Facing the critic

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Facing the critic

Anyone that has ever found themselves in the company of others, has at one time or another faced a critic.
As an exhibiting artist I have also found myself in the presence of someone who has either set themselves up as a verbal “thumbs direction” to my artistic fate, or prehaps someone has hired them to ride the coat tails of those that do..create. It takes grace and wit to stay in the presence of these people. Some ...

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some reasons to work large or small

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Recently I purchased some multi-colored card stock 3″x 3″. I find that I can be charged up about working with a theme for a while using that size. If I am working with a Chinese brush art style the smaller sheets give me a chance to “pracice and perfect”. Its particularly delicious to work with light ink on a dark paper.
I love to create little portraits on this size. Its just so much more wonderful to ...

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Sometimes leaving and returning offers a fresh perspective

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I just returned from a reviving trip to Sedona Arizona. The clean cut sky line of mountains against the heavens provided my unceasing imagination to take flight upon the forms as giant noble standing figures. As a student of art history, I could see the Asseriyan profiles of powerful leaders. Mermaids and Native Americans. One very stricking image of Ghanesha, the elephant god of India. He was seated in a throne with elaborate bejeweled ornaments around him. Bunnies everywhere in ...

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Influences and authenticty

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We live in environments that allow for so much incoming

While shopping at the market I hear music that reaches into my subconscious, popping up a picture into my consciousness from the last time Id heard it. Layer upon layer, like a collage of sound sight and smell, feelings tastes, all merge within the artist to evoke an expression. something bubbles up, percolates in our souls until we have to bring it out.
My new students have remarked in ...

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Solutions are not problems solved..

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As I work with my materials on the latest series of paintings, I notice something, that life in the micro reflects life in the macro.

I use to play it out like this..Im working with a concept, rolling along with the usual tension necessary to bring it all out and suddenly I hit the wall of total uncertanty. My once clear and enthusiastic vision is seemingly dissolved away. As if Im trying to complete someone elses project .. the ...

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Energy Is Not Invisible

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ENERGY IS NOT INVISIBLE

In general, most artists are sensitive people. We sense things, use hunches, read signs, listen to inner promptings, and we are intuitve.

March has come in with a whole new kind of fast moving energy. I find myself looking at the world whirl by while I take 5 and settle into a more peaceful countenance for the process of studio time.

Creativity is a delicate matter. We can’t crank it out like cupcakes. It needs to come from ...

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And The Children Will Lead Them

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You are an Artist… if you need to make art!

We stand on the hill tops, overlooking the masses, observing and dreaming on canvas and walls.

We sit with the workers and sketch their authentic faces in fields and factories.

Photographers are waiting for the moment when light stands in awesome contrast.

Art may begin with a stick in the sand at the ...

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For those who seek to work with an Illustrator

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It is especially important for an illustrator to get to know the author… so this blog is for book authors and writers.

Instead of thinking your writing will provide all the information an artist could need to illustrate your book, consider offering something personal about you.

Your writing, of course, is the core of the project. However a very important second is ...

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Look back to the future… it’s 2012!

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From the visionaries perspective we can return to 2012 and revel at the enormous changes, the positivity, and the invention. It’s a renaissance revisited!

Let us begin the new year with a solid view of authenticity, creative adventure, and inspiration from new heights.

Write to me and share your creative process… artist, writers, dancers, and singers. We will be seen in a new light this year. Encouragers, expressers, you speak the heart’s desire. This is the year to bring it ...

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New Art Exhibit and the Power of Diversity

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I opened a new art exhibit for December’s First Friday Art Walk… at The McCreith Team, Bella Casa Real Estate Group, a beautiful upscale real estate office, here in my little town of Newberg, Oregon.

The First Friday (Art Walk), is a popular monthly event for tourists, locals, as well as artists, musicians, and wine connoisseurs. Newberg is a gentle old fashioned setting for up and coming cultural interests. Located in Yamhill County, it is becoming legendary for its ...

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