“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

The 7 Day Series Challenge: Participant Paintings 2

Welcome to the second gallery of participant art from the most recent 7 Day Series challenge! So many of you responded after I put out a call for work from the week to share on the blog, I had to create two posts! Thank you for making the challenge such a fun and...

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The 7 Day Series Challenge: Participant Paintings 1

  Last week we finished up the third round of the 7 Day Series challenge over on Instagram, and once again it turned out to be a rich and interesting week for the participants! A week can seem deceptively short; every time I run this challenge I see people surprising...

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Make a mini painting series: The 7 day challenge is back!

Do you ever feel as though you might actually have several different artists with wildly varying ideas and skill sets living inside you? I have felt like this a lot over the years, particularly in the early days. One day I’d be making a vibrant abstract landscape...

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What to do when you don’t love your own art

Sometimes along the artist path, we reach a place where we don't actually love what we're making. Maybe it's because we're in a transitional phase, moving from one way of making art into something new. Or perhaps there's a lot going on in our personal lives that is...

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Expressive charcoal art: Student gallery

  When I first had the idea for the Expressive Charcoal course - and then when I was putting it together - I hoped to open up my enthusiasm to others in fun, action oriented, accessible ways so they could make their own discoveries. {Actually that's a fair description...

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5 fun ways to use charcoal + a giveaway!

  The number one issue people seem to have with charcoal is that it's messy. That's true, but so is paint! {Or at least it is the way I use it. ;)} We don't make art to be orderly and contained - we do it to express! And charcoal is such a brilliant medium for that...

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