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Invent Context for Your Art: My Art + Steve Zissou

three images of water color paintings and Bill Murray


How fun would it be to invent context for your artwork? Super fun. Recently my artwork was included in a unique little collection. The collection is a grouping of artwork designed for a fictitious character. Put together by well-known art blogger, The Jealous Curator, the collection I was featured in was designed for The Life Aquatic's Steve Zissou. Wes Anderson's films are fun and creative and he is definately a kindred spirit so I…

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Kickstarter for Artists Part 1 of 2

Photo of mural on wall with Kickstarter text and image of jogger


Kickstarter is a powerful tool for creatives. This is the first of a two-part series where I am introducing Kickstarter for artists and in the following article we'll be looking at what it takes to create a successful Kickstarter campaign by looking at some funded projects.


Ok so first let's talk about what Kickstarter is. It's a crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by accepting small portions…

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Artist Website: Susan Mackey

Photo on archival paper of Brighton Pier

"Brighton Pier" Photograph printed on archival matte paper. By Susan Mackey.


Today's we feature artwork from the website of photographer Susan Mackey from London, England. Her photographs dance between drawing and painting while hinting at the magic of the world. There is a subtle magic that lingers in the images that Susan creates, as though she is giving us the opportunity to peer into a secret version of the world that we thought…

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Artist Franck De Las Mercedes' Home and Studio Burns Down: Please Send Some Encouragement

Photo of half burned house with text on top stating Sending Peace Love and Hope

Recently we received news that a member of Artist Run Website's community, Franck De Las Mercedes had tragically lost his home and studio in a fire. Franck is known for his expressive, bright paintings and a project called Peace Boxes - a mail-art project that sends peace, love and hope to people all over the world. 

We wanted to help the De Las Mercedes family by letting others know about the incident so that you can offer support…

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Studio Sundays: The Art Studio of Sonny Assu

Artist Sonny Assu in art studio
Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of Canadian artist
Sonny Assu. Sonny works in a variety of media, always taking a unique approach with materials and presentation. I am really smitten with the drums pictured in the image above as I like the restraint of colour palette that results in subtle tonal work that graces the surfaces of these drums. 

Fail First and Succeed Later: Art Risk and Reward in 3 Steps

image with text by winston churchill


Are you stuck in an art "rut"? Are you making the same type of work over and over again? Perhaps you feel pressure to stick to a certain style, size, medium, subject matter. This pressure may be caused by the outside influence of good sales on this work. Maybe you fear that the work is what you feel you are "known for" and to change might alienate your fans? You might be 100% content with what you are doing and if so - keep on…

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Portfolio Website: Izzy Vera

Charcoal drawing of five chickens

"Pensive Chicken" Charcoal on paper by Izzy Vera 


Today we feature the portfolio of Izzy Vera. Izzy is from Denver Colorado and we chose to feature her nice renderings of Nepal chickens. These works are charcoal on paper and convey the soft fluffiness of the chicken's feathers. The chickens in these images were inspired by seeing some chickens while she was in Nepal where she spends time volunteering regularly.


"I am an artist…

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Twitter Tips For Artists

illustration of Twitter bird with paint brush

Many artists have opened a Twitter account at one time or another and then happily gone back to only posting their art updates on Facebook anyway. Why does this happen so often? I think the reason is because many people don't know what the benefit of using Twitter is. It certainly is a different animal than Facebook! So let's delve into some tips for artists on Twitter.


1. First step is to start by following people who interest you -…

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Emitting a Warm Glow: Ai Weiwei's "Cube Light" Sculpture

Photo of large golden cube with lights


A gorgeous golden glow is emitted from this sculptural work from Ai Weiwei. I love the colour and quality of the light passing through the beaded curtain effect. Even the reflection on the floor is stunning! Ai Weiwei is a famous contemporary artist who is well know for his politically dynamic artwork and activism. You can learn more about this intriguing artist in the documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry". 


I really enjoy this Ai…

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Online Portfolio: Bogdan Cheta

Photo of art installation inside gallery "I like it here, don't you?" Installation by Bogdan Cheta 

Today we feature the online portfolio of the enigmatic artist Bogdan Cheta whose work has been exhibited at Pith,  Avalanche! and Emmedia in Calgary.  His installations are material rich and form dense worlds of varying textures. In this work found objects are a critical mass of information. The cluttered displays seem to speak to the cozy squalor of home. I can't help but…

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Studio Sundays: the Art Studio of Maurice Sendak

Photo of illustrator Maurice Sendak in studio


Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of the famous illustrator and children's book author, Maurice Sendak.  This acclaimed artist brought such thoughtful themes into his books that they are beloved by people of all ages. He talked about being consoled by the works of Emily Dickinson because she was brave, strong and passionate and I…

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