Books for Artmaking / Part II

I always fail to think of the right words to describe feelings or experiences especially when it comes to artmaking. These books offer some amazing advice and insight into how to live a creative and artistically fulfilling life and I highly recommend them.

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Tools of the Trade

By far the most common question I get on social media is the about the tools/media I use to create my art. I’m happy to share my go-to art supplies that help me satisfy my creative urges. So below is exactly what is in my art kit plus a little bit of commentary to help explain why I use “this” instead of “that”…

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Books for Artmaking / Part I

I love books. Fiction or non-fiction it doesn’t really matter. Books put words to the feelings I have but can’t explain, which is probably why I like books about the creative process so much. This is certainly not a definitive list of my favorite books on artmaking but it’s usually what I recommend to people first…

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Life Can’t Get in the Way

The past 12 months have been wonderful, hectic and enlightening. I’ve traveled and eaten delicious food and drank a beverage or two. I’ve laughed with friends and cried for a variety of reasons. I learned how to play the ukulele and I ran another marathon. But one thing that I haven’t done as much of these past 12 months is paint…

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On Validation

In many of the circles I float between, it is cool to be seen as aloof and uncaring of other people’s opinions. It comes from this “I do what I want,” “haters gonna hate” mentality that is currently popular. I can certainly get behind the notion that we will be criticized no matter what we do, so we might as well do what we please but criticism is only one side of the equation…

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Copycat (Or Why I Won’t Paint That For You)

A couple of months ago, an e-mail reached my inbox requesting a custom original painting. I did the happy dance that I do whenever I get a commission and continued reading. It would be a huge undertaking and I was up for the challenge. Then I saw the picture they attached and all that excitement came to a screeching halt…

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