The time has come: artist acceptance in the world of working people.

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We seem to be on the leading edge of a huge change in respect to the Artist.

We have lived in a society where the phrase, “starving artist”, has preceded the image of the person with their portfolio under their arm, making their way down the city streets, selling their artistic offerings for a crust of bread.

Since the industrial revolution, creative minds have been sent down a narrow gauntlet to create propaganda to support a competitive business society. As if to ...

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illustrators can push the limits..

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I just completed a second book with author Stacie Morrell.
The first, *Sir Stan the Bogeyman. This book may be the most fun Ive had illustrating a story..so far!
We recieved notice that the Wishing Book Shelf awarded this book a bronze award. Very fun!!
The second book, *The Bug Came Back is for little people. Its full of humor, about an annoying bug that follows a little girl and her kitty all the live ...

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like a voice from elsewhere, something comes forth

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Its a journey..trying out a resemblance of the works of others, those we admire, maybe wish to be like, we, as students of art in our youth.

Similar to the influences of later more accumulated self-aware expressions: music, art, beautiful language, as well as the bad things that may happen and seek a safe expression for our grief. we are influenced.

What makes a totally original work of art?..

Perhaps we would have ...

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its O.K. if there is tension in creation

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I have noticed in my own work and in my life that there is a natural tension toward the completion of things. I liken it to taking a rubberband, aiming at the goal, and drawing back. The moment before release,(completion), is the greatest point of tension. I see it as the life of the project, of the power of creation in it.
It actually feels like the projects own LIFE!!

When I work with a student or ...

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How to Begin an Illustration Career

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I have most often been asked how I began illustrating children’s books.

Id prefer to offer the nontraditional route. I have been in the art field for over 50 years. Nothing for me has been as discouraging as following the “traditional route”.

I began illustrating my own stories and presenting them to others. Also by creating my own portfolio of illustrated art work, I would not be limited to what I had been paid to create in order to have ...

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a small list of suggestions that work for me

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Here are a few ideas I use in my own work..
I hope they can be benefitial to you.

*Try some new mediums
*Its ok not to know what you are doing sometimes, just play.
*Use smaller format to experiment
*Create an orderly space to work in:
depending upon your personality, either eliminate and clear space or add inspirational things around you in your work space.
*Honor the possibility of a season, or cycle ...

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living life well, is an ART

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Artists are visual philosophers..Ive found that the best way to be happy with life is to learn to be happy with everything we already have. Unhappiness and disatisfaction are not necessarily the prerequisite for manifesting inspired art. Can we finally put to rest, the terms, “Suffer for your art”, and, “The starving artist.”.

Living life well, is an ART.
Thats why I end all of my messages with,”Make everything you do ART.” Being good at it means ...

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the gift of resiliance,through self acceptance

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Could life be sweeter then those precious times when we are taken out of the ordinary, and offer our hearts a chance to feel deeply.

A chance to express something long held silent and private. What we share in artistic words and brush stroke comes from a very private place. It is particularly courageous for all artists, authors,dancers, singers who “dare” to go public and bare of the soul. I heard a singing coach say to a young singer, ...

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Are we painting the canvas and our souls ?

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January is very interesting.. here is my responds to it so far..

Does the line blurr where we are and where the canvas begins ?
There is an honesty about painting time. A revealing vulnerable time at the mirror, where the paint is no longer represented as an impression of life but an extension of the soul.
It is the word that cant be taken back..the song sung under the stars, called to return like the cry ...

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