Art Book Love

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I'm a hoarder of books. I believe that you can never have too many and continuing education, especially art education, is essential to staying current, growing and learning what you need to be successful at doing what you love. I average about one new book a week. Some really give me the kick I need and others are duds. I take what I can from all of them and then form my own opinions and plan of action for what I want to accomplish. Sometimes i need help with business and other times I'm searching for new techniques or important fundamentals of painting. In either case, I have listed the books I've the loved the most over the last couple years. Maybe one of these will be just the thing you need to boost your creativity?


Favorite Inspiration or Business Art Books

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An absolute MUST for color lovers. Probably the most thorough and well explained book on color theory and mixing that I've seen. 

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards

 
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Do you have any of these books? Have I missed a favorite? Let me know in the comments. And don't forget to sign up for Color for Your Inbox, the weekly color palette newsletter that is sure to keep you up on your art education!

Color Crush Creative Palette 24: Autumn Harvest

It's that time of year in North America where everything turns to pumpkin spice! It's finally cooling off outside and the leaves are firing up. This palette is perfect for mid-October. I don't have much to say to introduce you to this beautiful palette, except that I hope you put your heart into it. Do it for the process. Do it for yourself. Do it for "The Long Game". I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of great art this week on the @colorcrushcreative Instagram account.

In the meantime, I would like to share one of my favorite Youtube videos. It's a series of three, and I've included all three links....if you watch it I would love to hear how it impacted you. It's a subject I'd like to bring up again in the near future. Thank you for taking the time!

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was Once a Loser

The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter

The Long game Part 3: Painting in the Dark

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As you are trying to decide how the palette works for your art practice, consider these tips:

  • You don't have to use all the colors, pick what speaks to you
  • Vary the amount of the colors you use, think "gallon, pint, cup, tablespoon" for proportions.
  • Use white to give your work some breathing space!!
  • If you're stuck on what to create, use the inspiration images as a jumping point for new ideas
  • Take clear, bright photos on a white background for a better chance to be featured. (Read 5 Quick Tips for Better Instagram Photos)
  • Share your work! Use #cccpalette24 when you post on Instagram so I can find you and possible re-share your artwork on our instagram feed: @colorcrushcreative
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As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?

Color Crush Creative Palette 23: Celebration

I'm so excited for this week because it's about to happen!! We are about to hit 10,000 followers on Instagram! So it's time for a celebration....a celebration of you and all that you do to help grown the community and grow your art practice. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share and interact with you on a daily basis. I am happy to provide creative ideas and helpful information for all the new and seasoned artists out there. I hope this journey has been a fun one for you as well.

In the coming months Color Crush Creative will be offering more products to stay sustainable and give you the art education and community you want and deserve. I will continue to provide the awesome newsletter, Color for Your Inbox, and the great content on Instagram and in our Facebook Club for you with out cost or obligation. But for those who are seeking more, I will be offering some exciting products that will help you on your journey as an artist.

As for your art practice, we have a very colorful palette once again, but can you blame me? It's a celebration! Remember these key things:

  • You don't have to use all the colors, pick what speaks to you
  • Vary the amount of the colors you use, think "gallon, pint, cup, tablespoon" for proportions.
  • Use white to give your work some breathing space!!
  • If you're stuck on what to create, use the images as a jumping point for new ideas
  • Take clear, bright photos on a white background for a better chance to be featured.
  • Share your work! Use #cccpalette23 when you post on Instagram so I can find you and possible re-share your artwork on our instagram feed: @colorcrushcreative
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As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?

Color Crush Creative Palette 22: Simple Pleasures

Are you ready to indulge in a few of your favorite things? That's where my heart is at this week while featuring my absolute favorite color: TEAL. Sometimes when life feels a bit overwhelming or the struggle gets a bit more than I can take, I fall back to Simple Pleasures. It's in the small things that gratitude grows big and life feels a bit more beautiful.

Color Crush Creative Palette 21: Global Market

Hello artists from all over the world! Our little community is spreading and more people are joining daily, but I still feel like we are creating a close network of friends all over the globe. Just for fun, this week let's imagine we can all get together for an adventure at the souk, bazaar, brocante. mercato, farmer's market, swap meet or whatever you might call your local street market. We'll find treasures, laugh like old friends and grab lunch. And maybe if you'd like we can all pull out our sketchbooks and draw together. Ahhh, in my wildest dreams. But in the meantime, let's meet on Instagram @colorcrushcreative and share a bit of ourselves from all over the world!

Color Crush Creative Palette 20: Overgrown

The seasons are changing for those in the northern and southern hemisphere; it's a time associated with all things growing. So, whether you're sowing your seeds or harvesting your crops, this week will be a time to relish in the gift that the earth has given us!

I want to share quote with you from Satish Kumar, a former student of Ghandi's, that I found in Happinez Magazine. It's what inspired my desire to focus on all things from the soil this week in our color palette:

No Room For Fear with Artist Gretchen Warsen

An experimental abstract artist from Massachusetts, Gretchen Warsen takes risks by playing on the revolutionary Yupo paper. Something she has learned over the past two years from listening to artist interviews, and also through her own practice is that the best way to stay inspired and motivated to make art is to just keep making it! It's easier said than done, but even with the pieces that she can tell are headed for the β€œnot-so-good pile,” there is still something she can take away for the next pieceβ€”some little hint of an idea or a new technique that can be carried over.

Color Crush Creative Palette 19: One World

It's been a pretty rough week around the world and it doesn't seem to be letting up. The world is on fire and flooded, rocking, shaking, wind blown and sun burnt. Mother nature is still in charge and I don't think she's happy. If you're anything like me, you are overwhelmed and feeling anxious about it all. First, turn off the news, hearing constant updates won't make you feel better. Second breathe, it has been before and it will be again, but you are ok right now. Third, make more art.

Color Crush Creative palette 18: Mostly Yellow

Yellow - the color that sparks hope, cheerfulness and fun, which is exactly what we need in this world right now. What do you know about yellow? It is the most visible color on the spectrum and the human eye processes it first. More flowers are yellow because it's the easiest for bees and pollinators to spot. In almost every culture it represents sunshine and warmth. And yellow was one of Van Gogh's favorite colors :

Color Crush Creative Palette 17: Endless Summer

I'll be honest, I'm not ready to let go of summer just yet so this week I've decided to hold on to some bright and fun colors for our weekly project. Introducing "Endless Summer", a palette featuring the warm colors of summer along with the contrast of refreshing blue and green to remind you of hanging out poolside for one more week. And for a little twist, we will punch up our palettes with a bit of black and white pattern or mark making. (optional of course)

How to Find Your Voice as an Artists

Who am I as an artist?

Finding the answer to this is the secret every artists wants to figure out. After reading all kinds of books, spending a lot of time online and grilling all of my artist friends, I have come to only one conclusion. *You must do the work.* Only time spent creating will help you reveal the mystery. And this is one that will keep unfolding your whole art career. I am still asking myself who am I as an artist and I suspect in twenty years I will still be asking myself the same question.