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Artist Strong Blog

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

Value Art Lesson: Using White on White

Simplifying doesn’t mean it’s easy. For example, a great way to test your knowledge and understanding of the element of art VALUE is to do one of two things (or both!). Option One: Set up a still life of entirely white objects with a white background. Draw or paint...

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What feeling behind really means

“I’m so behind…” Every single time I run a class I hear this from at least one student.  I signed up for a class called Uncluttered to help me declutter my home. It has nothing to do with art-making, (except for when I finally address my art studio, ha!) but there was...

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How to use measuring in your art

I talk about measuring in art, especially when it comes to learning how to draw people accurately, but really, if you want to learn how to draw anything you want, measuring is a tool you should use all the time. I often have students bristle at this word “measuring.”...

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Using Contour Drawings to Create Unique Art

When you think of drawing, do you think of outlining?  Deborah shared she had never really thought about drawing except as the act of outlining. It got me thinking: How many people reflect on the internalized and unspoken definitions they have of art, and in this...

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Accuracy in Abstract Art

What does accuracy mean for work that is decidedly NOT realistic? That’s the big question I try to answer in our short video today. We talk about: Drawing as a means to plan, How some artists never use a pencil on their paintings but do this instead and How avoiding...

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When is an artwork finished?

In this art lesson I help fellow creative Tia Sunshine decide when her artwork is finished, and we discuss key things to consider when refining your own artwork. This includes: how to refine and do final touches on a work without overdoing it The value of feedback in...

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3 Tips for a Stronger Art Composition

In this feedback session on creating strong compositions (inside my course Self-Taught to Self-Confident) we talk about: (1) A quality tip from an en plein air artist about creating composition (2) How to use soft marks to layout your composition before you really...

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How to use a Baseline Drawing to Improve Your Art

Who you should really compare your art to... In this video we are going to look at a baseline, or pre-assessment, drawing from a student inside my program Self-Taught to Self-Confident. I discuss: the purpose of a baseline drawing, how long a baseline drawing should...

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How to Use Cross Contour Studies to Create Compositions

I encourage students inside my program Self-Taught to Self-Confident to explore different practice strategies to inform their original art. For example, musicians practice things like scales to warm up and develop tone, fingering, and other skills that improve their...

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