Creativity

"Fall in the Moraine" by John Hulsey - 18 x 24" Oil

Second only to language in the hierarchy of advanced survival skills must be the ability to imagine something that does not yet exist, and then make that dream into something solid and real. Just look around you as you read this, and try to ... Read More...

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What About Women In The Arts?

"Montaña De Oro Surf" by Joyce Pike OPAM 24"x30"

I have been asked many times, did I find it hard being a woman in the field of visual art.  My answer was always no.  I worked hard to get where I am.  Your work speaks for itself.  If you are a good painter with talent, you can do it. I ... Read More...

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What can an artist do about it?

"Blessing, Malachi 3:10" by Rick Delanty, 24" x 24"

Any American would have been shocked by it: the senseless murders of three spectators in the bombings fifty yards apart at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15th; over 250 injured, at least eight of them children; the death of ... Read More...

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Challenging Painter’s Block

"Plans for Christmas" by Susan Abma

Here’s a few ideas to think about whenever you get a creative block and find you ‘just can’t paint right now.’ There’s no guarantees, but they just might work, so it could be worth a try… 1. Paint your favorite drink – whether it’s a cup ... Read More...

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Inspiration And Motivation: The Prelude To Success

"Coastal Concert" 16x16 by Bill Davidson OPA

One of the greatest joys of painting is my artist friends and the beauty we are privileged to see and create. We all must struggle some but the difference is that successful painters find a way of keeping motivation ahead of the meaningful ... Read More...

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The Art of Survival in the Survival of Art

Bill Farnsworth - Dawns Early Light

Since the Great Recession hit, most artists have been impacted. Collectors cut back on luxury items and art is at the top of the list. Workshop enrollment is down as well, and if you teach a lot of workshops that can be a big impact. Some ... Read More...

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Preserving My Dreams

"Music Man" by Wanda Choate OPA

Ola!  What a great idea, and how much I enjoy and grow and am empowered by reading the thoughts, musings, and experiences of these real and great painters. Reading Alan Wolton’s post (once I drove from Nashville to an obscure barn way ... Read More...

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The Price of Success

"Red Roses And Wedgewood" by Kathy Anderson OPA

We all define success differently but I think there is one common element that tells us that we have achieved something, and at the same time can easily becomes a burden that starts to interfere with our art.  To define it in one word, it ... Read More...

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When the Money Doesn’t Follow

"Two Pears" by M Kathryn Massey OPA

Back in the 90’s there was a popular idea, "do what you love - the money will follow." That seemed plausible, and for many of us in the world of art, this has become a reality. Many painters are sitting on lucrative art careers either ... Read More...

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