5 Stages of Life and Art: Tornado, Aftermath, Cleanup, Rebuild, Rinse and Repeat

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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The Artist’s Daughter – Work In Progress, Day 1

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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Big Fish, Little Pond…Little Fish, Big Pond? Which Artist Are You?

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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The “C” Word :: Artists and Resale Right Issues

...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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