“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

How to deal with the challenges of being an artist

How to deal with the challenges of being an artist

I recently wrote a post sharing some things I've found to be essential as an artist. One of those things was something I call a Demon Management System™. {Not an actual trademark, obvs. Maybe it should be?!🤔} When I shared the post on Instagram, I got some questions...

10 things you don’t need to be an artist

10 things you don’t need to be an artist

I recently wrote a post exploring 10 things you need to be an artist, and then had the brainwave that it might also be helpful to talk about some of the things you don't need to be an artist. Because there are an awful lot of 'rules' and unspoken assumptions out there...

10 things you need to be an artist

10 things you need to be an artist

What are the things you need to be an artist? And - much more importantly - what are the things ✨YOU✨ need to be an artist? Today I'm sharing a non exhaustive list of things I've found to be essential on the artist path - and they might not all be what you'd think....

How to feel confident calling yourself an artist

How to feel confident calling yourself an artist

So let me ask you the question of the day - do you feel confident calling yourself an artist? If not, you'd probably be shocked to discover how not alone you are in that. After a very unofficial - but very telling - bit of research on Instagram, I discovered that so....

10 quick tips to improve your art

10 quick tips to improve your art

Want to improve your art this year? Course you do. 😁 Yes, there are lots of obvious ways to do that - take a class, practice a lot, learn a new skill or technique. You know what to do. But sometimes that's a bit vague and abstract, and easy to keep pushing into the...

3 approaches to filling the creative well

3 approaches to filling the creative well

As artists and humans, we all know the importance of filling the creative well in order to stay engaged with our work and sustain our practice. We've all heard the metaphors - put your oxygen mask on first, you can't pour from an empty cup, etc. In fact maybe we've...

8 Presents for Artists

8 Presents for Artists

At this time of year, I like to gather together some of my favourite and most recommended ideas for presents for artists - whether that means the artists you know and love, or the artist you are! {Or both!} So here are some of the discoveries I made this year, some...

Tara Leaver

Welcome, artist friend!

I'm Tara, an artist, teacher, author, mentor, and all round creative encourager living by the sea in Cornwall in the UK.

I'm the creator of the Happy Artist Studio, an artist membership providing practical, process oriented guidance to support you in building a sustainable and fulfilling happy artist life.

If you're looking for confidence, clarity, and freedom of expression in your art, that's what we do around here. It's all about making art that looks and feels like YOU.

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