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Drawing inspiration - or being a Copycat?

Inspiration Self Improvement

Drawing inspiration - or being a Copycat?

Drawing inspiration is a good thing. And important for all artists, no matter if a young painter or a more experienced artist.   But at some point - especially when the artist starts selling their work - I feel one has to slowly start finding their own creativity instead of copying only other artists, that they maybe look up to. And it’s a big difference whether a budding artist copies someone’s style to improve their artistry and learn more about their own creativity. Or if a selling artist copies someone’s work to make a profit and selling their pieces. And...

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Two techniques to kickstart your creativity

Inspiration Self Improvement

Two techniques to kickstart your creativity

  If you can't find inspiration to get your next painting or art piece started, I have two different suggestions for you to kickstart that inspiration and get your creative juices flowing. Check them out in the short video here:   This is a video that I created for the audience of our Facebook page "Artsy Broads over 50".  If you haven't done so already, join us- we are building a supportive Facebook community that celebrates female creatives in their "mid-life".  Here we can laugh about ourselves, share stories, inspire and motivate each other, network with other kickass artists and help each other...

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How Artists can overcome Imposter Syndrome

Advice Self Improvement

How Artists can overcome Imposter Syndrome

I thought I was a Fake. When I received my brand-new business cards in the mail, I stared on that little line below my name that read “Abstract Artist”. I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being somehow delusional. That there are millions of artists out there that are better than me. I felt I am not proficient or accomplished enough, that I should not call myself an “artist”.   Do you also know this feeling of inadequacy and insecurity - the secret thought of being a “fake”, and that soon everybody finds out? This feeling is called “Imposter Syndrome” and according to studies,...

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Female Artists over 50 - if not now, when?

Female Artists over 50 - if not now, when?

Female artists, especially in a “certain age” (= no longer young) have often problems to carve out a space for their creativity and their artistic career. We read and hear that to pursue an artistic or creative career, you have to have “made it” in your 20’s or 30’s. This is not only a wrong idea, but it also puts an enormous amount of pressure on us creatives to be successful in an early age - or not at all.This celebration of youth can discourage some of us, who discover their interest in arts and crafts only in their middle age,...

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Updated Class Schedule

Alcohol Inks Classes and Workshops

Updated Class Schedule

The first Alcohol Ink class last month was a great success. We all had a blast, and I'm so proud of my students ... they created amazing alcohol ink art! After receiving feedback from the students, I implemented a couple of changes. First of all ... and I'm super excited about that ... all classes are now 3 hours long (instead of 2 hours). Second of all, I changed the venue. Unfortunately the ventilation in the previous venue was not good enough to ensure that it's a fabulous experience. Ventilation is super important when working with isopropyl alcohol and alcohol inks,...

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