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Borrowing Inspiration

If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together There was an art supply trade show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. So… some of us went to it (including Matthew’s 4-year old daughter – who was absolutely the hit of the show – pretty sure we’re […]

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Creative Hiccups

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~ Joshua J. Marine Ever have one of those days when things just don’t seem to work out quite right? Maybe you head to work and realize you’ve got a flat tire. Or have an electric circuit go out and be […]

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YOU are the secret

Every artists dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher I was recently chatting with a friend about making art. The basic conclusion we reached was that there is nothing new to be made – but only you can make it the way you […]

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Emotion is created by motion

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. ~ Chuck Close Sometimes we just don’t feel like doing a thing even though we know it is what we should do and it is good for us. Just do it anyway. Get started. Don’t think about it. Just move your […]

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Creative seasons

There is a season for everything under the sun—even when we can’t see the sun. ~ Jared Brock I recently listened to this podcast episode about a rural artist and how she makes it work. This quote about taking a break from painting while her kids were small caught my attention – “I abandoned painting […]

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Attention Cottage

Creativity needs a quiet place where it can breathe and flourish. I recently heard the phrase “attention cottage” and loved it. It was coined by analogy to a memory palace. It was meant as a place of attentiveness. For some of us, this would be a private art studio. Many of us will have to […]

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Mundane excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle When discussing different materials, I try to keep in mind the end goal for the project. eg: if you’re just playing with art supplies – do what you want and have fun! However, if you’re looking to sell […]

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Breathing space

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso I was supposed to go camping this weekend. Reserved the site months ago, had a group of friends and neighbors going, most of the gear and food was packed… the whole shebang. Then I called it off the […]

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Communing with art

A man who never reads will never be read. A man who never quotes will never be quoted. A man who never uses the thoughts of other men’s brain proves that he has no brain of his own. ~ Charles Spurgeon The quote above is about reading, writing, and thinking. About how our pens stand […]

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What work do you need to make?

People have said, ’Oh, I thought you’d be a nasty piece of work because you’re so dark and trenchant,’ and I say, ‘No I’m not! I’ve got rid of it — it’s all on paper!’ ~ Ralph Steadman I recently stumbled across the quote above, with an intro saying you can get the nasty bits […]