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Blog – Page 3 – Artscape Studio

en plein air

I have discovered the joy of en plein air painting since migrating to Florida for the month of March. Painting en plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air.”

For those not familiar with plein air it is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape.

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2300 Miles to Work

I have not posted a blog for many, many months and I return to it today because of an artist I had to write about. I think his work has kickstarted my interest in sharing amazing ways that drawing can be used for communicating and connecting.

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Being Sketchy

Almost every one of my friends all agree that keeping a sketchbook is a good idea and having a sketchbook has numerous merits. Many other non-sketching friends will say they would love to have a sketchbook but when asked “Why Not?” they say, “I can’t draw!”

Sketchbooks are not about being a good artist,

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State Fair 2017

Every year I look forward to the Twin City Urban Sketchers gathering at the State Fair. This year lived up to everyone’s expectations with beautiful weather, sunny and mild temperatures.

The day begins with making sure that what ever I am carrying is light weight and manageable.

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Making a Decision

 

We all have times in our lives when we need to make a decision about changing the course of our life. This past week, I made a decision to leave something I have been doing for the past ten years and leaving myself open to new possibilities.

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Pausing

I have been taking a pause from a lot of things lately. I took a pause from this blog, my daily practice of drawing in my sketchbook and time spent painting in my studio. I sometimes felt guilty! Good grief, huh?

When I was sketching at the MN Landscape Arboretum I felt connected to a wood bench.

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Challenge as a Creative Influence

“Turn every challenge into a jigsaw. Before you know it, all these pieces add up to something pretty amazing.”   Peter Bray

I am not sure if every challenge I face artistically always leads to something amazing, but I do appreciate those challenges as an influence leading me to the next step.

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Art on the Go!

I envy my artist friends who go on vacation and spend a great deal of time drawing in sketchbooks, painting, and working with mixed media while away from home. How do they do that? Since I was being flummoxed by combining vacation and work I went on-line to read what other artists think about vacationing and keeping up with their own art practices.

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What is Artistic Process?

I have seemingly little “down time” to think about my own artistic process. This month we are living in Florida and away from the distractions of work, family, and responsibilities of keeping a home. The hiatus has provided me time to consider this question.

When I went in search of a definition I came across the following: Artistic process is:

A succession of states,

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The Love for Outsider Artists

I come here for one thing, and that is, I have visions of other worlds. I have visions that’s unimaginable. I have visions that I can’t even tell people. And I try, the best thing I can, to draw my visions.

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For those of you who are not familiar with outsider art,

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Creativity

For over 25 years we lived in a home that we remember with fondness for the beautiful grape vine fence that defined one of the property lines of our yard. Although the grape vines belonged to our neighbors, this 8+ foot high wall was gladly attended to by both of us.

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Heartbeat

“If you place two living heart cells from different people in a Petrie dish, they will in time find and maintain a third and common beat.”

~ Molly Vass

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it seems that we all cannot escape the advertisements for flowers,

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