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Overcoming Overwhelm

I recently suffered a crisis. My relationships weren’t connecting, my creativity wasn’t flowing. I was overwhelmed and overwrought. It felt like the work was stagnant and it became a battle to get through all the stuff

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Watch This Space!

It’s been exactly seven years since I stepped on that airplane to France. I was so frazzled that when I arrived, I slept for 24 straight hours. Selling everything you own, saying goodbye to everyone you

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So You’re An Artist. Now What?

So you’ve taken the jump and chosen to be an artist. Now what? Where’s the fabulous gallery opening in New York City? Where are the international collectors to lavish praise and money on you? Where’s the

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Meet Working Artist Summer Lydick

Summer Lydick is a Working Artist. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and a Master of Arts in painting, Summer continued her work in fine art while developing The Painted Wall, a

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Portrait of Artist Adam Cook

Meet Working Artist Adam Cook

Adam Cook is an emerging artist in Beaumont, TX. He drew constantly as a child, but at age ten picked up a guitar and for the next several years, art took a backseat to music. In

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She Looked Like Georgia O’Keeffe

Every family has a story. They called her “Grandma Ach” because of her habit of beginning each sentence with a guttural sound of disapproval. “Ach! What is this?” But her name was Mary Anne. She was the

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Have You Ever Felt Lost?

It’s been nearly 20 years since I first spent time in France. Nearly 20 years since I met a beautifully talented artist from Hawaii named Maria Lee. Maria was teaching at a small art school for

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How To Live Like A Wild Artist

My heart stopped when I saw it. How could I have lived in this house for the past five months and never known it was even there? But sure enough, it was. Tucked under the shelf.

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Portrait of Artist David Foster

Meet Working Artist David Foster

Artist David Foster has had a passion for nature photography for nearly fifty years. He focused heavily on photography during his twenties. Then life carried David through cross-country moves, marriage, kids and thirty years of employment

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To Stop Wishing And Start Doing

For years I wished that I could be a writer and an artist. I wished on every shooting star, straining my neck from the constant upward gaze. I threw a small fortune of pennies into wishing

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Meet Working Artist Tom Waters

In a world that often thinks being an artist is not a responsible thing to do, The Working Artist course gave me the ‘permission’ and the confidence to pursue being a full time artist. – Tom

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How To Be The Greatest

I imagine that you’ve heard of the boxer named Mohammad Ali. When he passed away a few months ago, the whole world mourned. But Crista, you’re probably asking, what does a boxer have to do with

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The Gift My Dad Gave Me

  Do you remember when you first knew that you were an artist? I do. It began when my Dad gave me a gift. Let me explain. My parents were divorced and Dad lived far away.

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Crista After the Dive

How Artists Achieve Breakthroughs

This picture of me is not the most glamorous, yet it’s my favorite. Let me explain. All my life I’ve been terrified of sharks. Truly terrified. My fears grew so big that I became unable to

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Artist Jeannie Motherwell

Meet Working Artist Jeannie Motherwell

Jeannie Motherwell is an artist whose career has seen a solid, multi-layered path within the art field, in spite of the fact that she spent years hiding her true identity. Jeannie studied painting at Bard College,

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