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Every artist needs to grow. Here are 10 top ways to grow, and some resources for great work­ing con­tem­po­rary real­ist artists and folks to help.

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Last Mon­day morn­ing (Sept.10th) I met with offi­cials from the CRPS Board to dis­cuss my con­cerns with edu­ca­tion, fund­ing an account­abil­ity, look­ing for the pieces of the puz­zle. What I got (I think) was a good snap­shot of the finan­cial pic­ture this par­tic­u­lar school board faces…but I still don’t think I know who Mr. Nobody is. It might be a lot of gov­ern­ing bod­ies who should be account­able for our tax dol­lars, deci­sions and allo­ca­tions — every­one has made a lit­tle bit of a mess, result­ing in an unclean house. Here’s the story from the admin­is­tra­tion at the CRPS school board, with thanks for their coöper­a­tion and will­ing­ness to explain this to me. And please bear with me here…this post is long, and there’s a lot of stuff in it. I’d like to draw it out in a pic­ture for you — much eas­ier to under­stand, but I’m rather busy at the moment in a pro­duc­tion residency.

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With noth­ing sug­gested, a blank can­vas becomes the means by which thoughts can begin to have a life of their own and man­i­fest. There is space for some­thing to be born into.

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Arts edu­ca­tion is impor­tant. Where is our MLA when we are faced with try­ing to solve a prob­lem? We need to have to have every­one at the table, will­ing and ready to work on a com­plex prob­lem. Let’s get on with it!

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In the rich­est province in this coun­try, in one of the most afflu­ent com­mu­ni­ties of this province, your child can­not take art and drama in Can­more, Alberta. In fact, if you are in Grade 10, Stream 1 — you can­not take Drama at all. If you are in Stream 2 — you can­not take Art at all. Who is respon­si­ble and account­able for this? We all are.

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Here are a few more tips for loos­en­ing up in the stu­dio. Dance that paint­ing out of the brush with this playlist. You’re sure to put some boo­gie in your work.

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Choices are one and the same. Through the process of cre­ation, we destroy. Through destruc­tion, we cre­ate. Through imagery of Haida Gwaii, con­tem­plate your choices as an artist.

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ART :: What is it?

On June 21, 2012 By

The beauty of art to me, is it’s many faces. Emo­tional. Engag­ing. Beau­ti­ful. Bril­liant. Intent­ful. Intel­li­gent. Inter­ac­tive. Con­tem­po­rary. Con­tex­tual. Con­tro­ver­sial. Con­ver­sa­tional. His­tor­i­cal. Polit­i­cal. Discuss…

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Vis­it­ing this place was a great inspi­ra­tion for me. I would say it was one of the most stir­ring and inspir­ing moments of my visit, and I am grate­ful that the Haida Nation, these Elders and mem­bers stood so firmly to pro­tect this place. We should do the same now, as the North­ern Gate­way Pipeline Project by Enbridge threat­ens once again, this mag­nif­i­cent cul­ture and ecosys­tem. Stand up and speak out about the effects that this pipeline will have on habi­tat, cul­ture and the ecol­ogy of our planet. Write your MP and the offi­cial oppo­si­tion. Make your­self heard…and be part of the new “Line”.

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