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  Acrylic artist Kathy Bloem Tuttle was always interested in art, but her father advised her to go into a career that would allow her to support herself. She took...

Originally Posted on: Jun 25, 2012 by: Lynn Powers A photo is a reference tool. You don't need your photo to be perfect. You are using it as a reference,...

Catherine Anderson, AWS, NWS A painter for over 40 years, Catherine was born in Chicago and attended the American Academy of Fine Art, University of Cincinnati and Academy of Art...

Janie Gildow: Artist Interview Janie Gildow visiting Creative Catalyst  I’ve always liked to draw--from my earliest attempts (cross section 3-storey houses and sausage-legged ballet dancers wearing tutus) to the day...

A Moment with John Salminen Reprint from: Artist Daily Series:The Realities of a Fine Art Career Summit Avenue by John Salminen, watercolor painting. What did you find most surprising about...

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A Solid Start in Watercolor with Lynn Powers-Part 2 Early release in Video Download or Online Streaming formatsDVD will be coming soon We are pleased to announce the release of...

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We love seeing art and creativity inspired by our teachers and videos. Here are some you have sent in.   Cynthia Hickson Inspired by two of your DVD Susan Harrison-tustain...

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Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 by: Carolee Clark Sign of Spring by Carolee Clark If you have been following my blog, you know that I sometimes post the drawing along...

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ELEMENTS OF PAINTING WORTH CONSIDERING (Originally published May 19, 2009 in a previous CCP Blog) LIGHT: The sunlight creates wonderful effects! How would you paint them? Ask yourself that question...

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Enjoy the high energy, enthusiasm and humor of artist, author & teacher Craig Nelson as he discusses with Lynn Powers the questions you would like to ask a professional artist...

In March, 2007 we filmed Virginia Cobb at Creative Catalyst.  One of the most important content we gathered were our interviews with artists.  Our Audio interview Virginia is posted on...

As you may know, I bought a house at auction in Winchester in 2010.  My husband and I have fixed up this house as an art studio. This move has...

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Interviewed by Jim Powers, Creative Catalyst Productions February, 2017   Cheng-Khee, can you talk about when you become interested in art?              My mother excelled in embroidery and needlepoint that...

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- Originally Posted January, 2015 - Over the past several months I've been well out of my comfort zone trying to bring something more personal to my watercolor portraits. More...

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...

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...