needs to become this way. Your art can become a place of adventure. Unpredictability and wildness can run free in your art practice. And...

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What is blue for you?

I almost became a marine biologist. It didn’t take too long to realize, however, that the part of the marine world I loved was its appearance. It wasn’t so much about the science. I just was absolutely mesmerized by the colors of the undersea world. So I figured I...

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Your art family…

I remember the first time my father complimented something I made. I never forgot it. It gave me the confidence to choose a life that had art as its centerpoint. The motivational speaker Jim Rohn has famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the...

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Look at what we are cooking up…

Since this all began I am making less art. But I am cooking way more. Making a big pot of soup somehow feels reassuring. As I was chopping onions the other day, I got to thinking how actually, making art is not so different from making food. Both nourish the body,...

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From my kitchen table to yours…

I am sitting at my kitchen table and I just made this video with my phone. Right now, I have very limited access to my studio. Like you, I can’t do many of the things I love right now. The hardest part is that I am mostly by myself. Everything feels uncertain. However...

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That fear in making art

In my studio there is a very large, 8’ x 8’ blank canvas. I am a little nervous about starting because it is so big. I have never made a painting this size before. So of course it is going to be a little scary. Fear always seems to come bundled with taking bigger...

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Where the edges meet

Hi there, Melissa Chandon’s art is so different than mine. And that might be why it interests me so much. We got to talking about the edges in her art and I thought you might find it helpful. There are so many decisions in paintings, but possibly the most important...

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Finding this could totally change everything

Hi there, our art is only as good as we are. In other words, it is important to keep a steady stream of inspiring input coming in so what is going out, our art, is inspiring too. So how do we do that? Here is an example I couldn’t resist sharing. Aondrea Maynard, a...

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3 Questions to Clarify your Art

If you can take the time to answer these 3 questions, very likely your art will improve. These are similar to a few of the questions we use in the Creative Visionary Program to help bring clarity to member’s art. It is so easy to fall into a routine in what and how we...

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