Category Archives: Artist Tips

Hugh Laidman – Drawing – A Fundamental

Last week, I found a hidden treasure in the book section of a second hand store. The book, entitled “Animals: How to Draw Them” was written by Hugh Laidman (published by E.P. Dutton in 1975). I had never heard of … Continue reading

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Sometimes Competition Can Help Us Grow

Some artists avoid juried art shows and competitions because they believe the art community should be cooperative and supportive. Others avoid it out of fear of rejection or loss. However, there is another way to relate to these. These events … Continue reading

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Really Being There

Sketching and painting are ways to become more present to a place. It focuses your attention. However, even then, you’re present from a visual standpoint. Are you really present? You may be more present than if you were talking on … Continue reading

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Taking Our Talents for Granted

Some of us, after we have mastered a creative area, and it comes easy to us (or at least easier for us than most other people), may develop a tendency to discount the value of the product of our creativity. … Continue reading

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Julia Cameron’s Exercise – 50 Things

Julia Cameron’s Exercise – 50 Things Here’s an exercise that Julia Cameron recommends in her book entitled “Walking in this World”. Write down 50 things that your heart loves. Here’s the start of my list. You might want to try … Continue reading

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Developing Art Appreciation, Part II

Developing Art Appreciation, Part II In his book entitled “Outliers”, Malcom Gladwell states that it usually takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to “master” something. If one works at something forty hours per week, that translates to nearly five … Continue reading

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Developing Art Appreciation, Part I

Developing Art Appreciation, Part I There is a running joke among artists. When someone asks you how long it took to make [whatever item it is that they’re referring to], tell them “it took me [however many years you’ve been … Continue reading

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