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Rejection and Reaction

Rejection vs creativity


How do you react to rejection? Rejection is a big part of taking giant leaps forward as an artist, but that doesn't stop it from being painful as hell! I always tell myself that every rejection letter I receive is another piece of evidence that I am actually trying to do things that I don't assume I can do. It's proof that I'm being brave enough to take essential risks for long term rewards. I read a great article about facing…

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Curated Art Collection: Geometry

artistic close-up photo of shoes


View more of Sara Mercer's art portfolio here.  


Each week we present a collection of artwork from a variety of artists curated around a common theme. This week the theme is Geometry. As in the straight lines enclosing sharp spaces. As in the magic transfigurations of mathematics. I am guilty of becoming a bit obsessed with geometry in art lately and it has been showing up in my own artwork here which is why I selected…

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Studio Sundays: Thrush Holmes

Thrush Holmes in his art studio with large paintings behind him.


 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 Thrush Holmes, in Toronto, Canada.


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Colour Perception

Color bar test


There's only so much we can control as artists and this would be one of those things: not everyone perceives colour the same way. This means that people will see your artwork differently to each other and to you. I stumbled upon this cool little colour test on the internet where you can test your ability to differentiate between colours. It was fun and I was convinced I was going to get a perfect score ( but didn't). Here's the link…

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Portfolio Website: Edie Marshall

Two children in a landscape painting
"Paula and Friend"

Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan landscape painter who is interested in the environment, the history and culture of the land. Most of her work is about the prairies where she finds an unlimited and often over-looked source of colours and shapes, ideas and images. Edie paints large energetic canvases and small intimate ones as a way to describe the vastness and energy of the land with its diverse and unique…

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Curated Art Collection: Psychadelia

Sara is alive


View more of Sara Gonzalez's design portfolio.


Each week we present a collection of artwork from a variety of artists curated around a common theme. This week the theme is Psychedelia. As in the wildly warping colours. As in the surreal blast of the fantastic. I chose this theme for it's boldness of colour and fantastical subjects. These works are a visual trip into a surreal perspective and the energetic quality seems to wake me…

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Hey Don't Copy Me!

Four artworks
(Top left: “Untitled” by 
Alejandro Corujeira, “Ode à l’oubli” by Louise Bourgeois (top right and bottom left), bottom right: “Gather” byAmanda Brazier


Most artists don't react favorably when they see artwork that is quite similar to their own. I think it's normal to have "hard feelings" in response to this situation, after all, artists work hard to develop their ideas and asthetics. I recently read a great article…

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