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New angles on creativity

These days, high-powered creativity coaches are offering themselves to the world of business. Companies improve their bottom lines with the latest techniques in creative thinking. Much of what they’re saying has been known to artists for some time.

Today’s top mantras include keeping new ideas private until the time comes for a full birth in the presence of the right crowd. Another is accepting the idea that creativity pops up in unusual places in its own sweet time. The bathtub, the car and the fishing boat are often mentioned....Read On

Recent Premium Artists

  • Ramya_Woman-Preparing-Chapathi
    May 17, 2018

    Ramya Sadasivam

    Art is a therapy. It has been a solution to all the problems. I feel safe while I practice art. The formula is simple, you…

  • Don_Berger_Rose_Elena_cropped
    January 5, 2017

    Don Berger

    Don Berger finds his inspiration in the floral world, which he describes as “so vast and pictorially brilliant, I never cease to be amazed by…

  • christine-hanlon-art-night-streets_big
    December 30, 2016

    Christine Hanlon

    Her painting is inspired by the Old Masters, especially from their use of chiaroscuro and geometry, utilizing proportions like the Golden Section and other ratios…

Upcoming Art Shows

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    June 10, 2018 - June 10, 2018

    Vancouver’s Mid Main Art Fair

    The 8th Annual MID MAIN ART FAIR! This popular event will take place this year on Sunday, June 10, 11- 6 p.m. It was established…

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    August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

    33rd Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Show and Sale

    The 33rd Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Juried Exhibition will showcase the talents of watercolor artists from across the United States. The show will be on…

Upcoming Workshops

  • May 31, 2018 to Jun 11, 2018 - Painting in the Sacred Valley of Peru 2018

    sharon-rusch-shaver_workshop-2We will be exploring ancient sites, painting Plein Air, taking photos and eating Chef prepared delicious Peruvian cuisine all while staying in a comfortable Hacienda in the Sacred Valley shaded by towering Eucalyptus trees. Meals, ensuite rooms, transfers to sites*, tours*, museums included.


    Premium Member Sharon Rusch Shaver will be sharing 40 years experience traveling and painting plein air with daily demos and private instruction. All mediums and levels of ability. Join us for this exciting Artist-Adventure!$2,650 all inclusive*.


    Optional non-painting Machu Picchu overnight excursion-tour available as an add-on. A very limited number of places are available on this Adventure so be sure to reserve your space early!



  • Jun 4, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018 - Darla Bostick’s 11th Ghost Ranch Art Workshop/Retreat

    2017-darla-hikeGhost RanchNew Mexico, Darla Bostick, (June and October) workshops


    Relax, enjoy, create!


    Photography/watercolors/acrylics/mixed media. Group activity room (floor to ceiling vista). Ghost Ranch Lodging/meals provided. See why Georgia O’Keeffe loved Ghost Ranch. Each workshop/retreat is different. The June workshop leans heavier on all kinds of materials –textiles and dye, printing, painting, pouring and more! The October workshop combines the media of photography, watercolor, ink, acrylic and more — using watercolor paper, clayboard, etc!


    Daily demos, slide presentations, door prizes and optional happy hour. The website shows how I work from Ghost Ranch scenes to finished paintings.

  • Jun 14, 2018 to Jun 17, 2018 - Art Retreat: Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood


    3-Days in the rolling hills, century-old farms and rushing cascades of the Ottawa Valley region of Ontario. Keith will lead you to places the Group of Seven and other famous Canadian artists painted. Keith teaches composition fundamentals, how to deal with the chaos of real life when painting en plein air, as well as how modern colour theory can help you mix almost any colour with ease.


    Also, watch for these other 2018 retreats.

    August 2-7 Canoe-in art retreat in the Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

    September 1-6, paint in the Killarney/La-Cloche Mountain area of Ontario


    For more information, visit:

  • Jun 23, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018 - Paint in Amalfi Italy


    The Amalfi Coast, a World heritage site, and one of the most spectacular vistas to be found in Italy.  Stay at our four-star hotel on the waterfront of Amalfi; all rooms with private bath and with Mediterranean Sea views.  Elevator available.  Small groups or painters with guests. Paint in Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, and Capri.  Work in oils or other media; beginners to advanced welcome.  Demos and individual instruction.  Breakfast each day along with 2 lunches & 5 dinners.
    See for further details.

  • Jun 27, 2018 to Aug 28, 2018 - Ellie Harold Open Studio Workshops — Frankfort, MI


    Do Your Art! Join Ellie Harold (7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists) for an art immersion experience 4 blocks from Lake Michigan, near beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Two sessions offered: 3-day June 27-29 ($375) and 4-Day August 28 – 31 ($450).


    Energize Your Art Life. The Open Studio format promotes the unfolding of your creative process. Each day you’ll enjoy content and demos related to authentic mark-making, painting as process, and intuitive color along with guided prompts and mentoring topics. New painters as well as more experienced artists desiring a deeper involvement with their art will find the Open Studio Workshops invaluable.


    All levels and media welcome. Some oil painting experience is desirable, although complete beginners have also benefited from the workshops.  If you’d like to try oil painting for the first time or want to refresh, basic color mixing will be reviewed on the first day of each session. Optional materials/equipment provision available Off-site lodging within walking distance.


    For more information and testimonials, visit Ellie’s website.

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