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Painting Inspiration: Solving the Puzzle

A winner of the Best Oil category in the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon shares how she creates patterns, identifies shapes, and “solves the puzzle” of her portrait paintings.

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Why it’s important for an artist to be a perpetual student, and 11 ways to do so.

Acrylic Portraits: Painting My Daughter Temma

Contemporary artist Tim Lowly shares how the Korean Minjung art movement and his special needs daughter, who is “profoundly other,” inspire his art.

My Painting Process: Swallows and Amazon

Narrative artist Lesley Thiel takes us through the symbolism and painting process of her realist work “Swallows and Amazon.”

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