Artist Strong Blog

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

How to fund a body of art

A common objection I hear to making art is that it costs money. What if you could find a way to fund your explorations, experiments, and even the materials to make your art? Hello my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your...

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4 Lessons For Formidable Landscapes

In today’s video I’m looking at work by community member Linda. We discuss: the importance of value in a landscape, atmospheric perspective, a strategy to improve your compositions, and how to use focal points. I also offer some tips on using color to create harmony...

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“It’s too late… you just aren’t an artist…”

When I taught high school art, I found one part of parent/teacher conferences surprising: how many parents were told their own art interest wasn’t valuable or important. Hi, my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and...

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How to Draw Accurately from Photo Reference

In this short drawing tutorial, I support a student inside my free drawing challenge. I demonstrate a quick and easy way to check for accuracy insider your drawings, paintings, really all the artwork you create. This is a great way to improve your drawing accuracy,...

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How to create original art using photo references

In today’s video I’m looking at work by community member Carmen LLovera de López. We discuss: How she uses a photo reference but still manages to create original art A trick to creating accurate proportions in portraits Why ten (or more!) people can start with the...

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How to Be an Artist: An Nguyen

An Nguyen is visual artist who uses vibrant colours and intricate composition to illustrate the rhythms and joys of modern life. Inspired by her travels and love of music, her geometric contemporary paintings capture musical concepts of cadence and rhythm in the...

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How to Be an Artist: Lucy Sharf

Lucy Sharf an artist working with oil paint, clay and wood. She was born in England, raised in The United States, and currently lives in Israel with her family. Her recent sculptural body of work is mostly constructed from her mind but is highly influenced and...

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How to Be an Artist: Wendy Kwasny

Wendy Kwasny is an award-winning fine artist in San Diego who specializes in oil and acrylic portraiture, still life, and landscapes. She earned her BA in fine art from SDSU, and regularly shows her art at The Ashton Gallery in San Diego.  She is currently working out...

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