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There are so many metaphors about what we all go through in life and in art. You can pre­pare your­self, but not fully — for the sur­prises that come. Find­ing your sweetspot, know­ing how to be pre­pared for the next Tor­nado, and learn­ing the lessons out of each stage of the process is impor­tant to devel­op­ing your­self as an artist and a Full Time Human Being.

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Sim­ply, I’m grate­ful that the Cre­ator has made me an artist today.

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Here are reviews for my four favourite pro­duc­tiv­ity appli­ca­tions. If you’re an artist or cre­ative, these soft­ware titles will give you an eco­nomic “office assis­tant” at the tip of your fingers.

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CAMP — Sneak Peek!

On February 16, 2012 By

My stu­dio is brim­ming with 95% fin­ished paint­ings in the CAMP project. Today was a good day as I worked on a mon­u­men­tal six foot piece. Here’s a sneak peek of the work.

 

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Here is the pro­gres­sive work on Day 3 for the oil on linen panel work by Jan­ice Tan­ton — “The Artist’s Daughter”.

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Here is Day Two of the paint­ing, “The Artist’s Daugh­ter”. The video shows the pro­gres­sion of work through days one and two.

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Ear­lier this month, I fin­ished a sketch of my daugh­ter Grace. My intent is to work through this paint­ing in a method akin to the school of aca­d­e­mic real­ists cur­rently work­ing in New York and around the world. I’m a big fan of Jacob Collins and his con­tem­po­raries at The Grand Cen­tral Acad­emy and I’d love to spend some time there with guys like Scott Wad­dell and Gray­don Par­rish. In the mean­time, while I con­tem­plate the dream of a sum­mer study­ing in New York with these guys, I’m going to take a crack at work­ing through this method and approach to clas­si­cal painting.

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My artis­tic prac­tice and enquiry inten­tion­ally focusses on rela­tion­ships and resources. I’ve often won­dered about what it would be like if we were all the same sized fish in one giant pond. Chang­ing our per­spec­tive on the size of the pond we are in, or chang­ing our pond can really change how we treat each other and how we per­ceive our art and our­selves. Here’s a story about a artist… um.….“Little Red Fish”.….that was in a pond..yes!…that’s it.…a POND.…

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…Did you hear the one about the artist that walked into Wal­mart at Christ­mas and found her images on a ladies sweatshirt…unlicensed? Yah, that was me. Not fun.

Artists must edu­cate them­selves on copy­right leg­is­la­tion and con­tinue to advo­cate at local, provin­cial and fed­eral lev­els for ade­quate mea­sures of enforce­ment. Fair is fair, and it is so impor­tant that all artists be involved on a reg­u­lar basis with the leg­isla­tive issues that affect them and their fam­i­lies. Join CARFAC and the VAAA (for those in Alberta) and sup­port the asso­ci­a­tions that act on your behalf and carry your voice to those leg­isla­tive groups. Check out the links at the end of this post and join up. You can deduct those pro­fes­sional fees from your tax­able income…if you have one.

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