Artist Ruth / Art Is Truth

Plein Air Packing – Giveaway

Paring down your painting materials for plein air painting or travel can be a challenge. I’ve been testing color combinations, narrowing my choices for which colors, paper and sketchbook I’ll bring with me on my trip to France. I hope this post gives you some ideas of...

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Fun is Good

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good." - Dr. Seuss It's been a fun week of experimentation. Through the generosity of good friends, I've had the chance to try out two mediums I haven't had a chance to explore before. On Monday, I gathered...

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New Watercolor Block Giveaway – Plus: Fail Better

Why do we paint? Sometimes I think the thing that keeps up working is our inability to create to the level of our imagination. "Maybe this time I'll get it!" Each painting I complete has something to teach me - sometimes it is a relative success, and I can share it...

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WIN This Beautiful Hahnemühle Travel Journal

A beautiful travel journal is one of the first things to pack for your trip abroad. Hahnemühle sent me some journals and watercolor papers to try. Just for fun they included extras for me to share with my readers! You can enter the drawing below.

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Art Term Thursday: Meraki

meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is a Greek word that describes doing something with love, creativity and pure soul. It means leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work

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5 Rules for Art Students

I have compiled the following 5 rules for art students to help learners get the most out of a class or workshop. I know it might seem like these are common-sense guidelines. However, I am surprised at how many times our monkey-minds take over when we are in an art...

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12 Great Gifts Ideas for Artists

One of the participants in my Colors of France workshop asked me for gift ideas for artists who are traveling with us, so I thought I’d share them here!

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Mixed Media Workshop Now Open

New mixed media workshop for February! Join Carrie Moore and Ruth Armitage for a joint workshop combining colorful acrylic painting and dimensional paper clay.

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Art Is Exploring

I’ve just come up for air after teaching 4 3-day workshops in the last month. One thing I’ve learned by repeating some of the same lessons to different groups is that the students who let go of certainty were more successful and more creative.

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Where Have You Been?

Where Have You Been? I’d like to know: where have you been? As I’m planning my workshop in the Dordogne Valley next June, I’m thinking of extending my trip before or after to a nearby country or two. While I’ve spent time in Paris and loved every minute of it, I’d...

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Nefelibata: Cloudwalker

The word Nefelibata has drawn my attention recently. The word originates in Portugese, derived from 'nephele' (cloud) and 'batha' (a place to walk.) It refers to one who lives in their own imagination or dreams, or one who does not abide by the precepts of society,...

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Colors of France – A Dream Come True

How does a painter capture the colors of France? 13 lucky artists will have a chance to find out when they travel with me next June to the Dordogne and Lot Valley and Domaine du Haut Baran. It will be a dream come true- painting the colors of France together! When?...

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Top 12 Titles for Creatives

My Top 12 Titles for Creatives - Thought Provoking work on Creativity I find myself sharing many of the gems of wisdom found within these books with students, and thought that having a reading list resource for creatives would be a good addition to my blog. I hope you...

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12 Binge-Worthy Summer Art Films

It's so easy these days to access top-quality Art Films, and summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax. You'll beat the heat and absorb inspiration and information at the same time! I've started a good list with these titles, but please be sure to add your own...

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Pareidolia in Abstract Art

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.  Classic examples might be seeing a face in the full moon, or imagining that cloud shapes represent a...

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I Became a Maker

I became a maker by following the example of my mother. She is well-known for making beauty out of what is on hand. Her friends marvel over her knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening and decorating. I love the following quote, because it exemplifies what I think most...

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Avoiding Fear: Painting with Digital Exploration

Fear can derail our creativity. One way I work at avoiding fear is using digital exploration in my painting process. Using my IPad to try out changes before I make them in paint removes the fear of failure that I see many students encounter. If you're reading this...

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Kick These 5 Bad Painting Habits

You may find yourself frustrated if you don’t kick these habits asap! I’ve just spent the last month taking and teaching art classes, and it is surprising how often I see artists hampered by these bad habits.

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