Art Journaling

Art Journaling

Have you ever felt the need to chronicle the daily events of your life? Is a daily art journal (art journaling) a good practice for you? One of the benefits of being an artist is that it allows you an excuse to observe life more closely. It gives you meditative and contemplative time. You are […]

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Keith Urban and No plan B

I just finished meeting Keith Urban, whose career I have been following since the early 2000’s, and I am still so excited. Why? I love the lyrics of his music, his incredible guitar playing and his entire demeanor but what I admire most about him is his resilience as a human being. Keith had a […]

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Do you learn more from failure or success?

After reading an article from The Artists Road regarding Creative Failure, I decided to weigh in with my own interpretation. We always hear how we learn more from our failures than our successes but what about successful artists? Can success as an artist stall your creative drive? What impetus is there to experiment if your style […]

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The Slow Death Of Two Artists

Two friends of mine who are well-known artists are now parting ways after close to 25 years of togetherness. Their relationship started much like anyone else’s, they met, found some mutual interests, fell in lust, then fell in love and eventually married. My friend, we’ll call him Jack, introduced me to someone who is now […]

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Does potential matter?

I recently joined a discussion art group where one of the artists asked us to evaluate her work as she wondered if her work had enough potential for her to continue to paint. This intrigued me as I sometimes go through this very question every couple of years, this year being one of them for […]

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Art Vancouver International Fair Assessment

From May 21 to May 24, 2015 Teyjah McAren and Tatianna O’Donnell from Courtyard Gallery participated in the Premiere ART Vancouver International Art Fair. Preparing to participate took months of planning. Neither one of us had ever participated in an International Art Fair. Like Thelma and Louise we set out on our journey not knowing […]

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Checklist for Art Vancouver

From May 21st to May 24th, Vancouver held its first International Art Fair at the Vancouver Convention Center. My friend Tatianna O’Donnell and I were juried in and the excitement grew. After the initial enthusiasm work began. Preparation took months of planning. Neither one of us had ever participated in an International Fair. I had […]

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Publishing Your Art

  Publishing your art in a book is a great thrill. I just received my copy of Acrylic Illuminations by Nancy Reyner a book that deals entirely with reflective and luminous surfaces. It has so many wonderful examples of optical and luminous effects, pouring secrets, metallics, gold lead and prismatic effects. It makes me want […]

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