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Art Is The Antidote

Art Is The Antidote

If Art is the Antidote, what is the ailment? Take your pick:  Politics Boring Walls Common Cold Family Responsibilities Global Warming Ennui Indecision Aging Social Media Burnout Now, I don't mean to imply that art can cure the common cold, prevent aging, or solve...

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How to Hygge – Autumn Art Edition

How to Hygge – Autumn Art Edition

How to Hygge Hygge - noun: (hoo-ga) The Danish word for enjoying life's simple pleasures and creating coziness.  This time of year I feel torn between nesting and getting out. I think this Danish idea of Hygge is a perfect way to describe the elemental feelings of...

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Art Workshops: Anything Can Happen

Art Workshops: Anything Can Happen

Anything can happen at an art workshop! I'm recently returned from teaching a week-long class for Creative Arts Community at Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, OR. It was so rewarding to watch each student explore and grow in their personal expression. One of the main...

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Cultivate Insouciance – Avoid Doubt

Cultivate Insouciance – Avoid Doubt

Most artists need to remember to cultivate insouciance. What is insouciance, you ask? It is a word of French origin that means light-hearted unconcern or nonchalance. This is the attitude of children as they create. We should use child-artists as our role models....

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Wherever You Go….

Wherever You Go….

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” - Anita Desai Saint-Cirq LaPopie, One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France Why do we love to travel? For me, the sights, smells, sounds and textures of life in different places stimulate my imagination to create...

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Plein Air Packing – Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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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