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Are you #sketchy?

An artist using a sketchbook always looks like a happy person. ~ Roger Ebert There are many different studies and research projects that all come to the same conclusion – art is good for you. Creating art is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get into a meditative flow state, into “the zone.” […]

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What do you see in the world?

I never went to an art school. I failed the art courses that I did take in school. I just looked at a lot of things. And that’s how I learned about art, by looking at it. ~Jean-Michel Basquiat It never continues to amaze me how much of a difference your point of view makes in […]

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The world needs more YOU!

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. ~ Abraham Maslow I’ve always struggled to answer questions along the lines of: When/how did you learn to draw? Well, I’ve had crayons and art supplies available […]

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Art for the Fun of it

I do not believe that your best creative work is done when you’re stressed out because you’re teetering on the edge of bankruptcy or other personal disasters. Just the opposite. You should set up your life so that it is as comfortable and happy as possible – and so that accommodates your creative work. ~ […]

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Art for the Fun of it

I do not believe that your best creative work is done when you’re stressed out because you’re teetering on the edge of bankruptcy or other personal disasters. Just the opposite. You should set up your life so that it is as comfortable and happy as possible – and so that accommodates your creative work. ~ […]

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Hunger For Art

Food is our common ground, a universal experience. ~ James Beard I’ve always thought that art, beauty, and creativity are human needs. Looking at prehistoric tools from around the world, things like pottery, weavings, or carvings show great care taken in the details and the “decorations”. From a purely functional point of view, time was […]

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Building on Foundations

Drawing is 50,000 years old, isn’t it? I think it comes from very deep within us. When all those people in the 1970s were trying to give up drawing, I did go and see them and they said: ‘Oh, you don’t need to draw now.’ And I did point out: ‘Well, why don’t you tell […]

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Sharing yourself

Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too. ~ Annie Bevan It can be scary to share your art, whether it’s your first piece […]

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Seeing the beauty around us

If you draw, the world becomes more beautiful, far more beautiful. Trees that used to be just scrub suddenly reveal their form. Animals that were ugly make you see their beauty. If you then go for a walk, you’ll be amazed how different everything can look. Less and less is ugly if every day you […]

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A Little Bit of Re-invention

The creation of your art should always be the priority. The only variables you can control are your passion toward the work you create and the intensity with which you act upon that passion. It is futile to predict the public’s reaction to your art. The moment you begin to seek approval from external forces, […]