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I recently had the chance to interview artist Patti Molica and in preparing the questions, I revisited her three excellent workshops.What impresses me about Mollica is how thoughtful she is...

Award winning artist Julie Gilbert Pollard can be found as at home with watercolor, acrylic or oil painting. She has been teaching over 20 years and has brought that artistic...

By the time I pull myself out of bed or away from my day job and into my studio, I just want to get painting. Big P Painting. Warm ups...

It’s easy to say we want art to be a priority in our lives. It’s harder to actually make it a priority. Part of the struggle is that the idea...

Whenever I’m on Instagram and see a photo with intriguing composition, I take a screen shot on my phone. Later, I’ll sit and do a quick series of loose thumbnail...

Here at CCP, we obviously love learning from DVD workshops. But we also understand the value of learning from a human standing directly in front of you. And while many...

The Thirty Day Art Challenge begins this week. I’ve decided to focus on small collaged owls. And this is how that dance goes. First: Excitement. I have a solid goal...

I started exercising again recently. Oh what a difference it has brought to my art. The work I’m producing isn’t necessarily better but I have the energy to actually get...

As a self taught artist, there are many ways I learn about art. One of my main ways is through DVD workshops. And, yes, I work for a company that...

I did an art challenge in January of this year and it actually changed my art life. That feels so dramatic to say but it’s true. For one month, I...

If we’re not careful, we can get way too serious about our art. Seriousness comes from high expectations. And yes, if we want to get good we need to bring...

There are many reasons why as an artist you might be drawn to landscape as your subject matter.  Whether you’re painting plein air or in a studio, we all experience...

I just returned from a few days at a lake in central Washington. I was surrounded by the loudest bullfrogs you’ve ever heard and yes the occasional powering up of...

We shared a Degas quote over on the Creative Catalyst Facebook page last week. It went something like this: “Painting is very easy when you don’t know how, but very...

I hate the word talent. It invokes all the myths that we have to fight to become good artists. That you either have it or you don’t. That practice won’t...

New Mexico mixed media Artist Annie O’Brien Gonzales was always drawing. As a kid she would cover school reports will illustrations and wanted to be an illustrator. But growing up...

It’s summer! We hope your days are filled with early morning painting and lazy afternoons under a lovely tree, maybe with a book in your hand. We can dream right?...

Because of Apple-placed restrictions, it hasn't been possible  to download our Creative Catalyst videos onto iPads. However, a customer may have found a work around. We can't guarantee it'll work...

We all know that to be artists, we need to learn to see. But there’s something almost more important (or equally important): learning to talk. And I don’t mean talking...

Even with a strong watercolor influence in the family, I fell in love almost immediately with acrylic. I love acrylic paint’s opacity, versatility and quick drying times. But when I...

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At 12 years old, Sterling Edwards teachers told his parents to get him some art lessons. And lucky for us, they did. Edwards has been painting ever since although he...

Sherrill Kahn's DVD workshop, Acrylic Paint Pizzazz, is on sale this week, and looking back through the mixed media workshop, I was reminded just how much we can learn from...

Just this past summer, I had the lucky fortune to visit Randall David Tipton in his home studio while he participated in Portland Open Studio weekend. Tipton lives in woody...

We are thrilled to begin carrying three watercolor instructional workshops by artist Sterling Edwards including Luminous Watercolor: The Wooded Landscape, Luminous Watercolor: Forest Waterfall and Luminous Watercolor: The Evening Landscape...

In art, edges give a piece shape. They are commitments to ideas. Without edges one color blurs into the next and into the next. That can be beautiful, sure, but...

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Oh, what sorrow I share with the whole art world at the notice of the passing of George James on March 5, 2016. Lynn and I so enjoyed the visits...

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“So...what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver -   “Nothing changes - between heartbeats - everything changes.”   - Jim Powers - The...

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A few years back we had the pleasure of hosting and filming Donna Zagotta.  We produced her DVD Workshop called: The You Factor: Powerful, Personal Design in Opaque Watercolor with...

Guest Column Start with Joyby Kelly Anne Powers We make art because we love something about the process, product or both. Part of why I love painting is because I...

    Collage artist Anne Bagby has been painting for more than 20 years in Winchester, Tennessee. She's had over 40 one-person shows, and several of her works were selected...

Creative Catalyst had the honor of working with Martha on her workshop, Sunlight on Oak Creek: Applying the Lessons of Plein Air to Photographic Reference with Martha Saudek. Martha was born...



We have to say that we are more than just a little bit proud of Lynn for being featured as "One To Watch" by Watercolor Artist Magazine.  Way to go...

Student Questions About Working on Plexiglas   Why do you use plexi instead of stretching the paper on a board?  When working wet into wet I lay my paper directly...

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Creative Catalyst is pleased to carry a number of Linda Kemp's video workshops.  We wanted to get to know Linda better so here is our recent interview along with some...

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How much does skill play a role in the caliber of a painting?   Have you ever seen an award-winning painting that had amateurish drawing and application of paint and...

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We are reprinting Dale Laitinen's email sent today.  We invite everyone in the Creative Catalyst Community to lend a hand, in whatever way they can.        The Butte Fire...

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We filmed Jane Davies a number of years ago and were wondering what she has been doing and is doing now.  Jane is featured on our video Scribble Collage: with Hand-Painted...

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This weekend Jim and Lynn Powers attended the Oregon Watercolor Society Convention in Hermiston, Oregon.  Ratindra Das was the juror.  He will be teaching a workshop later this week.

Honoring Nicholas Simmons who passed away September 21, 2015Nicholas Simmons was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began painting in Sarasota, Florida. He studied under many well-known watercolorists, most notably...

"As the family of Dale Laitinen, we are asking you to please help him and his wife, Donna rebuild their lives.  They have lost everything in the Butte Fire; their...

We filmed two wonderful video workshops with Sherri Haab: Precious Metal Clay Jewelry and Resin Jewelry.  We could have filmed many more with the variety of skills Sherri has.  We are pleased to...

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One question I'm frequently asked is, "How does a student of art know what to do next?" My opinion on the matter is just that: my opinion. But I've met...

Ann Pember just brought this scam aimed at artists to my attention.  Please read the entire article published by http://www.artistsinfo.co.uk and pass it on to other artists. There’s some very devious...

In 2003 we filmed two watercolor instruction videos with Ann Pember in our Creative Catalyst studio:  Vibrant Orchid  and Painting in the Flow of Watercolor On High Plate Illustration Board....

ARTIST ALERT !  Congress is working on a new copyright law.  It could drastically reduce your rights to protect anything you create. The new proposal would mean that NONE of...