Artist Strong Blog

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

Creative Spirit Carly Larsson

Carly Larsson is an illustrator, designer & multimedia artist based in Portland OR. She received her BFA in Illustration & Communications Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She continues her post-graduate studies with Dalvero Academy, a New York City...

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Why join an art challenge?

  We are currently in the middle of a 10-day art challenge in our Facebook group community called The Soulbrush Sessions. Hi, my name is Carrie, and today on Artist Strong we're going to talk about the benefits of participating in art challenges like The...

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Is there a right or wrong way to make art?

  The other day I shared the backside of one of my embroidery works. When I shared it on social media someone made a comment that really triggered me and that got me thinking, so today on Artist Strong I want to talk to you about the fact, the truth that I see...

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What is the best paintbrush brand for artists?

  I receive a lot of questions from people in our community. Recently, someone asked me, "What is the best brand for a paintbrush?" Hi, my name is Carrie and today on Artist Strong I have an answer to this question, but it might not be the one you're looking for....

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Creative Spirit Riyo of Talk to the Sun

Riyo / Talk To The Sun is a self taught stamp maker and artist who lives in Yamaguchi, Japan. Her love for handmade and crafts turned into her full time work with a warm support of her family and friends. Her lifetime goal is to live simply. Carrie:  Welcome to Artist...

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How ART is an act of freedom

There are times in my life that I've felt disenfranchised. I've felt like I have no voice. I feel like there's no one listening and I think that's a lot of the reason I've found art in my life to be so important. It's a way to communicate. Hi, my name is Carrie and...

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Creative Spirit Lanie Smith

Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR is a Registered Art Therapist and owner of Integrative Art Therapy as well as co-founder of Matters of the Heart Retreats for couples. Lanie has a true passion for combining art and nature to help others connect more deeply to themselves, others,...

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Do you Fail to Follow Through on Your Art?

New Years always comes and goes. We might set a resolution with the best of intention, but lots of us don't finish. Hi my name is Carrie and today on Artist Strong, I want to talk about why so many of us fail to follow through on our art and what we can do to change...

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Create an Original Artwork in 10 Days

Are you ready for some magic in your life? Are you ready to step into your creativity? Play with me in the Soulbrush Sessions, a free ten day art challenge that shows you something deep down you already know: you’ve always been an artist.

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Have you worked from online tutorials or taken an art e-course but walked away with no new skills? What if you could take a class that encourages individual, personal expression AND teaches specific skills to grow as an artist? Welcome to Soulbrush Sessions: Altered Books:

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