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Photoshop’s Mixer Brush

Photoshop’s Mixer Brush does a good job of simulating paint on canvas. The one major element that digital artists have a difficult time wrapping their heads around is that – the paint on the canvas can mix with the paint on the brush. This means that, whatever color is on your canvas, can be mixed […]

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Print Making with Cyanotype

I am experimenting with the Cyanotype photographic process to make some rudimentary prints. The images here are my first effort. I heard about cyanotype from an artist in my cohort, Lou McCorkle, who has created some beautiful pieces. Check out her profile, you will be impressed by what she has achieved using this process. Cyanotype […]

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Sunset on the beach
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A quick way to get centered

We all get in our heads. Whether it is the outside world infringing on our perceived freedom, or pushing hard to accomplish things that our lives are built around. Whatever it is, at some point we find ourselves lost or stuck from thinking too much. It is stressful and difficult to find a creative flow […]

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Letting Go of Getting it Right

“Absolutism is a form of hiding. Perfect is the enemy of good.” -Seth Godin I think of Seth Godin as a modern-day prophet. His wisdom, while given through the lens of business, applies to all aspects of life and is a great companion on the creative journey. Seth talks about how the aim to be perfect […]

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Setting the Course for a New Year

It’s the beginning of another year and time to look once again at the changes I want to make in my life. I am extremely fortunate to have a good friend, Suchitra with whom to set direction every year. We review the building blocks of our lives – Beliefs and Values, and look to see […]

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For the Love of Fonts

Whether you are designing graphics or adding meaningful text to an image, the type of font you use is key. Use the wrong font and it can get in the way of your message. I have seen a wedding invitation that used a beautiful script font, but I couldn’t make out the names of the […]

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Morning Pages

In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron introduces the idea of Morning Pages. The Artist’s Way is set up as a 12-Step program towards Creative Recovery. Morning Pages, are 3 hand written pages done every morning for the course of the program. The writing is stream of consciousness. Put pen to page and write […]

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Beyond the Comfort Zone

I can hear the voice of Anne-Marie, my yoga teacher, saying “I can see you hanging out in your comfort zone! Go deeper!”. Indeed, going deeper is the path the creative person takes, to stretch into uncomfortable places, find comfort, and then go deeper again. That is how you grow and how you gain new […]

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An Hour a Week

In her book the Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron mentions two creative tools that when practiced, make magical changes towards opening up the creative channels in your life. One tool is called Morning Pages, the other, Artist Dates. And artist dates is a date with yourself. It is an hour a week to take yourself out […]

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First Action of the Day

Our habits set our lives on a constructive or destructive course. We become our automatic actions. Success teachers tell us that what we do in the first hour of the day sets a life course. With that in mind, the very first thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning, creates a […]

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