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Brenda Swenson Watercolors
Watercolor Artist, Author, Instructor
Watercolor Artist, Author, Instructor

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Don't Carpet Your Rut #2
Any form of repetition can be a rut: technique, subject matter, perspective, lighting or paint colors.   The quote, “Don’t carpet your rut”, reminds me not to get too comfortable doing the same thing. Painter’s can get in a rut because we want a successful ...

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Toxicity in the Art World
Original painting by Brenda Swenson It all started in early January when I received two separate messages on Facebook.   Delilah and Suzanne notified me that one of my paintings was on the cover of a national arts supply catalog. It was obvious to them some...

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Habits for Success
Every once in a while I read something that goes to my heart and stays with me a long time.  When I came across quotes by John Di Lemme I was struck with how his words hit home. Habits for Success ,  by John Di Lemme "I am your constant companion. I am your...

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Rose Parade 2017
As I am writing this I can hear the Good Year blimp flying overhead and the faint sound of bands in the distance. I live 2 and a half miles from the Rose Bowl and 2 miles from the starting point of the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California. Pe...

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A Little Holly
Keeping with the holiday season...thought I'd share a negative painting I did for Christmas.    Hope you have a joyful holiday season wherever you are. Merry Christmas, Brenda Negative Painting: The technique is a unique approach of painting around an objec...

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The Perfect Sketch Bag
Are you looking for the perfect sketch bag? I found it! I'm an organized person by nature and the idea of having everything I need in an organized bag delights me to no end. I keep my sketch bag packed and when I get a chance to sketch I grab the bag and go...

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Recharging My Creative Battery
How do you recharge your battery? For me, it usually involves being around creative and self motivated people. I enjoy playing off their creativity and it fills my creative tank. The time together I call a “playdate”. It’s important to keep play the central...

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Who Do You Think You Are?
Who do you think you are? What is it about those words that makes me feel small, defiant and dig in my heels? The only time I heard these words was when someone wanted me to feel small and insignificant. When I was a child I knew what I wanted to be, it was...

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Rejection Isn't Failure
Rejection in the art world comes with its share of hurts. Is it because we pour our hearts out on the paper? Or is it our desire for personal success, stature in the art world, approval of our peers, financial gain..?  I've been rejected so many times I've ...

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Watercolor Workshops
My workshop schedule for 2017 is here.  I have Studio (indoors) and P lein-Air (outdoors) workshops across the US and abroad. I've add more plein air sketching workshops with fun destinations: San Francisco, Costa Brava-Barcelona and Santa Fe!   I love to t...
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