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Same but different

I am sometimes asked why do so many of my students paint the same thing?

From the outside they can all look the same but in reality they are all "SO" different just like the personality of the student artist that painted them.

In my workshops Students always have the option to use their own compositions but rarely ever do. To have a better understanding of the process and my techniques,the advantage of using same composition helps to prevent the student from falling back into old habits. It also helps to remove the fear of competition or the stress of not being able to draw fast enough which can delay the painting process.

We all have to start somewhere and that is usually by being inspired by another artist's work and In order to have better understanding of how the artist might have created the painting we copy what we see and learn by recreating what has inspired us.

It can all look so easy but in reality it can be quite a challenge.

 This is when the magic happens, using …

Traveling with Painting supplies

If traveling to a workshop and you are wondering how to pack you're painting supplies here are a few suggestions:

As an instructor when traveling for a workshop, to remove stress or wondering if my supplies will make it there on time, I usually send everything ahead. I don't want to be surprised or have any potential problems with TSA right before I board on a plain. It is much easier if I  pack everything in a suitable size suitcase and ship it. 

As a student you won't have to carry as much as an instructor but travel can still be stressful. So here are few things you might want to consider, if you have enough time send it by ground this will cost less and take 5-7 business days (depending on the location). If time is of the essence you can choose three day FedEx air service but this will cost quite a bit more.

Paper
You can usually carry a portfolio as one of your carry on items, but some smaller planes will have smaller overhead compartments, in most planes there is also sm…