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Race to the Bottom

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Race to the Bottom

The more I read about the business side of art, the more convinced I am that working for free or "for exposure" just screws artists over. I believe in an ethos that goes by many names, such as "fuck you, pay me" or "freelance isn't free." Anyone who doesn't charge for their work is hurting the rest of us. They are setting damaging expectations. They show they don't value their time or effort, so why should a buyer? Charging too little is nearly as bad. We don't need to be in a race to the bottom.I spend a lot of time around...

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Weekly Summary - Nov. 6, 2020

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Weekly Summary - Nov. 6, 2020

I've been lax lately about writing blog posts, which is bad because my site is still too new, with too little content, to sit for long without updates. Content is king for the search engines, so if I want to keep growing this little adventure, I need to keep updating.  This week's lightbulb idea was to get myself to do weekly summaries of how things are going in my studio. Sort of like a public weekly diary of sorts. Now, I've tried regular writing and haven't stuck with it for more than a few months, so we'll see how long...

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Nothing Can Compare

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Nothing Can Compare

We had a brief spate of super cold weather, and even our first snow, last month. But now we're back to lovely, perfect fall weather: warm, sunny days with chilly nights. It's absolutely gorgeous living in an area where the leaves change colors. It's heart-achingly beautiful to walk or drive around and see the amazing variety nature creates all on its own every year.Beautiful bright trees in front of a a perfect cerulean sky, or even cloudy days where the subdued light seems to make the trees on my street glow from within. The fallen leaves with their wonderful range...

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"Pure Enjoyment" Art Show

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"Pure Enjoyment" Art Show

I submitted and had 3 pieces selected for the Pure Enjoyment Art Show 2020 hosted by Brewer Science! The event is totally virtual this year, so you can view the entire show on their website now through the end of October. There's an interactive virtual gallery at the bottom of the page, so to jump straight to my works, click in the top right corner on the layout map, then move the view to see the north wall. You can click on them for more information, such as if they were created by palette knife, and they're also for sale through...

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Color Bias - An Eye Opening Lesson

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Color Bias - An Eye Opening Lesson

Do you struggle with muddy watercolors? Do you want to get brighter mixes? Understanding color bias was a major step towards solving these issues for me. As a self taught watercolor artist, I spend a ton of time on blogs and YouTube. There is so! Much! Info! on any topic you can imagine on the internet. I spent a ton of time researching watercolor supplies after the free class I took at the library. I'm such a nerd--and I secretly hoped if I researched enough and bought the exactly right supplies I would have an edge over every other beginner. Silly right?...

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