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"Vincent's Bedroom in Arles", October 1888

Wishing You a “Perfectionism-Free” New Year

As a painter I shall never really count, I can feel that absolutely.” ~ Vin­cent Van Gogh, 1889, Arles Vin­cent Van Gogh never knew what a great artist he was. His paint­ings sell for mil­lions today, yet in his life­time, he only ever sold one paint­ing. What fas­ci­nates me is that he didn’t let this stop him.… […]

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Murphy’s Law in the Art Room

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the last 12 months. For me, this reads like a “Murphy’s Law* in the Art Room” list! So here’s my “Top Ten Lessons Learned (and some­times re-learned!) for 2009″! *Murphy’s Law: “If some­thing can go wrong, it will!” 1. If you […]

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Perfection

The Per­sis­tence of Mem­ory” by Sal­vador Dali I thought I would start off the New Year (like so many peo­ple do) with a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion.… to become less of a per­fec­tion­ist. Now I know that a goal is sup­posed to be spe­cific and mea­sur­able, and this is nei­ther, but I think I will still be […]

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Inspiration for a New Year

Copy­right 2008, Sim­ple Truths I love a good quote! It’s amaz­ing how words can inspire, encour­age, moti­vate, and even change lives. Here is one of the many quotes that has done this for me: “Enjoy the lit­tle things, for one day you may look back and real­ize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault Whether you […]

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And He Thought the World Didn’t Make Sense Then!

Syl­vette” by Pablo Picasso “The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pic­tures that do?” ~Pablo Picasso By the way, this paint­ing sold a few months ago in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia for 6.9 mil­lion.… Maybe when it comes to art, mak­ing sense is not the point???!

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Creativity takes courage!

Cre­ativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) Still Life with Fruit by Henri Matisse French painter, Henri Matisse, is con­sid­ered to be one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. He tells us that “Cre­ativ­ity takes courage,” and he should know! His flat shapes, expres­sive abstrac­tions and vivid use of color […]

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What Is Art??

So what is Art, any­way?? Not to get all philo­soph­i­cal or any­thing, but you have to admit that’s a good ques­tion! If you ask 100 peo­ple, you’re likely to get 100 dif­fer­ent answers. I recently attended an exhibit at the Den­ver Art Museum titled, “What is Art?”. This ques­tion was posed to exhibit view­ers who […]

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