The Fighter: Lessons from my Father for Life and Art

My father taught me how to be a fighter, someone with the tenacity to see things through when the going gets tough. He taught me to stay in the ring by staying in the ring with me through every round of life. Giving up just wasn’t an option with Dad. I created the acrylic portrait, …

The Entrepreneurial Artist

I’ll be honest; I’m mesmerized by the business side of art because I find the idea that people can do what they love and get paid for it fascinating. Entrepreneurs like Kelly Rae Roberts and Mary Engelbreit motivate me. These innovative women took their artistic passions into the marketplace and changed the world for the better. Kelly Rae Roberts was …

Returning to your Place of Peace

One of the greatest challenges for the artistic soul is to sequester time! Too many commitments crowd the margins of one’s life, spilling unrest into much-needed spaces. Before you know it, quiet mornings usually spent painting or writing now churn with anxious thoughts. You stop prioritizing what you want to do and get caught up …

Art Takes Courage

Art Takes Courage Courage to create without restraint. Courage to try something new you never dreamed you could do. Courage to push away from a project until more inspiration graces. Courage to return to a project and produce imperfection. Courage to share your imperfection with the world. Without courage, art hides in the shadows frightened …

How to Decorate a Masquerade mask with Mixed Media

This lesson will feature how to decorate a masquerade mask with mixed media. I demonstrated how to sculpt a mask out of clay in How to Make a Masquerade Mask Part I. Here are the supplies you will need: A clay mask, plaster cloth mask, or paper mache mask Golden's Regular Gel (Matte) An assortment of …