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After 10 Years of Hard Work, I Got Back to Basics! Mark Fehlman

I just celebrated my first 10 years as a full time artist. That’s about 30,000 hours of work. For most of my life (starting at about 9 years old) I saw myself as an architect, and had a very successful practice for over 30 years. At 52, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue new career as an artist. Since then, I have never regretted that decision. So after ten years of intense work and study with my favorite artists like Ray RobertsLori Putnam, and John Asaro, I wanted to find a way to create a leap in my abilities as an artist. I thought long and hard about how to do that, and decided to go back to basics.

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Working through Challenges and Adversities, Peggi Kroll Roberts

What are some of these challenges that I face that I bet all artists face through their careers.  How do I work through them? How do you work through them?  Each challenge has it’s own answer.  For example, when I experience a creative block and I know I will run into them the rest of my life, I find something to work on unrelated to what I am “known for”. I am mainly know for representational work. “What it looks like”.

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Four Ridiculously Simple Ways to Improve Your Painting, Carolyn Anderson

1. Stop and Look Yes, I know this one sounds obvious, but after 25 years of teaching workshops, I can tell you the most common mistake artists make is to quit looking. I’ve seen far too many artists veer off into trite and predictable painting after a good,strong start simply because they stopped looking at the subject and the canvas with a critical eye.This is often the result of what I call “brush-overdrive” which basically means a person will move the brush around on the canvas just because the brush is in the hand. We could also call it “automatic painting” - something similar to automatic writing which is defined as writing without conscious thought. Although we would all probably like some painting spirit hovering overhead telling us what to do next, count that option as not available and deal with the choices at hand. Just because there is a brush in your hand does not mean you actually have to make a mark on the canvas. Moving the brush and actually putting paint down do not always have to go together.

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