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The SOFT Approach: Introducing People to Your Work

Joan Holloway with the soft approach

"Aren't you darling? You're going to be gangbusters." - Joan Holloway

 

In the past I have been guilty of the following faux pas: inviting people to my studio as soon as I was introduced to them. This is the equivalent of, “Hey, I know you don’t know me, and we did just meet but I think, sometime soon, you should take time out of your day, transport yourself to my studio and listen to me talk about my art for at least 30 to 45…

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The Almighty Ensmallulator: Seeing the Big Picture

a painting seen through a magnify glass

 

Picture this: It's a late night in your petite painting studio. Uncertain about the composition, you step back to get a greater field of vision, and knock over your paint palette onto a freshly primed canvas. Your brain, addled by a day of coffee and starvation, has lost the connection to your body. You respond by wildly flinging your arm out hoping to prevent the disaster and, instead, effectively knock your fresh coffee all over…

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A Way Out of Creative Paralysis

paint on a hand

 

It took me a little while to realize this, but prepping canvas has always been a great way for me to ease myself into a new series.

 

Beginning a new artwork series can be a nebulous cloud of anxiety and excitement: What will I do and how on earth will I do it ? The options are endless and seem to stretch out before me in an endless tirade. It’s overwhelming to say the least, and in this state it's quite common that I'll find many…

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Give Clients Food For Thought: What They Want To Know About Your Art

woman looking at an artwork

 

I remember a friend showing me how to scan my images at art school. For convenience sake, he quickly titled the files while we worked. He came up with them on the spur of the moment - they were funny and quirky and revealed much of what I knew of his personality (he is a very funny guy).   These titles changed the feeling of looking at the images and offered a new way to connect with the work.  This valuable experience showed me…

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