Thoughts from the Studio

6 Podcasts for Art Lovers

6 Podcasts for Art Lovers

Here is a round up of my favorite artsy podcast listens in no particular order.

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How I Paint with Colored Pencils

How I Paint with Colored Pencils

Originally Published: Mar 11, 2018    A few weeks ago I attended an in-person event where I was working on of my recent portrait pieces. And one comment came up over and over again as visitors came by my work table. They were shocked to see that my works were made, not with paint, but with colored pencils. While there is some debate over this in the art world, I consider my recent colored pencil works to be paintings. Though not made with traditional paint material such as oils, watercolors or acrylics, much of my process in working with the...

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How Looking At Art Can Make You Happier

How Looking At Art Can Make You Happier

I believe that art has the power to effect our mood. Like when an upbeat song comes on the radio and you just want to dance and sing along. Or the new adult coloring book crazy that aides with stress relief and relaxation. But what about just viewing art, rather than partaking in it? Can the act of looking at art have an impact on our mood? I think it can. And science agrees...

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Art Speak- How to Talk About Contemporary Art When You Don't Have A Clue

Art Speak- How to Talk About Contemporary Art When You Don't Have A Clue

For non-artists, the art world can seem like a daunting, foreign place. Like many other industries, art has its fair share of special terms and jargon and often non-artists can be intimidated by discussing art. But you don't need formal training in art history in order to hold a meaningful conversation about works of art. So, I am going to break down some of the barriers here so you will slowly but surely become fluent in Art Speak! Ever been to a gallery, museum, or art fair and felt out of place? You are not alone. Many people feel like outsides to the art world. Here are some tips to help you navigate through these situations like a pro.

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Art Speak-What the heck are commissions anyway?

Art Speak-What the heck are commissions anyway?

For non-artists, the art world can seem like a daunting, foreign place. Like many other industries, art has its fair share of special terms and jargon. But it is nothing to be intimidated by! So I am going to break down some of the barriers here so you will slowly but surely become fluent in Art-Speak! Let take  a look at a very common word in the artist's vocabulary: Commissions. 

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