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3 Reasons Why I Became an Artist

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1. Many artists including myself have trouble concentrating for long periods of time. Art helps me stay more focused. When I am in the studio creating work, I am completely engaged but I also have the freedom to jump from one technique to the next which gives me the ability to not get bored. Mixed media allows me to paint, glue objects, sand a surface or spray ink on a surface. Enough distractions to keep me centered and captivated. 2. I enjoy making things with my hands. The whole idea of using my hands and mind in harmony and letting the art...

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20 Art Therapy Activities You Can Try At Home To Destress

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20 Art Therapy Activities You Can Try At Home To Destress

Here is an interesting article from Jan Shultis . 20 Art Therapy Activities You Can Try At Home To Destress Jan Shultis Read full profile  Share  Pin it  Tweet  Share  Email “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso Art therapy is a broad term used to refer to the practice of creating as a way to heal wounds of the mind or spirit. While art therapists are employed with increasing frequency at hospitals, nursing homes, in schools, and in treatment programs for a wide swatch of ailments, the rejuvenating, stress-busting results of such...

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5 Ways My Artwork Has Developed During The Lockdown

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5 Ways My Artwork Has Developed During The Lockdown

I try to look at some of the few good things that have come about from Covid-19.  Working from home, more time with family, outdoor walks and exercise are a few that come to mind. Although outdoor walks in February can be a bit of a challenge in Michigan, we try to make the best of it. I am convinced that having more time to expand my art process has had a positive influence on my work. Here are 5 ways it has helped me in my art practice 1. I try to work every day in my studio even if I...

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Glad To See Michigan Restaurants Opening This Week

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Glad To See Michigan Restaurants Opening This Week

It is a relief to give the Michigan economy a shot in the arm this week with the opening of the beleaguered restaurant industry. Being a part of the food service industry I'm pleased to take a positive step forward for their survival. This iconic image was taken in Southwest Detroit on Vernor Highway. I always have enjoyed photography and would always keep my camera with me in the event that an interesting photo op would present itself. Vernor Coney Island is now repurposed to be the trendy Flowers of Vietnam establishment. I used to be amazed at the peeling...

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Art Work Procedure

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Art Work Procedure

      I don't try to make the creative process a mystery but in a way it is. For the last several years I have been creating colorful abstract art. Now I am incorporating collage and digital elements into my work. I believe it provides my work more depth and substance. It seems like I have to always be moving into new dimensions of artistic expression.  The whole idea of using your hands and mind in harmony and letting the process guide me brings on recurrent moments of joy that only the art making process can bring out.

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