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Painting pours have been all the rage for quite some time. By thinning down paint and pouring it rather than the conventional brush application, artists can craft mesmerizing visual effects. Yet, relying on pre-made pouring mediums may impose limitations. Without the knowledge of crafting your own, you might find yourself stuck when the desire to create strikes. Consequently, I’ve curated my own pour medium recipe, giving me the flexibility to make it at will and create the effects I want.

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Make Your Own Pour Medium

Many students report feeling a lack of confidence when starting their painting journey. The fear of not creating something deemed “good enough” often looms large. This fear can be paralyzing, causing some to give up prematurely. However, it’s crucial to recognize that every artist starts as a beginner. Just as in any skill, mastery in painting takes time and practice.

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10 Tips for Painting with Confidence

The journey of an artist is ever-evolving, filled with moments of inspiration, experimentation, and growth. To thrive as an artist, you must embrace a mindset of continuous improvement. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just embarking on your creative journey, these strategies will empower you to nurture your creative growth and enhance your artistic practice actively.

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Nurturing Your Creative Growth

Gallery representation is a significant milestone for artists, but it comes with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the benefits and challenges that come with being represented by a gallery.

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Gallery Representation Pros and Cons

Many people feel trepidation with the idea of showing their artwork to others. However, participating in regular critiques is one of the best ways to improve as an artist. Finding a group of artists that are willing to share their work, give and receive feedback is a huge asset to your creative process. It is important to understand the purpose, benefits and ways to participate in a critique so that you get the most out of the experience. If you are ready to be bold and get feedback on your artwork through critiques, then read on!

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How Critiques Improve Your Work

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"Andrea is an accomplished artist, and her teaching style is appropriate for all levels of artists. Our granddaughter is very proud of her finished painting. We had a wonderful time, and we created some great family memories, along with some interesting paintings. We all agreed that we can’t wait to do it again. It was a great family activity."

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"My son and I had an amazing weekend in Santa Fe and the best ending to it was taking our abstract painting class with Andrea. From the minute we walked in, we were in a warm and welcoming environment. Its clear Andrea loves what she does and that she was born for teaching art. I had no experience and felt a little inhibited, but with her guidance and support it was an extremely positive experience and I certainly learned a lot."

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"Andrea Cermanski has all the skills of a good teacher. She's knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and gives precise and helpful instruction to each individual student, allowing him or her to discover their hidden artistic talents."

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"I did a private class with Andrea and it was so wonderful!! Andrea is an amazing artist and she is also a great teacher!! Thorough, patient and just a fun person to be around! I really wanted a basic introduction to how to use the paints, mediums, brushes, palettes, etc. I got that and so much more!! She even helped me with the anxieties I was having around painting. I left feeling inspired, and way more confident! Ready to go home and explore. I look forward to another class after I have played some on my own. Highly recommend!"

"I left feeling inspired, and way more confident!"