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To Do or Not to Do a Commission? One Art and Success Subscriber's experience!

(Many thanks to Art and Success Subscriber Pam Robinson who recently wrote to me about her slightly stressful (!) experience accepting a request for a commissioned piece. I was so moved by it that I asked if I could have her permission to post on my blog and she said, "yes"! I have turned...

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"How did you know you were on the "right track" toward being able to express who you are through your art? "

Hi Wendy, That is a great question, but all I can say after 30 years of painting is that it is a continual search. I think working in a series is helpful because it allows you to really exhaust perhaps one of so many directions we could go. Often, we do something only once, and then on to...

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My Top 10 Definitions of "SUCCESS"

Artichoke on Edge, Mixed Media on Panel, 12x12in (lost in Roaring Lion Fire) How do you define Success? Success is a general and relative term, isn't it? In the art world, or, in your own personal art world, how do YOU define success? For every artist, I think there is a different definition...

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How Do You Find Your Personal Voice?

How do you find your personal voice? I get this question a lot. I feel like I have a few answers because I really struggled with this for a long time, but have finally found it. That was a really big deal, when I realized I had just one! Part of the confusion for me began because I loved every...

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Mark Making with Cold Wax/Oil on Arches Oil Paper - Cutting and Pasting the results!

During the month of March, I had a lot of fun experimenting with mark making in the studio, using cold wax and oils on paper. Although I usually use silicone tools which have a flat edge when I'm working in this medium, it's also fun to see what kind of marks you can make with brushes (even...

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Developing a Cold Wax/Oil Painting using Newsprint as a Mask

One of the things I love about the painting process is how each phase can assert itself and satisfy my experimental tendencies. In this painting, there were several layers applied with acrylic paint which helped me play, loosen up, create texture, and just get something going (sometimes this is...

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Why Getting Stuck while Painting is GOOD (Great?)

Why Getting Stuck while Painting is GOOD (Great?) I recently made a couple of YouTube videos (Videos 31 and 32) that show the playful and "easy" way I like to start during the painting process and compare these stages to painting like a child (that should be pretty obvious!). (Video 30, and...

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The Cameras are Humming!

Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying learning, growing and working on my first online course which will be "Powerful Design and Personal Color" in Cold Wax/Oils. Although I have taught this workshop here and abroad and enjoyed meeting so many wonderful artists...

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Welcome to my Studio!

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well! I am in the process of transitioning over to a new platform for ArtandSuccess and am posting this first blog post in case you missed it on YouTube! In the future, there will be content only available here, but as this is a bit of a "test", this...

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