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Progressive Dinner Learning Journey

Progressive Dinner Learning Journey

Bluebird buffet - a progressive dinner learning opportunity Our local Western Bluebirds have been enjoying a progressive dinner lately. The gang of neighborhood bluebird fanciers has enjoyed watching them flock from house to house, feasting on dried mealworms. Once...

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Art is Not About Painting

Art is Not About Painting

Art is not about painting. That might sound weird, coming from a painter. But really, it’s about seeing. We artists synthesize visual elements and ideas.

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Do You Do This Too? Art vs. Decor

Do You Do This Too? Art vs. Decor

Cute Aggression and Art vs. Decor I don’t think it started when the mouse I rescued from our farm cat clamped on to the soft pad of my finger and didn’t let go - even as I shook my hand like it was a thermometer. But, true confession, sometimes I feel mildly violent...

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Roaring ’20s 2.0

Roaring ’20s 2.0

I'm so excited to be launching Roaring '20s 2.0 - the Winter/Spring session of my 6 month mentorship program. I bet you’ve wondered how I formed friendships with artists all over the country. One way was by taking workshops. One of the things I’ve always admired about...

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Comments from Pollyanna, Punch & Judy

Comments from Pollyanna, Punch & Judy

Even though I work hard to be objective, my inner critic fluctuates between Pollyanna and Punch & Judy. It can be hard to know which of my multiple personalities to trust! You should hear their comments!

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Confessions of a Dizzy Artist

Confessions of a Dizzy Artist

I had so many things crowding my brain last Friday, it made me dizzy! Therefore, I spent hours driving around. But 3 lucky realizations saved the day.

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Inspiration: Guest Post by Tara Choate

Tara Choate writes a guest post about the near mythical relevance that inspiration holds for an artist. Is Inspiration the process or the idea itself? Read Tara’s take on this fascinating topic.

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Guest Post by Melissa Gannon

Melissa Gannon shares a guest post this week in celebration of 12 years of Art is Truth. Thank you, Melissa - for sharing your work and words. This blogging anniversary is rich with inspiration. INSPIRATION! Guest Post by Melissa Gannon I am very honored to be a guest...

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Guest Blog Post: Margaret Godfrey

Guest Blog Post: Margaret Godfrey

Guest post by my dear friend, Margaret Godfrey: “What happens when a painting comes from the depths of your emotions? My artwork “Enduring the Cure” is exactly that–a painting from the depths of my emotions.“

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Confident Color Online Workshop

Confident Color Online Workshop

Confident Color is an online workshop designed to focus on using color expressively. You’ll gain knowledge, inspiration and confidence in your color choices. Join us!

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Guest Post Celebration: Rick Rogers

Guest Post Celebration: Rick Rogers

Guest Post Celebration! June marks the 12th Anniversary of my blog: Art is Truth. Each year I try to do something to give back to the blog community and celebrate art and the connections it gives us. This year, I'll be posting guest articles from readers each week. I...

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Guest Post: Garden Revisited by Mary Chamie

Guest Post: Garden Revisited by Mary Chamie

June marks the 12th Anniversary of my blog: Art is Truth. Each year I try to do something to give back to the blog community and celebrate art and the connections it gives us. This year, I’ll be posting guest articles from readers each week. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Mary’s workshop experience and viewing her art below!

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Land Lines Learning Curve

Land Lines Learning Curve

This class is very similar to my in person three-day workshop, with different presentations and assignments for each day. At the end of the 3-day online presentation, students have one week to assimilate the information and do the assignments.

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Reruns: Enjoy these Top 10 Posts

Reruns: Enjoy these Top 10 Posts

Before we were able to download and binge a whole new season of "Poldark" or "Madame Secretary," we had reruns. I may be dating myself here, but some of my favorite television memories involve watching favorite episodes over and over. Who can forget Carol Burnett's...

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Tolerating Uncertainty: Ramblings and Readings

Tolerating Uncertainty: Ramblings and Readings

"If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity." -Eckhart Tolle I should be better at tolerating uncertainty. It is something I practice each time I begin a new...

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Finishing Artwork: Inspiration from the Internet

Finishing Artwork: Inspiration from the Internet

Finishing artwork may be the hardest creative stage, especially with abstract art. I often compare it to assembling a jigsaw puzzle, only without referring to the photo on the box. Artists hear the question "How long does it take you to finish a piece of art?" all the...

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Traveling Art Teacher: Perks and Pitfalls

Traveling Art Teacher: Perks and Pitfalls

I’m sure you’re dying to know what its like to be a traveling art teacher; the perks and the pitfalls. Here is your behind the scenes peek from my perspective. I’m on my way home from Tubac, AZ after two successful workshops. It’s been a long trip, but worthwhile....

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What is Expressive Line?

What is Expressive Line?

Today I received a question: What is expressive line? I'll be teaching a workshop at the end of the month to a local group of experienced artists, so the question set me back a bit. But as I tried to answer it, I found it difficult to explain myself. I started...

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