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The Making of "Broa Longship"

I colored the graphic with a gradient, then I took crayons and I drew it out in my final composition.  I brought my reference images to the park and began to plan out how I would divide my painting, and then used my normal procedures to build upon my layers to create the final image.

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Tangent Dreams: An Immersive Art Installation

Tangent Dreams is about the constant evolution of who I am, of who you are, it is about impermanence and the steady transformation as we morph slowly - quickly - from one state to another.  It is about dreaming big and taking small steps towards goals, whether you yourself or even those around you believe does not matter, as every achievement adds to the previous one and accumulates into one undeniable metamorphosis.  

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Halloween Creative Painting Workshop & DIY Tutorial

Creating Our Composition Drinks and paint brushes in hand, my painting group gathered at The Dane in Ballard for my 2nd annual Halloween themed workshop! We all tried our hand at combining our chosen references into a composition on sticky notes.  Jayson drew everyone's favorite which I used to instruct the class (Jayson's mockup shown in the middle)!   I usually like to mock up my compositions before I paint so I can further refine my idea(s).  Sometimes I even make multiple mockups before I begin to paint. 5 Minute Challenge Using the reference images above, or any photos and graphics that inspire you, make your own mockup composition! Block In Your Shapes The artists use yellow and red paint to rough in the shapes and then a red/orange...

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Basic Shapes Can Help ANYONE Create Art!

Have you ever seen art that you enjoyed, yet it was so simple that you believed you could create something like it?   Then, once you have had that thought, do you immediately feel ashamed for daring to believe that you could actually create ART?    Your ideas and creativity can be expressed by your own hand!  Creatures, plants, buildings...basically everything you see can be broken down into basic shapes.   I'm sure you've heard at least some of this before... so why would it feel so unattainable, or even SCARY, to you?   “The nature of creative work makes everyone more vulnerable to feeling inadequate and even more so if you are not classically trained.” Dr. Valerie Young, author and impostor syndrome expert Carter. (July 19,...

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Monthly Coloring Challenge - Humanity

Every month I will be releasing a new coloring page which you can get for FREE!  Download this month's coloring page here!  Don't forget to post on your social media and tag me with the info provided on the page. 

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