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Special Award Winner Donna Gillispie

Special Award Winner Donna Gillispie

Artist: Donna Gillispie, Lake View No. 1, 4' x 12', mixed media and wood panels Photo Credit: Linda Edge-Dunlap I was recently given the honor of presenting an artist award for the online exhibition HerStory 2017 Art Exhibition, curated by Renee Phillips, Director of...

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Free Your Creativity

Free Your Creativity

  Interview with Nancy Reyner on creativity This was recorded February 23, 2017, and is part of Julie Merritt’s Mindfully Alive Retreat, an online series of artist interviews about creativity. Nancy explains how all artists have creative blocks, which are a...

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Making a Living with Your Art!

Making a Living with Your Art!

  How to make money with art Making art is my career. It pays my bills while also being very fulfilling. Lately I've been asked to talk on panels and seminars on the topic of making a living with your art. This 26 minute interview,  was part of an online series...

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Conversations with Artists

Conversations with Artists

AUDIO INTERVIEW This podcast is from a series of inspiring conversations with artists on Art Fusion Radio, a live radio program from Santa Fe on KVSF 101.5 FM. The series features interviews with Santa Fe artists and musicians, hosted by Ron Whitmore, co-owner of...

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Best Way To Up-Scale Your Painting

Best Way To Up-Scale Your Painting

The Miracles of Gridding for Painters Have you ever wanted to paint large? Or maybe you want to expand a small photograph or sketch to a larger size quickly and easily. My favorite method to accomplish both of these tasks is to use a grid. But not just any grid! I...

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Painting Secrets to Create Your Masterpiece

Painting Secrets to Create Your Masterpiece

What rivets attention to a master painting? Art that breaks the rules, shows a fresh perspective and speaks from your heart. Learn electrifying skills, rarely taught in art schools to fuel creative thinking and achieve your masterworks with Nancy Reyner's newest book...

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How to Create Original Paintings from Photographs

How to Create Original Paintings from Photographs

How do artists stay inspired? Browsing images on the internet, flipping through art books, visiting galleries and museums are some popular ways to get new ideas. Working too closely from a photograph though, may not bring desired results, especially if the photograph...

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Painting Waves & Clouds with Acrylic Paint

Painting Waves & Clouds with Acrylic Paint

My head is always in the clouds - literally! I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the elevation is 7200 feet. The vast skies and ever changing cloud formations here inspire many of my paintings. I use three different painting techniques to create the ocean waves in my...

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Best Painting Surfaces for Artists

Best Painting Surfaces for Artists

how to choose a painting surface There are a wide variety of surface choices to use for painting art. First choose between the two most popular choices - canvas or wood. While these are the most common, there are other more unusual choices such as plastic, metal,...

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How to make acrylic paint look like enamel

How to make acrylic paint look like enamel

  The Look of Enamel When I think of the word “enamel” a vision comes to mind of a beautifully smooth brushless glossy surface. The word is now commonly used for a variety of paint types, and I’ll avoid getting too technical here - as I’d rather focus on the...

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New Techniques with Interference Acrylic Paint

New Techniques with Interference Acrylic Paint

What is this crazy paint called Interference? I love to invent with paint to discover new special effects. There are special paints called Interference that create very unusual and highly refractive color shifts. One technique I came up with, that uses these paints I...

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