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This holiday season, I am reflecting on the importance of art, our freedom to create, and the gift of art in our lives. Art is a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and solutions in a creative way other than written or verbal. Throughout history, every culture has developed some form of...

Portrail Painting: Worth a Thousand Words

Although portrait painting is an established tradition, recently there has been a resurgence in its popularity. Art lovers from the UK, US, Australia and Canada want to make a statement about their family for posterity. Recently, I was interview by the BBC for an article about portrait painting.  The...

Dogs Rule

If you follow me on social media or this blog you most likely know that I am a dog lover. So naturally I was delighted when asked to review the new book, Dogs Rule Nonchalantly by San Francisco-based artist and illustrator, Mark Ulriksen. Dedicated to his dogs and his parents, the...

Left brain or right brain? Take the Quiz

Have you ever been accused of being overly analytical or do people say you’re too dreamy? These traits can be attributed to left brain or right brain type thinking. At the end of this post, take the Alert Scale of Cognitive Style brain quiz to see if you are a left,...

5 Inspiring Quotes to Start Your Day

Sometimes an inspirational quote from a friend or a thought leader can help brighten our day, lift our spirits, or reinforce our personal journey. I love collecting quotes and words or wisdom to share with my readers. Here are a few that jumped off the page at me today. Please...

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie loves to paint, he is a student of his craft and has made remarkable...

Proven Tips for Managing Procrastination

Most likely if you are reading this post, you are procrastinating. In fact, I am avoiding important work this morning and have been procrastinating by writing this post! Quite often, it is what we need to do that we most feel like avoiding. Wikipedia defines procrastination as the practice...

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_lim/1557978846 While you may not always be inspired, the designs, colors and decorations that surround you can help stimulate and boost your creativity. If you’re an artist of any kind, your workspace should be comfortable—aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and business savvy. Also, privacy is important. Every artist, or...

successful vs unsuccessful artists

The infographic above breaks down many of the traits between successful vs unsuccessful artists. Although sometimes there are circumstances beyond one’s control, most barriers to success are self-generated and can be fixed. Artists are naturally born to manifest. We have a thought, imagine it and make it come true on...

Why It’s a Great Time in History to be a Creative Person

Last year Anthony Meindl, Hollywood’s #1 acting coach wrote the inspiring guest post, “Where Does Art Come From?”  A multitalented, creative person, Anthony is also the author of the new book, “Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups: 26 Ways Not To Worry.” …and he is my youngest son’s acting coach! Recently,...

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

(photo: Håkan Dahlström) At the beginning of each new year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves. “Getting Fit” is at the top of most New Year’s resolutions lists. But, it sometimes becomes difficult to keep up the enthusiasm of an exercise regime. Nevertheless, artists and other creative thinkers...

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This month I am the featured artist in the New Wave Art Products newsletter, “Let’s Talk Art”. It is an honor to be featured along with with other professional artists from around the world. I thought you might enjoy learning a bit more about me… Let’s Talk Art! is New Wave’s...

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