Motivation and Inspiration for Aspiring and Professional Artists



Sometimes, despite all the potential sources of inspiration around me, artist’s block sets in. I typically use this time to do other things like updating my websites, tidying the studio and sorting out my paints and brushes. I enjoy cooking and gardening too. But the ultimate cure for. . . read more
Many years ago, I attended art school at the University of Michigan and like many idealistic young painters, I dreamed of becoming a full-time artist. I envisioned days painting major works and living a life full of color and creative possibilities. At some point, however, reality set in. I. . . read more
Have you ever seen something amazing, yet kind of obvious, and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had thought of that!”? Designer Duncan Shotton actually does think of those things, and then creates them for the world to enjoy. From Loch Ness thumbtacks to tape dispensers that looks. . . read more
It’s too easy to let others steal your dream of being an artist. Often it’s the people who are closest to you, or the ones that you perceive to have authority, that cause the most damage and can easily destroy you and your precious idea. Yet they will happily tell you it’s. . . read more
There is something magical about taking REAL photographs. . . the process of seeing, capturing light, then transferring it to paper is almost a mystical process. Nowadays, high-tech digital cameras allow this process to happen without effort, but what if you could achieve the magic of. . . read more
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” As artists, you and I know he was right—art is magical. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it. Enter Robert Caswell and Holly Wherry, two art therapists with a very unique idea: bringing art. . . read more
When war strikes a country, it severely impacts all its citizens. . . but it especially harms its children. Children in war-torn countries live in daily fear of violence, which often impact their lives mentally and emotionally long after the conflict ends. This is where Katie Gettins and her. . . read more
Stories of painters and their muses are timeless. They are fodder for gossip among society ladies, while also being tales of inspiration for upcoming artists. The notion of a muse is at once romantic, charming and intellectually stimulating. . . as a result, it is only justified that every. . . read more
When my husband and I were first married we lived in an apartment. This small space did not hamper his passion to build amazing pieces of furniture, so, lacking a woodshop of his own, he befriended those that had tools so he could expand his creative carpentry prowess. Of course, it was never. . . read more
When I arrived at the special needs school on the outskirts of Istanbul, I found a large building with several classrooms set up to teach a variety of skills to young adults with special needs. There was a kitchen, a woodworking room, a room for making candles, an art room, and lots of other. . . read more
Art impacts us all as individuals, but it can also reach into a community to impact the masses. This is the goal of Chicago Kids Create, a program initiated by Chicago public school parent Catherine Marchese and artist Jeff Semmerling. “Chicago Kids Create is a unique, hands-on, visual arts. . . read more
Accepting where you are in your art journey can be frustrating. As artists, we always want to be further ahead and more accomplished, full of amazing vision or master of better technique. Yet despite our hard work and efforts, it is sometimes easy to feel we are never as good as we could be.. . . read more
For many of us, art is easily accessible: it’s on our walls, we go see it in local galleries and museums—or we simply create it ourselves. For others, however, art is only a distant idea seen briefly on television or read about in books. And the chance to create art? It just. . . read more
For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. -Vincent van Gogh Hugh Welchman is a man with a vision. . . oh, and he also runs an animation studio. And Welchman’s vision (you could also call it an incredibly audacious. . . read more



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