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There is no "art emergency"

“Buy fewer, better works of art. Buy the best you can afford. Take your time. There is no art emergency.” — Liz Klein (art adviser) I came across this quote as I was reading an older New York Times article about how to buy art. It took me a minute to pull my eyebrows back down to their normal spot after seeing the prices thrown around (tens of thousands & millions of dollars?!?!), but once I recovered I just had to share this quote with you. Because it's so, so true! Please take this advice to heart: there will never be an art...

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Weekly Summary - Feb. 19 2021

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Weekly Summary - Feb. 19 2021

Once again, I actually accomplished quite a lot since last week's writing, but it's hard to remember it all today. I've slept since then so I've forgotten everything! On Sunday I finally--FINALLY!--took the mat cutter out of the box it's been in for over 6 months, put it together, practiced with scrap mat, and used it to make my very first custom mat! It was quite a process! Despite using the written instructions and watching tutorial videos, I got frustrated at multiple points. And there's more math than I was expecting, for calculating where to cut. I'm not convinced yet...

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Weekly Summary - Feb. 12 2021

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Weekly Summary - Feb. 12 2021

Ya know, I'm starting to think doing these on Friday isn't such a hot idea after all. (Catch up on last week here.) By Friday I'm totally pooped from working all week, and so my art drive has fallen off a cliff and has tainted my whole view of the past week. Because really, on Monday & Tuesday this week I felt on fire!  I felt really good about some of the work I was doing early this week. I was on a roll! At one point I literally thought to myself that it was going amazingly well but I...

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How to Choose Art for Your Home

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How to Choose Art for Your Home

How do you choose the right art for your home or home office? There are two primary ways you can select art for your walls.1. To fit in with existing decor / spaceIf you have a specific location in mind already, you will filter potential art for the sizes that will fit the space first. If you have an entire empty wall, it's easiest to buy one large painting. Or you can purchase a set of smaller ones, but make sure to arrange paintings and pictures in groups of odd numbers like 3 or 5.After you determine what size &...

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Weekly Summary - Feb 5 2021

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Weekly Summary - Feb 5 2021

So how did the last week of watercolor painting go? As with last week, it's a resounding "just fine." I am well and truly out of my slump from the holidays, and I am painting consistently. The week was disappointing in other ways--I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear my "real job" is still agonizingly boring. It's a very "feast or famine" type of workflow, and I'm in an unusually long drought. I've spent a lot more time and energy looking for a new job this week but it's super discouraging, time-consuming, and tiring.  I've kept my #100daysproject going...

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