Going beyond excellent in your Art

I've recently finished making some new paintings for an upcoming show. Some are better than others, but overall, I am happy with them. I would say they are pretty good. Even so, I am always left wondering how I might go beyond just good. It seems that making...

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Going narrow instead of wide in your art

One can include so much in their art, but having too much can become a problem. It becomes difficult for the viewer to know what the art is about if it includes all things equally- lines, colors, shapes, textures. Showing everything ends up diluting them, and the...

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Art = Love

Art-making is easier when I’m feeling happy and connected to myself. I call this a flow state— creativity flows. But, of course, there are times when I lose that connection and question everything, and get stuck. One way I think about flow state is to remember that it...

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Strive to be an art amateur

Strive to be an art amateur

When it comes to art-making, it's best to stay an amateur! It seems counterintuitive since we tend to want to be masters of what we love to do. However, maintaining that beginner mindset — exploring, discovering, and following missteps- keeps the imagination engaged...

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A life approach to make your best art

A life approach to make your best art

We all encounter hard patches in life. Recently, I hit one. The silver lining to difficulty is that it usually comes with a learning opportunity. For me, this was the reminder that there are three approaches we can adopt when faced with challenges in our life. I...

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An animal dressed like a King

An animal dressed like a King

Animals dressed like kings, girls with bird heads, cats as large as houses — such paradoxical imagery feels surprisingly and divinely universal. We've all had these powerful dreams. Alexandra Eldridge’s art taps into this inner world and, in doing so, invites us into...

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Painting with a Purpose

Painting with a Purpose

Although my work is more intuitive and personal, I'm always attracted to artists who clearly communicate a strong, meaningful message. Stephen Mangum is one such artist. He grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s and witnessed firsthand disturbing events during the...

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An amazing way to create a line

An amazing way to create a line

Last week I showed you a way to make dark lines by covering up shapes and leaving remnants of color. Today I want to show you how to create light lines in a similar but different way. Check this out… Leaving light hairlines where shapes of similar values meet is a...

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A Different Way to Make a Line

A Different Way to Make a Line

I love working with lines in my art. Usually, I use a tool like a pencil to make lines. But today, I thought I would share a different way to create lines and add richness to your work. Have a look here. I have found surprisingly beautiful and different lines by...

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New Shapes at Your Fingertips

New Shapes at Your Fingertips

I’m often asked how I come up with all the shapes in my art. It turns out, shapes are found everywhere. So, by paying attention as you go through your day, you can discover shapes to bring into your art. Another way I find shapes is by working with ones I already love...

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