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Everyone’s Different

I was recently reading through an art magazine and one page caught my attention. It asked the question “what is your favorite art medium, and why?” The answers shared were all different – different mediums, different reasons why. Some I agreed with completely and some were the opposite of how I would have answered. And […]

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intro paragraph. Art materials and techniques are only one facet of humanity. We’re different in so many different ways. We prefer and dislike different foods, methods of learning, means of travel, and so much more. It’s easy to get caught up in our own thoughts (after all, don’t we all live inside our brains?) and […]

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Creative Compost

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.~ C.S. Lewis It can be really hard to stop a project, or to drastically change creative directions. Maybe we’ve been making a particular type of work for a long time, and now we’re switching it up. We have […]

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We are not alone

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.~ Søren Kierkegaard Art can be a solitary pursuit – working by ourselves in our studio. Yet, we are not alone. Our artistic ancestors are there. Da Vinci and the Mona Lisa are ancestors of all oil painters. Michelangelo’s David lead the way for sculptors […]

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Make Time For Leisure

In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.~ Ovid In Greek, leisure is a word that means school. Leisure historically meant freedom for intellectual or creative pursuits – rather than the current concept of lounging around doing nothing, of an opportunity to completely shut down. Historically, it wasn’t about simply killing time […]

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Thank you!

Always do the very best you can. If you’ll just make a commitment to improving the quality of your work, incrementally, you’ll see enormous changes over the span of years.~ Tom Tischler What would it take to create a business that will still be here in 100 years? This is a question I reflect on […]

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Oodles of options

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. ~ Hindu proverb on the many ways to win […]

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Creative Magic

 art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have […]

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Art is the win

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.~ Oprah Winfrey Before he was a big time comedian, Hasan Minhaj was asked if he thought he was going to make it big. “I don’t like that question,” he said. […]

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Art for the Fun of It

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the oil paper testing process. It was a lot of fun to have a low-pressure chance to just play around with some art materials. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the idea […]