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I Know Magic When I See It

I’ve been shouting from rooftops recently. My voice is a little hoarse and my neighbors are a little deaf from the persistent refrain, “Have you read ‘Big Magic’ yet? Go out and buy this book NOW. No, I mean RIGHT … Continue reading

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Catch–23

“Pears seem to be selling really well. I think I’ll paint some pears.” “Susie Smith sells figures really well. I think I’ll paint some figures.” “My gallery liked the blue painting really well. I’d better start painting more blue paintings.” … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Melinda Cootsona of Paint Happens

Melinda, Beckett and Toaster   I love oil paint. I love the gooey textures and the thick, rich colors, and, yes, the smell. Unlike watercolors, I can change any stroke at any time; the entire painting experience is dynamic. I … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher…

Have you ever wanted to hand a letter to your art teacher and let them know your thoughts? I have had so very many students tell me of their horrendous experiences with thoughtless teachers. I’m certain that we have all … Continue reading

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Paint What You See And Not What You Know Part I

For those of us working in two dimensions beginning artists are, typically, interested in realism; not always, but often.  (Abstract artists, bare with me.) Typically, most art classes for beginners teach painting by using still lives to “copy.”  There is … Continue reading

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