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how to feel comfortable making art for a live audience

As artists, we usually create art in the privacy of our studio away from the eyes of the general public. We may even feel more comfortable making art this way, where our little failures and experiments can be done relatively safely, and where we won’t feel the prying eyes of...

The Magical Bond Between Fashion and Art

One of the most fascinating relationships of our civilization is the magical bond between fashion and art. Possibly the greatest example of this bond is between the artist Piet Mondrian and designer Yves Saint Laurent . Best known for geometric paintings with asymmetrical arrangements of rectangles in primary colors (blue, red,...

Pre-Order Fine Art Tips on Amazon

It’s taken over a year to write, and now I’m so EXCITED to finally announce the pre-order of my new North Light Book available on Amazon! Fine Art Tips: Painting Techniques and Professional Advice with Lori McNee published by North Light Books of F+W Media, Inc.   This special offer...

Imagination quote

Suddenly you have an idea and an overwhelming feeling of creative genius, but then you realize how vulnerable you will be if you share your art with other people. What if they don’t like it? What if they think it is stupid? What if they think it is awful?...

TheGiftofArt

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...

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