Five of the Most Beautiful Stained Glass Ceilings in the U.S.

Stunning stained glass ceilings from around the United States. More »

101 Inspirational Art Quotes

Sometimes the perfect quote is just the thing you need to get the creative juices flowing again. Check out these amazing quotes to get inspired. More »

Three Influential Female Artists Of The Renaissance

Everyone knows the big names in Renaissance art - Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci...but what about female artists of the Renaissance? More »

Be More Creative

Learn the science behind creativity and discover how you can unlock your imagination. More »

Outdoor Art at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma

If you are looking for a fun, free activity in Tacoma you should check out some of the outdoor art at the Museum of Glass. More »


Four Fantastic Art-Related Twitter Accounts to Follow

I’m a bit pressed for time today, so this is just going to be a quick post. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite artists and art organizations on Twitter in case you are looking for someone new to follow. I’ll probably do this periodically as I find new accounts


Fun Coffee Table Books for Art Lovers

I’ve always been an avid reader. Give me a good book and I can get lost for hours. These days my time for reading is rather limited, so I tend to find myself reaching for short stories or magazines instead of novels. Until my schedule clears up a bit and I have more time to

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Movies Inspired by Famous Artists

Not long ago I wrote a blog post about novels inspired by famous paintings, which actually sparked the idea for this post. I got to thinking that along with books, there are probably a lot of art-inspired movies that have been made over the years. I generally don’t watch a lot of movies or keep up


Revitalizing Downtown Tacoma with Art

When the economy took a turn for the worse, many of Tacoma, Washington’s downtown retailers closed up shop or moved to areas with lower rent. This left behind a lot of empty storefronts, which in turn made the downtown area feel a little bit like a ghost town. While many people saw only empty spaces


Watercolor Tubes vs. Pans – Which are Better?

One of the hardest parts of getting started with watercolors is knowing which paints to buy. There are so many choices! First you have to decide if you are going to test the waters (so to speak) with student-grade paints, or if you are going to fork out the extra money for artist-grade paints instead.

The Glory Window, Dallas, Texas. Photo by John McStravick

Five of the Most Beautiful Stained Glass Ceilings in the U.S.

I’ve always loved stained glass. There is something magical about the way the light dances through the glass, creating colorful patterns on the surrounding structures. It’s even more magical being in a room with a stained glass ceiling. The colors of the glass can completely transform the atmosphere of the room, giving it an ethereal


Five Incredible Art Deco Artists

With its strong geometric shapes, clean lines and bold colors, Art Deco is one of the most easily recognizable design movements of all time. You can see elements of it just about everywhere you turn — from architecture, to furniture, to jewelry and everything in between. In fact, some of the most famous buildings in


Novels Inspired by Famous Paintings

Quite a few years ago, my mom loaned me a book on tape that she had checked out from the library. It was Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I was familiar with the painting by Vermeer, of course, but wasn’t sure to expect from the book. As I popped in the tape, the


Artists: How to Accept Compliments

Do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed when someone gives you a compliment on your artwork? You’re definitely not alone. Graciously accepting compliments is not something that comes naturally to most people. Instead of simply saying thank you, it’s tempting to try to downplay your achievements, point out the flaws in your work, reply

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Watercolor Videos: The Best YouTube Channels for Watercolor Painting

Back in the “olden days”, if you wanted to learn to how to paint you either had to buy a book, order an expensive DVD or sign up for a  local class with a real-life instructor. These days, though, learning to paint is as easy as firing up a browser and watching one of countless