“We do not always create works of art, but rather, experiments. It is not our intention to fill museums. We are gathering experience.”

Josef Albers

What we can learn from the masters

I'm a huge fan of art history and learning about other artists, both alive and long gone. Exploring the lives and work of those who've gone before us offers context, depth, and an opportunity for greater skill and richness in our own work. And it's absolutely possible...

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Using old art to inspire new art

If you're in a bit of a painting rut, one very effective way to inspire yourself is with your own art. Most of us have, er, one or two previously made paintings and drawings stashed away, and using them as inspiration is a strong argument for keeping what you make....

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How to make art in a small space

“You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”  Joseph...

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9 ways to use your art for good

So obviously I don't suspect you of using your considerable art superpowers for evil lately. But sometimes it's really helpful to be reminded of why we are not only allowed to flex the old art muscles on a regular basis, but also that there is the extra incentive of...

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Stuck for ideas? 20 art techniques to try

During the recent {epically successful! Thank you so much everyone who participated - am thinking we might have to do it again!} 21 Days in My Art World challenge, one of the prompts was 'Favourite Technique'. I was so inspired reading through the ideas people shared,...

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Lost your art mojo? Try this

When I was a tiny thing, if left to my own devices, I could often be found in the bathroom, making 'potions'. I don't know why, or where the idea came from, but mixing up different bathroom products was one of the most fun ways I could think of to spend my time. I...

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artist + teacher + creative encourager

Welcome, artist friend! I'm Tara, and this is where you will find motivating encouragement, wild enthusiasm, exciting ideas {both thought provoking and inspiring}, and concrete actions to take in service to your dream of creating the art that is true to you.

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