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

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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Is my art sellable?

Is it Sellable? I continually hear one concern/objection artists have to selling their art. They don’t want to “sell out.” In fact, they believe they have to change the kind of art they make in order to feed a market. I am often asked, “Is it sellable?”   Hi my...

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Can it ever help to discount or give away my art?

What do you do when someone offers you a commission or opportunity for your art but they only want to pay for your supplies?   Hi my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice....

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Secrets to finding artistic voice

Hi my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today I have a Q from some in the community.      Have you ever felt lost or bored with your art? Dawn shared a bit about...

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Am I Appropriating Another Culture in my Art?

What is cultural appropriation and what does it have to do with finding voice as an artist? Hi my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice.     I started drawing mandalas...

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How to Be an Artist Creator Profile: Patricia Young

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? In this episode of How to Be an Artist, we talk about what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person, how this state of being affects us creatives, and what we can do to begin harnessing this as a strength. Patricia Young is a...

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