Artist Strong Blog

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

How to Be an Artist: Nikki Braun

Nikki Braun is a watercolor artist who was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and 3 kids. She has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Designer and has spent the last 24 years in this field.   There are two things that...

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How to Be an Artist: Roberta Mockus

  Roberta is an artist, mother and a woman who struggles with Bipolar disorder and body image. Roberta explores these areas of her life to bring voice to her pain and challenges. Her work is vibrant and full of symbolism.     Carrie: When did you first realize the...

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5 Lessons I Learned from Paul Klee

There are so many “rules” artists internalize about how art is supposed to be made or sold. We hold these sometimes subconscious ideas in our hearts. Then we don’t take the steps forward we can to make the art we feel called to create. I felt this even more...

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How to Be an Artist: Lucie from White Hart Design

Lucie is a graphic designer and self-taught photographer. After updating her design portfolio, she realised the importance of product photography to make a difference in today’s busy and competitive world.   After getting her first camera and practising for a few...

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Why Goal is a Dirty Word

I can’t tell you how many people, artists and non-artists alike, cringe at the word goal. For many, the word goal reminds you of the goals you set and don’t reach. Others question the idea of New Year’s Resolutions because the date is an arbitrary one, anyway!   Hi my...

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How to Be an Artist: Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg

JK Bleeg is an artist and freelance writer who enjoys studying simple pleasures — a pot of tea on a chilly day, a bouquet of tulips just opening up, a perfectly ripe peach, a summer meadow — and capturing their beauty on canvas.   Colour, light and shape inspire her...

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How to Find Art Inspiration

  The lovely video I’ve included below mine by Savannah College of Art and Design alumnus Bang-yao Liu describes a process many of us go through. Who hasn’t had a block or lack of inspiration?   Hi, my name is...

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How to Be an Artist: Sandra Busby and Tara Roskell

Sandra Busby is a still life artist, who is most recognised for her paintings of glass and other reflective objects. She describes herself as a ‘late bloomer’ as she was in her mid 30’s before she began taking her art seriously. Since then her work has been published...

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Mary Jameson of Saltwater Studio

Mary Chatowsky Jameson is the owner of Saltwater Studio in Newport, Rhode Island. She is an artist who explores the marine environment for inspiration in her artwork. Her Marine Botanical pressings and collages are created from seaweed and organic elements collected...

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