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Gesso 1: What Is Gesso

Gesso is used in artwork as a preparation for any number of substrates such as wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint and other materials that are applied over it. In the past we used Rabbits skin glue or gypsum. Now we use calcium carbonate in a latex base. Works on a […]

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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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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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How To Ship Paintings

Shipping is always at best problematic. This is the best information I have found for shipping acrylic paintings. Nancy Reyner is a colleague of mine, both of us working for Golden Artist Colors in different capacities. She is the author of many acrylic books for North Light Book Club in which I am also featured. […]

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How to handle gallery rejection

When I decided to go to Santa Fe to ask for gallery representation, I quickly realized that Canyon Road was mostly a mecca for Abstract and Contemporary art. My paintings fall in the cracks between semi-abstract and realistic so I approached all of the galleries on Canyon Road, the Railyard District and the Downtown core […]

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