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Bad References

Bad References

I usually paint from photos. I greatly admire the breathtakingly detailed work of artists like Susan Patterson https://susanpaterson.ca. It astounds me. But I don't want to paint that way. Painstakingly, with small brushes, sitting close to the easel. A looser...

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Unleashing the Kraken

Unleashing the Kraken

There is nothing like unleashing your inhibitions to create. Putting the editor part of your brain on pause. Setting aside expectations. Banishing doubts, insecurities, inadequacies, outside opinions, and reason. Making the big leap into the unknown, onto the blank...

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Re-Learning

Re-Learning

I find it interesting how each of our brains function differently. I am someone who has to practice repetitively before absorbing a new skill. I need to take notes. I need to check those notes, follow those directions each and every time, until, hopefully, I can...

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Frittering

Frittering

Time.  A desperately needed commodity for creators.  Think of all the times you have wished for more of it. Time to get into that painting series, to finish the novel. There is never enough time. Life gets in the way. Juggling family, friends, work, demands...

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Work Spaces

Work Spaces

I used to think that you couldn't create unless you had a designated space, all your own, that was comfortable, that you could leave stuff all over the place undisturbed until the next time. There had to be light. There had to be quiet.  But of course this isn't...

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Gearing Up

Gearing Up

Settling into creation mode. What works for you? Are you a 9 - 5 self-disciplined maker of things?I don't seem to be able to go at it directly. Thinking for days on end, making notes on notes, tidying the work area, circling around, getting closer until mid afternoon...

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Connecting/Reconnecting

When this website was created in 2019, by the amazing Marsha Amanova/Rising Tide Creative, I thought having a blog component would be a good thing to keep me connecting to the site on a regular basis - updating, making changes, keeping it active. Of course, this all...

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Safe Places to Create

Safe Places to Create

We all need a place to stretch our wings and give ourselves permission to be vulnerable and create. It might be a specific location that feeds us. It might be time eked out from our busy lives. It might just be a state of mind - a stillness that allows creativity to...

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Transitioning

Transitioning

2019. One hell of a year. It seems that a number of people I know have had to confront big changes in their lives - the heartbreaking deaths of partners, retiring, aging, transplanting, uprooting. Some have had change thrust upon them, some have made the leap...

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Jealousy as a Motivator

Jealousy as a Motivator

About 19 years ago I visited the Elm Street Studio of artist Susan Tooke in Halifax NS. Her home was full of art and she was venturing into the world of children's book illustration. She had a very tiny work space, half of a small room, sharing it with her partner at...

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