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How I Stayed Organized While Illustrating My Book

Rebecca Chaperon Eerie Dearies


Last year I created 26 illustrations in the form of 8" x 10" acrylic paintings for my new book that is released fall 2013, called Eerie Dearies. In this volume, you will find an A to Z of 26 bizarre and darkly humorous ways to miss school. 


When faced with the daunting challenge of finding time to create these 26 images for the book I quickly ascertained that some serious organization was in demand.  Luckily I had discovered in…

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Artist Portfolio: Dennis Ekstedt

oil painting of city lights at nightFlashpoint Sprawl, Oil on canvas.

"In my paintings I want to depict the illuminated city as a kind of living organism, with its network of electric lights resembling a nervous system. I find it fascinating how this nervous system of electric light is ultimately a manifestation of human habitation - that illuminated cities are landscapes that are literally electrified by human presence. I am interested in how urban environments are…

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Studio Sundays: Alexis Mackenzie

Alexis Mackenzie working in her 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 Alexis Mackenzie in San Francisco, California.


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Artist Portfolio: Kevin Sloan

painting of a hare and some apple cores
"The Satisfied Hare"


At the core of Kevin Sloan's work is a deep concern and respect for our planet particularly its "silent inhabitants" - the animals and plants we share this world with. Through allegory and symbolism he expresses this concern and at the same time reminds viewers of the wonders in this extraordinary world.

He seeks to create a compelling body of work that can speak about our modern technological environment and…

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Creatively Showing Scale in Documenting Your Artwork

Rebecca working on a painting


The work is done, finishing touches are complete, and you are happy with your new piece of art. Documenting artwork is the last thing on the list. Whether you hire a photographer or photograph the work yourself this is often a last step in a long process and the photos can be pretty straight forward - hmmm...maybe even a little bit boring. We artists aren't to blame - our creative juices tend to need time to replenish, but here are…

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Curated Art Collection: Atmosphere

Night photograph of a walkway
View more of the art portfolio by L M Braun.


Each week we present a collection of artwork from a variety of artists curated around a common theme. This week the theme is Atmosphere.  As in the ephemera of light and air. The alchemy of an environment's mood. I wanted to present this collection to show how artists create a variety of types of atmosphere in their work that can inspire delicious elation in those who view it. Here are…

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Studio Sundays: Tristram Lansdowne

Tristram Lansdowne in his artist's 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 Tristram Lansdowne, in Toronto, Canada.


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Beware the Art Scam

theft of Mona Lisa


Stay savvy my artist friends! There are a few scammers out there who target artists via email. Knowledge is your weapon though so here are some tidbits and a link to examples of scam emails that will keep you on your toes in case someone tries to pull a fast one on you.

I haven't come across any of these scams personally but was grateful to have the opportunity to read through the examples so that I can be better prepared. You can…

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