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The Seven Heavenly Palaces

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Hangar bicocca Anselm Kiefer The Seven Heavenly Palaces Anna Motterle Photography
Photo by Anna Motterle 2014 There is a place that I love dearly in the city. It’s a place where I bring visitors when I know they have The Sight. In urban fantasy terms you could say it’s a Freehold. A place where faeries and magical creatures can go and recharge their Glamour, or magical [...]
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Blind Drawing as explorative experience

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naked body life drawing blind contour drawing

How to practice Blind Contour Drawing…Every body, every kind of body has infinite stories to tell, and I feel like the discipline needed to actually LOOK at the the model – instead of perceiving the general pose and then mechanically drawing a stylization of the body in that position – to be there, present and seeing them, is a form of respect and recognition.

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Procrastination and Fear

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Aaron Burr Leslie Odom Jr Wait for it
Book of Fears - Artist's book for Edizioni Fantasma - Giulia Caruso 2013 It’s like inventing the wheel. When you find yourself procrastinating on a project (and not on home chores, like when you procrastinate doing the laundry, that doesn’t have a deep existential meaning, does it? Does it? Leave me alone Freud.) 90% of [...]
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The Importance of Being a White Belt (aka: it’s ok to suck)

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white belt brazilian jiu jitsu
I recently started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a grappling martial art, very technical. I’m a white belt. And I suck at it, completely and utterly: I’m a slow learner, I’m the only girl in the class and I’m not really fit for it. But it’s ok. Because I love it. I really really really [...]
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Pentel Brush Pens – The Tale of the Three Inks

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Pentel Brush Pen FP6L Permanent Ink Leu 2
I still remember my first brush pen. I was in Paris, in the Sennelier shop in Quai Voltaire - a lovely jewel of a store, on the small top floor I let myself be overwhelmed by the variety of calligraphy pens and brush pens. In the end I bought a Fude Pen. It was love [...]
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“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

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Inspiration has to find you working Picasso
I’ve always loved this quote by Pablo Picasso. It ties in well with my firm belief that natural talent is not necessary to be an artist. Any kind of artist. In my opinion all talent really does is give you the boost to do things quicker, to ride the learning curve faster, but it’s not [...]
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A study in horns – MUDEC

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mudec samurai horns
This is indeed the prettiest horned thing I drew. One of my favourite things is sketching at museums and exhibitions. For many reasons: I’m very sensitive to temperature, and museums and exhibitions are warm in the winter and cool in the summer (if they have AC). I tend to “eat” visual inputs very fast and [...]
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Sharing is caring (about your creative work)

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In my creative life I have always focused on my surroundings, especially people. That's why it would be senseless to keep my art separate from people.   When I started doing my personal creative work after my "break", it took me a while to start showing things around. It was for me, it was my [...]