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A Moment with Thomas Schaller
The Artist Life

A Moment with Thomas Schaller

Meet Master of American Watercolor — Thomas SchallerEnjoy this exclusive interview with American watercolor master, Thomas Schaller, below to learn more about his paintings, inspirations, process and more.Come study watercolor with Thomas in famed and beautiful Italian countryside this September at his Retreat in Tuscany.

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Behind the Scenes of the First Ever SketchKon

Draw, Paint, Create, and ShareCountdown to a sketch-centric November in sunny Southern California for the first ever SketchKon event. SketchKon is the brainchild of Network and Sketchbook Skool, who’ve paired up to deliver the live, interactive—and fun—sketching event we thought the world needed.
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Celebrating The Most Artful American Cities

The Making of ‘Art City Mural’After creating “Art City, USA,” a list of the 10 best art cities in the U.S. for artists, creatives, makers and art-enthusiasts alike — based on five key attributes: affordable housing, artists’ enclaves, museums and galleries, bookstores and cafes, and inspiring environment — we wanted to incorporate the top 10 cities as an issue cover for the magazine.
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Seriously, Why Marfa? Art Opening(s) Podcast, Episode 3

Welcome to Art Opening(s), the podcast where there are no gatekeepers, no stupid questions, and art for all. Hosted by Courtney Jordan and Samantha Sanders and sponsored by Network.What’s Up with Marfa, Texas?Learn about the town that Judd built. We’ll discuss the hows and whys of Marfa, a town in the high desert of West Texas with a population of less than 2,000 that has turned into a contemporary art pilgrimage site that receives close to 40,000 visitors a year.
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8 Hacks for an Edge in Any and All Art Competitions

Once you are ready to take the step to show your art, the exciting part starts. You can put an image on your website so your friends, family and a collector or two can take a look. Look into opportunities to display your painting or drawing publicly, both in traditional galleries and more unconventional spaces, near and far.
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A Moment with Thomas Schaller

Meet Master of American Watercolor — Thomas SchallerEnjoy this exclusive interview with American watercolor master, Thomas Schaller, below to learn more about his paintings, inspirations, process and more.Come study watercolor with Thomas in famed and beautiful Italian countryside this September at his Retreat in Tuscany.
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Paradise City: Art Voyage to Rome

With the Paradise City series, we take an artful spin around cities near and far that lure us with their sights and history, delicious and unique food, interesting happenings and (of course!), amazing art experiences! This time we explore the wonders of Rome, Italy!When in RomeRome is overwhelming — it offers unbelievable artistic riches, but it can be genuinely daunting to visit.
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Walk In Like You Own the Place: Art Opening(s) Podcast, Episode 1

Welcome to Art Opening(s), the podcast where there are no gatekeepers, no stupid questions, and art for all. Hosted by Courtney Jordan and Samantha Sanders and sponsored by Network.Let’s Talk Art Galleries and MuseumsWe love art, but sometimes it takes itself so seriously. In this episode, we cover all the ins and outs of art galleries and museums so you feel empowered and can walk in feeling like you own the place.
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Self-Care Whats In It for Creatives? Art Opening(s) Podcast, Episode 2

Welcome to Art Opening(s), the podcast where there are no gatekeepers, no stupid questions, and art for all. Hosted by Courtney Jordan and Samantha Sanders and sponsored by Network.Self-Care — What’s In It for Creatives?Today we’re talking self-care. But we think we’ve got some ideas that you’ll want to know of, like ways to fight creative burnout and how to only be a suffering artist if that’s just what you’re into.
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Artist, Tell Us What Making Art Means to You

Take the ARTISTSNetwork Artist Maker SurveyTell us your thoughts in the ARTISTSNetwork Artist Maker Survey. Artists, we want to better understand the role art and making art plays in your life. Your feedback to our artist survey will help us to better meet the needs of artists on their creative journey just like you.
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Obama Presidential Portraits Unveiled

Get Ready to Be Wowed | Obama Portraits UnveiledThe contemporary portraits of President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on February 12 around 10 a.m. EST.The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned artists to paint the portraits and likeness of former presidents since the 90s, with a complete collection of presidential portraits that is rivaled only by the White House collection.
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5 Ways a Rose Can Save Your Art and Maybe Your Life

How Creative Acts Empower Your Life and ArtCarrie Schmitt is an artist, author and instructor who started painting as a therapeutic practice following a life-threatening diagnosis in 2009. Her love for art has turned into a passion for giving — and it all started with a rose.Carrie shares how giving away a rose a day and other “artful” acts saved her creative spirit when she was in a dark place.
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What the Heck Is Gesso?

Gesso is one of those words that seems to stop beginner artists in their tracks. It leaves many wondering how to use it with acrylics, or if you even need to use it in an acrylic painting at all.Gesso and Oil PaintingHistorically, gesso was made for oil painting and was traditionally used to prepare or prime a surface so oil paint would adhere to it.
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Paradise City: Santa Barbara, California

With each Paradise City stop, we take an artful spin around cities near and far that lure us with their sights and history, delicious and unique food, interesting happenings and (of course!), amazing art experiences! This time we explore the wonders of Santa Barbara, California!Queen of the MissionsSanta Barbara, California, is named after the patron saint of architects, builders and masons.
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5 Selfie Worthy Artist-Built Environments

Picture yourself among the chicken bones, concrete and glitter!Whether you are a scholar, artist, preservationist, educator, curator, art historian, collector or art devotee, you will find yourself immersed in the complex and fascinating subject of artist-built environments at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
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A Lesson from Claude Monet on Facing Rejection

Monet’s Battle with RejectionIt is hard to imagine today Claude Monet facing rejection as an artist, but it’s true. Monet dealt with tremendous resistance to his work during the early years of his working life. Of course, he was expressing an entirely new form of oil painting, so he might have expected “blowback” from the French art establishment until Impressionism was ultimately accepted.
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Art For Thought: An Artists Lifespan

“It’s really hard for young artists. You’re an adult at 18, but for a painter it takes longer. You really don’t get it together until 35 or 45.”Some research and reading I’ve been doing in the last month on historical artists has got me thinking about an artist’s lifespan, both in terms of their actual years on earth and in the progression of their ability and output over the course of their career.
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Curing Your Art Burnout

How to Get Back Into the GrooveSometimes we experience a little less success and a little more struggle in our artistic lives. Fortunately, there are ways to ride out those rough patches and get back on track. Creative coach Dr. Eric Maisel answers our questions on how to cure art burnout, how to avoid being swallowed up by the never-ending news cycle and when to seize the right time to start creating once again.
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