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Artist Strong Blog

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

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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What does it mean to be “good” at art?

I’ve had conversations with people who say they are “bad” at art, and it got me thinking about definitions of being good or bad. What does it actually mean when someone says they are bad, or good, at art? Hi, my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists...

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10 Tools to Build Your Art Skill

There are so many YouTube videos, Instagram how-tos, and blog based tutorials it’s easy to get lost in the research and not actually show up for your art. So in the spirit of getting you back into the studio, or to your dining room table, here are some of the key...

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How Drawing Foundations Help Abstract Art

Abstraction is all about making art that deviates from real life. It’s the idea that we observe something from life, or think about objects we know and recognize, but then choose to distort them in some way.  Coloring books are a simple and easy example of...

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5 Reasons to Start Drawing Today

Drawing is not just a foundational art skill I encourage all artists to develop, it has countless other benefits. Hi, my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists build their skill and develop their unique voice. Today we are talking about the 5 Reasons...

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Why Talent is Overrated

When I taught high school art I can’t begin to tell you the number of parents who came to me, worried their kid just “didn’t have the talent,” so how would they possibly perform well in my art class? And this is just one space where we see cultural norms and...

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How to Be an Artist: Abby Junge

Abby Junge is a full-time artist, mother, and recovering perfectionist, which is why she claims to have fallen in love with linoleum. According to Abby, linoleum is unforgiving: a wrong cut, and well, its cut. And so, through her process of letting go she has arrived...

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