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Artist Strong Blog

Enjoy interviews and articles about creative process and our inherent creative spirit.

How to Be an Artist: Kirsten Francis

Kirsten Francis is a mixed media artist living in Encinitas, CA. She received a BFA in Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR and was a printmaker for many years. Francis creates colorful and intricate collages using a combination of found...

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What Failure Really Means for Creatives

Since I celebrated the success of my solo exhibition Anonymous Woman, I’ve applied to many new opportunities here in my new home of Houston: grants, exhibitions, peer based communities, you name it I’ve applied.  And since that exhibition, I’ve been rejected by every...

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The ONLY way an artist grows

Since I’ve taken a break from my art, and finished my exhibition, I feel this little twinge each time I go on Instagram and spot another artist making work I admire. Sometimes, it’s a wee bit of jealousy, like I wish I had thought of that. Other times, I look at their...

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How artists slow their own creative growth

Do the words rules or systems make you cringe? Do you feel an inner call to rebel and talk about being called to your own artistic path, free from those restrictions? Hi my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and develop...

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How to Be an Artist: Athina Neocleous

Athina Neocleous is a visual artist. She has always been passionate and intrigued by art and artists, but it was not until after acquiring her degree in Mathematics and Statistics and moving to London to obtain her qualification as a chartered accountant that she...

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Who you should really compare your art with…

What if I told you there was a way to not only observe your growth to celebrate it as an artist, but also a tool that would help you figure out what’s next in your learning journey? Hi, my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists build their skill and...

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4 Skills Every Abstract Artist Needs

In conversations around art and skill, often we assume the focus is realism. We aim to achieve realistic effects in our art. But, what about our abstract artists? How can artists who enjoy and focus on abstraction build their skill? Hi, my name is Carrie and here on...

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4 Steps to Improving Your Art Skill

Sometimes, it feels like no matter how hard you try, you are stuck. And that no matter how much you practice, you just can’t bring your art to the next level. It’s completely normal, but… it’s also completely possible to move past that feeling of stuckness and grow...

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How artists misinterpret the word skill

It’s easy to throw around the term skill without fully understanding its definition or application in the arts. So, what is skill? And how do artists use it? Hi, my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists build their skill and develop their unique...

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