The Secret Moments of an Artist (plus free goodie)

What it really feels like to stare at a blank canvas Studio door shuts behind me.  Click of the switch fills the room with light.  Power on Grace Radio to my favorite station.  Snap of the paint lid before a surge of black fills the tray.  Soft swish of a round brush as the first…

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You’ll Be Amazed by This Artist’s Love Story with Nature

Artist, James Brunt, is an architect of nature. When I was a kid, I loved to scour the ground in search of rocks, leaves, feathers, even dead bugs. I had an outstanding dead bug collection. We were collectors of nature in my dad’s house.  There were usually at least three different animal species running around.…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Try Out This Tutorial

How to create a stained glass effect with watercolor & ink Hey guys! It’s Christy from Jeffcoat Art with my next art tutorial. And I’ll give you 3 reasons why you should try this out in your free time… REASON #1: It’s simple. It’s so dang easy, you’ll be delightfully surprised when you’re done. One…

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Get into the creative zone with this music playlist: Moody & Soft

Need to get inspired to create? I am a firm believer that music is the catalyst for creativity.  All you need is a good playlist. And I’m here to help 🙂 I love music. All types. My tastes are pretty normal and pretty eclectic. It would take less time to tell you the types of…

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First YouTube Video! Watercolor Inking Tutorial: Ocean Light

How to create a kaleidoscope effect with watercolor & ink plus FREEBIES Hello! I’m really excited to share my first YouTube art tutorial on watercolor inking with you. It’s not perfect, but that’s okay. It’s a bit daunting being in front of the camera. I’m much more comfortable behind it. When I decided to start…

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How to Use FotoFuze for Easy Product Photography

USE THIS FREE RESOURCE TO GET A WHITE BACKGROUND IN YOUR PHOTOS First off, Happy 2019! I hope you had a fun and hangover-free New Year’s. I am proud to say I stayed awake until midnight *pat on the back*. And let’s dive in! Today’s blog is about amping up your product photography with a…

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5 Ways to Add Compassion to Your Day

In my last blog, “How Do We Add Compassion to Our Art?,” I mentioned two simple ways that artists can inject compassion into their work. After years of painting portraits, I truly believe that art can be a powerful tool in understanding others. It can also improve our own perspective on the world around us.…

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How do we add compassion to our art?

Art serves many purposes. One of its greatest qualities is that it encompasses and embraces every single human emotion. It has no need of language and ignores cultural and religious boundaries. But its most impressive quality (and its most socially important) is its ability to express compassion. But how, as artists, do we add compassion…

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CYBER WEEK SALE at Jeffcoat Art!!!

Hello friends! I hope you’re having a good start to your week. If you’re a resident of the United States then I hope you’re not stressing too much about getting your Thanksgiving meal ready (or perhaps the number of out-of-town family members crashing in your house?). I want to help with your holiday shopping this…

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Painting Lily Bean- Part 2

Here is the second and final video of painting Lily Bean. Recording myself while I paint always seems to be an afterthought. I wish I had started the video recording when I started the painting. But, I’ll admit, it does feel intrusive in certain moments. Working on any sort of artistic endeavor is a vulnerable…

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Painting Lily Bean- Part 1

I do most of my portraits in black and white acrylic paint. The original was done on a 16×20 canvas. This is a memorial painting of a rescue named Lily Bean & it will be given to her mom for her birthday. Part 2 is now available to view: Painting Lily Bean- Part 2 Follow me…

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Be the photographer in your own photo shoot

Be the photographer in your own outdoor photo shoot My Etsy shop got a small makeover after taking these photos which leads me to what I want to talk about today: Photo Shoots If you’re like me then you get a knot in your stomach when you hear those words. I love taking photos, but…

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