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The Frustration is ALWAYS There - #creativeheart

Almost every painting I create, I’m unhappy and dissatisfied in some way.  

I wish I’d painted it looser or brighter, or with less chroma.  

The frustration is ALWAYS there.  

But it is that very frustration that motivates me to keep going!  

When I’m the most frustrated, I know I’m about to have a...

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Don't Deny Your Artistic Voice - #creativeheart

Many people today deny or under-value their intrinsic artistic voice, but we all have one.  The part of us that responds to a beautiful work of art, a spectacular sunset, or a particularly moving score of music proves the artistic voice exists. 

Paintings, sunsets, and music do not possess emotion, but rather stir to the surface the...

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Learning to Paint is Like Learning to Drive - #creativeheart

Learning to drive a car isn’t about mastering the mechanics of using a steering wheel, gas pedal, and brake.  

Once you’ve mastered the basics you can do more than just keep the car between the ditches — you can head off on an adventure!  

Learning to paint in Photoshop is exactly the same!  

Master the tools...

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Featured Student - Traci Newlin 🎨

This stunning painting was completed by Beyond the Brushes member, Traci Newlin. Looking at this stunning work of art, you'd never know Traci has absolutely no painting experience prior to entering Beyond the Brushes in September of 2019.

Traci says she's taken several painting classes in Corel Painter, but always forgot within a few weeks what...

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Featured Student - Siri Brændshøi 🎨

This gorgeous painting was completed by Beyond the Brushes member, Siri Brændshøi.  She joined Beyond the Brushes in September 2019 and completed this painting after only two and a half months of study!

Siri has no previous painting experience (and actually has a Master's degree in Geology which I find totally...

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Rufus is a Liar!

His name is “Rufus”.  

Rufus is the art critic that lives inside every artist’s mind.  

Rufus is a product of our “logical brain”. Rufus is all about survival and thinks in a neat, linear fashion only perceiving the world according to known circumstances.

Rufus is a naysayer when it comes to artistic...

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There are NO Mistakes - #creativeheart

There are no mistakes.  

There’s no such thing as a “bad” painting.  

The only failure is the failure to paint.  

Practice.  

Practice deliberately.

Practice often.  

If you do you’ll never fail.

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Featured Student - Claudia Nix 🎨

This adorable pup belongs to Beyond the Brushes member, Claudia Nix.  After just a few months in Beyond the Brushes, she has created an absolute masterpiece!

Over 20 years ago, Claudia last held a paintbrush in hand.  She used to dabble in oil paints and even had a few classes as a tween-ager. Her love for painting was rekindled...

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Hand Painting in Photoshop

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of the self-proclaimed "I can't draw stick people" crowd like the words "hand painting". I've been told many times that people feel like they have no other choice but to use a painting filter because they do not possess the skill to paint in Photoshop by hand.

"Hand painting" sounds much scarier than it...

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Featured Student - Irene Bowers 🎨

This absolutely stunning painting was created in Photoshop CC by Beyond the Brushes student, Irene Bowers.  

Irene became a member of Beyond the Brushes in September 2019. Like many artists, she's no longer satisfied with the typical "pixel mushing" used by mainstream digital painters. Her goal with joining was to achieve a more...

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