“X” Marks The Habit – 365 Days of Painting

Yesterday, a very cool email came out from The Writer's Store with a newsletter tip on how Jerry Seinfeld worked his craft. He had a very simple system to mark off X's on a 365 day, one-pager calendar. The mantra is... "Don't Break The String". Thinking about that simple system yesterday pushed me back to the easel. Instead of fiddle-farting away at admin work in the office, I thought...heck, I need to get my red X on that sheet. Without that reminder, I'm not sure that I would have gotten off the computer and into the paints, but I did!

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4 Kind Steps To Green Your Packaging When Shipping Your Artwork

Use old, discarded clothes instead of bubble-wrap or styrofoam peanuts, etc. (ICK for the environment either way you look at it.) If you don't have any, go to your local Thrift Store and get a box. Sometimes, there are even old blankets or comforters people have discarded. Explain to them what you are doing (they may even give you a discount). Create a small tag/note to include in the purchase to your collectors and explain to them what you have done and why. Ask them to take your "recycled clothing packaging" to a Thrift Store near them, donate it and spread the word. Simple. Effective. Human....and kind on so many levels.

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True Confessions of An Artist :: Excuses, Diversions & Remedies for Artist’s Block

I don't feel like I'm prolific or productive. I am afflicted with the dreaded BCS (Blank Canvas Syndrome) every single time I look at that big white space on the other end of my brush. Even worse, I have a nasty recurrent case of ABD (Artist's Block Disease) that prevents me from even entering the studio. Here are my excuses, diversions and remedies.

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“Here To Stay” – Is Now Off The Easel!

It's very difficult if not impossible to capture the real jewel-like quality in a oil painting on linen with a camera. The many glazes in this work all weave together to give an amazing optical effect in person, so I urge you to visit Elevation Gallery to view the work....before it's gone!

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The Magic Touch :: Married To My Favourite Oil Painting Brushes

I'm often asked interesting questions by students and collectors. The questions range from, "Do you have a magic brush?" to.... "Are you married?" The answer to the first is, "No, not really..." and the answer to the second is, "Yes, most definitely!" While I don't possess a magic brush, or even a special group of visiting elves that do my work for me while I sleep (I wish!), I do have some favourite brands of brushes that seem to work well for me.

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Glazes & Grounds Oil Painting Workshop with Janice Tanton : ACAD – May 4 – June 22

Join me for a wonderful in-depth, weeknight workshop series at Alberta College of Art and Design, July 25 - 29, 2011 as part of the extended studies offered at ACAD. Working from still life, you will learn how to focus on values, create a grisaille, define light and complete a painting. You will also learn how to stretch and finish a fine Belgian linen canvas.

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Art Tip of The Day – Allergic to Oils? Go Nuts!

For years, one of the things that kept me back from painting with oils, was an allergy to them. The solution that I found was in M.Graham oils. Based with walnut oils, this did the trick for me! The medium is wonderful, silky smooth and the pigment quality is excellent.

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PLAY! – 8 Cool Ideas For Exercising Your Family Creativity Muscles

Creating time and space in a busy family life for creativity is important, given all the arts funding cutbacks in education and government. Here are eight cool ideas for stretching your creativity muscles with your family!

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