Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can help you get excited and write your best story. There are many similarities between making pictures and writing stories. In both

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Maxfield Parrish was an American Artist who made glowing images with saturated colors that featured neo-classical imagery.  His first big break as an artist and commercial illustrator was the cover of L. Frank Baum's  Mother Goose in Prose. He worked in the first part of the 20th century and was one of the most prolific illustrators of the Golden Age

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Express Yourself! Paper Masks Inspired by Japanese Noh Masks This summer while researching projects for my seventh grade art class, I came across these Japanese Noh masks.  They are quite expressive and beautiful, while maintaining their simplicity.   Noh classic Japanese dance theater is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. The Japanese theater

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My New Tutorial Video: How to Draw a Dog! OK- time to try something new. I just uploaded a video of mine detailing how I drew my dog Paige.  Three hours of drawing boiled down to 12 minutes.  Topics include using appropriate reference material, how to shade fur and specific details on how to draw the eyes in a realistic way. Here

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 "It got worse by the minute.  It seemed like nothing could stop it."   I painted this image while listening to news reports of terrorism, wars, and general atrocities I can't mention here.  I couldn't help but think about the quote "Evil prevails when good people do nothing".  I considered how much strength and determination it takes to stand up and do

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